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Last updated: March 03, 2023

Blonde Formulas NEED Gold Toners: Here’s Why!

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3 Ways To Use Gold Toners For The Perfect Bright Blonde

We know that we’re making your skin crawl, but hear us out! Adding gold into blonde formulas (especially platinums!) can actually elevate your lightening services. Read through these three pro tips for adding the right amount of gold to neutralize and brighten every blonde client.

(Your books can thank us later). 


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Neutralize Any Foilayage With Ash Gold Tones

Ever spend hours foiling only to be disappointed by the toning result? Balayage expert Adina Pignatre (@adina_pignatare) says the Redken Shades EQ Bonder Inside Ash Gold series is a must-try for blonding services. 


Try Adina’s formula on your next foilayage client:

  • After foiling your client, apply Redken Shades EQ Bonder Inside 06N on hair left out of foils and as a root shadow. This creates an even, neutral base for the foilayage to pop against.

  • Then, apply Shades EQ Bonder Inside 09AG as an all-over gloss to brighten and tone foils without losing dimension.


Check out Adina’s toning demo here:

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Avoid Muddy Platinums With A Gold Toner

Platinum hair is inevitably very porous, so the toning process can get nerve-wracking. To ensure an even deposit from root to end and avoid muddy tones (or everyone’s favorite—purple ends) try this formula trick. 


Blonding specialist Lisa Mathews (@hairbylisamathews) says, “I add just enough gold to my blonde toning formulas so the hair doesn’t absorb too much ash and still looks bright.” The hint of gold will add a contrasting tone to the platinum hues that will counteract porous pieces of hair pulling purple or blue. 


Lisa’s formula: Redken Shades EQ Bonder Inside 09p + 09GI + 010VV


Tone & Repair Hair At The Same Time

After a lightening service and silk press, it’s a hit or miss if your client’s hair can handle a toner. If you’ve ever been stuck having to make this decision, hair educator Kendra Alia (@ken_lili) shares her toning hack. 


Kendra uses Redken Shades EQ Bonder Inside because it actually repairs the bonds inside her client’s hair while toning. Plus, the ash gold shades are a great way to brighten up lightened strands without over-processing chemically treated hair.  


Check out this insane shine and bounce on her client’s fresh silk press:

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