How Do I Choose the Best White Toner for Hair?

Kathleen Howard
Kathleen Howard
A toning kit.
A toning kit.

To achieve white-blond or silver hair, toner is usually required to cancel out any unwanted tones that appear during the bleaching process. There are several different types of hair toner for bleached hair. To choose white toner for hair, select a product based on the hair color you want to create and the tones you need to eliminate. You will also need to choose a product based on the severity of the tones that appear during bleaching. Hair can be toned using a semi-permanent, demi-permanent, or permanent hair toner.

In the majority of cases, white hair must be created in a two-step process. Unless you have very light blond hair, you must first remove the pigment from your hair using bleach. Once the hair has been bleached to a light yellow, toner can be used to remove these tones from the hair.

If you are hoping to create a bright white hair color, you need a toner that contains purple pigment. Purple-based white hair toners will counteract any yellow undertones in the hair. When used exactly as directed, a white toner for hair will turn the strands a bright white. If left on for too long, purple hair toners can give the hair a slightly gray or purple appearance. To avoid this, carefully follow the product’s application instructions.

To create silver hair, you need to use a toner that contains blue pigment. Using a silver hair toner directly after bleaching will give the hair a slightly silver tinge. The longer silver hair toners are kept on the hair, the more pigment it will absorb. Blue toners can also be used if the hair has turned orange during bleaching. When used on orange hair, a blue toner should neutralize the color and give the hair a white appearance.

While choosing white toner for hair, it is important to understand that most toners are deposit-only colors. Depending on the porosity of the hair, most products will work as a semi-permanent hair toner or demi-permanent hair toner. This means that a toner deposits color onto the hair without lifting any of the hair’s natural pigment. If your strands look slightly yellow after applying bleach, a deposit-only toner will be sufficient in creating the white or silver color you want.

If your hair looks very brassy after bleaching, you may need a permanent white toner for hair. When permanent hair dye is used as part of a two-step coloring process, it is referred to a permanent toner. To get rid of unwanted brassiness, choose a platinum or white-blond permanent hair dye. While this will be more damaging than using a toner, the permanent dye will lift brassy tones while depositing the color you want. If unwanted tones remain after using the dye, either rinse the hair with a deposit-only toner or consult a professional hair colorist.

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That's a nice observation about your grandmother, Talentryto. I think too many people fuss over keeping the gray out of their hair, though so many people look great if they just go with their natural hair color. Hair that has a blue or purple cast doesn't look attractive though, either, so it helps to have advice on keeping silver hair looking its best.


My grandmother uses white hair toner for her beautiful silver hair. She gives her friends advice about how to measure the exact amount of purple or blue-based toner to keep hair looking silver without unnatural coloring. They listen to her, because her hair always looks great.

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