3 Toning Rules @prettylittleombre Swears By
Toning is the finishing touch that gives any balayage a quick and visible color boost, and we love sharing our favorite tips to help you master your application skills. Jamie Sea—aka @prettylittleombre to her 321,000 Instagram followers—is our go-to for all things balayage, so we’re sharing her three best toning rules every painter should know. Check them all out below!
1. Equalize Porosity For Color Longevity
- Toners last longer on hair that’s been porosity-equalized, so apply toner to damp hair.
- If needed, apply an extra porosity equalizing product to ensure even pigment absorption—Jamie recommends Kenra Professional Porosity Equalizing Spray.
- Towel-dry the hair to ensure it’s not too wet, or it will dilute the product.
2. Toner Will Not Fix Brightness
- Toners cannot create brightness that doesn’t exist already, so the lightening process is important.
- For example, to take a Level 5 client to pale Level 9 highlights, you must lift first to Level 9/10.
- If the hair only lifts to Level 8, the primary visible pigments are yellow and orange. Toner can CANCEL these pigments but cannot add brightness for a Level 9 result.
3. Aftercare Starts In The Salon
Only use products that balance pH levels after bleaching and toning, or the hair will be too high in alkaline.
Avoid using high alkaline styling products like hairspray to keep the haircolor from fading.
Recommend toning shampoos and conditioners to clients for longevity in between appointments.