Shades of silver hair are ultra-popular these days; from your local salon to your social media feed to the runways of fashion week, this metallic hue is having a major moment. Whether you’re contemplating trying this trendy shade or feel like it’s time to embrace your grays, this cool-toned hair color is a powerful statement at any age.
With a little know-how, you can get the perfect silver strands without the hands of a professional (and a hefty salon bill). Keep reading as we share the secrets to achieving a silver hair color at home, and all the products you’ll need to care for your new color.
How to Get a Fresh Silver Hair Color
Changing your hair color isn’t always a simple decision, but once you’ve settled on a new shade, there are a few hair dye logistics you’ll want to consider. Some hair colors require more work and upkeep to achieve and maintain — silver being one of them. Anytime you decide to opt for a lighter hair color, you’ll need to bleach your hair. If you’re starting with a dark base, it may take multiple sessions of bleach to reach your desired level of silver.
Before you go all the way gray, it might be best to consult with a professional colorist who can guide you through the process and skillfully manage your transition to silver hair. If you plan to DIY the hue, the L’Oréal Paris Hair Color Concierge is available with live experts who can help you color with confidence and ensure your desired result.
3 Best at Home Silver Hair Dyes
If you’re a DIY pro and want to embrace the silver hair look on your own, here are three options to consider:
This at-home hair color kit is special because it delivers a super shiny, luminous hair color that’s guaranteed to stay vibrant for up to eight weeks. It’s made with a fade-resistant formula, so your strands won’t look dull or brassy.
This hair color kit will give you an intense, brilliant silver color. It has a multi-dimensional formula that delivers shimmering results for bold color that never looks dull or flat.
This temporary hair color is perfect for those who want to test out the silver hair color trend before fully committing. It washes out when you shampoo your hair, so you can go back to your natural color with ease.
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How to Take Care Of Silver Hair
Once you commit to an icy shade of silver, it’s important that you’re using the right products to care for your hair. Follow these three tips to ensure you’re treating your silver hair with care.
1. Use Hair Care Products Formulated for Bleached Hair
In order to keep your silver strands looking their very best, it’s important to use a hair care system that’s made to boost and protect silver hair like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Silver Care Sulfate Free Shampoo with Peptides and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Silver Care Sulfate Free Conditioner with Peptides. Specifically formulated for silver strands, this wash day duo contains peptides to nourish hair and boost volume. It helps maintain brightness and keeps your hair feeling silky-smooth and hydrated.
Editor’s tip: You’ll also want to keep a purple shampoo and conditioner handy to protect your color and prevent brassiness, which can turn your silver strands to an unwanted shade of yellow or orange. We love the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Brass Toning Purple Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Brass Toning Purple Conditioner because they keep your color bright and cool-toned while moisturizing the hair. Wash with the EverPure Silver Care line daily, and use the EverPure Toning Purple Shampoo one to three times a week, as needed.
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2. Shampoo in Lukewarm Water
While showering with hot water is nice for relaxation, it can actually strip your hair of essential oils, which can lead to dryness, frizz and faded hair color. Next time you get ready for a shampoo session, turn down the dial and rinse your hair in lukewarm water.
3. Boost Color With a Hair Gloss
If your silver strands are starting to look a little less than sterling, try an at-home glossing treatment to revive your color and refresh your hair in between touch-ups. The L'Oréal Paris Le Color Gloss One Step In-Shower Toning Gloss in Silver is formulated with a coconut oil-infused deep-conditioning base that works to enhance your hair color and tone, while also moisturizing your strands. Simply add it to your wash day routine by applying to clean hair and letting it sit for five to ten minutes before rinsing.
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