How To Remove Toner From Hair

Neutralize the effect of a toner with conditioner, lemon, and other handy ingredients.

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Many people use toner to rev the looks of their colored hair as it gives a new and enhanced look to it. It gives a silky touch to your colored hair and helps it shine. However, it is a different struggle altogether to remove toner from your hair. In this article, we discuss various ways to remove it from your tresses easily. In addition, we share some after-care tips that you should follow religiously to maintain healthy hair. Continue reading.

Should I Remove Toner From My Hair?

Consult a professional hairstylist for the toner removal procedure
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Yes, if you are not happy with the results. It is good to consult a professional hair stylist from a hair salon for the procedure as the toner removal process often makes the hair dry and brittle. You can also do it at home. However, you need to stick to a thorough after-care routine to restore hair health.

Hair toners fade over time, and you can quicken the process by frequently washing your hair. It may take around a month to completely wash out the toner from the hair. If you do not want to wait that long and remove the toner from your hair at home, follow the steps mentioned below.

How To Get Toner Out Of Your Hair: 4 Simple Ways

1. Hydrogen Peroxide And Shampoo


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Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent that helps to strip the toner from your hair.

You Will Need

  • 100 ml of hydrogen peroxide solution
  • 100 ml of a mild shampoo
  • Rubber or plastic gloves


  1. Mix the ingredients and store the mixture in a spray bottle.
  2. Spritz the mixture on your damp hair, focusing on areas with the toner.
  3. Wear gloves and spread the solution evenly on the hair strands.
  4. Wait for 2-5 minutes. Do not leave for any longer than 5 minutes.
  5. Rinse well with lukewarm water.
  6. Apply a hydrating conditioner and wash off with room temperature water.

2. Baking Soda And Shampoo

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Baking soda is abrasive and may help exfoliate the toner from your hair. Mixing it with a clarifying shampoo removes dirt and buildup from the hair and scalp.

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 10 ml of clarifying shampoo


  1. Mix the baking soda and the shampoo.
  2. Scrub your hair gently with this mixture.
  3. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water.
  4. Apply a nourishing conditioner.
  5. Wash off with room temperature water.

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Keep the baking soda and shampoo mixture in your hair for at least 20 minutes before washing it off.

3. Lemon Juice And Conditioner

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Lemon juice has natural bleaching and oxidizing properties that can help remove the toner. It is a safe and natural option, but you must use it sparingly as it can dry out the hair. Use it within two days of using the toner.

Inge, a beauty vlogger, shared her experience of using lemon juice and conditioner to remove the blue, ashy tones in her hair (i). She said, “ There is a little bit of purple sheen almost to it, but the blue is gone.” She also suggested that this method be used just 24 hours after a hair color treatment for optimal results.

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (adjust the quantity as per your hair length)
  • 15 ml of hydrating conditioner


  1. Mix the conditioner and lemon juice.
  2. Apply it to your hair using your fingers or a wide-toothed comb.
  3. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes. Cover your hair with a shower cap.
  4. Wash your hair with lukewarm water.

4. Salt Water

Salt water can help remove toner from your hair by fading the color as exposure to salt helps scrub the dye from the hair.

You Will Need

  • 1/4 cup table salt or sea salt
  • A quart of warm water
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner


  1. Mix salt into warm water and stir until the salt dissolves.
  2. Wet your hair thoroughly.
  3. Pour the salt water mixture over your hair and massage it into your hair.
  4. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water.
  6. Shampoo and condition your hair as usual.
  7. Repeat as needed to fade the toner or hair dye gradually.

Follow these recipes to remove hair dye and remove green, blue, and ash toners from the hair. When choosing hair products for hair color removal, it’s important to opt for gentle, nourishing formulas that won’t damage or dry out your hair. However, to prevent dryness, you can also follow the after-care tips in the next section.

Tips To Care For Your Hair After Toner Removal

Massage your hair with coconut oil
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  • Switch to a hydrating and mild shampoo that does not contain drying alcohols and sulfates. Go for shampoos containing ingredients like glycerin, plant oils, and xanthan gum.
  • Always follow up with a nourishing conditioner.
  • Use a deep conditioning mask at least once a week.
  • Massage your scalp and hair ends with nourishing oils like coconut, almond, and jojoba oils.
  • Avoid dye jobs immediately after removing the toner, as too much chemical processing can damage your hair.
  • Get regular trims, especially if you notice dry or split ends.
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Avoid going through toner removal more than once in a span of one to two weeks to prevent further hair damage.

Infographic: Most Effective Ways To Remove Toner From Hair

Toners give hair a glossy, smooth texture. They improve hair appearance and help to balance out the hair color. However, they are hard to remove from one’s mane. The solution? Well, in this infographic, we have listed the most effective ways you can get that stubborn toner off your tresses. Take a look.

most effective ways to remove toner from hair (infographic)

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Toners help give your hair a silky finish and shiny appearance. It helps neutralize the hair color and enhance the look. However, it is not easy to remove toner from your hair. Follow the tips and methods discussed in the article to quicken the removal process. You can use ingredients like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, or lemon to get rid of toner from the hair. You can also visit a hair professional to remove it. After the process, you may also have to take extra hair care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does coconut oil remove toner from hair?

No, coconut oil may not remove toner from the hair. However, applying it to colored hair reduces the dryness and damage caused by the colored hair treatment.

How does Dawn dish soap remove toner?

When used on color-treated hair, the Dawn dish soap forms a chelating agent with the hair dye that can be washed out easily with water (this process is termed chelation).

Does vinegar remove hair toner?

Yes, white vinegar may help remove excess toner from the hair due to its acidic nature. However, you may need multiple applications or rinses to properly correct the faded hair color.

Does chlorine remove hair toner?

Yes, chlorine may remove hair toner but it may also dry out and damage your hair in the process.

How can you prevent an unwanted toner from appearing in your hair in the first place?

Be mindful of the developer-toner ratio (2:1) and use a brush to apply it on your hair to prevent excess toner in your hair.

Key Takeaways

  • Toner helps keep colored hair shiny and silky, but it can be challenging to remove it from your hair.
  • Hair toner fades over time, and you can speed up the process by washing your hair frequently.
  • You can use hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, or lemon juice to eliminate toner from your tresses.
  • Maintain healthy hair by massaging your scalp and hair ends with nourishing oils and using a mild hydrating shampoo after removing toner.
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Madison Dufour is a licensed and practicing barber and cosmetologist with 10 years of experience, as well as an entrepreneur running several hair businesses, including MadisonD Barbering and The Exquisite Find Hair Blog. After working behind the chair for several years, she felt the calling to start the non-profit Barber in a Bag that teaches basic hair cutting skills full bio

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