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What are toners?

I always ask a client for a balayage or blonde do they want a toner and most people don't actually know what they are!

I'm going to explain a little.. toners are a semi permanent colour that changes the tone of your lightened hair! Kind of like your silver shampoo but much better!

In some salons they are called glosses because they also give the hair a really shiny gloss like finish and many people think a toner implies the hairdresser has done something wrong..

In truth pre lightened hair has a raw finish, it tarnishes easily with environmental factors,it may have some yellow in it somewhere, you may have old highlights and some lovely new bright ones a toner/gloss will blend these together!

So should you get a toner.... Hell Yes!

I have toners included in most of my colour work because it finishes my colour off lovely so if your hairdresser asks just say yes you won't regret it! I describe it to my clients as a top coat of gel polish you wouldn't leave your nails with no top coat!


Now how do you pick a toner?

A hairdresser might ask you what tone do you like in your hair.. first thing to do is show them a picture of hair you dream of on pinterest. These are great they give your hairdresser a great insight into what you like and you can start from there. They may suggest a colour for you a hint of beige or ash.. if you don't understand what they are even talking about just trust them we do this a lot and we see the tones in the picture you show us!

If you do or don't like warmth or ash say so!

Your own hairdresser will have their own recommendations on the products they use.

In my salon I use Milk_shake Smoothies made with honey & milk. 1 for their incredible shine & 2 because I love their colours. I am a massive fan of their beige toners because they are creamy and neither warm nor ash.


How Long do they last?

A toner can last from one wash up to your next colour depending on how you look after your hair and what toner you pick!

For example if you have damaged hair and use store bought shampoo and opted for a light grey toner chances are you would be back in the salon in a week or two

Or if you chose a beige or warmer toner and use the correct shampoo your hairdresser has recommended you may not even notice your toner coming out.. there is not exact time frame it really depends on how you look after your hair! If your hairdresser recommends a product.. go for it! You wouldn't wash an expensive dress in washing up liquid!


Below are some examples of toners.

Picture one Beige over highlights

Picture two Ash balayage

Picture three Warm honey balayage

Picture four charcoal grey & light grey colour melt



Thanks for reading.. Hope you found this interesting! If you would like more info like this post what you want to know in the comments!

Don't Forget to follow me on Instagram for inspo @paintedbyLJ


Lorna xx

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