Written by: Shannon Renee Owner of Ziba by Renee Hair Salon in Plano Tx
There are many different ways to accomplish those platinum or silver tones in your hair with silver hair dye. You can purchase clip in extensions that you dye yourself or that are pre-colored with silver hair dye, or there are a variety of different semipermanent toners and finishing rinses that can give you this look.
Silver hair dye : Silver shampoos
Silver shampoos are one of the best ways to accomplish a very natural look with silver hair dye. These shampoos are usually very deep purple in color, but when left on for a few minutes, they produce a very soft, silvery look. These shampoos are great to use if you have bleached blonde hair or heavy highlights, and applying the silver hair dye for just a few minutes will help reduce or eliminate yellow and brassy tones. To apply, shampoo your hair with a regular shampoo once. Then apply the silver shampoo. If you are trying to achieve a very subtle look, start with leaving it on for just about two minutes, then rinse and condition. If you still have yellow tones, or if you are wanting a more dramatic look, you can leave the shampoo on longer and it will produce subtle violet and silver tones throughout your hair. This works well on naturally gray hair as well, to soften the gray and produce a softer, more silvery look. These shampoos do deposit color onto the hair, so it is best to use them a maximum of every other shampoo so the color does not build up on the hair shaft.
Silver hair dye : Finishing rinses
There are finishing rinses that contain silver hair dye, and this can be worked through the hair after washing and conditioning to produce a nice silver tone. This works especially on naturally gray or graying hair, to help even out your various tones until the gray has completely come in, without having to use permanent color or completely change your look. To use, shampoo and condition your hair like normal. Towel dry the hair to remove excess water, then work the finishing rinse from the roots through to the ends as evenly as possible. Let process according t the instructions on the bottle, then towel dry and style normally. Finishing rinses just lightly coat the hair shaft and do not penetrate the cuticle, so they wash out easily in one shampoo.
Silver hair dye : Toners
|Toners work best for hair that has been processed with bleach, or a high lift lightener, as they are chemically designed to work with these methods of lightening as a second step. There are many different tones of silver hair dye in the form of toners. If you do not have naturally gray hair and you are wanting to achieve a dramatic, long term effect with silver hair dye, bleaching then toning is likely the best way to go.|
The more you prelighten the hair, the better the effect, as the toner will have less yellow tones to break through before showing the silver tones. If you are wanting only silver highlights, you can tone your hair and the toner will only attach itself to the areas that have been pre-lightened. Toners will not adhere to not-colored portions of the hair, or hair that has been colored with regular hair color. The molecules in toners are just the right size to fit into the gaps that bleach causes in the hair shaft, so application is very simple and difficult to mess up. Toners can be found in various shades of silver; platinum, extra light silver-blonde, and ash are just a few of the shades of toners that are available. To use, Bleach or lighten your hair until it lifts to a very pale shade of blonde. If you are able to get it to white, or very, very light yellow, this works best. Shampoo your hair and
condition very lightly. Gently towel dry just enough to remove excess moisture. Apply the toner starting from your scalp, working it through to the ends of your hair. Leave on for two to ten minutes, depending on the effect you want. The longer you leave a toner on, the darker and more tone it will deposit onto your hair. Because toners are not permanent, they tend to wash out rather quickly, so follow up toners will be required. Your toner should last anywhere between one to four weeks, depending on the porosity of your hair. The more damaged or porous the hair, the more it will soak up the toner like a sponge, and the more it will come out of your hair with each shampoo.
Silver hair dye : Permanent hair color
It is very difficult to accomplish a pretty, silver look with permanent silver hair dye. The reason is the hair would already have to be in the general color range that you are seeking, which means naturally light blonde, gray, or a combination of the two. It is possible to get this look, but this would be far more challenging than some of the other techniques mentioned above. Coloring the hair silver with permanent color would require using a mixture of colors that you purchased in a beauty supply store. One suggestion is mixing a high lift platinum blonde, with a purple and/or silver additive that you mix with your formula. If you are wanting to attempt this, it is recommended that you first test out a strip of your hair in an inconspicuous spot. It’s better to get the color wrong on a small section, than on your entire head! You can then tweak your formula according to the results you get on your test strand, and you can always use silver shampoo in addition to your permanent color formula.
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