How to Reverse Highlight or Lowlight your Hair

Highlights and lowlights have a natural look that emphasises your face and gives your hair an instant update. When you pick the wrong shade, you risk your hair looking brassy, dry or artificial. Even professional hairstylists might make a mistake and give you lowlights or highlights that do not complement your natural hair colour. Beauty supply stores sell hair toner that reverses the effects of the dye disaster by returning the hair to your natural colour.

Pick a hair toner that matches the natural colour of your hair. The toner works by changing the colour of your highlights. You want a shade that blends in without looking fake.

Mix the hair toner according to the directions on the package. The toner should include a plastic bottle for mixing the ingredients.

Run your hair under the shower. Run a towel through your hair, squeezing out as much moisture as possible, leaving your hair slightly damp.

Dip an old toothbrush in the toner and brush it through your hair, focusing on the areas with highlights or lowlights. Leave the toner on your hair for 20 minutes or as long as the manufacturer recommends.

Wash the toner out of your hair using colour-safe shampoo. Apply a dollop of shampoo to your hands, and rub it into your hair. Keep rinsing until you wash out all traces of the toner. Use the shampoo in the future to protect the colour.


If you cannot find hair toner, then pick a hair dye that matches your hair colour. When you pick the right colour, the dyed hair blends into your natural shade.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair toner
  • Towels
  • Old toothbrush
  • Color safe shampoo
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Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.