Today we’re going to tackle a question that I get asked quite often: do toners wash out?
The short answer is yes, but it’s not that simple. There are different types of toners, different factors that affect their longevity, and different ways to wash them out.
So, let’s dive into the details and find out everything you need to know about toners and their washability.
Types of Toners: Permanent, Semi-permanent, and Temporary
First things first, let’s clarify what we mean by toners. Toners are products that are used to adjust the color of your hair, usually after bleaching or lightening it. Toners come in different forms, such as toning shampoos, toning conditioners, toning masks, and toning treatments. However, not all toners are created equal. There are three main types of toners: permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary.
Permanent toners are those that contain oxidative dyes, which penetrate the hair shaft and create a lasting color change. Permanent toners usually require a developer and have a processing time of up to 45 minutes. They can last for several weeks or even months, depending on the hair color, the hair condition, and the maintenance.
Semi-permanent toners are those that contain direct dyes, which coat the hair cuticle and create a temporary color change. Semi-permanent toners don’t require a developer and have a processing time of up to 30 minutes. They can last for a few washes or up to 6 weeks, depending on the hair color, the hair condition, and the maintenance.
Temporary toners are those that contain pigments, which sit on top of the hair and create an immediate but short-lived color change. Temporary toners don’t require any processing time and can be washed out after one or two shampoos. They are often used for special occasions, such as Halloween or cosplay.
So, to answer the question, do toners wash out? Yes, they do, but how long they last and how easily they wash out depends on the type of toner you use.
Why Do Toners Fade?
Now, let’s talk about the factors that affect toner longevity. Toners can fade or change color due to various reasons, such as:
Shampoo: Some shampoos contain sulfates or harsh detergents that can strip the hair of its color and moisture. It’s important to use a gentle, color-safe shampoo that won’t interfere with your toner.
Water: Hard water, chlorine, or saltwater can affect the color and texture of your hair. It’s advisable to rinse your hair with cool, filtered water after swimming or showering.
Sun exposure: UV rays can damage the hair and fade its color. It’s recommended to wear a hat or use a SPF spray or lotion when you’re outside for a long time.
Heat styling: Curling irons, flat irons, and blow dryers can weaken the hair and cause it to lose its color faster. It’s best to use heat protectant products and avoid excessive heat styling.
Chemical treatments: Any chemical treatment, such as coloring, perming, or relaxing, can affect the toner and its longevity. It’s important to wait at least two weeks between different treatments and to consult a professional if you’re not sure about the compatibility.
How to Wash Toner Out of Hair?
Lastly, let’s talk about how to wash toner out of hair. There are a few reasons why you might want to do this, such as changing your hair color, correcting a mistake, or refreshing your look. However, washing out toner can be tricky and risky, especially if you don’t follow the proper steps.
Here are some methods and tips to wash toner out of hair:
Clarifying shampoo: Use a clarifying shampoo that is designed to remove buildup and impurities from the hair. Apply it to wet hair, massage it gently, and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary. However, be aware that clarifying shampoo can be harsh and drying, so use it sparingly and follow up with a deep conditioner or hair mask.
Baking soda: Mix equal parts of baking soda and water to create a paste. Apply it to wet hair, massage it gently, and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and follow up with a conditioner. Baking soda is alkaline and can help lift the toner from the hair, but it can also be abrasive and cause damage if used too often.
Vinegar: Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray it all over your hair, comb it through, and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and follow up with a conditioner. Vinegar is acidic and can help neutralize the toner, but it can also have a strong smell and be irritating to the scalp if not diluted properly.
Color remover: Use a color remover that is specifically designed to remove toner or semi-permanent color. Follow the instructions carefully and do a strand test first. Color remover can be effective but can also be damaging if used incorrectly.
So, there you have it, everything you need to know about toners and their washability. Toners do wash out, but how long they last and how easily they wash out depends on various factors, such as the type of toner, the hair condition, and the maintenance.
To make your toner last longer, use gentle products, protect your hair from external factors, and follow the care instructions.
If you want to wash out your toner, use a safe and effective method, such as clarifying shampoo, baking soda, vinegar, or color remover, but be aware of the risks and limitations. As always, consult a professional if you’re not sure about anything.
Important Frequently Asked Questions
Does Toner Completely Wash Out?
Yes, toner does completely wash out eventually. Toners are semi-permanent hair color products designed to neutralize unwanted tones in the hair. They typically last for 4-6 weeks, depending on the frequency of hair washing and the type of shampoo used.
How Long Do Toners Take to Wash Out?
Toners usually take about 4-6 weeks to wash out, depending on factors such as hair porosity, how often you wash your hair, and the type of shampoo you use. Using a color-safe or sulfate-free shampoo can help to prolong the life of the toner.
Can a Toner Be Permanent?
No, a toner cannot be permanent. Toners are semi-permanent hair color products designed to temporarily correct or enhance hair color. They gradually fade with each wash and will eventually wash out completely.
Does Toner Wash out Color?
Toners can alter the appearance of hair color temporarily by neutralizing unwanted tones or adding a desired shade to the hair. However, they do not remove the underlying color completely. As toners are semi-permanent, they will wash out over time, and the original hair color may become more visible as the toner fades.
Will My Hair Lighten After Toner?
Toners do not typically lighten hair, as their primary purpose is to neutralize or adjust hair color tones. However, some toners may give the illusion of lighter hair by neutralizing brassy or yellow tones, which can make the hair appear brighter or cooler in tone.
How Do I Fix Over-toned Blonde Hair?
To fix over toned blonde hair, you can try the following steps:
Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo to help remove the excess toner.
Use a hair mask or deep conditioner to nourish and repair the hair.
If the toner is too dark, you can try a gentle hair color remover or visit a professional stylist for corrective color treatment.
In the future, monitor the toner application time closely, and conduct strand tests to avoid over toning.