How To Fix Over-Toned Hair

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In order to achieve that perfect blond hair, you need to use a toner in order to cancel out the unwanted color tones. At the salon, professionals can do this for you. They will be able to select which toner is right for your hair and will know how long it needs to stay in your hair. 

However, if you decide to DIY, there is a possibility for you to go too far. I’m sure you don’t like the purple tinge or flat, grey look so I’m here to help you know how to fix over-toned hair

The easiest way to do this is just to let the hair toner fade over time. Eventually, the over-toned hair can be fixed on its own if you just give it time. 

However, sometimes you just don’t want to wait! So in this article, I’ll explain how to fix over-toned blonde hair, fast!


What Does Over-Toned Hair Look Like?

One way for you to discover whether your hair is over toned is to look at it under natural light. Take note of the color of your toners. The most common are the purple and blue ones. 

If you see that there are green, blue, or purple tones on your hair when exposed to natural light, then it is likely that your hair is over toned. Sometimes, you don’t see it immediately indoors, so it is best to go out where there is ample natural light to assess your hair. 

Additionally, your hair may also feel stiffer than usual or it tends to stain things that it touches. For that, look at your pillowcase or try to see the towel you used to dry your hair after washing it. 

What Happens To Over-Toned Hair?

If you want to lighten your hair color, it is essential to use bleaching products to remove the color on your hair.

When the darker colors are removed, your hair may be left with other unwanted tones that can make your hair look brassy.

It could appear too yellow, golden, or orange in color. 

Those colors may not look so good, depending on the mix. That’s why hair toners exist! They can help make those unwanted tones less visible. 

Hair toners help hide those unwanted tones because they are the opposite color in the color wheel. To effectively tone the hair into the shade you really want, you have to know which toner to use and for how long to use it on your hair. 

Sometimes, your hair can get over-toned. You’ll easily notice this because instead of simply canceling out the unwanted tones, it could look more grayish or purplish than you intend to. 

For some, this is fine but there are others who don’t really prefer to have over toned hair. Don’t worry, there are several solutions to this problem.

How To Fix Over-Toned Hair The Easy Way

The easiest way to fix over-toned hair is to not do anything. You read that right. You don’t really have to do anything to correct it but you have to give it time. 

The easiest way to fix over-toned hair is to not do anything.

The effect of hair toners usually fades over time.

That’s why you begin to see those brassy tones again after several months of toning your hair. You just have to go on with your normal hair routine and eventually the over-toned hair fades naturally. 

This is the safest and simplest thing to do. You don’t have to use anything special or slightly harmful to your hair just to get it to the shade that you prefer. 

However, if you just can’t wait for the toner to fade, there are still some things that you could try to help your over-toned hair look better. 

Fixing Over-Toned Blonde Hair

If you are looking for a remedy for your over-toned hair, you don’t really have to buy new products. You might already have the things you need at home to correct you’re over-toned hair.

Here’s what you’ll need and what you have to do:

Clarifying Shampoo To Remove Toner

Aussie Clarifying Shampoo

Will clarifying shampoo remove toner? Yes, it will!

One of the easiest methods is to use Clarifying Shampoo to remove toner from your hair. This is one of the most effective ways to correct over-toned hair.

You have to use it multiple times to see results. 

Clarifying shampoo is made to strip build-up and excess oils from your hair. It can successfully remove the excess toner on your hair. 

If you want to remove those purple stains on your hair immediately, doing 2-3 washes with this can help. 

You may choose to use clarifying shampoo instead of your usual shampoo for your normal hair routine if you want to gradually fade the over toned hair. 

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Baking Soda

baking soda

Baking soda is another common ingredient you’ll find at home. With it, you simply have to massage about a tablespoon on your hair. Then, leave it on your hair for a few minutes before thoroughly rinsing it out. 

The brightening property of the baking soda will help remove the excess toner and bring back the golden tones in your hair. 

Dishwashing Liquid

dish soap

Although a clarifying shampoo is easily available in the market, you might not have them on hand at home. Another cleanser that you can use to get rid of the excess toner is dishwashing liquid

A dishwashing liquid can be used just as you would your clarifying shampoo. You have to take note that it may be much stronger and drying than your clarifying shampoo. That’s why it would be best to use a conditioner afterward. 

Lemon And Conditioner


Another way to remove the excess toner from your hair is to use a solution of mixed conditioner plus lemon juice. The conditioner is helpful to bring moisture back to your hair. This is important if you chose to use dishwashing liquid or clarifying shampoo. 

The acidity of the lemon juice helps remove the excess toner from your hair. You simply have to mix four parts of lemon juice with one part of the conditioner.

After shampooing your hair, you apply this mixture and comb it through the hair. Leave it for about 30 minutes before thoroughly rinsing it out. 

Diluted Hydrogen Peroxide

hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide can help with over-toned hair. However, this is very harsh to the hair that is why it should be your last option. Before you decide to do this, you should first condition your hair so that the effects aren’t that challenging. 

Also, remember that you must dilute the hydrogen peroxide in water first then use a spray bottle to apply it to your hair.

With this, you should only leave it on your hair for a minute then rinse it out immediately to prevent damage. 

After completely rinsing it out, you should apply a conditioner afterward or use a deep conditioner to keep the hair healthy. 

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Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).