Silver hair is one of the most striking hair colours to grace our eyes and follicles this year. The must-have trend has been all over the catwalks and sidewalks as a year round, sultry colour. But just how easy is it to get silver hair? With our help – it’s easy! Here’s how to dye your hair silver at home.
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What is silver hair?
Silver is part of the awe-inspiring metallic hair colour trend that’s taking us all by storm. Smokey, Dusty, Graphite, Slate, Platinum, Steel….the spectrum of silver and grey hair dye shades, tones and colouring products are endless.
Check out the latest looks for ideas and inspiration.
Can I dye my hair silver at home?
First thing’s first, your hair will need to be super super light to get the urban, ashy silver look at home. The colour result you’ll get from using a silver box dye will depend on the base colour of your hair right now.
If your hair is brunette to black – you’ll need to pre-lighten your hair with bleach to become a silver fox.
To get the sexy silver look, your hair colour will need to be almost platinum blonde. If you’re not already a super-light or platinum white blonde, you’ll probably need to go through the lightening process more than once to lift your hair to the perfect bleach base.
Bleaching your hair can damage it and dry it out, so have a chat with your hairdresser who will advise you if your hair is in good enough condition to withstand the process. You can also check out our guide, How to bleach your hair at home, DIY style.
If your hair colour is light brown to light blonde, you’ll also need to pre-lighten your hair with bleach. Your hair will need to be super super blonde, almost white to get the true silver hue.
If your hair is light blonde and lighter – perfect! Try out one of the top silver hair dyes to get the look at home.
What do I need to dye my hair silver at home?
- Clarifying shampoo like this one from colour experts Pureology to remove dirt, debris and styling products from your hair.
- A hair dye kit that will give you all the tools you need to apply it like a pro.
- A hairdressers cape to protect your clothes. Towels will get stained and keep falling off.
- A barrier cream to prevent the colour getting on your skin. (This one is amazing and smells divine.)
- A wide toothed comb to separate your hair and comb through the dye.
- An excellent colour-safe shampoo like this one from Bumble & Bumble.
- And excellent colour-safe conditioner like this one from Color WOW.
- A heat protection spray to protect your colour before drying your hair.
- An excellent hair dryer that’s suitable for coloured hair. Check out our Dyson Supersonic hair dryer Spotlight review here.
And your silver hair dye of choice! You can read more about each one in our Best silver hair dye reviews.
Best silver hair dye at a glance.
How to dye your hair silver at home.
Set the scene.
24-48 hours before you colour your hair shimmery silver, wash your hair at least two times with a good shampoo. This makes sure your hair follicles are free of any of any product or dirt build up that can prevent the dye sinking in. It also gives you hair a chance to build up the natural oils that will help protect it.
Make sure you apply the hair dye in a well ventilated room and set aside anywhere between 1-1.5 hours for the process.
Don’t skip the strand test. Especially if you are new to dyeing your hair. The strand test will show you what colour you’ll end up with so there’s less chance of a hair dye disaster.
Step one: Protect your surfaces, and you!
The hairdresser’s cape will protect your clothes and is a better than option than towels as you can move around freely while the dye develops. Cover any surface around you that might get dye on it and put newspapers on the floor.
Coat your hairline, ears and neck with your barrier cream to make sure hair dye that will gather around your hairline will be easier to rinse off and it won’t stain your skin.
Unwrap your hair dye kit and grab your box of silver hair dye. Mix the colour and developer together as instructed. For easier mixing and application, pour the mixture into your hair dye bowl from your hair dye kit.
Step two: Section your hair.
Use your comb to separate your hair into 4-8 sections, depending on the thickness of your hair. Clip each section so that the roots are easily seen and easy to get to with your hair dye application brush.
Step three: Apply the hair dye.
Using your brush, work the hair dye from the roots outwards so that your hair is totally saturated in the formula.
- For previously dyed hair – You’ll need to start with your roots first so that you don’t end up with a coloured band of hair at the roots. Follow the guidance on your hair dye instructions.
- For hair that isn’t already dyed (virgin hair) – brush the formula into your hair starting at the roots and painting down to the ends, making sure each section of hair is totally saturated.
Step four: Let the dye work its magic.
Fix your hair up or pop it in a shower cap while the dye develops. A towel will also contain heat which will help the colour process.
Leave the dye in for the amount of time specified on the box hair dye instructions. Check on the colour development and leave it for 10 minutes longer if needed.
If you feel any burning or itching – rinse it off straight away!
Step five: Rinse your hair.
When the time is up, give your hair a good rinse int he shower until the water runs clear. It is totally normal to see a lot of colour wash out at first, so don’t panic!
Wash your hair twice with a good colour shampoo to make sure all of the dye is removed. And condition your hair with the a good colour conditioner and leave it in for 5 minutes to really set your colour.
Step six: Style and dry!
Your hair colour will look darker when wet, so dry it off to reveal your true new silver colour. Protect your hair from the heat with a good hair heat protection spray before using a hair dryer.
Dry and style your hair as usual and admire your new coloured locks!!
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How should I care for my silver hair?
Silver hair is a colour that will fade fast, that’s why you’ll need to give it extra TLC and use only products that are formulated especially for silver coloured hair.
Your hair will be fragile and more prone to breakage and split ends for a couple of weeks. Especially if you’ve lightened it too.
Deep condition your hair once a week and avoid a lot of heat styling if you can.
When you do heat style, use a heat protectant every time like the ones in Best heat protection sprays your coloured hair can’t live without.
And don’t forget to always follow our great advice in How to look after your coloured hair and keep it luscious for longer.