Applying toner to bleached hair can help remove yellow, orange, or brassy tones. Unfortunately (as with any hair dye product), the results of toner are not guaranteed, and you may not like the look of your toned hair. If you are unhappy with the look of your toner, the good news is that toner fades all on its own. The even better news is that you can speed this process along. Start by washing your hair with a strong clarifying product, such as clarifying shampoo, dandruff shampoo, baking soda, or dish soap. If you need a slightly more powerful solution, try removing the toner overnight with lemon juice.
Method One of Two:
Washing the Toner OutEdit
1Wash your hair with clarifying shampoo. A clarifying shampoo cleans your hair deeply, removing dirt, oil, and product buildup. If you are unhappy with how your toner turned out, the good news is that toner will fade in time. You can speed up this process a bit by washing your hair with a clarifying shampoo.
- Look at your local beauty supply store for a clarifying shampoo product.
- You will need to wash your hair several times to see results.
- Avoid washing your hair more than 4-5 times per day, as this can damage your hair. (Under normal circumstances, you should not wash more than 1-2 times per day.)
- Use a deep conditioner after washing.
2Scrub your hair with dandruff shampoo. Dandruff shampoo is intended to remove excess dirt, oil, and skin from your scalp. But it has the added benefit of gently stripping color from your hair. Try washing your hair with dandruff shampoo several times.
- Avoid washing your hair more than 4-5 times per day.
- Use a deep conditioner afterward.
3Add baking soda to your shampoo. You can help to scrub the toner from your hair by adding baking soda to your shampoo. Add about 1 tsp. (5 ml) of baking soda to a dollop of shampoo. Mix this together, and shampoo your hair normally. Take special care when rinsing, to ensure all the baking soda is removed. Follow with a deep conditioner.
4”Chelate” your hair at home. “Chelating” is a process intended to remove the buildup of hair products and grease from your hair. Normally, this is done prior to dying the hair, but it can also be used to remove unwanted toner. First, wash your hair with a tiny bit of dish soap, and rinse. Then squeeze a lemon right onto your head, and leave the lemon juice on for 1-2 minutes. Rinse the lemon juice from your hair, and follow with a deep conditioner.Advertisement
Method Two of Two:
Using Lemons and ConditionerEdit
1Do this method within 24 hours. If you are unhappy with the color of your toner, you can try to lift this color out at home. Unfortunately, the longer the toner sits on your hair, the harder it will be to remove. For best results, perform this method within 24 hours of toning your hair.
2Mix lemon juice and conditioner. Juice several lemons using a citrus press, or simply squeeze them by hand. Then mix 3 parts lemon juice to 1 part conditioner. To minimize damage to your hair, use a deep conditioning product.
- For short or medium-length hair, you will probably need about 3 lemons.
- For long hair, you may need 6 lemons.
- Fresh squeezed lemon juice will work best, but pre-packaged lemon juice can work in a pinch.
3Apply the mixture to your hair. Carefully apply the lemon-conditioner from root to tip, making sure to saturate every strand. If your hair is long, you may want to tie it up. Cover your hair with plastic wrap or a plastic bag.
4Leave the mixture on for at least three hours. The acid in lemon juice will slowly strip the color from your hair, while the conditioner helps to minimize damage. Leave this mixture on your hair for a minimum of three hours. For best results, leave the mixture on overnight.
- In the morning (or after three hours), shampoo and deep condition your hair.
- You can also add heat to the process, using either the sun, a hair dryer, or a hooded dryer. Adding heat is optional.
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LS"The salon was supposed to tone the brassy tones out of my hair, I also have blonde highlights. When they toned my hair, it turned blue. I read that lemons and conditioner work great for toning disasters, so I conditioned my hair for 3 hours and it worked. "..." more
A"This helped so much! Now my daughter can have help getting her toner out!. Thanks so much! "