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What is hair toner? Many ask this question and wonder how it works and if it is necessary.
Toner is a demi or semi-permanent colour that corrects, refines and enhances the tonality of your colour. The truth is, when you dye or highlight your hair, the colour shifts and oxidizes over time.
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For example, if you are a platinum blond or get highlights, your hair colour may turn slightly brassy and yellowish over time and toner can help to cool or neutralize the tone.
Likewise, for brunette or redheads, a toner is a great way to revive the colour as it fades.
What are the different types of toner?
Gloss: Hair gloss treatments have little to no pigment and simply stain the hair. They add lustre and shine, benefiting the overall health and softness in the hair. It’s also a great option for those who don’t dye their hair but want to enhance and add a healthy sheen to their natural colour.
Salon toner: Toners have a higher concentration of corrective pigment and have little to no ammonia. It is a demi or semi-permanent dye that allows the hairstylist to adjust — fix, enhance or neutralize — the tonality of the hair.
Tinted shampoo: Colour depositing or pigmented shampoos are great for at-home use and help to tint and tone the hair. While not as strong as the colour used by your colourist, it is still a great option for maintaining your colour.