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Hairstyling/toner... when to use


I had my hair foiled with Wella and bleach mixed in on Wed. I am a moderate brunette, and put lots of blonde highlights in.  My hairdresser did not think that it was necessary to tone it this time, however, she did the last time, but that was after trying to pull a lot of dark hair out, from an overbearing lowlight.  Is it normal to not use a toner, based on what was done this time... she only did highlights, basically to update my virgin hair.  If it isn't necessary, great, as I can't justify the cost anyway (she actually raised it by $30 following the consultation, which may have really been one of our errors, but it was just too much), however, all the more reason to not have any mistakes.  Some friends who are in the business tell me they don't think it would be necessary, which is reassuring, however, I want to really be sure.

Toner, aka glaze, is designed to add or remove tone.  If the tone was something you both liked, after the highlight, adding a toner isn't necessary.. Mist of the time, when lightener is used, the toner us necessary because it doesn't add a lot if color. It just lightens so the hair is some level of yellow. If that's what you want, toner isn't necessary.

The bottom line is, how does the color look? Both now and a couple of weeks after you've had it done. Toner is not mandatory. It's used to perfect or correct.  


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Dana Sear


I can answer questions on all types of hairstyling, cutting, designing, coloring, corrective color, perming techniques,product knowledge, and in general, anything that has anything to do with hair. PLEASE NOTE: I am a professional designer and trainer. I do hair and teach advanced classes to licensed designers. I do not, under any circumstances, recommend doing chemical services including but not limited to relaxers, perms, color, highlights, or any other chemical service at home. I will not tell you how to use professional products nor will I tell you how to do your color at home. What I CAN do is arm you with current and accurate information and help you to be able to better communicate with your stylist/designer. I can also help you with what you need to do at home to maintain, protect, and treat your hair.


I have been a designer and educator for 31 years. I have been a salon consultant for Redken, affiliate trainer for ABBA Pure and Natural, Director of Education for my own salon and am currently a member of the design team and advanced trainer for my company. I specialize in corrective color, perming and style support, and image updates (make overs)

I have been actively licensed for 31 years. I actively participate in and teach cutting, perming, coloring, and business building classes. I am a REDKEN Certified Haircolorist, and REDKEN Specialist. I also have extensive training in Structure in Motion Cutting Techniques and Tigi Cutting.

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