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Can I Tone My Hair Twice?

You bleached your hair and used toner but it still looks too yellow. You’re probably wondering “Can I tone my hair twice without causing damage?”

It’s possible to tone your hair twice if you know how to do it properly, and there are some important guidelines to follow to avoid damage.

Can You Tone Your Hair Twice?

Yes, you can tone your hair twice, but not on the same day. Wait at least one week before applying toner a second time, preferably two weeks.

Technically, you can tone your hair as much and as often as you like, however, it’s not the best choice for healthy locks. The primary ingredients in toners serve as drying agents, which can make your hair strands brittle, so toning too often can cause significant damage.

What Will Happen If You Tone Your Hair Twice In One Day?

effects of toning hair twice

For best results, it is not recommended to tone your hair twice in one day. If you do so, the second toner can strip away the color from your hair, causing it to become dry and brittle. It can also result in a color that is darker than expected.


Color toners contain chemicals such as ammonia and peroxide, which can dry out your hair if used too often. The chemicals can strip the natural oils from your hair, making it dry and brittle. They can also disrupt your hair’s natural pH balance resulting in further dryness.


Toning your hair twice a day can cause damage to the strands of your hair. Over-processing can weaken the cuticles and lead to split ends. It can also cause color fading, where the hair cannot retain its new color for long.

Color Variance

Toning your hair twice in one day can result in darker-than-expected results. The second toner can strip away the color from your hair and create a darker hue. For instance, if you apply a bright hair color, such as pink, and use a darker toner, such as black, for the second application, the result can be a mauve or purple.

How Long Should You Wait Before Toning Your Hair Again?

The waiting time can depend on the type of toner you use, hair texture, and desired results. However, waiting at least two weeks before toning your hair again is recommended. It can ensure the toner has had time to settle into your hair, reducing the risks of undesired color.

If you need to tone the hair before two weeks, use a gentler product and be mindful of the processing time. You can monitor your hair during the entire process and take regular breaks to avoid over-processing.

How To Prepare Your Hair For Toning It the Second Time

Preparing Hair For Toning Twice

Before you apply toner a second time, it’s a good idea to prepare your hair to protect against unwanted damage.

  • Shampoo and condition your hair using lukewarm water, paying special attention to the ends which are more prone to damage.
  • Gently dry your hair, preferably air dry it.
  • Apply a deep conditioner for the moisturizing serum to hydrate and nourish your strands.
  • Rinse with warm water to lock in the moisture.
  • Apply the toning shampoo and leave it in for the recommended amount of time.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water to seal the cuticles.

Contact a salon if you have minimal knowledge about the process or aren’t sure what products to use. You might want a professional to handle the second toning session to prevent damage to your hair.


Your hair color can determine your personality, so it is important to take extra caution when toning it. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about toning your hair twice.

Can I tone my hair more than twice in two days?

Yes, you can tone your hair as often as you’d like, but it is best to rest between sessions. Taking breaks and resting your hair can help reduce toning risks such as dryness and hair breakage.

Can I tone my hair twice after a week?

Yes, you can tone your hair twice after a week. However, it increases the risk of hair damage, so using a gentler product and maintaining short processing times is best.

How often can I tone my hair?

You can tone your hair as often as you’d like, but it is best to rest between sessions. For instance, you can tone your hair every three weeks, giving you hair recovery time between processing sessions.

So, Should You Tone Your Hair Twice?

Whether black, blonde, or redhead you can tone your hair twice. However, it is best to take extra caution and prepare your hair before the process. Using the right products and waiting between sessions is important, or you risk damaging your hair. Take breaks between toning sessions to allow your hair to recover.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about toning your hair twice.

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Alice Rawling

Alice Rawling is the chief editor of HairdoHairstyle. She's a hair stylist with over eight years of experience in LA. She has been featured in prestigious beauty magazines and online publications like Brides, Business Insider, Hairstyle Camp, BuzzFeed, Bustle, etc.