So, you’ve just bought the hair item of AZ Hair and they’re a close but not perfect match to your hair, and you need an easy fix… toning is your solution, and what’s even better is that it’s so simple to do that and you don’t even need to visit your hairdresser – you can do it at home!
You can tone any of our blonde extensions to have them appear brighter in tone or create that perfect ash using any purple shampoo. Keep in mind that the more pigment the shampoo has, the faster your extensions will respond to the toner, whereas a more diluted shampoo will require more time to soak in the shampoo bath before you can detect a difference.
Watch our video below to see how we recommend toning your extensions and the products we use or scroll down to read our step-by-step instructions.
I. Can I Tone Them Myself With Purple Shampoo?
If you wanted to tone your set yourself with purple shampoo, please keep in mind that it will balance out the golden undertones from the Ash Blonde and Bleach Blonde shades and make it cooler, however, depending on your tone of blonde, this may not be the best alternative to making your extensions match better to your hair color.
Also, we don’t recommend purple shampooing the Dirty Blonde shade as it will most likely not create a fully cool-toned medium blonde color. Instead, it may remove some of the brassiness. If you are looking for a dramatic difference, we recommend having this shade professionally toned.
II. What's The Best Way To Tone My Extensions With Purple Shampoo?
Step #1: Brush Your Extensions
The first and most important step is to gently brush your extensions before getting them wet. This will prevent any possibilities of tangling during the process of toning/washing your extensions. Always brush downwards and gently! We recommend using a soft bristle brush or investing in a looped brush made especially for hair extensions when brushing your extensions.
Step #2: Prepare A Shampoo Bath
Make sure your sink or your bowl is clean from any leftover residue of your day-to-day routines when using other products, and fill it up with lukewarm water. This temperature of the water will help your extensions soak up the water and pigments into the cuticle and hold onto the color better. This will also ensure your wefts are evenly soaking up the color. Pump approximately 2-4 squirts of your favorite purple shampoo into the water, and then gently swirl the water around to dilute purple shampoo into the water until you achieve a vibrant purple color (making sure all of the shampoo is dissolved)
Step #3: Toning Hair Extensions
1. Test A Small Weft Prior To Toning The Full Set To See How Ashy You Want.
Dip the weft into the water completely letting it soak for a couple of seconds to a minute. Then, take it out and gently squeeze the remaining water out (starting at the base of the weft and slowly squeezing down towards the ends) into the sink/deep bowl. After doing this once, you can see how much of the color the weft has soaked up.
We recommend letting this weft air dry and seeing the results before continuing with this process to the rest of the wefts. This way, you will be able to see the end result and you will have a better idea of how many times to let it soak up the purple color.
2. Continue The Same Process For The Rest Of The Wefts
Once you are satisfied with the result of the strand test, gently hold your extensions from the top and dip them into the shampoo bowl. Then repeat the same process for the remainder of the wefts and set them aside once done.
Step #4: Rinse Off Shampoo and Condition Your Extensions
Once you’ve finished toning your extensions, drain your sink of the soapy water and rinse the sink from any residues. Gently wash each weft under lukewarm water and assure the water runs clear of any leftover purple shampoo. Then, take a generous amount of your favorite conditioner and coat your extensions from top to bottom, be sure to gently massage in the product thoroughly. You can use the conditioner as a mask and leave it on for 10-20 minutes. Doing so will have your set feeling soft and smooth.
Step 5#: Rinse Off Conditioner and Air-dry Your Extensions
Once you’ve conditioned your extensions, gently wash each weft under the lukewarm water and assure the water runs clear. You can then rinse them again with cold water and you are all done!
Then, lay out all of the wefts on a flat surface, side-by-side, and gently pat the excess moisture from the hair. Make sure that you gently squeeze any excess water from your extensions.
Now that your extensions are dry, gently brush the hair to remove any surface tangling to have them feel soft and ready to style. If you are going to use a heated tool, ensure that you always use a heat protectant spray to help prolong the life expectancy of your extensions.
And just like that, your extensions are beautifully toned and ready to wear. If you have over-toned your extensions we recommend using a clarifying shampoo to help strip away the toner from the extensions, simply wash them like you would if you weren’t toning.