My beloved friend and hairdresser has abandoned me.
Well, only technically for a year. She’s off travelling Australia, having the time of her life. And while I miss her laugh, her humour and her shoulder to cry on, I also miss my hairdresser. She’s one in a million; the type that has impeccable instincts when it comes to hair. So, while she’s on a hairdressing hiatus, I’ve had to make do and have started toning my own hair. For most, this isn’t a big deal, but when you’ve had previous at-home hair disasters, this feels rather risqué. Nonetheless, I’m so happy with the results. So I thought I’d show you how I tone my hair, at least until my friend returns…
First thing’s first; toning will not drastically change your hair colour. It’s more of an upkeep routine, making what you’ve already got glossy and rich. It’s not like bleaching or highlighting, instead I use toning to knock out those brassy tones that make my hair look almost orangey (gross). Brunettes can tone too; adding a subtle richness, shine or warmth to hair depending on what toner you choose.
The product: L’Oreal Professional Dia Light Semi Permanent Hair Colour – Milkshakes
After trying several toners I have found a range that I absolutely love. The L’Oreal Professional Dia Light Semi Permanent Hair Colour. It’s by far my favourite product on the market right now. It’s professional use only, but it should be easy enough to find a salon that uses L’Oreal. Plus, you’ll get one of those great salon-only hair washes (the kind that massages your scalp, has you coffee with little biscuits and generally makes you feel like a goddess).
I particularly like a collection called ‘Milkshake’. There are nine tones to choose from, with hints of pink, ice, ash and frost. Each one is subtle, with just a whisper of the underlying tone coming through when your hair hits the light. It’s perfect for making hair look all expensive and shiny, the kind of hair that women with long camel coats, oversized sunglasses and glowy skin rocking effortlessly.
How I Tone My Hair
The Dia Light Semi Permanent Hair Colour needs the L’Oreal Professional Dia Light Activator to work. I use Vol 15, the strongest version you can use with this product. Once mixed, it’s a case of putting it on your hair, saturating the strands from root to tip. I use a large brush and pop it on the roots before brushing the product right down to the hair until it’s completely coated. It only takes 20 minutes to fully develop and then it’s a matter of simply rinsing it off. So simple, so easy.
I love that these shades have the slightest hint of milky colour to them. With shades like ‘golden pearl milkshake’ and ‘iced sorbet milkshake’ the evocative names make it easy to choose the shade you want. There’s colours are all really dimensional, which is what makes the finished effect so professional and expensive-looking. For this application, I went for Frosty Milkshake – a icy tone to counteract the orange tones in my hair. As you can see from the picture, it neutralises the overly-yellow hair tones leaving a beautiful clean, fresh blonde that’s still true to my normal colour – just a better version of it.
As this is a semi permanent colour, it lasts around four weeks, hardly a massive commitment if you do decide it’s not for you. In the past I’ve used Frosty Pear Milkshake, which has the tiniest hint of pink running through it. On me, it almost took on a peachy quality; perfect for the Winter months when my skin is slightly paler. I’d definitely choose this Frosty Milkshake tone again too. It’s really got rid of those brassy tones, and has left my hair feeling soft, glossy and manageable. All in all a success!
As you can see, Leni is far less impressed with the results than I am. She spent the whole time looking up at me so bored, probably wondering what on earth I was up to. I compensated with tummy tickles once I was finished though…
I hope you like this post on how I tone my hair more than Leni does!
Until next time