Everything You Need to Know about Toning Your Hair

It's been a few months now since I've been using a regimented personalized haircare routine and my hair couldn't feel better! Don't get me wrong, I've always been very kind to my hair, especially being that it's color treated. However, shifting my focus off of what's trending an on to what my hairtype actually needs has made a world of a difference.

In today's post, I want to chat all about toning your hair: what it is, why do it, why it's not only for color-treated hair and the product's I've been using from Kevin Murphy's COLOURING.ANGELS line.

What Exactly IS Toner?

If you color your hair, you may have heard your colorist mention a toner, gloss or a glaze. They basically all fall under the same category. In short, toner is meant to counteract unwanted hues and/or enhance the color of your hair.

Most commonly (and especially if you're a fellow blonde), you've heard of the benefits of using a purple shampoo to counteract brassy yellow tones as your color oxidizes. Purple shampoo = toner.


Do Toners Change Your
Hair Color?

Toners are made to alter the undertone of your hair color. Different from lifting with bleach or applying a color, a toner helps to manipulate the shade of your hair, making it cooler, ashier, glossier or even different colors like pink or purple.


kevin murphy colouring angels
kevin murphy colouring angels


How Long Does Toner

Most toners are semi-permanent, so the more you wash, the more you'll need to tone. Being a naturally dark brunette, my blonde tends to oxidize pretty quickly, meaning my ashy blonde quickly turns to a warmer blonde; that's where the toner comes in, bringing it back to that ashy undertone that I want to maintain.


What If I'm Brunette/Don't Color My Hair?

While we typically hear about toners being used on blondes, there are also products out there for brunettes, and even for people who don't color their hair! These are called clear toners and while they don't really tone your hair color, they instead give you a restorative glossy shine.


How Do You Apply Toner?

Applying a toner is just like shampooing your hair. After shampoo, I massage my toner into my hair (mostly at the root) and leave it on for 3-5 minutes, then rinse and condition. The cool thing about toner is that you can choose to apply it all over, or you can focus on specific parts of your hair. For example, I never tone my ends because they are already white blonde. My goal is for my highlights at the roots to mimic my ends, so I typically stick to toning from the ears up.

Kevin Murphy's

Kevin Murphy's newly released COLOURING. ANGELS line has been a total saving grace for my hair! The line includes four color-enhancing shine treatments that add a lip-gloss like shine and tone the hair to enhance existing tones, neutralize unwanted tones, and improve color longevity without building up on the hair (kevinmurphy.com).

I use both the COOL.ANGEL to cut out the brass and the CRYSTAL.ANGEL to add a glossy sheen.


kevin murphy colouring angels

The AUTUMN.ANGEL adds a soft, apricot rosé hue for natural, rose gold, or apricot-toned blondes.

The COOL.ANGEL magnifies cool, ash shades while removing stubborn orange hues from the hair.

The SUGARED.ANGEL enhances a creamy, vanilla beige to mute unwanted warmth and create luminous toffee tones.

The CRYSTAL.ANGEL enhances your existing color (color-treated or not) while illuminating your strands with a glossy, clear top coat.

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Thank you, KEVIN.MURPHY, for partnering with me on this post!



  1. Jamaria Johnson
    July 23, 2018 / 12:11 pm

    I’ve never heard of this before. Thanks for sharing the information! Xo

  2. July 20, 2018 / 7:23 am

    I had no idea they had toners for brunettes! That is awesome!

    • Danielle
      July 31, 2018 / 3:19 pm

      While it doesn’t technically ‘tone’ your color, you’re getting all of the added benefits of a healthy sheen! 🙂

  3. July 19, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    I never even realized that there are toners for brunettes! I will have to check that out!


    • Danielle
      July 31, 2018 / 3:18 pm

      Yes – the clear glaze gives you a gorgeous sheen!

  4. Em
    July 19, 2018 / 9:07 am

    I’ve never colored or done anything to my natural blonde hair- so this is brand new to me!

    • Danielle
      July 19, 2018 / 9:17 am

      Oh no kidding! I envy you girlfriend. The CRYSTAL.ANGEL would be nice to try to give your hair that extra sheen!

  5. July 19, 2018 / 8:17 am

    When I was blonde, toner was my best friend!! I still get my hair colored, but darker colors now. Thanks for sharing this brand!! I will need to look into it!

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    • Danielle
      July 19, 2018 / 9:17 am

      Couldn’t live without it! As a brunette now, you’d love the CRYSTAL.ANGEL – esp. if you’re still coloring your hair, it will keep it nice and shiny 🙂

  6. July 19, 2018 / 6:09 am

    I have never fully understood toner until now – which is funny as I am a blonde and I use a purple shampoo. I was actually growing my hair out to its natural colour so I probably don’t even need to be using purple shampoo at the roots. I love the idea of a semi permanent gloss as bleaching my hair means it looks dull rather than shiny. The Autumn Angel colours sounds cute for a rose gold hue too.

    • Danielle
      July 19, 2018 / 9:16 am

      Yes! Totally don’t need it at the root if you’re growing your hair out – but it’d be perfect for your ends to keep a nice blonde. The CRYSTAL.ANGEL is perfect for keeping that sheen – definitely a go-to of mine for my bleached hair.

    • Danielle
      July 19, 2018 / 9:15 am

      Yes! You’re not the only one, girlfriend! I totally didn’t realize how many people hadn’t heard of it before.

  7. July 18, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    I am a toner ADDICT. Love, love, love. I’ve never tried the Kevin Murphy ones though so Ill check em out. Even their packaging is beautiful!

    • Danielle
      July 19, 2018 / 9:14 am

      Yes! Oh my gosh if you’ve never tried the line, you’re going to love it – and the packaging totally does help with its appeal 🙂

  8. July 18, 2018 / 8:37 pm

    This is pretty cool. I could definitely use a toner! I’ll have to check these out!! Thanks for the great write-up!!


    • Danielle
      July 19, 2018 / 9:13 am

      Definitely give it a try! The CRYSTAL.ANGEL would be perfect for you.

  9. Mollie
    July 18, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    I never knew what hair toner did, this was so helpful! Seems like a pretty awesome product!

    xx Mollie

    • Danielle
      July 19, 2018 / 9:11 am

      Yes – a clear toner would be gorgeous on your hair!

    • Danielle
      July 19, 2018 / 9:08 am

      Glad you found it helpful, Tanvi!

    • Danielle
      July 19, 2018 / 9:07 am

      Oh girl, as a blonde, they’re life-changing!

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