Wednesday, 25 November 2015

How I Maintain Silver Hair


Silver/grey hair seems to be a trend that's quite "in" at the moment, a trend which I happened to join in on. People immediately jump to the conclusion that bleach will instantly kill your hair, which I suppose yes it will if you don't look after it. Considering I have been having my hair bleached since I was 16/17, I would say I have the "how to" down to a T, so here I am to share with you how to get the silver hair look the easy, cheap but safe way. 

I first started dying my hair the silver/lilac it is now about a year ago in the hope of maintaining a lilac colour. Safe to say I soon got fed up of the whole lilac concept and decided that silver was the colour I wanted to stay! 

Step 1: The dye
Naturally, I have quite dark blonde hair which was already dyed a golden blonde colour so it wasn't necessary for me to bleach my hair more than once, luckily. I use the Schwarzkopf Live Colour XXL dye in shade 00A, the lightest one. 
This dye is bound to turn your hair a warmer toned blonde as opposed to a white, platinum colour unless you already had super light hair. I tend to leave the dye on for around 20 minutes, but it just depends how quickly my hair takes to it.


Step 2: Toner
If your hair does turn a really brassy and let's face it, an awful colour, DON'T PANIC. That's what toner is for, a wonderful creation which has saved me from the most dreadful home dye jobs. Since I stopped using a lilac dye once I had toned, I have found I'm better off using two toners to achieve the silver tone I like. 
Once the bleach is all washed off, I towel dry my hair and use the Schwarzkopf Live Colour XXL Toner Mousse which reduces the brassy tones instantly, it's honestly a miracle worker and is able to be washed off after 5 minutes! (I forgot to picture it though, doh!)
Now, onto the best product I have ever used on my hair... Directions Silver Toner. Oh my god, if you're a fellow blonde and want to achieve an ashy/silver colour, use this - it saves so much time and hassle!


The colour is absolutely terrifying, I know, but it's a bloody good product! The intense blue colour of this toner counteracts with the yellow tones that you most likely have from the dye. Once I've dried my hair after using the Schwarzkopf toner, I apply this and leave it on for 2-4 hours as I like the tint it leaves on my hair too, but I'm sure leaving it on for a less amount of time won't do it any harm. However long you leave it on for, it will not damage your hair as it works as a sort of hair treatment/conditioner too... My hair feels incredibly silky and soft once it's washed off. 

Step 3: Maintain
If you want to be part of the silver haired squad, you gotta get yourself some purple shampoo and conditioner. Over the years I've tried many but hands down the best ones for me are from the Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes range. They're a little more expensive than your average shampoo, but take advantage of the Boots special offers and stock up, you're going to need lots!
I use the purple shampoo everytime I wash my hair, which tends to be twice a week just because I find if I wash it every other day, my hair becomes extremely dry, not a fun time when you have a big thick mane of hair. 
These products leave my hair with a lovely lilac/pink tint which I have become quite attached too, I feel like I'm betraying them if I use a shampoo which doesn't give me the same tint. Is that weird? Probably.

Before (2013) & After (2015)

But, that's all I do! Simple right? My hair is still in a healthy and amazing condition which trust me, I'm shocked about too. When my roots need doing I just repeat the steps but obviously, only on my roots. If you have any other questions then feel free to leave a comment or tweet me and I'll be happy to give you any help or advice you may need (but I will warn you I have no hairdressing experience).

What are your thoughts on the silver hair trend? Have you ever dyed your hair?

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  1. I think you look so pretty with silver hair Kat! I always use XXL Live colour because it's just SO good. I don't think I could get my hair this colour now because it's bright red but I do love this trend xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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    1. Oh thank you lovely! The XXL dyes really are amazing, they make my hair so soft. Haha getting from red to silver could be quite a struggle but I absolutely love your colour! x

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  2. You rock the silver haired look! I couldn't pull it off personally - my hair is too dark, but you look fab and great to hear your hair is still in excellent condition! x

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad it's still in the same condition too, thank god for hair masks! x

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  3. It looks so pretty, I wish I wasn't allergic so that bleach wasn't safe for me to use!

    Tore | www.atinymew.com xo

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    1. Oh girl, your hair is suuuuper pretty though <3

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  4. I loooooove your silver hair! I have really dark hair so not sure I could pull this off but I love it. xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. Aw thank you.
      Yes, I understand what you mean, I don't think I would attempt to do it either if I was naturally dark but your hair is gorgeous! x

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  5. You hair is sooooo gorgeous!!

    Hannah xx

    thatthoughtfulgirl.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I love your hair! It's at a perfect silver which I would die for, but I feel I'm too pale for silver at the moment! Great post though, some really helpful tips for beginners :D

    Kourtney xx

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    1. Do it, I dare you.. Although I won't lie, I am a bit obsessed with your hair. I could never be brave enough to pull off a bold colour though! x

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  7. Your hair looks awesome, I love it! I remember when I had white blonde hair (looked horrendous on me as I'm so pale!) I tried to tone it to go whiter and left the violet toner on so long it went purple haha.

    http://fourcatsplusus.co.uk - Amy x

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    1. Oh no haha! I quite like the purple tint from the toner but it must be annoying if you weren't expecting it! x

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  8. I love your hair. Looks so stylish. <3

    XoXo
    Valentina | DAILY SUIT

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  9. This looks so great on you! It definitely seems like a lot of work though. Great post!
    xo Kiki
    http://colormekiki.com/

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    1. I guess the upkeep is a lot of effort but I don't mind, I only dye my roots every 2-3 months so it's not much of a hassle! x

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  10. Silver suits you so well honey! I used to use those Beach Blonde shampoo/conditioner and they were life saviours when I had lighter hair xxx

    Hannah x hannatalks

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    1. Thanks lovely! They're so good aren't they?! xx

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  11. LOVE your hair hon! It suits you perfectly! Silver/blonde/light hair is sooo difficult to maintain without damaging it. I know the struggle.I am yet to try purple shampoo hon, would it work ok for my shade of hair? :)
    You look beautiful!
    xox Nadia
    Not sure if we are connected on a certain level on distance girlie but thank you for this post, honey :) I have been having the EXACT SAME issues with my skin lately - so strange it broke out kinda out of nowhere awww. Thanks for recommending these products honey, I will defo be checking them out. You are so so so beautiful and the kindest person ever. Love ya!
    xox Nadia
    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. Whilst I would never colour my hair because I love being a brunette, I really love this colour choice! So pretty x

    vvnightingale.com

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  13. Silver hair is perfect for you, Kat! Any tips on dying your hair purple?

    Also, your blog is lovely!
    Let’s follow each other’s blogs and Instagram?

    Cheers from the Philippines!
    - Seyra
    www.pavementsarerunways.com

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  14. I love your hair now, it suits you so much Kat! I love the trend but I have only just got my hair to a semi normal colour so I think I will refrain from dying it for now x

    http://thriftyvintagefashion.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. You look super sophisticated with silver hair! I love this. I've seen so many gorgeous people with the silver/gray hair trend but I don't think it would look good on me! I'm more for the darker hair.

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  16. I used to be a major lover of dark hair, with naturally mouses brown/aurburn-y hair I've dyed it dark brown since I was about 14.. with changes in between but last year I decided to go lighter and now I'm at the silver stage which I absolutely love! it took a lot of doing and I don't think I'll be going dark again for a while.

    kayla xo
    www.daintydweeb.wordpress.com

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  17. I just have very light blonde hair rather than silver, but toning it is something I always have to keep on top of. I've never used the Directions toner before; I usually completely swear by the Bleach London silver shampoo, but I'll have to give this a try - awesome post!

    - Erin | www.erincharlotte.co.uk ♡

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