Wella T27 Toner Guide
Wella is the tried and true tested toner for blonde hair. However, with more than eight permanent Wella liquid toners to choose from, it can be overwhelming.
Continue reading to learn more about the different Wella toner colors, see Wella T27 before and after pictures, and to learn whether T18 or T27 would be better for you.
Should you use Wella T27 to go blonde? Find out in this Wella T27 toner guide.
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Wella T27 Toner to Go Blonde
Before jumping into Wella T27 toner before and after pictures, it's helpful to understand the different Wella toners.
In this article:
Introduction to Wella Toner Colors
Wella has eight basic blonde colors and breaks their colors into three spectrums: silver, ash, and beige.
Wella Toner Families
Silver = T28 and T10
Ash = T14 and T18
Beige = T15, T11, T27, and T35
Wella T27 toner is in the beige family, which you can think of as "natural blonde" or "honey blonde."
Which Color Wella Should I Use for My Skin Tone?
If you have a cool skin tone, use Wella T18 instead of Wella T27.
Wella for Cool Skin Tones
Ash (Wella T14 or T18) is great if you have cool skin tones.
- You likely have cool skin if you have pink, red, or bluish undertones.
- Another trick is to look at the veins on the inside of your arm. If they are blue, you have cool undertones.
If you have cool skin tones, try Wella T14 or Wella T18. I personally like Wella T18 better.
Wella T14 Toner
Wella for Warm Skin Tones
If you have warmer skin tones, use Wella T27 instead of Wella T18.
Beige or golden blonde is great if you have warm skin tones.
- Women with warm skin tones tend to have yellow or golden undertones.
- If your veins are green, you likely have warm undertones. Women with strawberry blonde, red, or brown hair also tend to have warm skin tones.
If you have warm skin tones, try Wella T15, T11, T27, or T35.
I have a warmer skin tone and I have dyed my hair with both T18 (belonging to the ash color family) and T27 (belonging to the beige color family).
For reference, T18 is the “lightest ash blonde.” T27 is “medium beige blonde.”
Wella T27 for Warm Skin Tones
Should I Use Wella T18 or T27 Toner?
Wella T18: Best toner for a bold, fun, noticeable, summer look
I was scared to use T18 at first. T18 looks gray! Don’t be scared though. It is magical.
Yes, your hair will be purple when you put the toner on your hair and wait for it to set. However, once you rinse it out, your hair is a dazzling, white-ish blonde.
Wella T18 doesn’t look natural, especially if you have dark eyebrows like me, but I like it. It’s a fun change.
Wella T18 is best if you want a platinum blonde look.
Wella T27: Best toner for a blonde, slightly more natural look
For fall, I decided to switch it up and try T27. According to Wella color charts, T27 is a medium beige blonde. Unlike T18, Wella T27 didn’t turn purple while I was letting it set. The result is very similar to T18, just slightly darker. A coworker of mine complimented it after I got it done.
Wella T27 is much more natural looking.
Pictures of Wella T18 and Wella T27
Below are pictures of my hair with Wella T18 and pictures of my hair with Wella T27 to help you decide which Wella toner color to use.
Pictures of Hair with Wella T18
Pictures of Hair with Wella T27
Summary: Try all Wella Colors. You can’t go wrong with T27
Wella offers a variety of toners to bleach and color your hair. I don’t think you can go wrong.
Next month, I’ll give T35 a try.
T35 is darker than T27. Keep an eye out for the before and after pictures coming soon.
The good thing about toners is that they last about a month, so you can switch up your hair color monthly!
Want to Go Darker? Give John Frieda Brilliant Brunette a Try
Want to go darker? Give John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Treatment a try.
The John Frieda Brilliant Brunette treatment is an easy way to go from blonde to light brown hair.
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Christina Marie from Very Easy Makeup (offering at-home hair coloring tips, very easy makeup tutorials, and beauty product reviews)
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Do you color your hair first? I coloured with light ash blonde by wells tgen applied toner and I still have brassy roots..any suggestions?
Hi Michelle! What a bummer! So you mixed the toner with developer, applied to your roots for 20-30 minutes, and it was still brassy? If that’s the case…you may need to bleach your roots first. If your hair is too dark…you got to bleach it first. Here’s a little YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu8stomvYeY&t=494s
Yes I like to change my hair and let grow, going to try T27 today
Good luck!! Share a picture when it is done! Although your hair now looks good too!
I have natural Med brown hair. Last night I used L’Oréal extreme platinum ( this has bleach in it). After allotted time I rinsed and put in conditioner/ toner that came with the box. Today my hair is YELLOW! Now I DO have Wella Blondor Pale Platinum 18 Toner and 20 developer. Can I mix and use those? If so, when?
I have used 118 ash blonde tonner and it worked great…..now I would like the perfect shade of blonde .. i have cool undertone … please what are my best options THANK YOU
Christina Marie says
Hi Jessica! I personally really liked the Wella T27 (Medium Beige Blonde) for a good shade of blonde. You could also try T35 (it’s a bit darker). I’ve used both colors and they are very similar!
I have been telling my hairthat I want blonde highlights for months. At first he said it couldn’t happen right away because my hair was very damaged, and that we would get there gradually. It has now been seven months of using hair masks twice weekly and my hair is strong and healthy again. He used demipermanent color initially and brought my natural blonde down a few shade to a light auburn ish brown. I have seen him 4 times since then and he keeps dying it copper. I need to get rid of it. I hate having fire engine red hair. What do I use to fix his mess?
Hi Rose. I’m so sorry to hear that! Sounds like this guy might not be the best! My mom has used Oops to get rid of bad hair color (https://amzn.to/3rxzlvf). Maybe give that a try? And then find another stylist or do your own highlights. =)
are my roots bright enough to tone with t18!! Someone please help lol. Don’t mind my hair, purple shampoo stained.
Hi Nay – They look bright enough to me! You can apply the T18 to your hair, but it won’t be as blonde/white. If you want your hair to be the ash blonde that is shown on the bottle you’ll need to bleach your hair until it’s bright yellow like a banana peel and THEN apply the T18. Check out this article for an example of what I mean: https://veryeasymakeup.com/how-to-tone-hair-without-bleach/
Ms. Shirin Asadi says
Great article, except…
The after pic for T18? You chose a pic that is showing the sunset fully on your hair and thought that that would be the best pic representative of how T18 would look??? Wow.
Thanks so much for the question! I updated the article to add more pictures. It depends on 1) how much I bleached my hair first and 2) whether I JUST toned my hair or whether it’s been 2-3 weeks when my hair has started to turn more brassy/yellow. If you bleach your hair first and tone it with Wella T18 it will be “whiter” – like the updated photos I just added. Sorry about the quality…had an older phone back in 2019!