Toner is an amazing thing that allows you to achieve all those classy hair shades. It pulls off that white platinum blonde, mushroom brown, caramel, and every of the trendy hair colors that were not possible before.
But, it happened, and you or your hairstylist over-toned your hair. Which made your hair too dark, and now you want to lighten or remove the toner.
There are multiple easy yet effective ways to lighten your too dark hair color left because of the toner. You can employ a purple clarifying shampoo or a combination of ketchup and baking soda to lighten your over-toned hair. However, how good these options work for your dark hair color depends on how you apply them.
After talking with our certified beautician, Ifza Rana, we have come up with the best ways you can use to lighten your hair that toner made too dark. Also, you will be able to learn what you should not do once you end up over-toning your hair.
How To Fix Too Dark Toned Hair At Home
There are the following five ways to lighten your hair that left too dark after toner. The first four methods are mild and don’t cause any hair damage, and the last one is for extreme cases.
- A combination of ketchup, baking soda, and clarifying shampoo
- Purple or Red shampoo
- A combination of dandruff and clarifying shampoo
- Using Dawn dish soap
- Employing Commercial Hair color remover
For most cases, if you have used a demi-permanent tonner, the first four ways will work best. However, they will take time, almost a week. We suggest these methods because they will help you lighten the dark color to a color of your choice.
But, if you want instant tonner removal, there are commercial products out on the market to help you with that.
Let’s go through each of the options mentioned above to see how you should employ them to lighten your too dark hair due to toner.
1. Using Combination of Ketchup and Baking Soda
This combination works great for grey or green tints you are left with after trying to tone your blonde hair. Also, it operates well for any dark tone that is something you never wanted when thinking of toning your straight or curly hair.
Baking soda is the daily cleaning agent we can use on dishes or for other sanitation goals. You can even apply it on hair, but very few times.
It helps remove the extra tonner from your hair. However, it also strips natural oil out of your scalp and mane. So, do not overuse it; once or twice will be great to lighten your dark hair.
How To Use It?
- Prepare a mixture by adding two tbsp of baking soda and 60 g of ketchup.
- You can adjust the quantity of the mixture according to your hair volume.
- Now, start applying it to your hair gradually. What does that mean?
- You should apply the mixture by picking a small number of hair strands and then move further by doing the same.
- When done, leave the ketchup and baking soda mixture in your hair for about 2 hours.
- Wash your hair with a good clarifying shampoo after two hours.
- Apply a good moisturizer (coconut oil and aloe vera) on your hair at the end.
- Repeat this action two or three times a week to get your ideal hair tone.
2. Purple or Red Shampoo for Over-Toned Hair
The purple shampoo contains violet pigments, and if you know about color neutralization, you already have my point.
Purple shampoo performs best on your dark grey and brassy hair because its pigments react with grey tints and neutralize them. It pulls back the lighter or neutral color of your hair by removing toner. You can also employ this shampoo for your dark silver tone hair.
The red shampoo does the same for the grassy green tints.
However, make sure you don’t overuse it or keep it long in your hair, especially when you have blonde hair. It may result in throwing your desired color away and cause green or faint staining.
How To Use Purple Shampoo on Over-toned Hair?
It gradually neutralizes your too dark hair due to tonner. Therefore, you should not expect your ideal hair shade after using purple shampoo for once. Here is how to apply it.
- Soak your hair with a shower.
- Now leather shampoo on it.
- Decide how much tonner you want to remove.
- For slight fading of color, please keep it in your hair for one minute.
- To lighten your toned hair to almost a neutral color, you can keep purple shampoo in your hair for two to three mins.
- Repeat this process each day for a week, and if you achieve your perfect color by using it twice, refrain from further use.
We suggest applying a good conditioner after each time you wash your hair with purple shampoo. It helps moisturize your hair because this shampoo can cause dryness.
3. Clarifying and Dandruff Shampoo
Both clarifying and dandruff shampoos contain sulfates which are good for removing the toner out of your hair. Sulfates are good cleaning agents. Therefore, they fade or neutralize the dark shade of your hair.
However, both of these shampoos will not get you the perfect color in a single go. You have to apply them until you achieve the lighter color you want.
Moreover, clarifying and dandruff shampoos are known to cause dryness and hair damage if used excessively. Therefore, speak to your hairstylist if they don’t help your too dark hair because of toner.
How to Use Them?
- You can mix both of these shampoos on your palms and then apply the mixture to your already wet hair.
- Gently massage it in your hair to get good leather.
- Leave it for one minute on your hair and then wash it.
- Rinse the mixture completely out of your hair.
- Apply a good conditioner to your damp hair, and then wash it after a few minutes.
- Subsequently, use a good moisturizer.
4. Using Dawn Dish Soap to Lighten Over-Toned Hair
Just like baking soda, dawn dish soap is a robust clarifying agent. It helps you lighten your over-toned hair and works best when you combine it with lemon juice.
While it is safe to use dawn dish soap on your hair, it does strip oil from your hair and scalp. Therefore, overusing it may cause dryness and hair damage.
How You Should Use It?
- Brush your hair to untangle it.
- Wet your hair strands with a shower or spray bottle.
- Apply dawn dish soap to your hair and massage to create leather.
- Let leather sit for one minute, and then rinse it with simple water.
- Now, apply a handful of lemon juice all over your hair.
- Let it sit for a minute, and then take a shower.
- Make sure you rinse both dish soap and lemon juice with your regular shampoo.
- Use a conditioner and then rinse after a minute.
- Dry your hair and apply coconut oil or any other good moisturizer.
- Repeat this whole process until you get the desired hair tone.
5. Commercial Hair Color Remover
Whether it is your hairstylist or your DIY technique that went wrong and has not produced desired hair tone, hair color remover can fix it with a single go. But it should be your last option or when you need an immediate fix.
Hair color remover can cause severe roughness, split ends, and dryness. Therefore, make sure your hair health can withstand it before employing any hair color remover product.
How to Use It?
Decide what do you need, slight color correction or its complete removal. Mix it with your regular shampoo in a small quantity, and then use it on a small patch of your hair to see how it works.
When applying to all of your hair, make sure you use it evenly for equal color removal. Make sure you don’t leave it in your hair for more than 5 minutes.
Rinse it away with your regular shampoo and apply conditioner afterward. Also, use a good moisturizer in the end. Never think of using it twice.
What You Should Not Do to Lighten Too Dark Hair?
Some people try bleaching to lighten the dark toner on their hair. It would be best not to do this unless you haven’t tried bleaching before applying a toner. People with level 10 or 9 blonde hair don’t usually need to bleach hair before toner because they already have light hair.
Bleaching your hair twice a day can severely damage your hair and cause hair fall. Talk to your hairstylist before trying bleaching your hair after toner.
Commonly, when trying DIY hair toner or visiting a stylist who is not an expert, you can end up with too dark hair shade. Fortunately, there are multiple ways you can employ to lighten your dark hair shade. The most simple, safe, and easy method is using a clarifying shampoo or a dandruff shampoo.