Silver Hair


So you have dreams of silver hair, huh?

I don’t blame you, silvery shades are absolutely gorgeous. They make a statement. There are so many varieties to choose from on pinterest, varying from paper white to a dark charcoal grey, and all more beautiful than the last! Now that you’ve picked your perfect shade, what’s next? I’m not going to lie to you, silver shades are the hardest shade to achieve, and the hardest to maintain. The process to get there is pretty intense, and to keep it looking fresh is a lot of maintenance. So, in this post we are going to go through what it takes to get #grannyhair.

Going silver requires a lot of lightening, and lightening means bleach. In order to achieve a perfect silver, your hair has to be white blonde or very close to it. Unfortunately, there is no rule breaking here. No white blonde hair, no silver. Silver hues are almost always blue and violet based. Blue + yellow and gold tones = green, which we definitely do not want! This is why I rarely guarantee silver strands in one session. The darker your hair is, the more sessions you will need. We have to pull all of the warm pigments out of your hair in order to achieve that pale, white blonde- which brings me to the process.

If you have dark hair, YOUR HAIR WILL BE WARM during this process of sessions. Just take it from KhloMoney. Platinum hair takes a very long time, and having golden and sometimes reddish/warm tones are part of the process. Even in the last picture, Khloe has a little too much warmth to be all over silver. These sessions can take anywhere from 3-8 hours. While you are doing these sessions of lightening, expect your hair to become a bit chemically damaged. It’s part of the territory! That's why it is so important to be doing masks, protein treatments, using purple shampoo, and doing minimal heat styling at home. We are talking about pulling bleach through your ends in numerous different sessions here. If you don’t take care of your hair at home, we may have to give up on silver. The integrity of your hair is priority number one!

After going silver, expect routine touch ups every 3-6 weeks. Those touch ups consist of retouching roots, glossing, and conditioning. The silver tone will fade after a 3-5 washes, so it’s important to use purple shampoo diligently, and to shampoo as little as possible. 

At Steller Hair Co, our prices for this service start at 100 dollars per hour with additional costs for extra bowls of color and bond rebuilders like Olaplex.

Salon 101Matthew Taylor