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Colour Wheel - Neutralizers - Toners
« on: 18 Feb 11 / 09:31 PM »
Ok so once again there's a pattern emerging in the questions popping up in the forum. Mostly people are asking how, what, why toners work etc.

What's a hair toner? Well, despite what some people think, toners do not lighten your hair. They are basically a solution of a very pale colour - usually lilac or pale purple. This colour will cancel out yellow tones in your freshly bleached hair to make a pale base for your next colour experiment.

How does it work? Well each colour belongs to part of a colour "family" which is part of the three primary colours - blue, yellow, red. What the heck is a primary colour? Well it's a colour that can't be made using another colour. You can't mix any colours to make blue, red or yellow. they are what they are. However you can use these three colours to make other colours such as purple  (red + blue) for example. Purple, orange and green are secondary colours - they come second to primary colours. Then we get into the tertiary colours, these bridge the gap between the purple and the blue or the purple and the red for instance.

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If you look at the section of yellow you will see that directly opposite is purple. These two colours cancel each other out because they are opposites. If you mix paint in these colours you'll get brown. Try mixing paint of any two opposite colours on the colour wheel, you'll get brown. Brown is considered a neutral colour.

Well that's all very arty but what's that got to do with hair?

You just dyed your hair a colour which looked fab at the time but you don't like the way it fades and you fancy a change. You've tried bleach and got yellow left in your hair? You tried bleach and it just made the colour turn a pale version of what it was? You want to try a new colour but you're worried it'll just blend with the colour you had before and you don't want a mix? You already dyed it over the top and now it's all gone peculiar?

Well then the colour wheel is your friend. Whatever colour you have that needs to be changed may need to be neutralised before you try another colour. Whatever colour you have can easily be neutralised by using the opposite colour on the wheel. Clever huh?

Most toners are lilac coloured but if you're trying to get rid of a purple you don't want to add more purple to it. So you need a yellow colour. If you can't get a yellow toner then dilute a yellow dye and make it very pale. Add that to your hair and voila! Neutral colour hair ready for your next experiment, or maybe for that brown colour you need for the job interview. If it doesn't neatralise it maybe the amount of dye wasn't strong enough. Just do it again and add more dye, just a little. Don't go adding a whole heap more otherwise you could add further to the problems that you already have.

So take it easy with your hair and good luck!
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Re: Colour Wheel - Neutralizers - Toners
« Reply #1 on: 26 Feb 11 / 03:17 PM »
What would the opposite of pink be for this?
 

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« Reply #2 on: 26 Feb 11 / 05:52 PM »
Thank you so much. This is so helpful!

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« Reply #3 on: 26 Feb 11 / 06:20 PM »
What would the opposite of pink be for this?

Most pinks are made from reds and purples, the opposite would be a green colour.
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Re: Colour Wheel - Neutralizers - Toners
« Reply #4 on: 09 Mar 11 / 09:08 PM »
Any chance of making this a sticky so it done get lost in the posts as this is really helpful?

 

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« Reply #5 on: 11 Mar 11 / 08:19 AM »
Any chance of making this a sticky so it done get lost in the posts as this is really helpful?



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Re: Colour Wheel - Neutralizers - Toners
« Reply #6 on: 11 Mar 11 / 09:56 AM »
I agree, it's a very helpful post - thanks again Mathurine.

It's stickied now :)
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« Reply #7 on: 13 Mar 11 / 01:29 AM »
this post helped me out alot! i was so confused about toners. thanks!
 

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« Reply #8 on: 13 Mar 11 / 09:55 PM »
Fab! I'm so glad that this has been useful.
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« Reply #9 on: 17 Mar 11 / 08:36 PM »
Couldnt of said it better myself =D ive just been learning about this in hairdressing theory and i could of done with that colour wheel =]
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Re: Colour Wheel - Neutralizers - Toners
« Reply #10 on: 17 Mar 11 / 09:27 PM »
right, so this is the blurb and a photo of the toner i've been raving about. it says on the front of the bottle:

colour effects
wash in, was out,
colour 8:1 cool blonde
conditioning colour
3 applications

it does so many more than three applications! i used it atleat 5tme before going blue and i use it every time i bleach my roots as well, so i always get the same base  :P

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« Reply #11 on: 17 Mar 11 / 10:18 PM »
I bought the chocolate brown of the same toner two years ago when I had longer hair. I'm still using this toner bottle from time to time now, with a hair chop inbetween and 2years on! It's great stuff.
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« Reply #12 on: 27 Mar 11 / 10:02 PM »
i know this is a silly question will i need to put toner on b4 i go yellow? or will it not matter
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« Reply #13 on: 27 Mar 11 / 10:17 PM »
You could maybe do it for even colour coverage?
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« Reply #14 on: 27 Mar 11 / 10:21 PM »
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« Reply #15 on: 30 Mar 11 / 11:49 PM »
i know this is probably a silly question as it's right up there but... if i bleached my hair and it went through the first stages of being quite orange/slightly yellow, if i put blue dye on it... would it neutralize it? and if so, to what colour?
 

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« Reply #16 on: 31 Mar 11 / 09:21 AM »
If you only used a small amount of blue dye in a conditioner it would neutralize it and it would go a mid brown, but it's not a very nice shade of brown. It's just enough to look more normal than brassy orange.

If you dye it as normal then the blue will mix with the orange (like paints in a paint pot) and create a weird green colour. So it's down to quantities of dye.

A little dye neutralizes the orange but a lot of dye just mixes with it and creates a new colour.
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« Reply #17 on: 15 Apr 11 / 10:44 PM »
This all makes a ton of sense and is very helpful but I have a sort of random specific question...

A decent amount of random platinum or white blond tutorials say to use a wella color frosty ash for desired toning to platinum, and to use it on the mega pale yellow bleached hair.  When I looked at the color it said the base was blue. Technically wouldn't that just turn your hair green? I'm curious cuz I bought some but I'm a little nervous to use it. lol I would think the lightest ash color to take your hair from yellow to platinum would be purple or violet based.
 

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« Reply #18 on: 18 Apr 11 / 05:51 PM »
If it's a specific Ash toner you should be fine. The base may be blue but that doesn't mean there's no pink in there to make it lilac.  If it's just a blue shade of toner - no specific blonde colour mentioned then proceed with caution.
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« Reply #19 on: 20 Apr 11 / 05:40 PM »
I see, it is an ash color.  I decided to go ahead and try it out and it neutralized my hair a little but not much.  Purple based toner seems like the way to go for my hairs.
 

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« Reply #20 on: 21 Apr 11 / 03:37 PM »
Everyone's different. What works for some doesn't work for others. At least you figured a way to get your hair nice and pale.
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« Reply #21 on: 25 May 11 / 04:54 PM »
ok, so Im striping my hair and Im fully preparing for it to be ginger/orangey. I used a red xxl colour, so if I wack a blue toner on it, will it restore the hair back to its lightened state? The colour I used lightens as it dyes I didnt put a bleach on it.
Iam I right in thinking this?
 

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« Reply #22 on: 26 May 11 / 09:22 AM »
Adding colour to colour won't lighten it, just neautralize it. In other words it mixes like a paint pot and turns a brownish colour. If you want it lighter you'll have to strip it all out with dandruff shapoos or colour b4 or use bleach.
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« Reply #23 on: 26 May 11 / 12:35 PM »
oooohhhh ok. HA I think I'll leave it up to the hairdresser, Im pretty sure if I let myself loose on my hair with bleach it would only turn a brighter orange.
 

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« Reply #24 on: 13 Jun 11 / 11:32 AM »
thanks this is very useful, im red and want to go copper....will it go pink though? ive been told it would
 

 

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