Have you been holding off on trying the silver hair trend because you’re not sure how to maintain it? Or, is your hair already dyed silver, but you worry that your shiny tresses will tarnish?
Now you can stop worrying. Here is your comprehensive guide to caring for silver hair. First, you’ll learn how to get the look if you haven’t done so already (or pick up tips to use in the future for those who have already tried the color, but aren’t completely happy with how it turned out), then I’ll give you a couple of maintenance routines – complete with videos – to help you keep your silvery luminescence.
Before you go silver, understand that your hair needs to be very light. Stylist Sarah Namrood recommends your hair color be atleast level 11 before you dye it silver.
For people with especially dark hair, this may mean that you need to bleach, or lift, your color three or four times to get the strands light enough to turn silver without resulting in a yellowish or brassy hue. Also, for those who haven’t bleached before, you may need to bleach sections of your hair, such as roots or ends, an additional time to get an even shade all over.
Before you begin, be sure to follow safe bleaching practices. Get latex or rubber glove to wear while applying the bleach; choose an on scalp bleach since you’re working all over your head; wear clothes that can be stained or bleached; remove extensions, if applicable; and mix your products in a container that is big and sturdy enough not to spill.
Once your hair is bleached down to as pale as you can possibly go, you will tone it with purple/violet shampoo until you have reached your desired silver shade to get rid of the yellow or orange undertones. Don’t simply wash your hair with a purple shampoo and expect it to turn silver. You’ll need to sit with the purple shampoo in your hair for about an hour, and expect to use a lot of it.
You may need to play around with a few different products, as evidenced by this video by Tasha Leelyn:
She discusses toward the end of the video that she decided to use a color rinse as well to get the actual silver shade she desired. This may be something you’ll end up considering, as well. She chose Roux Fanci-Full.
Now, one point to remember about silver hair is that the color rinses out fairly easily. The great thing about that is it means if you aren’t happy with the silver look, you don’t have to wait very long before it comes out and you can move on. If you want to keep it, though, you need to do some maintenance.
Below you’ll find a couple of videos that detail different routines for silver hair maintenance, followed by written versions.
This routine is a lot more in-depth, and goes through everything she does to maintain her color, not just her daily routine.
No time for watching videos or reading detailed instructions on how to keep up your silver hair. Here’s the essentials:
Don’t like the options above? Here are a few more toning shampoos you can try that others have had success with:
Joico Color Endure Violet Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Bellami Tone Mi: Sky Violet Shampoo
Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel Colour Enhancing Treatment for Blonde Hair
With proper maintenance, you’ll be rocking that silver hair for months to come. Have some tips to share with me about your experience with silver? I want to hear them!
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