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I have blonde highlights all over my head, so it's mostly blonde, but I've never used an actual toner on my hair, only purple shampoo/conditioner. My mum gave me a toner that she uses on her hair (Jerome Russel 'Steel' Maximum Colour Toner), so it's for quite grey hair, as indicated by my mum and the colour on the box. Can I still use it? I don't want grey hair, just to eradicate some of the brassiness. It's says to leave it on for a maximum of 30 minutes, but says very dry hair could process in 10-15 minutes. My hair isn't super dry, but could I maybe leave it on for 5-10 minutes without it turning grey? Or should I just buy another toner? Really confused.
The purple shampoos/conditioners out there are mostly quite gentle. Meant, i think, to be used often for a long term cumulative effect.
IMO if the purple shampoos ect. are enough to keep your brassiness down on their own then that steel grey toner will be a bit strong for you.
If you find the purple shampoos aren't keeping the brassiness down then maybe your highlights are too dark/orangey for a subtle toner to work? In that case you could give the JR one a go and see ... depends how brave you are
(all at home hair tone/colouring is a bit of a leap of faith)
I used to use 50/50 Wella colour charm T18 and T11 to tone brassiness out. (mixed with a 20% developer). All available on amazon, the best and longest lasting toning option out there IMO. A lovely neutral pale blonde. No yellow, no ash, all done in 10/15 mins.
I'm another one who uses wella T11 (one quarter of a bottle) with T18 (three quarters of a bottle) and then a 20 developer. Kept it on for 20 min for real brassy hair. Then use purple shampoo for upkeep once a week (its drying). I get it at Sally's beauty supply, idk if you guys have them over there, or online.
Thank you everyone. The problem is I only wash it about once a week, so I don't know if using a purple shampoo/conditioner once a week would be enough to keep the brassiness away? I also would prefer a neutral blonde tone I think. It's not really brassy at all actually, just quite warm atm which I do like when I put on fake tan but not so much when I'm my natural skin colour (pale as fuck). Therefore I figured that neutral would be the solution to that.
I use a brand called fudge purple shampoo. It's so strong! I have literally turned parts of hair purple before but it works! It's quite pricey but last a long time! You can use it as often as you like but usually once a week is enough to keep the yellow at bay.
I usually wash my hair once or twice with normal shampoo and then use the purple shampoo (slap loads of it on and really massage it in) I suggest you wash excess off before you massage because if your hands are a little dry you end up with purple hands lol. And then just leave for a couple of minutes depending on how brave you are lol.
I love mine grey! Literally blonde is always too yellow for me 🙈 it's actually a nightmare but found this is much better than trying to keep buying toners and getting the right one!