want to tone my recent professionally bleached ombré/balayage; advice please?Posted 2 years, 1 month ago
Hello everyone :)! 2-3 week’s ago I had my naturally dark brown hair bleached into an ombré/balayage. At the time I loved it but have since realized that the color is a bit too yellow for my liking; I would love a cooler, more ashy tone. I have been researching toning at home, and as of now, have decided upon using a 10 developer (to avoid lifting color of my roots/natural color), with T-14 Wella liquid toner, pale ash blonde. This will be my first time toning my hair, so I have a couple questions: 1. Since I will be using a 10 developer, do I need to still be cautious with making sure I only apply the toner to the dyed parts of my hair? I’ve read that since it’s the weakest developer, it will not lift color and will only tone the already bleached parts, but I just want to make sure that my natural dark brown roots will not be affected. 2. Do I need to use different shades of toner to keep the dimensions and different shades of the color that are in my hair? I would assume that since there are different shades in my hair now, the toner will affect each color differently, and I will end up with hair that is still dimensional and multi-colored? 3. Will the toner eventually completely wash out? I mean, is it possible for me to somehow completely screw up and mess up the color?
Thank you for any help! I attached a photo of my hair the day it was dyed, vs now. The last photo is one of how I would like the color to be toned. I have been using purple shampoo but have not noticed any difference in tone.
by vivienne StaffPosted 2 years, 1 month ago
I think your end goal would require a significantly lighter base, since those frosty blue tones won't show up over anything with too much warmth. Right now, it looks your ends range from a level 6-8, but you'd need a base ranging from level 8-10 for the looks you're going for. Doing extra lightening on a balayage is quite tricky, as it is a free-hand technique so it's hard to make sure you hit the spots you need to while maintaining the smooth transition from dark to light.
As for your other questions, if your base is at different levels, toner will affect all of the tones differently as you predicted. However, even at 10 vol, Wella toners will still lift, especially at the darker portions of your hair, because the brown pigments in your hair tend to lift much quicker than the red, hence why lifting dark hair tends to result in an orange intermediate phase. The warmth will pretty noticeable next to any areas that do get properly toned, because you'll be seeing warm and cool tones next to each other.
Toners do wash out over time, but since Wella toners have lift to them, they won't leave your hair exactly the same as where you started. I do not generally recommend them for touch-ups as you will gradually accumulate damage in the areas you re-touch.