How Many Tubes Of Shimmer Lights Permanent Cream Toner Will I Need?
One tube is plenty for those with hair that touches your shoulders and in fine/medium thickness - in fact you may be able to get two uses per tube! 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, you will need to use the whole tube or (in the case of very thick, long hair) two tubes.
Which Developer To Use With Shimmer Lights 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 Shimmer Lights Toners, but you can also choose to use 10 Vol Developer if that suits you better.
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.
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 recommendHi 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 Shimmer Lights Permanent Cream Toner?
You need double the amount of developer to demi permanent colour. For example, if you use one 57g tube of Shimmer Lights Toner, you will need 114g of developer. To make it easy you can use a spoon to measure this: one spoon of Shimmer Lights Toner to two spoons of developer (and repeat until you have enough mixture for your hair length/type).
One bottle ofHi Lift Developer will be enough for one and a half tubes of Shimmer Lights Toner.
Step 2: In a tint bowl, mix one part Shimmer Lights Toner to two parts developer (this means double the amount of developer to toner). Ensure you thoroughly mix to combine - you can use your tint brush for mixing.
Step 3: Ensure your hair is damp, towel dried hair (not wet) and combed through so it’s tangle free.
Step 4: Apply using 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 5: After you’ve applied your toner, pop on a processing cap to avoid drips.
Step 6: Allow your toner to process (sit in your hair) for 15-30 minutes.
Step 7: After15-30 minutes, thoroughly rinse the toner out with lukewarm water and style as normal (heat protector is a must).
Do You Apply Shimmer Lights Toner on Dry or Wet Hair?
Shimmer Lights Permanent Cream 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).
That’s everything you need to know to tone your hair with the Shimmer Lights Permanent Cream Toners! I can’t wait to hear your review (don’t forget to take beofre & after photos!).