What happens when you apply toner on wet hair?
Have you ever tried toning your hairs by yourself? Did you wash your hair before the toning? Well, either it went totally wrong or you might have been lucky and things went pretty smooth. But for most of us, things didn’t go as planned. Ugly yellowish strands, discolored ones, and all the things you messed up while toning with wet hairs.
It’s very common for us to wash our hairs before we apply toner over it. But this is a very wrong practice. Why? It is because of the following two reasons. First, we thought that water would open up my hair cuticles and the toner would work better that way, and secondly, we might have wanted to save some toner for later use since wet hair meant using less toner.
What type of hair moisture is best for toning?
Now that you’ve messed up a pretty big time, let the toner rest for at least a couple of weeks and also let your hair dry up completely. And finally, when the dust settles, it is time to apply toner again, but let’s get an insight into what exactly happened?
So, when your hair is wet, the color looks deeper, and as it dries up, the color gets lighter. As in terms of toner, when it is applied on wet hair, it gets more time to settle than it should take. You see, a toner has a semi-permanent color base, so when you apply it on wet hair, the lifespan of the product has tampered. So, it is best to apply toner on an ‘almost’ dry hair. Not too wet, and certainly not too dry.
How to get the best results out of your toner?
Let’s say after all the mishaps that happened to use the toner properly, we finally got it right. Down here, I’ll tell you how to use the toner in the best way possible. And to get the perfect result out of it.
- Make sure that your hair is almost 70% dry. Toning shouldn’t be done with completely dried out or completely wet hair.
- Once the exposure time is over, slowly rinse your hair with cold water. And then apply a conditioner. Don’t use a shampoo or hot water because you might run out of your toner pigments too.
- If you’re using shampoo, make sure it is sulfate-free and only after three days of applying the toner.
- If possible, try to wash your hair with a shampoo color that matches your toner, once a week or twice a month. But be careful not to keep the shampoo for long as it will end up in lilac strands. Only a minute or two is enough.
Now that you know the secrets of using a toner properly, you should be able to do things properly. Remember if you’re applying a toner to a customer for the first time, make sure you keep the hair mostly dry, this will let you know the underlying pigment properly and help you assess the color of the toner that should be used. But if you’re working with a regular client, you can go ahead and do the toning with wet hair, but make sure you assess the toner well and not mess up the color.