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Can I Tone My Hair Twice? – Tips, Aftercare, & Alternatives

Can I Tone My Hair Twice

Did you use toner, only to see that your hair color is still brassy? Oh no! You have to wear a hat now!

Maybe you’re wondering whether you can tone it again?

Wrong! Toning twice in the same day, or even a week, can be very dangerous.

So what exactly can you do if you come across this issue? Read on to find out!

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Why Shouldn't I Tone My Hair Twice in the Same Day?

Why I Shouldn't

Can I tone my hair twice? This is a question not answered so easily. Because yes, you technically can, but should you? And what is the interval? Definitely not within the same day.

First of all, bleaching in itself is not the best for your health. The chemicals in bleach can really do damage. And a toner in itself has A LOT of chemicals. So it just adds on to the damage.

Put it this way:

  • You apply toner the first time
  • It does not give you the shade you want.

Most might dive straight into applying toner again, but really: you should wait at least a month before putting on more.

Bombarding your hair with chemicals is unhealthy. And that is essentially what you are doing by toning your hair twice within a day.

Applying toner to your hair multiple times in a week is not worth it!

How to Prepare for Toning a Second Time

Toning your hair two times can be as damaging as when you dye your hair twice in one day.

Now that you know you have to wait an entire month before toning it again, rather than doing it on the same day, here’s what you can do (on the bright side, you won’t be wasting any more toners!):

To make sure your hair can properly absorb toners well, make sure your hair is healthy. And how do you do that? By MOISTURIZING it with coconut oil!

There are many ways you can do this. You can use store-bought masks or leave-in conditioners. One moisturizer that is completely natural and affordable? COCONUT OIL.

It has many benefits, and using it as a hair mask can definitely help to soften your hair.

  • We recommend you use coconut oil at least once a week to fully make use of its benefits.
  • Just make sure the coconut oil you buy is 100 percent organic.
  • Remember to focus on the roots. You can also apply it to your scalp to help with the dryness caused by bleaching.
  • The night before you plan to use toner, do a deep moisturizing treatment with coconut oil overnight. When you wake up the next morning, you can just rinse it off and apply your toner.

Hair care is incredibly important, so other than moisturizing, you want to make sure you do your basic hair care routine, including using conditioner and not shampooing every day.

Toner Application

Once you’re ready to apply your toner again, here’s the process:

  • Mix toner with 20 volume developer in a 1:2 ratio respectively.
  • Apply the toner. Make sure it’s evenly applied from the roots to the ends.
  • Leave it on for 5 minutes to process.
  • Rinse out the toner with WATER ONLY.

We suggest you use a new toner, unless you’re 100 percent sure it wasn’t the old toner. Once you wash out the toner, make sure you condition your hair!

Other Alternatives to Toning At Home

Other Alternatives

1. Purple Shampoo

If after toning there are still brassy tones, a way you can “tone” it more, would be to use purple shampoo the next time you wash your hair.

These toning shampoos work in the same way by helping to neutralize any yellows that still might be in your hair. It’s really all about color theory!

While the effects can fade with washing, it DOES NOT contain any harsh chemicals that can destroy your hair. And you can use it again every week to keep the brassiness down, especially if you used a red hair dye.

You can also use toning drops mixed in with your shampoo and conditioner. Make sure to mix it well so it applies evenly.

2. Dye Your Hair Instead

Another solution would be to dye your hair with a semi-permanent dye and let it fade!

You can neutralize the brassiness this way while achieving a bright hair color. The best part is, after fading, you’ll be left with an ash shade.

The rules of toning are similar to dyeing.

You can use semi-permanent dyes that come in red, blue, and purple.

3. Get Professional Help at the Salon

A professional colorist from a salon would know exactly how to take care of your hair.

So instead of doing it at home, consider visiting a salon (especially if this is your first time) to achieve that ash hair color that you want.

How Do Toners Work?

Melanin is a natural pigment in the hair. When you bleach dark hair, brassiness is likely to stay. Hair follicles with a lot of pigment usually gets brassy when bleached.

Hair toners are used to get rid of the brassiness. They usually come in a gloss or gel-like formula. But most of us already know that.

No one wants an orange mess on their head unless you’re coloring it that way on purpose! To get your desired shade, you need a toner.

There are different kinds of toners though. They follow the rules of the color wheel in color theory.

For example…

  • To neutralize yellow hair color, we normally apply a purple toner. This is what most of us think about.
  • But if your hair color has redness, apply a green toner.
  • To neutralize orange, a blue toner.

In short, toner works by adding the contrasting color from the color wheel onto the color you don’t want, in order to achieve a more desirable shade.

This way, you can easily get rid of brassy tones, which is a great way to become platinum blonde without excessive bleaching.

Related Questions:

Related Questions

1. How Long Should I Wait to Use Hair Toners Again?

Make sure you keep track of how long your toner lasts.

As toning is a harmful chemical process, it’s best to wait an entire month, or 4 weeks, before you tone your hair again. Toning twice in the same day damages your hair.

If your hair is dry, brittle, full of split ends, and stretches like a noodle when wet, then you should wait 7 to 8 weeks to make sure your hair doesn’t fall off.

And while waiting, minimize sun exposure. Too much heat and light on your hair can cause damage and split ends.

2. How Many Times Can You Use Toner on Your Blonde Hair?

Usually, with most toners, you will have to tone your hair regularly, every 6 to 8 weeks in order to keep the blonde color of your hair.

This means that other than the gap between toning sessions, you don’t really have a limit to how many times you can tone your hair.

Just pay attention to the quality and health of your hair.

3. How Often Can I Tone to Get Rid of My Brassy Hair Color?

You can tone your hair every 6 to 8 weeks. This is to make sure it doesn’t go brassy.

Another route you can go is to use home remedies to get rid of the brassiness of your hair. You can use apple cider vinegar or baking soda, for starters.

4. Can You Tone Over Already Toned Hair?

As mentioned, you can, but you MUST wait a month or 4 weeks before doing so.

You have to especially be careful with fine hair, as hair toner can cause it to become more brittle and damaged.

If your hair is fine, I suggest waiting 7 to 8 weeks before toning your hair a second time.

5. Why is My Hair Color Still Yellow After Using Toner?

Toners are not meant to color your hair, just enhance the bleached hair you have. If you find your hair is still yellow after using toner, you probably did not lighten your hair enough.

Your hair has to be light enough for a toner to work its magic.

If the yellowness didn’t change AT ALL, then you probably need to buy a new toner.

6. Does Toner Work on Darker Hair Color?

Let’s say, you don’t want to fry your hair completely, or platinum isn’t your goal. Maybe you just want an ashy brown.

There is good news here! Toners work for a variety of hair colors, the same way it would work for bleached hair! It can help to improve different shades of brown and black as well.

7. How Can I Take Care of My Toned Hair?

One thing you can do is to use a sulfate-free shampoo. You should also avoid swimming in chlorine, as this can turn your hair green.

To keep your hair healthy, make sure you aren’t washing your hair too much. Also avoid putting your hair in a towel wrap, as this can damage your hair.

8. Where Can I Find Toner?

You can find toner online or at any local beauty supply shop! You can also find bleaching products and toning shampoos there.

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Using a toner twice in one day is definitely a no-go. It can absolutely ruin your hair if you use it too frequently.

That being said, regular toning is most often required to maintain the color, so there really is no limit to how many times you can do it.

If you intend to maintain your ash color, make sure you use shampoos for toning! It’ll also be good to minimize sun exposure since it can also contribute to hair damage.

Hopefully, this article helped. Good luck achieving the beautiful color you want!


September 6, 2021 – Improved article formatting, reviewed and updated overall content

July 28, 2021 – Made minor updates to content, added 1 new article link

July 19, 2021Reviewed and updated article links

Paola Diaz
Paola Diaz

Hi, I'm Paola! A skin care enthusiast and nature lover. Creating content that promotes proper skin treatment and keeping a healthy glow is my way of sharing with the world how healthy skin can go a long way. I’m a firm believer of natural beauty that radiates inside all of us. All we need is the right kind of nourishment that inspires our wellness from inside out. So it’s really not about physical beauty alone – it’s the beautiful life we can create for ourselves when we connect with our own nature and see there is beauty that shines from every one of us.