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How to Remove Ash Toner from Hair: Easy Tips To Implement.

What is an Ash Toner?

Toner is a product used to tone your hair; it neutralises orange and yellow shades on bleached hairs. Ash toner looks like a bluish-greyish-silverfish kind of tone. Ash is a more relaxed tone people like to add warmer shades to get the right hair colour. Ash toner is applied to bleached and blonde hairs.

Toning is an easy process that can be done at your home to cancel out any unwanted color on your hair, get a required no. of toner, mix it with the developer and apply it to your hairs. But what if you or your hairstylist have applied a more generous amount of ash toner without any warm color making your hairs look ashier than it was required.

Now what to do with your over toned hairs? How to remove ash toner from hair? You don’t need to panic as in this article, we will talk about the easiest ways to remove ash toner at home from your hairs. 

Best Ways to Remove Ash Toner from Hairs

Most of the time, toner goes away with several washes, but you can follow these simple steps if you want to speed up this process.

Trip to your Hairstylist


The easiest way is to plan a trip to your hairstylist as they will use more accurate colors and techniques to remove your ashy tone. The hairstylist will use any warm shade like golden, red, magenta and will apply in sections or highlight whatever you want. With this, you will get your desired shade without any hassle.  

Use a Clarifying Shampoo

Clarifying Shampoo

These shampoos contain citric acid and acidic acid and are more potent than regular shampoos. They work best in removing toner as they are strong shampoos. Steps to using a clarifying shampoo.

  1. Wet your hair with warm water.
  2. Apply clarifying shampoo in a generous amount and massage it gently.
  3. Focus on more ashy areas.
  4. Wash out your shampoo under a hot shower as warm water opens up cuticles and make it easy for a toner to come out of your hair
  5. . You need to wash your hair up to 2-3 times to get rid of a more ashy tone.

It may cause dryness and can damage the ends of your hair. Use conditioner after it to avoid any damage.

Use of Lemon Juice and Conditioner

Use of Lemon Juice and Conditioner

Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to your conditioner. Lemon juice is acidic and can easily remove your ashy toner without harming your hair. With a quarter-size amount of conditioner, use a tablespoon of lemon juice to make a thick mixture. Conditioner minimizes the damage done by lemon juice. Steps to apply this mixture.

  1. Apply this mixture from roots to tip.
  2. Focus on more toned areas.
  3. Let it rest for 10 minutes and not more than that; otherwise, it will cause dryness.
  4. Rinse your hair with cold water.
  5. Repeat this remedy up to 1-2 times if your hairs are still ashy.

Use of a Color Remover

Buy a color remover that has bleach in it. Color removers have a little amount of bleach, so it will not damage your hair. Find a color remover with a minimum amount of bleach. Steps to using a color remover.

  1. Purchase a suitable color remover from any drug store.
  2. Prepare the mixture by following the instructions written on the box of your color remover.
  3. Apply more on ashy areas.
  4. Let it rest for 30 mins and not more than that. 
  5. Rinse your hair with cold water.

Keep in mind that the addition of bleach on already toned hairs can make it dry, damaged, and brittle if you feel dryness apply a conditioner after washing your hairs or deep condition your hairs after this.

Do a Bleach Wash

Bleach hair Wash

Mix a ratio of 1:1:1 of bleach powder, clarifying shampoo, and a volume developer 10. This treatment is less damaging than bleach treatment.

  1. Mix these three in a plastic bowl.
  2. Use only developer 10 for bleach wash as it is mild.
  3. Apply this mixture on dry hair.
  4. Don’t apply on roots and focus on damaged ashy areas.
  5. Apply this mixture for up to 5-10 min.
  6. Rinse your hairs afterward with cold water.
  7. Use shampoo after washing this mixture to remove all bleach from your hair.
  8. Try to use a sulfate-free shampoo this time.

It can damage your hair more, so keep in mind the damages it can do.

Use of Baking Soda

Use of Baking Soda

Baking soda is a readily available ingredient, and the addition of it in your shampoo can remove the ash toner from your hair. Add one teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo, then follow these steps.

  1. Mix baking soda with shampoo on your palm.
  2. Apply this mixture to your toned hairs.
  3. Let it set.
  4. Wash it out with cold water.

This can make your hair frizzy so avoid using it again and again.

Chelating Your Hairs

Chelating Your Hairs

This process is used to remove hair products from your hair. It can be used to remove ash toner from your hair. 

  1. Wash your hair first with a little bit of dish soap.
  2. Squeeze a lemon directly on your hair.
  3. Leave it for 1-2 mins.
  4. Rinse the lemon juice.
  5. Apply conditioner to reduce dryness.

There are many chelating shampoos too that are available in the market. You can search for these shampoos in any store.

Using Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda

Hydrogen peroxide with baking soda is used to remove ash toner from hairs. The procedure to apply this mixture is.

  1. Prepare a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.
  2. Cover your hair with this paste.
  3. Don’t apply on roots.
  4. Let it rest for 15-30 mins maximum.
  5. After this, rinse your hair with cold water.

It can irritate. It can make your hair frizzy and dry, so keep that in mind before using this technique.

What to do After the Removal of Ash Toner?

After all these tiring tasks and using products, you finally got your hairs back, but you will notice that your hairs are much drier now than before. This is a side effect, and you can cater it too easily by following these simple steps at home.

Using conditioner

conditioner hair

Use a conditioner after your wash. It will bring back the shine and softness in your hair. You can do deep conditioning for this. You can go to your hairstylist or do it at home. Just apply the right amount of conditioner on your hair, leave it for 15-45 min up to you and then wash your hairs. Repeat this process every week for good results.

Oiling you hair

Oiling you hair

Oiling is the best technique to remove dryness. To make your hair soft shiny and frizz-free, you can use almond oil, coconut oil, and mustard oil. Massage your scalp and roots with oil before shower or at night, then wash afterward.

Avoid any other treatment for some time

As your hairs have gone through, so many chemical treatments try to avoid using more chemicals or heat treatments like straightening, blow-dry, keratin, streaking, relaxing, etc. as it can cause more damage to your hair. Try to avoid coloring your hairs for some time; give your hair some time to breathe.


Toners are an excellent product use of it not harmful to your hair. If you are using a toner in the right way, it won’t cause any damage. Better is to get your hair done from a hairstylist as it is their job, and they know better about it. But as this pandemic is going on and people are staying more at home and doing their essential things by themselves, you can color your hair at home too.

Just select the right product and method, read the instructions carefully written on the product boxes. Try to do patch tests first rather than applying on all of your hairs. If you still get stuck or your ash toner turns out to be a disaster, follow the steps we have mentioned and instantly remove ash toner from your hair.

Medical Disclaimer: All the content available on the website is just for informational purposes. It’s not a substitute for any Professional advice. Don’t take it personally. As a medical student, I’m just trying to use my information through my content, and please keep in mind it’s not written by a professional doctor. Use the data just for educational purposes.


Q1. Are toners harmful to your hair?

Ans. No, they are not harmful to your hair. Select the right shade for your hair, and it will come out perfectly.

Q2. Does deep conditioning damage your hair?

Ans. No, it provides softness to your brittle and dry hair.

Q3. Can you use clarifying shampoo more than once?

Ans. Yes, you can use it more than once but not more than 2-3 times as it contains chemicals that can damage your hair by stripping natural oils from it.

Q4. Is it necessary to wash hair with cold water?

Ans. Coldwater closes your open cuticles that will prevent your hairs from more damage.

Q5. Can Ash toners be used on dark-colored hairs?

Ans. Ash toners are not meant for dark-colored hairs; they won’t give you the desired shade if you have dark-colored hairs.

Kelly Han

Dr. Kelly Han is a seasoned medical professional with a passion for holistic wellness and integrative health. Based in San Francisco, her expertise spans across various domains of health, from fitness and skincare to oral health and weight management. Understanding the intricate connections between different aspects of health, Dr. Han believes in a comprehensive approach. Whether it's the latest skincare regimen, effective weight loss strategies, or understanding hormonal imbalances, she's dedicated to providing readers with evidence-based advice and actionable insights on a wide array of health topics. Through her articles, Dr. Han aims to empower individuals to take charge of their well-being, offering them the knowledge and tools they need to lead healthier, more vibrant lives. Join her in exploring the multifaceted world of health, beauty, and wellness.

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