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Gray hair and products that cater to gray hair (and we LOVE a new beauty product) is having a main character moment right now. What was once considered a dreaded sign of aging has now become one of the biggest beauty trends of the year, and while we'd always recommend seeing a professional for any color change, achieving perfect, sterling silver locks can also be as easy as a trip to the drugstore.
Meet Our Experts: Tyraah Hopper, licensed hairstylist and professional colorist, Tara Potocki, licensed cosmetologist and professional hair colorist, Sam Griffith, colorist at Blast Blow Dry Bar in Austin, Texas
Whether you’re looking for a whole new look or have decided to officially embrace your natural color, “going gray” can be pretty stunning. If you're ready for glistening silver locks, read ahead to shop the best gray hair dyes, according to professional colorists, and then stick around for some expert tips on how to dye your hair gray at home.
If you’re in a pinch but looking to change up your style, this platinum depositing mask is for you. “This product is easy to use and only needs to be applied for five to seven minutes to achieve the desired goal,” says Tara Potocki, a licensed cosmetologist and professional hair colorist. “Moroccanoil is also great for anyone who loves to change up their tone, because it only stays in the hair a few washes.”
“This product lasts for about six weeks, so you can see how you feel before you fully commit,” says Tyraah Hopper, a licensed hair stylist and professional colorist in Bridgman, Michigan. Plus, the formula contains essential oils for a subtle sweet smell and contains sunflower extract for added UV protection.
Not only will this product deeply condition, but it also deposits intense silver pigment onto your hair that lasts for up to 25 washes. “I recommend this to those who are wanting silver tones that last,” says Potocki. “This color depositing conditioner is my go-to for those who want longevity.”
If bold, smokey, silver hair is calling your name, this permanent hair dye promises to deliver. The nourishing formula hydrates hair to avoid it looking dull or flat, and the multi-dimensional color coats every strand for the ultimate shimmer.
If your goal is an ethereal silver hue with smoky undertones, oVertone pastel silver is your go-to, says Hopper. “It doesn’t dry out your hair, it’s super moisturizing, and the color doesn’t bleed everywhere,” she adds.
Bold vibrant color in only 20 minutes? Yes please. “The color on the bottle doesn’t reflect the color that goes on the hair, but the results are beautiful,” says Hopper. It also restores damaged strands by locking in moisture and revitalizing dry roots.
If you want shimmering platinum silver hair for a day, Clairol’s hair color makeup works wonders. Not only is it approved for all hair types and textures, but the color also activates with a blow-dryer to ensure no staining or transfer on your clothes.
Cruelty-free and no harsh chemicals? Say less. This semi-permanent dye is great for long lasting color to achieve the ultimate sterling hue, says Potocki. “Arctic Fox should be kept on the hair for at least 30 or more minutes to achieve your desired results,” she adds.
Because gray hair can look flat after a few washes, Sam Griffith, a colorist at Blast Blow Dry Bar, recommends this color-reviving gloss to boost your shine and counteract any yellowing. The cruelty-free formula also immediately freshens silver tones and reduces brassiness.
It sounds too good to be true, but this product colors, cleanses, and conditioners your hair! The non-lathering, conditioning cleaner is designed to instantly infuse color and stunning hues into every hair wash.
Infused with argan oil, olive oil, collagen, and keratin, this mystic silver hair dye won't compromise the integrity of your natural hair. The aloe vera based formula also hydrates your locks and repairs dead skin cells on the scalp.
Can I dye my hair gray without bleach?
There are a few things you should know about dyeing your hair any color before you go at it. With gray in particular, in order to see maximum at-home results with vibrant color, your starting hair needs to be light blonde or professionally bleached.
“To achieve silver or gray, your hair needs to be platinum blonde or already a natural silvery gray,” says Potocki. If you have dark hair, it’s best to consult with a professional colorist because at-home bleaching can be dangerous.
How can I dye my hair gray at home?
Before you go all in, make sure you do a patch test. “A lot of dyes that you buy over the counter are not professional grade and you don’t know how your hair is going to react because not all dyes are the same,” says Hopper. “Always try dyeing a small piece of hair first to make sure it doesn’t damage the integrity of your hair, and that you actually like the color.”
Once your hair canvas is the correct tone, you’re going to need gloves, a mixing bowl, a brush to apply the product, and your desired dye. “Make sure you thoroughly read your home color hair instructions,” adds Potocki. “Following manufacturer instructions and being sure to know the processing time [for your desired product] is what will give you the best results.”
From there, section your hair into four parts. “Color is not shampoo, so do not just rub it around,” stresses Hopper. “Section your hair evenly and apply the color to each part to get maximum results and strong tones.”
How can I maintain my gray hair?
After coloring and achieving your desired results, use a shampoo or gloss formulated for gray or silver hair between washes like Jhirmack Silver Brightening Purple Shampoo or Oribe Silverati Shampoo. It's also best to touch up every couple of weeks to maintain vibrancy.
Also, remember that hair dye's main purpose is to stain, so make sure to apply in a protected area near your sink or in the shower, says Griffith. “Always use warm water when rising extra color down the sink [to protect from staining or color residue].”
Humidifier Perfume For additional protection, use a barrier like Vaseline on the skin to avoid staining, and use towels or clothing you're comfortable getting dirty and/or ruined, he adds.