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Last updated: September 27, 2021

2 Tips For Pre-Toning Blondes & Creative Color

Do This To Remove Warmth From Blonde Hair

When working with vibrant shades, especially green, purple and blue, it’s important that all hints of warmth are removed for an even application. Olaplex Advocate Kait Kennedy (@kaitlin_bridget) demoes how it’s done using the new No.4P Blonde Enhancer™ Toning Shampoo! Keep scrolling to learn how she cut her pre-toning down to five minutes and how she uses No.4P when blonding. 


Don’t forget to check out the finished look and grab the formulas below! Love this look? Make sure to watch the full tutorial above for sectioning and color application tips!


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Pre-Toning Before A Color Application

Kait does a lot of creative color in the salon and the key to a gorgeous result is a neutral canvas. It used to take her 20 minutes to tone a client before applying creative color. Now, it only takes five minutes! That’s because she uses Olaplex No.4P Blonde Enhancer™ Toning Shampoo, which is designed to remove unwanted yellow tones from blonde, pre-lightened and gray hair, plus repair damaged hair bonds with Olaplex’s multi-patented technology.


Here’s how Kait pre-tones the hair:


  • First, wet the hair at the shampoo bowl. Apply a generous amount of Olaplex No.4P to the roots and saturate through.


  • Continue running your hands through the hair and let process for two to five minutes, before applying the shampoo through the rest of the hair. 


  • Let the midlengths and ends process for two minutes and rinse.


Pro Tip: Olaplex No.4P works fast, so Kait advises checking the hair by doing a pinch test. Simply remove product from the hair with your fingers so you can see how toned the hair looks underneath.


Check Out The Before & After! 

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Pre-Toning Before A Blond Toner

The secret to color longevity for blondes (especially platinums)? Pre-toning! To strengthen hair after bleach and neutralize unwanted yellow tones, Kait uses Olaplex No.4P to shampoo and pre-tone blondes as a prep step for a toner application.


Note: Olaplex No.4P is a fantastic retail item for clients to prevent brassiness at home. Tell these clients to let the shampoo sit for 1 to 3 minutes before washing out for the optimal result.


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  • Formula A (Purple)

    Pulp Riot Semi-Permanent Direct Dyes Velvet + 1/4 Nightfall + Olaplex No.1

  • Formula B (Gray)

    equal parts Pulp Riot Liquid Demis 8.1 + 9.11 + Olaplex No.1 

  • Formula C (Light Blue)

    Semi-Permanent Direct Dyes Powder + ½ Seaglass + Olaplex No.1 

  • Formula D (Teal)

    equal parts Semi-Permanent Direct Dyes Aquatic + Decoy + Olaplex No.1


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