Using a toner is one of the best ways to correct yellow or brassy tones that can appear after bleaching/dyeing your hair. However, toning products can turn your hair purple. why is it happening?
Toning products contain purple pigments that correct brass tones. Using too much tinting shampoo can cause your hair to turn purple.
The good news is that correcting toned hair that has turned purple is easy and the problem can be corrected with various color correction techniques.
Your tinted hair turned purple: why did it happen?
Toner is a product that is applied after bleaching or coloring hair. God The purpose of the toner is to introduce color correcting pigments to get rid of unwanted shades.
If you’re familiar with color wheel theory, you know that opposite colors cancel each other out:
- Purple is the opposite of yellow on the color wheel. A purple tone shampoo will eliminate the yellow and brass tones that you often get after bleaching.
- A blue toner is your best option if you want to get rid of orange tones that often appear when bleaching dark hair.
- A green toner will work well if you ended up with darker orange or red tones after bleaching or dyeing.
Unfortunately, toner can cause drastic discoloration and make your hair look purple if you use too much product or leave the toner in your hair for too long. Porous hair can also absorb more pigments and turn purple.
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Toning products can last from two to six weeks. The toning pigments will fade if you wait, but there are various methods you can use to correct your hair color without waiting.
Wash off the pigment
If your colored hair has turned purple, it’s important to act fast. You may be able to wash off most of the pigment before it sets in your hair.
You will get better results if you use a clarifying shampoo. Clarifying shampoos use more surfactants than regular shampoos. These surfactants can remove oil build-up and residue, including pigments.
If you don’t have a clarifying shampoo, your best option is to wash your hair with some dish soap. Dish soap can be harsh on hair, but it does a great job of breaking down build-up and residue. This should remove most of the toning pigments that coat your hair.
You may need to wash your hair several times before the toner is completely gone. Be sure to rinse with plenty of hot water as this can help wash away the pigment.
Use baking soda
Baking soda is an all-purpose cleaner that leaves kitchen counters and bathroom tiles spotless thanks to its abrasive properties. It is also a common ingredient in tooth whitening toothpaste.
These abrasive properties mean that baking soda can help remove pigment from your hair. It can make your hair feel dry and porous, but it’s a quick and easy remedy if your toner has turned your hair purple.
Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with a few drops of water to make a paste. Rub your hair with this mixture before washing. Repeat this process if necessary.
Baking soda may not remove all purple pigments from your hair, but it should help tone the color.
Apply hydrogen peroxide
If gentle methods like washing your hair or using baking soda don’t work, you can use hydrogen peroxide to remove the toner from your hair.
Mix a solution with one part hydrogen peroxide and one part shampoo. Apply this mixture to your hair and let it sit for five to ten minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Hydrogen peroxide should remove the toner from your hair. However, it will likely leave your hair dry and brittle, especially if you bleached your hair before applying the toner. Be sure to apply a moisturizing conditioner or hair mask to repair your hair.
If you don’t get good results with hydrogen peroxide, add bleach powder to your developer to create a stronger formula.
Note that using hydrogen peroxide and bleach will remove color from the hair along with the unwanted tones from your toning product.
Color your hair again
You can cancel out the purple tones by applying a yellow toner to your hair.
Mix a one-part toner into a two-part developer, and apply this mixture to your hair with a brush. The key will help lift your nails so the pigments from the color corrector can bind to the hair shaft. Let the toner sit for up to 30 minutes before rinsing.
If possible, wait at least a week before applying toner again to avoid damaging your hair.
Correcting purple tones is easier if you act quickly and wash the toner out of your hair with a clarifying shampoo. If you let toner get into your hair, your best option is to remove the pigments with some hydrogen peroxide or use a yellow toner to neutralize the unwanted purple tones.
Read on to learn more about using toner.
Toner can be left for up to 45 minutes. Read the instructions before using the product, and consider reducing the application time to avoid overcorrection.
Toner should not harm your hair if you use the product correctly. However, it can make your hair dry and brittle if you leave it on for too long.