Grey hair is a striking look that we love on others but we struggle to make the bold move ourselves, in fact, we put it off as much as possible.
Whether you’re naturally turning grey or you want to rock a silvery grey shade to make a statement, you won’t regret going grey. But like any hair color, you need to look after it – and the lighter the shade, the more difficult it is to maintain. Hello, silver fox!
- Going Grey Naturally
- How To Go Grey Naturally
- Going Silver
- Our Favorite Shampoos And Conditioners To Save Your Silver
- So What Do I Do?
- The Final Verdict
Going Grey Naturally
Going grey doesn’t have to be a tragedy like you may make it out to be – far from it, in fact. Going grey and aging with grace is a very sophisticated look. Plus, ditching the dyes, laying off the chemicals and letting your hair cool off will do it wonders.
The growing out process may be long but you just have to let nature run its course. In the meantime, it looks like a cool ombré style, or grombré as it’s now called – there’s even an Instagram dedicated to the whole look.
You can also give your hair a trim to refresh it whilst the grey is working its way through the dye and is growing out.
With the help of your hairdresser and a top color stylist, you can make your progression to natural grey the easiest possible, they can see what is suitable for your hair type whilst creating a natural process for you and your hair to follow. They can even help you set up a hair care routine for your new look.
How To Go Grey Naturally
There are different techniques to help you go grey naturally – but there are several things to take into account – time, cost and your hair’s current condition. Of course, you won’t go entirely grey overnight, if you put the dyes in the trash, it will be a long period – so don’t expect miracles from one day to the next.
You will need products to look after your hair, and to stop using others – for example, stop using your hair products to preserve your colored hair, because surprise, surprise, you won’t need them anymore! But you need to replace them with something right? You need something that will revitalize your new hair!
Because all hair colors need some love! You need to invest in hair products that enhance that grey and make it glossy! Your stylist may decide to let it grow out naturally or might decide to layer blonde balayage or highlights to build it up gradually for those who don’t quite want to show they’re going grey just yet.
Over recent years, dying your hair grey or silver is one of the biggest hair color trends. We’ve been pinning it to our Pinterest boards and saving it down as one to remember to show our hairdressers – but how about actually going through with it and making the move? Opt for silver hair and make a fashion statement, and finish it off with a dusty pink lipstick for a natural and feminine look.
You don’t necessarily need a dramatic look for silver hair to work on an everyday basis. But like naturally grey hair, silver hair also needs some tender loving care – keeping its shine and its shade. Also, keeping those yellowish tinges away may seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t need to be, it’s just getting started that is the hardest part!
Keeping it white and bright is not impossible! You just need to be dedicated enough!
How To Go Silver
Though silver hair was a huge winter trend a few years ago – 2019 has helped us realize that it’s not just a seasonal thing. Silvers and “mushroom blondes” have been some of the most searched for hair colors this year and it’s hardly surprising when you stop to think about it.
This also requires a lot of time, money and personal investment – if you’re brunette, then you’re going to have to pre-lighten your hair and give it time to recover before going silver. You’re going to completely transform your hair’s surface and structure so you need to be dedicated to the cause.
Instead of throwing on the bleach and hoping for the best, go easy on your hair and opt for blond balayage or highlights and slowly but surely build up its lightness. It may take longer, but in the long run, it’s a lot more easy-going on your hair.
It’s easy to dive in headfirst, but it’s a huge operation, and you need to be patient to not damage your hair! Everyone from Kim K to Nicole Richie has dared the look, and though it’s taken hours in the salon, it was worth it – now it’s your turn!
Our Favorite Shampoos And Conditioners To Save Your Silver
Whether you’re naturally going grey or wanting to rock the silver trend – you are going to need to upgrade your hair routine. Silver’s even easier to wash out and fade than other colors, so you need to keep on top of it from the very beginning. Follow our recommendations for the silkiest silver hair to ever exist! Say hello silver, shiny locks!
1. Redken Color Extend Color Depositing Gradyiant Shampoo
See what they did there? Jokes aside, if you are trying to avoid those dread yellowish tinges in your hair – and we know you are, Redken knows a thing or two when it comes to hair color! It’s a shampoo that nourishes your grey hair and makes it look radiant. You will see the back of that dull grey and get something with a little bit more oomph to it! Team this with the matching conditioner for an unbeatable hair routine!
2. L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Silver Shampoo
Thanks to its key ingredient – magnesium, the L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Silver Shampoo tames unwanted brassy tones and boosts that silver shine that you have longed for, and is also perfect for blonds – just what you want for that pre-lightening stage! It helps keep the tones nice and bright, creating a natural shine to blonde and silver tones. It also hydrates your hair to allow it to find that salon-like gleam you just love!
3. Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection AgeDefy Shampoo
When your hair naturally goes grey, some people find it gets corse and dry, but no more! Pantene Pro-V’s AgeDefy Shampoo helps your grey hair find a lust for life and shine you have never seen before! Your hair will be silky and luxurious – just how it should be!
It restores that bounce factor and thickens your hair, even after years of chemical treatments. Your hair will feel like brand new! You can also use this with its matching conditioner and hair mask for maximum effect! Can you name a more iconic duo?
4. PRO: VOKE Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo
PRO:VOKE has an affordable but effective way of keeping your hair silver and silky – their Touch of Silver shampoo corrects brassy bits and gets rid of yellow tones thanks to its vibrant violet pigment. Though it is a strong product, it only does good to your hair and can be used on a daily basis without damaging your hair. Use it with its leave-in conditioner for a bit of brightness in your life!
5. Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Shampoo
Ideal for platinum and silver shades, Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Shampoo revives silver hair that has gone dull and banishes yellow tones. On top of all that, Shimmer Lights makes your hair super soft and silky, just like you’ve come straight out of a TV advert! Don’t leave it on for more than 5 minutes to avoid purple tinges!
So What Do I Do?
Now you’ve got the products and our guidance, we can now help you keep up that stunning hair color of yours! Here are some tips and tricks of the trade to avoid a bad hair day and losing that glorious shade!
Wait – yes, that is literally it. After you’ve dyed your hair silver particularly, you need to wait a week before shampooing your hair again to keep it shiny, bright and it can get its natural oils back, anything before that could ruin your hair’s structure, and damage it all the more.
Get hair masks – other than using shampoos and conditioners that are made for your hair, you also need to treat it to a little pampering session. A trusty hair mask such as Leonor Greyl’s Masque Fleurs de Jasmin nourishes your hair and gives it the boost it needs after a hard week. It regenerates thinning hair – perfect when you’ve refreshed your color.
Limit your hair washes – over-washing your hair can make it corse, dry, brittle and therefore prone to breakage. If you want silky silver locks, then you are going to have to cut down on the amount of washes a week. We recommend one or two to allow your hair to breathe.
TLC – Of course, your hair routine will revolutionize the way you hair generally is. Keep the shade alive with purple and silver shampoos, toners and of course color-depositing shampoos which are ideal between salon visits.
Limit your uses of these as well – overusing these kinds of products that change the tones from yellow to purple, and though we love lilac hair, that’s not the look we’re going for right now!
Visit a salon – whether it’s natural or not, seeing a salon is a must for grey and silver hair. Doing it yourself with bottled dyes can damage your hair, whilst a color stylist will know what to do to prep your hair for whatever they have in store for you. No one knows your hair type better than your hairdresser, so don’t be afraid to seek advice – that is what they are there for.
Natural hair products – as well as using salon-quality products, some more natural products are a lot healthier on the hair and help prep it for any care you’ve got in store.
Don’t be afraid to use coconut oil, rub it between your fingers and massage it into your hair before leaving it in there for an hour, then rinse out and finish off your regular hair care routine.
Use hair oils – hair oils are ideal for chemically-treated hair as it feeds the hair and gives it more volume and structure. It will also get the shine you strive for between washes – because you know have to keep them to a minimum.
Avoid heat styling – heat stylings, such as straightening or curling, can damage your already difficult hair, so avoid this kind of styling when possible. This can also cause your color to fade, so don’t jeopardize your gorgeous hair! Instead, when you just have to straighten your hair, make sure you use heat-protection spray to lower the damage!
Also, when blow-drying your hair, leave it on the lowest setting so that you don’t make your hair frizzy and brittle – and again, keep that to an absolute minimum too!
The Final Verdict
Whether you’re aging with grace or attempting a new hair color, you should be proud of your grey hair. It’s bold, different and we’re sure you’ll rock it! The key to acing this look is to really look after your hair, this will truly determine the longevity of the shade and the state of your hair.
You’ve been experimental and put your hair through a lot over the last few years – now it’s your turn to thank it with a high-brow hair routine that will make it feel loved and pampered.
By looking after your hair, you’ll also reduce the hair salon visits because you won’t need salon touch-ups too regularly as your hair color will have stood the tests of time.
Before going ahead with the change, also remember to save down your favorite versions of silver and grey shades to give you inspiration – you can’t go in blindly, you need to have some vision of what you love. Hey, perhaps you’ll be giving us hair inspiration soon!