May 20, 2024

The expert guide on getting grey hair & how to maintain it

Think grey hair is over? Think again. The hair trend is stronger than ever, with over 10,000 people in the UK alone searching for ‘grey hair dye’ each month. And have you seen Pinterest lately? It’s like a unicorn spewed up hairstyles.

Whether you’re looking to take your platinum to the next level or embrace your natural God-given greys, there’s a few things to know before taking the silver hair plunge. Here’s what the experts have to say…

How to get grey hair:

Warning to all brunettes: this won’t be easy for you…

“In order to go grey you have to pre-lighten the hair to a clean white blonde and then tone with a personalised grey mix tone”, says Headmasters’, Siobhan Jones, who was responsible for turning Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall hair silver.

“Jade best suits having more of a natural root as she has brown eyes and a warmer skin complexion so I ensured the best suitability by placing the grey tones throughout the mid-lengths and ends of the hair. ”

However, if you’re looking to take your grey all the way to your scalp, be prepared for a slight burning sensation from the bleach. When our Fashion Editor, Charlie, went white blonde, she warned that it can get a little uncomfortable as the wait time goes on.

“Anyone wishing to go this colour must also be aware that lightening your hair to this tone can weaken it”, says Siobhan. Lucky the colour looks excellent with buzzcuts and pixies…

But if you’d like to keep your length, Siobhan says to ensure only the best products are being used. “Ask your in-salon colourist to check the sensitivity of your hair before you go ahead. I used L’Oréal Professionnel Platinum, plus pre-lightener, which is great as it contains beeswax, which conditions the hair whilst lifting. ”

It’s also a good idea to treat your hair to masks at home post-colouring, as well as regular in-salon treatments.

Siobhan’s favourite is Paul Mitchell Keratriplex Awapuhi wild ginger treatment, which she says works on strengthening and hydrating.

How to go grey without the commitment

If you like the idea of this experimental colour, but don’t want to commit (or fork out for a salon trip), there are several at-home products which allow you to dabble in silver strands.


Hair Dyes:
Prep your locks with Fudge’s White Shade of Pale toner, £10. 36. For a subtle blonde/silver hue, give the Colour Freedom Silver Blonde, £6. 99 a go. For a more full on grey shade, the Crazy Colour silver hair dye, £5. 39, is ideal.

Silver shampoos maitenance:

Bleach London’s Silver shampoo, £6. 50 eliminates brassy tones and helps to maintain a silver hue. Davines’ Alchemic Shampoo in Silver Fox, £15. 80 Conditioner, £20. 40 in Silver Grey are also lovely products for maintaining silver/grey locks. Finish with OSMO’s Violet Tone and Protect Styler, £8. 80 to protect your colour.

Why I embraced grey hair in my thirties and have absolutely no regrets

Sound like hard work? Don’t worry, it’ll all be worth it for those silver hair selfies:

More of a colour girl than grey? Maybe rainbow hair is more your style…

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