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Should I Wait & Condition Hair Before Applying Toner After Bleaching?

Updated April 17, 2017

Bleaching your hair can be damaging and make hair hard to manage. Even when freshly bleached hair is wet, it can feel dry and knotted. It can be tempting to condition and comb through your hair before applying a toner.

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Conditioner Seals the Cuticle

In order for the toner to penetrate the hair shaft and alter the colour of freshly bleached hair, the cuticle should be rough and open to accept the colour deposited. Conditioner, however, smooths and seals the cuticle and the hair becomes impenetrable to the toner colour.

Bottom Line

After bleaching, apply a toner before conditioning. Conditioning before toning can affect the colour absorption and lead to undesired results. Applying conditioner after applying and rinsing toner will seal in your desired colour tone.

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About the Author

Jennifer Van Leigh began writing short pieces in 2007. With over five years in the hair industry, Van Leigh has contributed articles at Atlanta Salon & Spa and is certified as an extensions stylist. She studied scriptwriting and creative nonfiction in Gallery 37, a Chicago youth arts program.

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