Gray and silver hair isn’t only for geezers anymore. The newest cool-girl trend in hair is gray hair! Young women have been dyeing their hair gray and older ladies are proudly showing their silver locks. Here’s everything you need to know about the silver hair trend and how to achieve it:
How It Started
As is the fact with most weird trends, granny hair was started by Lady Gaga back in 2010. But it’s become more mainstream because of the popular pastel hair trend. The pastel hair colors we’ve been seeing on models and on the street just kept getting lighter and lighter until silver hair became the new trend.
Many think it’s more appropriate for the “real world” than the pastel trend, but it still is young, funky, and definitely a statement. So if you have an office job but still want to be different, opt for a silver dye job.
What Your Need To Know Before
Going gray is no joke. Depending on how dark your hair is and how healthy (or unhealthy) it is, achieving the silver hair of your dreams can take a while.
Work With What You Got
If you already have blond hair, the hard part is mostly done. But if you have naturally dark brown or black hair, it will take you a bit longer to get the look you want. In order to get a gray or silver shade, you need to bleach your hair almost white first, then add in gray toner and dye. The darker your hair is, the more time and damage it’s going to take to get to white, then silver. But if you go to a professional, keep your healthy, and do separate sessions every 6 weeks, then you should be fine!
Pick The Silver Hair That Is Best For You
This is a part best left to your professional stylist. In order to get the best gray for you, it’s important to pick one that compliments your skin tone and undertones.
For example, if you have a warm undertone, you should go with a darker gray, but if you have cool undertones, lighter silvers will look better on you. If you have a paler skin tone, stick with a dark gray so you don’t look washed out.
Be prepared for your stylist to ask you questions about your undertones! This way, you’ll get the silver hair that’s perfect for you.
Prep Your Hair
Because your hair is most likely going to go through some heavy bleaching and the resulting damage, it’s important to go into the process with the healthiest hair possible. In the weeks before your appointment, deep condition your hair regularly and stop using heat tools to style. This way, your hair can get stronger before you bleach it. And two days before you go to the salon, stop washing your hair so that oils can build up to protect your scalp against the bleach.
Aftercare Is Key
Like with any dye job, maintaining your new gray or silver hair takes some dedicated aftercare. Here’s what you should keep in mind:
Choose The Right Products
Whenever you dye your hair, it’s really important to use the right shampoo and conditioner to keep your color bright and beautiful. With grey or silver hair,, it’s even more important because you have to keep using a silver toner in your products to keep the color from going brassy or dull.
Also, try to find a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, because sulfates will strip your hair of moisture and dye. At The Hair Studio, we sell professional salon hair care that will help extend your dye job and keep your grey gorgeous.
To keep the color vibrant, you’ll need to touch it up periodically. Every few weeks, you can use a color-depositing shampoo or gloss to keep your grey hair fresh. And make sure to make an appointment with your stylist every 6 weeks to touch up your roots as your hair keeps growing.
Here at The Hair Studio, our hairdressers and stylists are always up to date on the fresh new hair trends, and #grannyhair is no exception. So if you’re feeling like it’s time to make a statement with your hair color, book an appointment today with one of our talented hairdressers who will give you the silver hair you never knew you wanted.