Thursday, January 31, 2013

How to Dye Your Hair GREY!

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I just dyed my hair grey and I seriously COULD NOT BE HAPPIER!
Wow, this was a hard colour to achieve, and I have a feeling it's going to be just as difficult to upkeep!
Actually, the process itself wasn't bad-- but the most difficult part was finding which products to use. There are a LOT of guides for dyeing your hair silver or white, but I couldn't find any for this darker shade of grey (or gray, if you will). 

First of all, you do NOT need to lighten your hair to a pale yellow or white for this, unlike if you wanted silver hair. This was my hair before:
Sorry it's flat and dirty! I thought of taking a before colour pic at the last moment, before washing it
(showing the dark spots)
As you can see, my hair was a medium-dark brassy blonde (I swear it wasn't typically so brassy, but I knew I was going to be dyeing it so I had been skipping the purple conditioner), with just a hint of platinum in the front. 



These are the products I used. The product on the left is Wella Color Charm in 050. It's actually not meant to be used as a standalone dye, but is actually a drabber or colour additive that you would add to another colour to increase cool tones. There are a lot of drabbers or colour additives on the market, but this was the only one with reviews for producing grey or silver hair.

The other product is Roux Fanci-Full temporary Haircolor in True Steel. It's a medium-viscosity liquid tint you apply to your hair to enhance the colour, but washes out after each shampoo. I put it in spots that I thought weren't as grey, and I'm sure I'll be using a LOT of if once my colour begins to fade! I purchased both items at Sallys, and they were about 5-6$ each. Make sure you get at extra of the Wella! I used approximately 1.5 bottles for my asymmetrical shoulder-ish length hair. I also recommend a bottle of blue-violet conditioner to upkeep the colour.

From what I know (I'm not a professional though, so feel free to correct me if I'm wrong) , toner works better on freshly washed hair, so I shampooed my hair and skipped the conditioner. After my hair was dry I mixed up the Wella with a 10 volume developer (which is deposit only--no lifting. Obviously since we're going darker, you do not need a stronger developer). The ratio is 1:2 Wella:Developer.
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It's so dark when it's processing! Also, notice how the lighter parts of my hair  are pulling blue
After a successful strand test (please make sure you do a strand test when trying out new, weird colours!), I left it on for about 30 minutes, as opposed to the 2-10 minutes you would typically leave something like this one if you're trying simply trying to tone your hair. 

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Yay, end result!
Also, this colour is bloody hard to photograph-- depending on the lighting situation, camera settings, and presence of flash, my hair looks anything from lavender blonde to blue to dark grey. I think this above picture is probably the closest to how I see it in real life.

Now some closeups: 
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For some reason my roots came out a bit brown, and didn't soak up the toner as well. It's less noticeable in real life, and my hair is darker/less blue.
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Don't know why this picture is so blown out (sorry!) but I'm showing the same dark spots as before. As you can see, even those parts are now grey!

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There are still some brassy parts in my hair, as you can see here. I think this is because I probably had some conditioner residue in my hair, since most my the brassiness is on my ends, and those were actually lighter than the rest of my hair. This is why you get the Fanci-full though, so you can touch up these spots!

Hope this is helpful! Let me know if you have any questions, XOXO!

43 comments:

  1. It looks awesome as always!

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  2. Finally a simple way to go grey!! How long did it last before you did it again? And I have light auburn hair, I'm wondering whether to strip it out or bleach it before? Although I wanted a more pewter darker grey so I'm not sure if I should try it over the top of my colour for a darker effect..
    Looks awesome :)

    xx

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    1. I don't know why I didn't get notifications for these! Sorry for the super late comment (not really blogging these days here!) You should strip/bleach your hair because it's important to remove the red tones. The colour is really fickle and fades FAST. I re-tone it ever 7-10 days.

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  3. you are so pretty!!! such a pretty face! <3

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  4. Thank you...enjoy your ashy locks...as i soon will...thanks to you! Xo

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  5. this is the exact method I used to get grey. eventually I mixed up some semi-permanent colors to make a dark grey dye after this faded (it lasted about a month for me). the roux rinse is wonderful for my darker brassy spots that turned brown. this color is perfect on golden hair. it'll turn lighter hair purple.

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    1. what semi-permanent colours did you use to make a darker grey?

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    2. I used manic panic in Ultraviolet & Ion purple. It makes it darker and adds a lavender tint. You can also try mixing up a blue-based black with a LOT of developer (I'm taking no more than 1-2ml of the colour to 2oz of a volume 10 developer). I did that for my extensions and they turned a lovely deep grey!

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  6. how can you make it perminant?

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    1. I'm sorry, you can't. It fades really fast! It's definitely a lifestyle to upkeep grey hair-- I do it every 7-10 days.

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  7. I suppose that since my hair is black I'll still need to bleach it before coloring? Or?

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    1. Yes, you definitely do. Try to get it as light as my hair in the pictures, and remove as much of the red tones as possible

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  8. thank you for posting this. <3 you're unbelievably gorgeous!

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  9. I have to say I am very impressed with the way you efficiently blog and your posts. Thank you for talking about every one of these wonderful Posts.I love them and looking out forward for your new posts.
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    ebay. they have several. grays

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  11. I've been thinking about dyeing my own hair grey, but I want dark, charcoal. It's funny grey has this stigma with aging and people try to cover it. I think it'd be cool to play with different shades of it, dark for roots, light greys for highlighting- but alas, all I can find are light greys/silvers for people who want to look anime'/glammish. Not that there's anything wrong with anime'/glam, I'm just saying it's nice to explore and set new boundaries.

    Anyway, thank you for your informative post.

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  12. Do you think this would work for someone with brown, auburn colored hair? or should I use more or less of something?

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  13. my hair is dark brown.. would i need to dye it a lighter color?

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  14. can you use conditioner instead of 10v developer

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  15. Blake which product do u use to retone ur hair every 7- 10 days and is wella a dye or a toner? And which semipermanent coulours do u use to let the colour last longer, and would u hair get dry if u recolour it every 7-10 days???

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  16. AWESOME!!!
    I have my hair ombréd black fading to bleached right now and really want to dye the bleached part so that the black roots fade to dark grey ends.. Im asian too and all other tutorials are based on fair skin and natural blonde so it is hard to follow their steps.

    thanks for this, hope it works as well for me as it did for you!!!

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  17. This helped me so much. I have bleached my hair countless times in the past till recently. Everyone keeps telling me to go white, but I don't want silver hair. I want this exact color. Thank you so much for posting this! It saved my hair from further damage!

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  18. which developer did you use?

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  19. I like this process, but it doesn't appeal because of the temporary rinse! I've bought "silver" from Directions and am also buying "ebony black" from Directions. I already have white blonde hair so the process isn't as *stab in the dark* as pre lightening first. I'm going to mix a tiny bit of the black with a lot of the silver to hopefully create a grey colour. I've had good experiences with Directions in the past when I've had very bright coloured hair it lasts full vibrancy with minimum washes for about 2 - 3 weeks!

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    1. I've tried the Directions Ebony Black in my own search for a darker grey, as I hate the whiteish grey my hair's turned. In my case it produces a beautiful peacock mixture of colours - rather beautiful, but might not work for all occasions!
      I've pinned a photo of that sample, but don't know if I can link to it? (I'm new to Pinterest).

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  20. I dyed my hair with titanium hair dye and it made my hair green and blue can I do this on top of this color ?

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    1. Just looking through the post and when using metallic colors, they have to grow out before using regular lift products or you can try a metallic color remover.(request from salon or professional.)

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  21. Hey! Could you tell me how this faded over time? I would really appreciate it!

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  22. if you don't keep retouching your hair, what happens? what color does it get?

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  23. Omg, I wanted something like the grey you achieved but I didn't want to mess up my dark hair on my own so I went to salon. They told me they couldn't do the grey I wanted but they could do a purple that would eventually fade to grey.

    So now I have this awful vibrant purple hair that's turning bright pink with every wash!! Does anyone have any tips on how I can fix this catastrophe?? I went back to the salon and the guy basically said he can't do anything about it! Is there a toner or something I can counteract this bright colour with??

    Please help. I love the ashy grey colour you achieved in this thread.

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    1. Color stripper will take your hair back to the original color or close and is more conditioning than pure lifts. Stop the color where you want it. Good Luck.

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    2. I know this is super old but I'm replying in case anyone else has this problem! I had the same exact problem! It would have worked but they used a red based purple dye instead of a blue based one. A color stripper is just as damaging as bleaching! Use an ash blonde dye over the pink/fuchsia color, the green tones in the ash blonde will cancel out the red tones in your hair and flush it out to a more blonde color. You still might have a bit of light pink but you can easily dye over that and it will be waaayyyy less damaging! Hope this helps anyone!

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    3. Thanks so much! I tried several things since my last post. I first tried putting a snowy white dye over it but that didn't achieve anything. I think put a lime green colour over top of the purple which toned it down a lot but it only lasted a week. Right now I'm about to try using the cool blue Wells over top to see what that does since my hair has now faded to a yellowy pinky colour.

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  24. How many ounces of developer do I add to a bottle of wella color 050? Could I use clairol developer?

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  25. I went platinum from colored brown with grey roots..after four hours at the salon. I am tempted to try your method..what do you think? thanks!

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  26. So thanks I did it..thanks for your help..the ugly blond is gone! :)

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  27. You think if I did this on my brassy light brown hair but put it on for just a little bit/dilute it with conditioner I could get a nice ashy brown color? Or would it look like an odd green or something?

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