How To Dye Your Hair Silver Or Grey

Grey hair is seriously on trend, and people of all ages are rocking the so-called ‘granny look’. Although achieving the perfect grey shade does take a fair bit of work, it’s totally possible to dye your hair grey at home. Follow this tutorial and learn how to dye your hair grey or silver from the comfort of your own bathroom. Covering everything from the tools you need to the colouring process, here’s everything you need to know to achieve the perfect silver shade.
What to consider before you dye your hair grey
To fully achieve a gorgeous shade of grey, you’ll need to first bleach your hair and then dye it. Make sure that you’re really committed to your new colour before you start.

If you’re not quite sure whether you’re ready for the long haul, give silver locks a test drive with our Colorista Spray 1-Day Colour in grey. This temporary hair colour spray gives an instant grey colour to any hair colour without the need for bleach. And the best part? It washes out in one wash, meaning you can go grey for just one day to see how it suits you before taking the plunge into permanent colour.

Even better news, if it turns out grey isn’t the right colour for you after all then Colorista Spray is also available in seven vibrant colours – giving you a sensational shade for every day of the week!

How to prepare to dye your hair grey
If you’ve decided that permanent grey hair is the look for you, you’ll need to prepare. If you can be patient, it’s recommended that you wait a few months after you last dyed your hair. This will not only mean your hair is in better condition before you bleach it, but will also help the bleach toact more effectively as there’s less colour for it to strip from your hair.

Give your hair a bit of TLC and apply a deep conditioning mask a week before you dye. Our Elvive Extraordinary Clay pre-shampoo masque leaves you with silky looking hair.

Always make sure you do a skin allergy test at least 48 hours before you dye your hair. You can do this by applying a small amount of the grey hair dye and peroxide behind your ear.

For more advice on preparing to go grey, check out our Tips for Dyeing your Hair Grey.

What do I need to dye my hair grey or silver?
Now your healthy, nourished locks are primed and ready, you’ll need to stock up on a few essentials.

To dye your hair grey or silver, you’ll need:

• Your chosen hair dye
• Bleach
• Toner
• An old towel which you can drape over your shoulders to protect your clothing
• Petroleum jelly to apply to your hairline and ears to stop dye staining your skin
• A plastic brush or applicator to ensure an even application
• Get yourself in the mood for some pampering with a playlist of your favourite songs (Okay, this one’s optional, but we highly recommend it as this is going to take some time!)

How to dye your hair grey

Now you’re ready and raring to go, it’s time to transform your hair into a stunning shade of silver.

Step one: Bleach your hair
If you have naturally light or blonde hair, the process of getting it to grey will be much easier. If your hair is brown, you may need to bleach it more than once before you apply the grey dye. It’s important you get your hair as light as possible before you attempt to turn it grey – this will help ensure a more even tone and vibrant, all-over colour.

Step two: Apply the toner
Toner will take away any yellow undertones from your bleached hair, and is an essential part of the process to make sure your final shade of grey hair is as vibrant as possible. Once the product’s been applied, leave it on for about twenty minutes to work its magic.

Step three: Apply petroleum jelly to your hairline

Follow one of our top beauty hacks by applying a small border of petroleum jelly to your hairline – it’s a great way to prevent any dye staining your skin whenever you’re colouring your hair. 

Step four: Apply the grey hair dye

When applying your hair dye, always follow the instructions on the pack and don’t leave on for longer than recommended. To make application easier, divide your hair into smaller sections using clips, and apply the dye to one section at a time. To prevent drips, cover your head in a plastic bag while your colour develops – not the most glamorous of looks, but it’s a brilliant beauty hack!

Step five: Wash hair dye out thoroughly

Once you’ve washed your hair thoroughly and removed all the hair dye, apply a nourishing conditioner to give your hair an extra glossy shine once you’ve blow-dried and styled it.

Now it’s time to take your bold fresh look out on the town, and bask in the attention your gorgeous grey locks are bound to get!

Always do an allergy test 48 hours before use. 

Always read and follow the instructions on pack and in the instruction leaflet.
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