How to Darken Blond Highlights

Written by gail logan
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Blond highlights can be an eye-catching addition to hair. However, if they are too light, they may not blend properly with the surrounding hair, still bringing attention to your hair but not in a desirable way. In general, blond highlights should be no more than three shades lighter than your natural base colour. If your highlights, whether through time in the sun, a recent salon visit or an at-home colouring, are too light, they can be darkened in a few minutes with the right product.

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Things you need

  • Toner
  • Water
  • Shampoo

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  1. 1

    Apply a demi-toner purchased at a beauty supply store in a level 7 neutral shade to the affected sections of dry hair, beginning at the root and ending at the tip.

  2. 2

    Cover the hair with a plastic cap and allow the product to permeate hair for 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    Shampoo hair, rinse well, then dry and check colour.

  4. 4

    Repeat the toner process with a level 6 neutral toner if the highlights are still too blond.

Tips and warnings

  • To ensure that the blond strands stay dark, shampoo your hair once a week with a shampoo made for brunettes. This will deposit small amounts of colour into the highlights as the demi-toner begins to fade.
  • Use only toner in a "neutral" shade. Do not use toner that specifies "ash" or "warm" without consulting a hair colour professional, as these tones can react with current hair colours and cause the hair to turn shades of green or orange.
  • Do not worry if the toner gets on the darker, unhighlighted areas of the hair, as it will not affect these portions.

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