In today's post, I want to chat all about toning your hair: what it is, why do it, why it's not only for color-treated hair and my go-to products for keeping your color in check.Kevin Murphy Colouring Angels

What Exactly IS Toner?

If you color your hair, you may have heard your colorist mention a toner, gloss or a glaze. They basically all fall under the same category. In short, toner is meant to counteract unwanted hues and/or enhance the color of your hair.

Most commonly (and especially if you're a fellow blonde), you've heard of the benefits of using a purple shampoo to counteract brassy yellow tones as your color oxidizes. Purple shampoo = toner.


Do Toners Change Your
Hair Color?

Toners are made to alter the undertone of your hair color. Different from lifting with bleach or applying a color, a toner helps to manipulate the shade of your hair, making it cooler, ashier, glossier or even different colors like pink or purple.


kevin murphy colouring angels
kevin murphy colouring angels


How Long Does Toner

Most toners are semi-permanent, so the more you wash, the more you'll need to tone. Being a naturally dark brunette, my blonde tends to oxidize pretty quickly, meaning my ashy blonde quickly turns to a warmer blonde; that's where the toner comes in, bringing it back to that ashy undertone that I want to maintain.


What If I'm Brunette/Don't Color My Hair?

While we typically hear about toners being used on blondes, there are also products out there for brunettes, and even for people who don't color their hair! These are called clear toners and while they don't really tone your hair color, they instead give you a restorative glossy shine.


How Do You Apply Toner?

Applying a toner is just like shampooing your hair. After shampoo, I massage my toner into my hair (mostly at the root) and leave it on for 3-5 minutes, then rinse and condition. The cool thing about toner is that you can choose to apply it all over, or you can focus on specific parts of your hair. For example, I never tone my ends because they are already white blonde. My goal is for my highlights at the roots to mimic my ends, so I typically stick to toning from the ears up.

Kevin Murphy's

Kevin Murphy's newly released COLOURING. ANGELS line has been a total saving grace for my hair! The line includes four color-enhancing shine treatments that add a lip-gloss like shine and tone the hair to enhance existing tones, neutralize unwanted tones, and improve color longevity without building up on the hair (

I use both the COOL.ANGEL to cut out the brass and the CRYSTAL.ANGEL to add a glossy sheen.


kevin murphy colouring angels

The AUTUMN.ANGEL adds a soft, apricot rosé hue for natural, rose gold, or apricot-toned blondes.

The COOL.ANGEL magnifies cool, ash shades while removing stubborn orange hues from the hair.

The SUGARED.ANGEL enhances a creamy, vanilla beige to mute unwanted warmth and create luminous toffee tones.

The CRYSTAL.ANGEL enhances your existing color (color-treated or not) while illuminating your strands with a glossy, clear top coat.

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