If you like playing around with different hair colors, chances are you’ve needed some toning done. Hair likes to turn brassy, whether it becomes yellow or orange. It can be expensive to get that brassiness fixed at the salon but the thing is, you don’t have to. You can learn how to tone your hair at home.
My problem is that I went a bright red color with my hair a couple times in the past, so now when I dye my hair darker or lighter, there are always orange-red tones underneath that want to come through. No matter what color I dye my hair, it always ends up fading to that ugly orange-red color, like a copper penny. No thanks Abe Lincoln, not what I want.
Luckily, there is an easy fix!
What you’ll need:
• White mixing bowl/container
• White-colored conditioner
• Tint brush
• Ultra Violet Manic Panic
A little info about the Manic Panic:
There are some things I’d like to point out before showing the video and explaining the directions. Manic Panic is semi-permanent hair color that is also vegan. It is also not tested on animals. Ultra Violet Manic Panic is the perfect toner because it is a ‘royal shade of deep indigo’, as Sally Beauty says. When it comes to toning, your hair needs the opposite color of whatever the brassiness is you’re trying to get rid of. Ultra Violet works to cancel out brassy blonde (yellow hair) because of the purple in it and it works for brassy brunettes (orange/red hair) because of the blue in it. I fall into the brassy brunette category and I can say this worked out great for me.
Here is a photo of my results:
The left side is my brassy brown hair with so many multi-color orange tones in it. The Manic Panic toner cancelled out the orange and made my hair into a darker/chocolate brown. I love it!
How To Tone Your Hair at Home:
This video shows a yellowy blonde turning into a perfect ash blonde. But as you can see with my results in the photo above, it works to tone brunette hair too! The difference is that when you tone brown hair, it makes it darker, but still removes most of the brassy color.
Once you have your Ultra Violet Manic Panic, your white-colored conditioner, a white mixing bowl and a tint brush, you’re ready to begin.
1 ) Wash and dry your hair (don’t put any product in after the shower). Toning will work best on clean hair.
2 ) Put conditioner in the bowl and slowly mix in small amounts of Manic Panic at a time.
3 ) Apply the toner mixture to your hair with the tint brush. You can help blend it in with your hands (so you don’t miss any spots).
4 ) Leave in for about 30-40 minutes then rinse with water.
I hope this helped you out! You don’t have to be a hair professional to learn how to tone your hair at home. Feel free to leave any questions or comments below.