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Do You Shampoo After Toner? (The Complete Guide)

Do You Shampoo After Toner? (The Complete Guide)

Toners are great hair treatments that could enhance your hair color to a professional level. These products don’t actively change the color of your hair like a hair dye or bleach powder would but they can alter the undertones.

For instance, if you are a blonde and you have some yellow or orange undertones, you should use a toner to neutralize those. But you can use toners if you are a brunette as well, as it is not just for blondes or light hair colors.

If you are using a toner to treat your hair, you might wonder if using shampoo after it is a good idea. There are similar questions regarding the use of conditioner after treating your hair with a toner.

Do You Shampoo Before Toner?

Using a toner involves a simple process to follow. What you do to your hair before you use the toner is not as important as what you do after you use it. You can simply use the toner any time you want to eliminate those yellow or brassy undertones.

There is no need to shampoo your hair before using a toner. As a matter of fact, it is not even recommended to wash your hair before toning it.

Leave at least one day to pass between the last time you washed your hair and the time you want to use a toner. Doing so will give your follicles time to create the oils they need to assimilate the toner.

Your hair cuticles will also be open enough to allow the toner to penetrate them. You will increase the effect of the toner and find its results a lot more potent as well.

Washing your hair with a shampoo right before using a toner will only strip it off the useful oils. Even if your hair will be clean, the toner will not have a chance to penetrate it as easy and you will not be so impressed with the outcome.


Do You Use Shampoo and Conditioner After Toner?

Once you used a toner to correct the color of your hair, you will have to wash it properly in order to eliminate the undertones. Once the toner took effect on your hair and you used it according to the instructions, you will have to wash your hair.

Make sure you get rid of all the toner in your hair by rinsing it with lukewarm water. If the water is too hot, it will burn your follicles and wash the toner out from inside of them.

On the other hand, if the water is too cold, you will shut your hair cuticles and this is not healthy for your hair color either. Coldwater can also damage your scalp skin by facilitating the formation of dandruff.

So, try to keep the temperature of the water at a comfortable, warm level, and stay away from extremes.

When you wash your hair after using a toner, choose a high moisturizing shampoo that will nourish your hair from its roots to the edges go for a moisturizing conditioner as well for the same reasons.

It is recommended to choose a shampoo and conditioner meant for dyed hair.

They will protect your hair color and the effects of the toner on it too. You can also use leave-in conditioners which add an extra layer of protection to your dyed hair so it will not get damaged by outside factors.

When Can You Wash Hair After Toner?

After you apply the toner on your hair, you should clean it immediately.

Rinsing the toner also calls for using shampoo and conditioner afterward. You should wash your hair as you would normally wash it and use products that are dye-friendly.

It is recommended to use a hair mask at least once a week as well. Apply it on your hair after you wash it, in order to offer it the nutrients it needs to look smooth and shiny.

Your main goal as you wash your hair after using a toner is to clean all the toner residue off it. So, you should not only wash it as soon as you toned it but you should also insist on all the strands.

Rinse it with attention to details and make sure you take your time to clean those areas where you added more toner due to too many undertones.

Also Read: How To Use Hair Toner After Bleaching?

Can I Use Purple Shampoo After Toner?

Purple shampoo is considered to be a toner by itself.

It is a great shampoo to use when you need to neutralize undertones in your hair. Both purple shampoo and silver shampoo are very useful to maintain your blonde or light hair color between salon appointments.

The purple shampoo will cancel yellow tones and silver shampoo will cancel brassy or more orange tones.

You can use purple shampoo after you use a more professional toner or when you simply wash your hair. This shampoo works by adding purple dye particles inside your hair so that it will get rid of the yellow undertones.

You don’t need to use purple shampoo every time you wash your hair, though. Two to three times a week should be enough to see a difference. But be patient as you will notice results from this shampoo over time.

How To Use Toner the Right Way?

Using toner for the first time might be challenging but as soon as you become used to the process you will see it’s quite easy.

Mix your toner and developer

Before anything else, you will need to mix the toner with the developer. At times these two come in the same package. The ratio in this mix should be one part of toner to two parts of the developer.

However, you will ultimately have to follow the indications that come on the package as most products come with all the information you need.

Apply the toner mix to your hair

Once you got your toner mix you will need a brush and gloves to apply it to your hair. Insist on the areas that are most affected by undertones, being them yellow or brassy tones.

If you dyed your hair by yourself, you will not find it difficult to apply the toner mix. The process is similar to dying your hair and you will also have to wait between 30 minutes and 45 minutes to see the effects you want.

Wash your hair

After the time passed, you will have to rinse the toner off your hair.

During this step, you will wash your hair as you normally would. However, it is recommended to use a conditioner and shampoo that will nourish your hair profoundly.

Wash your hair diligently and make sure you eliminate all the toner residue in it before you start drying it. You can use your blow-drier or simply tap it in a towel before you can enjoy your hairstyle of choice.

Also Read: Homemade DIY Hair Toner for Brassy Hair


Using a toner can make an important difference for your hair. You will love the way it highlights your color and gets rid of those undertones that damage your overall hair shade. But in order to enjoy all these benefits, you need to use the right toner for you.

The way you use it is just as important as you will have to apply it correctly. Apply the tips in this guide and enjoy a better hair color without the unpleasant yellow and orange undertones. If you’re not sure what toner to choose for your hair, ask a specialist before you dive into all the options you can find on the market.

Over time you will learn what works best for your hair and you will understand how to get rid of those undertones with less hassle. You can use purple and silver shampoo at home as well but the results will come slower which is why you should incorporate these products into your hair care routine. 

Susie Anderson

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

Thank you for all the great information. You answered all my questions.

Raluca Bolocan

Friday 17th of September 2021

Multumesc Irina! Very helpful article! All the best