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Last updated: August 04, 2021

Toning: 3 Processing Mistakes To Avoid

Improve Your Final Outcome With These Tips!

Toners not giving results you want? It might be time to go back to the basics and SPARKS Educator Ellery Dougherty (@ellerysparkshair) has just the advice for you! She demoed how to how to achieve a flawless toner application that’ll last up to six weeks with three simple tips. Scroll down to get the deets, then watch the video above for the full 30-minute tutorial. Don’t forget to check out the finished look and grab the formulas!


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1. The Developer Determines The Toner’s Pigmentation

Choose a developer with the desired toner vibrancy in mind. SPARKS Toners are mixed with either 7- or 20-volume developer.


  • 7-volume: More vibrant result, closer to the highly pigmented swatch color.


  • 20-volume: More pastel result and more translucent coverage.


Check Out The Before & After!

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2. Toner Deposit Depends On Processing Time

Processing toners can be scary, but DON’T rinse too soon—or leave it on too long! For a quick color refresh, let SPARKS Toner process for 5 minutes. For a more true-to-swatch hue, leave on for up to 25 minutes.


3. Using Toners On Wet Vs. Dry Hair

Toners are usually applied to wet hair to achieve a soft finish, but don’t be afraid to apply it to dry hair for a more pigmented look. Remember: Toning on dry hair requires more product than toning on wet hair.


Here’s The Look In Different Lighting! Tap The Beaker For The Formulas!

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  • Formula A

    SPARKS Powder Lightener + SPARKS Creme Developer 20-volume

  • Formula B

    SPARKS Toner P-16 + Creme Developer 7-volume


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