Grey hair tutorial. Grey/silver dye, not toner!
Hey everyone. There seems to be a love on tumblr of grey and silver hair. Most girls achieve this through over toning their locks with a purple toner. Some get success with directions or crazy colour “silver” but in my expereince, these are both useless other than as a toner. To get really grey/silver hair you will need to get a salon brand colour corrective tint. I used Wella Koleston special mix in colours 0/11 and 0/81.
0/11 is a deep gray and 0/81 is a perfect silver. I mixed half and half with the developer to create a dark silver (60ml of developer of 9% Welloxon), then popped onto my head. Use the lowest vol you can! So get a 6% if you don’t need higher.
You will note that this is a professional dye that uses a developer, rather than a vegetable dye that will sit on the hair. It is more damaging and it is harder to get rid of.
I have to say, doing this again, I would use a different ratio, so less 0/22 since it was a green based dye, and after a week or so, the grey turned into tinted green. I was able to tone this out well enough with red, but still, best to avoid where possible.
It did wash out pretty fast, though to get the last out, I bleached it, and it went red, so beware of that also.
Basically you mix up the dye and developer in a mixing bowl, and apply to your hair like any other day, following instructions :) I think it was 30 mins to develop. It went very dark, but washed off to be lovely.
It took me a year to get perfect silver hair, I went through almost every veg dye, toner and other idea.
Oh! Edited to say, to those wondering, its not a good idea to do what I would normally suggest for veg dyes and mix with conditioner to lighten. Black veg dyes are either blue or green based and its difficult to tell which. Its possible that a blue based black diluted might give you a nice gray, but it would probably give you patchy blue.
I would warn you, and I think I did in my mix that actually if I did it again I wouldnt use the ratio I did because the darker grey went green rather quickly.
I was able to tone this out with red, but it was a pain.
The 0/11 is a very dark grey and the 0/81 is the perfect silver colour.
So I would personally suggest you keep looking and get yourself the 0/11 unless you wanted a very dark grey to black.
Here is the colour chart to show what I mean
With a little confidence and experimenting, it might be best to try and find the 0/11 and use some from the special blondes/rich naturals.
Here is the turorial that turned me onto koleston. I wanted a darker steel grey so used the 0/81, but depending on the shade the writer of that tut/showoff used
50 % 10/8
+25% 0/81 silver
The Heavenly Hair board is no the Hair Extensions Forum in case anyone was wondering.
I hope this helps honey?
Also, here is a link to somewhere in Oz that does 0/11 and here too
It does seem a little pricey though, if you do some research it might be cheaper for you to order it in the US or Uk and get it shipped to you.
Updated double post for Gray hair tutorial as the link seems to be broken.