How to Fix Over Toned Hair?

Learn what to do if your hair got excessively toned

Written by Kate Holmsy. Updated on Hydrogen Peroxide

We bet that quite many ladies have been there: you go to the salon filled with hopes to have perfectly toned chevelure, but after hours spent in a hairdresser’s chair, you leave the salon with something indescribable on your head and a strong wish to find out how to fix over toned hair fast.

So if you have recently faced such an issue, we are sure that this article will be very handy for you as well.

Today, we will share several useful methods with you that can be used for fixing excessively toned strands.

And also, we will give you a tip on what color to use after you remove the toner.

How to Fix Over Toned Hair?

If you are a culprit of over toned hair, your hair will be very porous, you probably over toned your hair, or the toner you used is too strong.

And in case you don’t have much time to wait, we have prepared a few methods you can use to fix this mess on your head relatively quickly.

Use Clarifying Shampoo

This type of shampoo has an eliminatory effect that works on artificially applied color.

So the very first step you need to take in order to remove that toner from your mane is to wash your hair several times with clarifying shampoo.

Do two to three washes using your shampoo.

Massage it along the length of the hair strands and fully rinse it out.

Most toners are not permanent so this method will gradually remove the unwanted color.

And remember to finish with deep conditioning sessions!

Use Clarifying Shampoo
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Scrub It With Dandruff Shampoo

Apart from removing excess oil and dirt from your scalp and hair, try using an anti dandruff shampoo in order to strip the unwanted color from your hair.

The optimal scheme is to wash your hair three times using a dandruff shampoo and condition it afterward using a deep conditioner.

For this reason, you should never miss a dandruff shampoo in your bathroom.

After shampooing your hair, use baking soda to get the best results. Take one to two tablespoons of baking soda and massage it on your hair.

Leave it for two minutes and rinse.

Scrub It With Dandruff Shampoo
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Use Dishwashing Liquid

This method may sound crazy to some of you: how can my hair withstand such a harsh product that is meant for dealing with heavy grease on dishes?!

However, dishwashing liquid may also be helpful for eliminating the unwanted effect after the hair toning.

A dishwashing liquid is a very clarifying and strong product for fixing over toned hair.

Just like when using your shampoo, take a small amount of the liquid and lather up your hair. Leave it for a few minutes and rinse it out.

You only need to take into consideration that your hair will be rather dry and brittle after the procedure, so always remember to follow up with deep conditioning!

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Hydrogen Peroxide

To strip off unwanted shades from over toned hair, use diluted hydrogen peroxide.

Dilute the hydrogen peroxide with water and spray on your hair.

Leave it for a minute to minimize the damages. Rinse out and apply a deep conditioning treatment.

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How to Fix Over Toned Hair With Lemon Juice?

This method requires using lemons with hair conditioner, and since you can get the best results if you do your best to eliminate that toner as soon as possible, we would suggest you undergo this procedure as soon as possible after your hair was toned.

The optimal time frame is within twenty four hours of the toning procedure.

So, what exactly will you have to do? It’s pretty simple in fact.

Take three parts of lemon for short hair and six parts of lemon if you have longer hair. Squeeze the lemons to get the juice and mix with one amount of the conditioner.

Apply the mixture to your hair, working from the root to tip.

Make sure that you saturate every strand.

After you are done with this part, cover your hair with plastic wrap.

Leave the mixture for at least three hours or overnight to get the best result.

The conditioner will help in minimizing damage while the acid in lemon juice assists in removing color.

Finally, apply shampoo and deep conditioner on your hair. If you want faster results, you can use heat, for example, the sun or hair dryer.

How to Fix Over Toned Hair With Lemon Juice
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Try Out a Hydration Mask And Heat

If you have damaged or weak hair, this method will work perfectly. First, get your supplies, a hair mask that contains keratin, and an aluminum cap.

To get the best results, avoid using a head wrap or nylon bag. Make your hair moist and apply the mask with heat to accelerate the process.

Ensure that all strands are completely covered from roots to end. Leave the mask to sit in for twenty minutes and rinse. You can repeat the process until you get rid of the toner.

Try Out a Hydration Mask And Heat
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Before you start with this method, you need to make sure that your hair is in a good condition since applying bleach is somewhat aggressive. But if everything is fine, this is what you will need to do.

The materials you will need for this process include a container for mixing your products, protective serum, bleach powder, and 20 volume developer cream.

Once you have all the materials at hand, prepare your bleaching mix.

Mix one part of bleach powder with two parts of twenty volume developer cream in your plastic container.

The resulting mixture should be smooth.

Apply the mixture to your hair, starting with the ends to the roots. This is because the roots bleach more quickly.

Let it sit for five to ten minutes and rinse using warm water. Dry your hair using a blow dryer and apply the anti-frizz serum.

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Chelating is a process that is usually done to remove any grease and product build-up from your hair.

Before dying your hair, you typically chelate it.

You can also do this to remove unwanted toner.

All you need to do is to wash your hair with soap and rinse. Squeeze lemon on your head and let it sit for two minutes.

Rinse off the lemon juice and follow with a deep conditioner.

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Baking Soda

This method can be used after shampooing your hair. Simply grab one or two tablespoons of baking soda depending on the amount (and the length) of hair you have and start massaging into your hair.

Leave this in for a minute or two and rinse. As baking soda has brightening qualities, this will help to strip the toner and gradually bring back golden tones.

Well, these are the basic methods that will help if you have excessively bleached hair.

And since all of them are very affordable and use only cheap ingredients, most of which are natural, you will be able to fix your mane relatively quickly without causing damage to your hair.

Baking Soda
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What Color You Should Use After You Remove the Toner?

All right, so after following the above procedures, you end up with the color of hair you had before you toned it.

However, some colors such as blue or red are intense pigments and this is why they may reappear even if you completely remove the toner!

What shall you do in this case?

Simply use hair dye to neutralize the colors that may reappear.

For example, if the toner left a purplish color, you apply a color that ranges between yellow and orange after removing it, for example, 7.4 or 8.4.

If your hair was left yellow after applying toner, you need to use purple after removing the toner, for example, 8.2.

Finally, in case the toner left your tinted green after applying it, apply a red color after removing, let’s say, 6.5.

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What Can Affect the Success Of Any Color Fixer?

Have you ever asked yourself why different people’s hair react to treatment differently?

Why do some of us end up with hair that looks and feels like straw, whilst others don’t seem to suffer even a little bit? Why is the same kind of treatment can be a beacon of salvation for some and a disaster for others?

In general, it happens because the effectiveness of any color removing method depends on several additional factors which typically include the following:

  • Porosity of your hair
  • The coarseness of your hair
  • How fresh the color is
  • The quality of the hair color used since some tend to last longer than others

Also, the result will depend on your hair and in particular, on how much it can take.

This is why you should never rely on other people’s feedback and recommendations since what could be good for them, might not be the same beneficial for you.

Also, this is the reason why there is no general solution for fixing the issue of excessively toned hair. So if you need to figure this stuff out, better ask a professional at a local salon.

Like this, you can be sure that you get the optimal solution that will suit your hair.

What Can Affect the Success Of Any Color Fixer
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How to Maintain Your Toner?

So, now you know what to do in order to remove that excessive toner from your strands, But let’s just remind you folks what should be done to maintain a toner – in case you are happy with what your colorist has created on your mane.

  1. Try not to wash your hair for 24-48 hours. This will allow your hair to lock the color in. The longer you can go the better.
  2. Avoid excessive amounts of heat. Use less hair dryer and hot styling tools.
  3. Try to avoid direct sunlight.
  4. Always apply a leave-in conditioner in order to close the cuticle down and seal the toner.
  5. To maintain the color fresh, use purple shampoo or styling agents.

With all that in mind, you will be able to keep your toned hair good-looking longer, preserving the color at the same time.

Frequently Asked Questions

⭐ How long does toned hair last?

between 2 and 6 weeks.

⭐ Does toner fade?

Yes, it fades after six to eight weeks of being on your hair.

⭐ Does toning damage your hair?

Yes, but not as much as bleaching or dyeing.

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Kate worked in "The Fashion Magazine" for four years as a freelance writer and loved to consult and help people with their style. How to create your own style, how to look beautiful, and select trendy colors for your hair - these are just a few of many issues Kate will happily explain in Beezzly Beauty blogs!
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