One of the most on trend hair looks of 2017 is that perfect silver blonde haircolor.
I’m not talking about Grandma’s graceful grey locks. This is edgy, either blonder than blonde with that perfect ash silver tone, or those titanium tresses that make people do a double take.
After spending the past year as a platinum blonde, I wanted a bit of a change. I wasn’t prepared to let go of my light locks yet, but I wanted something different and edgy to suit my style. So I turned to my master stylist Rose Huggett to get the look I wanted, and to learn about the process along the way.
Here are my steps to going silver this season:
Go to a professional
Unless you’ve been blessed with perfect white blonde hair naturally growing out of your head, silver hair is best left up to the professionals. You’ll definitely need some serious hair lighteners and the right toner, so professional products would be best. You also need someone who knows the chemistry behind hair color, and how to give you the look you want.
You also need to remember that silver hair, unless you have that aforementioned naturally blonde hair, isn’t something that can be achieved overnight. It will probably take a couple of tries to get the right color while keeping your hair healthy, so be patient. The results would be well worth it.
Lighten those locks
Once you’ve done some hair meditation and picked out a pro, it’s time to get to lightening. Silver hair needs a very light base to tone to a true silver, so that means your stylist will need to employ a lightener, more commonly known as bleach. Rose has a few favorites, like Kevin Murphy Color Me powder lightener. This product is Ammonia free and lifts up to 6 or 7 levels. She most recently tried Schwarzkopf BLONDEME premium performance lightener on me with great results. As a client, I loved that it didn’t have that overpowering “bleach” smell since it’s also ammonia free, and was very easy on my scalp.
Tone it down
Once your hair has achieved maximum lightness, it’s time to pick the right toner for your end goal look. There are a few silver toners out there, and you may have to try a few to see what gives you the look you like. For my silver mission, we tried two toners: Pravana Vivids in Silver and Joico Color Intensity Metallics in Titanium. The great thing about both of these toners is that there’s no developer required, which means no peroxide, so there’s no damage to your hair.
The result with each toner was a bit different. The Pravana was a little lighter, whereas the Joico was a deeper, bluer silver tone. Both earned me tons of compliments, and looked awesome, and left my hair soft and shiny.
Keep it up
Like with blonde, silver hair takes great care. Use sulphate free products to keep your colour lasting as long as possible. I love the OGX line of shampoos and conditioners. They reallyl do sulphate free right, with good foam, great formulations and amazing scents. I love the Weightl
Blue toned shampoos and conditioners (like Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel) keep brassy out of silver hair just as they do with blonde. And use deep conditioning treatments like Goldwell Kerasilk Intensive Smoothing Mask to keep your recently bleached hair healthy, soft and strong. With ingredients like keratin and liquid silk, this treatment smooths hair for manageability, softness and shine.
Recently lightened and toned hair needs a gentle hand to keep it looking and feeling its best. Make sure you use a great heat protectant when heat styling. I love the Power Dry.ME blowdry spray by Design.Me. It’s designed to help dry your hair faster, while protecting it from heat and giving you a soft, lasting finish on your blow out. And to give your hair some oomph without rough teasing, I love the Puff.ME spray, a targeted volumizing powder that gives texture and height with just a couple of pumps and some tousling.
Share your silver styles with us on Instagram at @weraddictmag and @thenadiae! As for me, I’m loving my silver!