One bottle is recommended for hair that touches your shoulders and is fine/medium thickness. With toner, you really want to make sure you fully saturate your hair - this will ensure you don’t get any patchiness. For thicker or longer hair, I recommend two bottles.
Which Developer To Use With Wella Toner
Your toner must be mixed with developer. Developer (also called peroxide) activates the toner - without it your toner won’t work.
It is recommended to use 20 Vol Developer with Wella Toners, but you can also choose to use 10 Vol Developer if that suits you better.
20 Vol Developer: This is the stronger choice. Use 20 Vol Developer with your toner if you are looking to go lighter with your toner, if you’ve just bleached your hair and your hair is uneven, or if you’re seeing a lot of brassy yellow tones. 20 Vol Developer gives the most permanent results. Be careful with 20 Vol Developer if you have natural roots, as this strength developer will lighten your hair slightly, which can make natural roots look brassy.
10 Vol Developer: This is the more gentle choice. Use 10 Vol Developer with your toner if your hair is damaged or you have lots of natural colour (think balayage) as it’s less likely to alter your natural hair. 10 Vol Developer is also great if you’re looking to go slightly darker with your toner, or if you’re looking for the most powerful toning results on brassy orange hair.
At Tint Department we use and recommend Hi Lift Developers and have found these give perfect, consistent results. The Hi Lift Developers are Australian made and are much more gentle on your scalp than others we’ve tried.
Pro Tip: Use a combination of developers for best results. Try using your toner with 10 Vol Developer on your hair closer to the roots and then mixing your toner with 20 Vol Developer on the mid-lengths and ends. The result? Brass free roots and light bright ends.
How Much Developer To Use With Wella Toner
You need double the amount of developer to toner. For example, if you use one 42ml bottle of Wella Toner, you will need 84ml of developer.
Step 2: In an applicator bottle, mix one part Wella Toner to two parts developer (this means double the amount of developer to toner). Shake your applicator bottle well to make sure your toner is mixed properly - it will turn into a gel-like formula.
Step 3: Ensure your hair is damp, towel dried hair (not wet) and combed through so it’s tangle free.
Step 4: Snip the end off your applicator bottle, it’s application time!
Step 5: Apply (using the applicator bottle and distributing with a tint brush) to the back sections of your hair first, before moving to the front sections. Your hair around your face is usually the most porous, so apply to this section last.
Step 6: After you’ve applied your toner, pop on a processing cap to avoid drips.
Step 7: Allow your toner to process (sit in your hair) for up to 30 minutes.
Step 8: After 30 minutes, thoroughly rinse the toner out with lukewarm water and style as normal (heat protector is a must).
Do You Apply Wella Toner on Dry or Wet Hair?
Wella Colour Charm Toners are applied on damp, towel dried hair (but not wet). Applying to damp hair helps the toner not to ‘grab’ sections of the hair (which can leave some parts more toned than others).
How Long To Leave Wella Toner On?
Wella Colour Charm Toners should be left on for 30 minutes (this is called processing). Letting your process for the full 30 minutes is ideal, but check every 5-10 minutes or so to see how it’s going. The Wella Toners turn a dark purple shade as they process, this is normal so don’t panic! You just want to scrap a little of your toner off a small section of hair to see how the hair is looking underneath. Pay close attention to your ends if they’re damaged, as these can tone quicker.
There you have it! That’s everything you need to know to tone your hair at home using the Wella Colour Charm Toner. Don’t forget to take a before and after photo - I can’t wait to see your results!