Dyeing my hair Grey

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I've been wanting to dye my hair for a very long time now. I did a lot of research about it and finally decided to do it. I started of with bleaching my hair to a platinum blonde and went ahead with the next step which was to dye my hair grey a few days later.

I heard about a toner called Wella Color Charm in 050 (which is supposed to be mixed with developer), but I couldn't find it anywhere so I just went with a toner called Wella Color Fresh in 7/19 which looked very similar in color to me. It's a very bluish-purple toner which is ready for immediate use.

I've always had a problem with getting hints of green in my hair unless I dye it in a color with a very red/orange hue, and since I was going to use a blueish toner on my hair I was pretty sure that this would be a problem. I bought a pink toner, L'oreal Pastel Rose Pink, just in case I would end up with green hair. Most people say that you should counter green tones with red or orange dye/toners, but pink (which basically is light red) works better as a color neutralizer in my opinion since it isn't as harsh as red. I also figured that I would prefer to end up with a more purple/pink tone in my hair rather than a green/blue.

I did several strand tests trying to apply the Wella Color Fresh in different ways, letting it sit for different amount of times, applying it after using the toner and applying it before using the pink toner. However, I either ended up with a dark purple color or a bright blue/green color.

When I was doing research on how to get Silver/Grey hair, most people said that you have to lighten your hair to a pale yellow or platinum blonde. However, I realized that my problem was that my hair was too light which was the reason why I only ended up with these awkward vivid colors.

At this point I was getting kinda frustrated and came to think of that I still had a Garnier Olia dye in 8.13 Sandy Blonde that I never ended up using after buying it a while back. "Natural blonde" dyes like these also usually leave my hair with a green tint, but when mixing the dye I noticed that the creme was orange, so I figured that it would help to cancel out the unwanted green tint. I applied the dye to my hair, and to my big surprise I noticed how it turned into this beautiful silvery ash blonde color. It was a gorgeous color, but it still wasn't the one I wanted.

I did a strand test with the Wella Color Fresh in 7/19 toner, and since it looked good I decided to give this thing a final try. I applied the toner section by section, using only a tiny  (and I mean tiny) amount of it on each section, combing it through thoroughly to spread it evenly. It immediately turned to the true grey color I wanted, and since It didn't turn any darker I let it sit for 20 minutes as the description recommended. When I washed it out and dried my hair it still had this beautiful true grey color on most parts of my hair.

I was so happy with the result! It did get slightly uneven with a hint of blue at the ends of my hair, but I decided to let it be since it will probably fade after a few washes. And since Wella Color Fresh in 7/19 is a regular re-usable toner I can just go back in with it when I feel that I have the need to correct any flaws and mistakes. I will post more and better photos soon!

If you're considering to dye your hair grey or any other color that is hard to obtain, my best advice for you is that you should do a lot of research before buying your dyes/toners and actually dye it. And always keep in mind that the methods that might have worked wonders for others might not work for you. So if you know something that might be a problem (like me when it comes to ending up with a green hue in my hair) think about the methods and tricks that have worked best for your hair in the past first of all.

I hope that this post was helpful to some of you. If you have any advice on how to obtain or maintain grey/silver hair I'd love if you let me know about it in the comments. Bye for now!

1 comment :

  1. I miss my lavender/gray hair! I kept it up by using the purple toner. Leaving it in for 3-5 minutes refreshed my hair. The color looks amazing. xoxo <3