HOW TO GET SILVER/GRAY HAIR AT HOME

It was a solid month and a half of pink hair. But I have to keep it fresh- and silver/gray hair is next on the hair plan. While doing some research, I found that a lot of people who go silver/gray only use Shimmer Lights to tone their hair gray. Well... that did not work with my hair at all! Keep reading to find out what did work (it was beyond easy too)!




I took to the aisles at Sally Beauty Supply. While scanning the endless rows of Wella Color Charm boxes for some T18 before I went pink, I spotted a gray box. So, I made a mental note. A week later, I ended up exchanging the extra T18 I didn't use for a 050. Best decision of my life.




Supplies

Mixing Bowl
Spoon
Gloves
20 Volume Creme Developer
Wella Color Charm Cooling Violet 050




Steps

  1. You're going to need to start with the lightest hair possible. I had used the Wella T18 toner to get my hair light blonde before dyeing it pink. After the pink faded away, I was left with the color you see on the left. Start with shampooed hair, but don't condition. Dry hair and brush it out.
  2. For my entire head, I dumped half the bottle of Cooling Violet 050 into my plastic bowl. This is supposed to be used as an additive in other Wella colors to take out warm undertones, but whatever.
  3. Then, pour twice as much of the 20 vol developer in (I eyeball it) and mix it together.
  4. Put on your gloves, section your hair, and start applying the product. It's on the drippy side, so be careful!
  5. Leave the liquid in your hair for about 40 minutes. You should see your hair turning gray.
  6. Rinse, dry, and you're done!




Here's the end result! It's very very easy, and works!




Since I'm letting my natural hair color grow in, I've got a brown-to-gray fade going on.

My plan is to use my normal shampoo and conditioner. Then, every Sunday, I'll let the Shimmer Lights shampoo sit in my hair for thirty minutes maybe? After, I'll use normal conditioner (or Shimmer Lights conditioner until it runs out and I don't re-buy it). We'll see how well that works and when I have to use the rest of the Cooling Violet 050 for another big toning.





Any questions or concerns? Ask away down below! I'm not a certified hair person, so I'm just winging it at home and sharing what worked with me. I'm a teen with a tight budget- if I can color myself then why not? Cooling Violet 050 cost about $5 and the 20 vol developer about $4; so that's two toning sessions for the cost of $9! The developer will have enough left over for another 2 as well!

90 comments :

  1. You look great, love the hair x
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  2. You have such amazing hair!!! I love the color! I so want it like that too, but we don't have the Wella Color Fresh line here in The Netherlands :( I'd have to use different products, but am scared it won't turn out as yours.... I love your hair!!!! :D

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    1. I meant the Wella Charm Color LOL

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    2. Thank you! I think they may sell this on Amazon too if you'd want to check that out! ♥

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    3. I buy it on amazon and I live in the Netherlands! I use this with koleston perfect 12/89 instead of bleach since my hair is naturally dark blonde it lifts easily and doesn't damage it as much �� Redden's 06t iron is about the exact same thing too! Really similar results!

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    4. Nice, thanks for the information!

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  3. is it okay just to use wella 050 and not the developer? we dont have that kind developer here.

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    1. You don't need to use this specific developer, but you do need to use some kind of developer!

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  4. would wella T18 make your hair silver?

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    1. Yes T18 will make the hair silver if the hair is light enough when toning, check out my IG @marcyinkandstylist and check out my silver blondes, all T18 baby :)

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  5. T18 only makes hair a lighter blonde :)

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  6. How long did urs last? I did exactly what u did and mine only lasted a week to a week and a half!

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    1. I can usually get about 2 weeks out of my hair every time I do this :)

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  7. How did you get rid of the pink? With the t18 toner??

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    1. The pink just faded out on its own :)

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  8. Hi!! I adore your hair!!! I'm actually going to be doing a black to gray ombre tomorrow and was wondering if you could give me a product list best suited for the gray part. I have the wella 050 but not sure where to go from there. Any help is HUGELY appreciated!!

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    1. First of all, thank you! I'm not sure if you've already done your hair, but here's what I would do:
      Tone all your hair first using the above steps. Buy ION Color Brilliance "Titanium" dye and Manic Panic "Raven" dye. Mix the two dyes in two different containers; in the first make a darker gray by adding no more than half a spoon of Raven (you don't want it to overpower the silver, just darken it) and in the second add less Raven so it's lighter than the first container. Add the darker gray at the top first, then the slightly lighter one in the middle, and then leave the end portion of your hair alone and keep what the toner's already done to it. Of course, blend them all together and it should give you a nice ombre! I haven't tried this, it's only what I would think would work! Good luck!

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    2. Hello, i just came across your blog and i love it! I dont know if your going to get this comment but my natural hair is black and i have blueish green ombre right now and i want to get this grey hair that you have. im trying everything i can to fade it but its like a pale faded green tone. Do you think i can do a bleach bath too it to fade it out one last time and then put the grey color in ? my hair was bleached twice to get it really light to have the blue color before. I just dont want my hair to be a yellow or green color anymore . i want a grey tone like the pictures you have here. Do you think i can achieve that and how?

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    3. i also forgot to mention that my avatar picture isnt me so thats not the color of my hair at the moment, mine is a faded pale greenish tone because i did the vitamin C treatment method to remove as much of the blue as possible

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    4. Hi Sara! I was in a very similar situation to yours. Instead of doing the full on bleach, I used the L'Oreal platinum color box, which lightened my hair back to a pale yellow. I think this should work for you too, and it's not as harsh! After doing that, the gray should go on just fine! ♥︎

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  9. Hello! I'm going grey soon and I bought the Wella 050 and I have developer. I also bought Wella T18. My hair is pretty light yellow blonde. I was wondering, would it be a good idea to use T18 on my hair before using the 050?

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    1. Honestly, when I used the T18 it didn't really do much to my hair. If yours is already a light yellow blonde, I don't even think that's necessary!

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    2. When you say it lasts two weeks, what does it look like after. I have golden blonde on top with blrach blonde bottom and im just worried of it fading to a really ugly shade.

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    3. Mine just faded back to the color I had on underneath. During the fade back it was like an in between shade of silver and light blonde, then became lighter and lighter until all the silver was gone!

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  10. Hi I had a orange brown color then I used the t14 to even out the color by getting rid of the red and orange undertones.. then I used wella colortango in ic slate my hair is like an ashy light brown. ..can I just do the 050 wella to go a lighter grey then use the darker grey over it...

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    1. I'm not an expert, but I would go lighter before using the gray toner because I don't think it will show up over the ashy light brown. You could give it a try and then if it doesn't hold, maybe bleach it to bring it to a blonde!

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  11. Hi, so I'm in the process of going from a black to gray ombre. When I decide to tone my own hair with the 20 volume developer and wella 050, will it affect the top half of my black hair in any way or change the color? Because I wouldn't want to mess up my ombre and turn the top black hair into something different if the toner gets on it

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    1. I would just not recommend putting it on the black part at all!

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    2. Since it's an ombre, it is kind of hard for me to see if I'm getting the toner on the black part of my hair or not. Do you think it'll change color if some accidentally get on the black part? Because I wouldn't want to get it professionally done every time...that's quite costly.

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    3. Honestly, I think if a little bit gets onto the black part it shouldn't do any harm. The toner usually only works with really light hair; when I get some on the brown part of my hair it has no effect!

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    4. Great, thank you for the help! :)

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  12. This is SO beautiful and exactly what I'm going for!! I have some questions for you if you have a minute!

    But first - some history:
    I've had ION Color Brilliance Mint Green in my hair for months now - before that, I used a light pink and a lilac. Same brand, but pink and purple both eventually faded completely. NOT SO with mint green! Holy Moses, that stuff is stubborn. I've managed to get most of it out with intermittent vitamin C treatments, one really hefty bleach session and a lot of patience, but there's still a noticeable (to me) pale mint green tint to my otherwise almost-platinum blonde. Here's the end result in natural lighting - ignore my weird side-eye: https://instagram.com/p/9JXY1GEby8/

    My goal is to end up with cool brown roots fading to a lovely silver grey like you have (obviously not exactly, unique snowflakes and all that, but I think you know what I mean.) :)

    SO here are my questions:
    First, do you think I need to do anything further to try to tone the greenish tint out (say, a dash of ION cotton candy pink in conditioner, or something) before attempting a treatment with the Wella 050? I LOVE the color you achieved and would be completely happy with anything close to that, but I don't want to end up with sickly, chlorinated-looking hairz. :(

    Second - this is for my roots - I bought a Wella darkest ash blonde toner (6A/462) hoping I could use that to cool down the warm tones in my roots (I have not yet used it). Should I use something else instead? I was afraid to go for a cool brown dye, thinking I'd end up with a really fake-looking near-black.

    Third - any tips for the application itself? For the last year or so while I was playing with weird ombre colors, I've left my roots alone. But now that I'm going for two tones, I'm not sure which to apply first, or whether to attempt to apply both at the same time...any recommendations would be much appreciated!

    Finally - again, utterly gorgeous results and beautiful styling to boot. Cheers, love!

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    1. Hello Colleen! I think your current hair will do (love the color by the way!) and should take the 050 very well. I have never used any of their natural hair colored toners, so I can't really give any advice about your roots. However, I would just give what you bought a shot anyway. For application, I would recommend you tone your roots first and adjust that color before applying the gray to the rest of your hair; and I would do it one at a time. You could do your roots, rinse, and then do the gray, or do them on separate days; but I would avoid having everything on at the same time, just to avoid things getting messy! Good luck, and if you have any more questions, feel free to ask! ♥︎

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  13. Hi! I dyed my hair about a week ago like this, using 050, however I messed up my roots and they were light brown. So I went and got them dyed dark brown so it would blend with my natural hair color when it starts to grow out. However, and I knew I should have just don't it myself, the lady that dyed my roots "blended" it a little too well and the over all color is somewhat darker now. It's starting to fade and I need a redye, but I'm wondering if I can just use 050 over the length, or would it turn out funky because it's a little darker now..? (Also I don't think I can, but could I use conditioner instead of developer..?)

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    1. Hi Paige! I don't think putting the 050 over the dark would have any noticeable effect- or it may turn a little funky. Also, you can't substitute developer with conditioner! ♥︎

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  14. It was tingling so much I left it on for twenty. When dried and flat ironed the grey went away so quick ☹️ What am I to do it's only been 1 day

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    1. Hello Cami! If you felt tingling you may be allergic to the product. If the color faded after a day, your hair may not have been light enough for the color to take to it. Those would be my best guesses! ♥︎

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  15. I dyed my hair grey and it faded into an ashy grey/brown color. Would I need to tone my hair with wella t18 first before adding the wella 050? or could I directly tone with wella 050 without the t18?

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  16. I dyed my hair grey and it faded into an ashy grey/brown color. Would I need to tone my hair with wella t18 first before adding the wella 050? or could I directly tone with wella 050 without the t18?

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    1. I think toning it with the T18 first would be a good idea to get it lighter, then maybe the gray will hold better? ♥︎

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  17. I have red/burgundy hair and i really want this look but i do not want to bleach it at all!!!! soo would dying it a blonde color or a blondish white color first then wait a few weeks then do this color would it be best for my situation??? PLEASE HELP

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    1. I think that would be best! Let me know how it works out for you! ♥︎

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  18. hi your hair turned out amazing! if i used 1 part 050 and 2 parts t18, would this make my hair a silverish light blonde?

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    1. I probably wouldn't mix the two; I would use the t18 first, then do another round with the 050 ♥︎

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  19. Hi i love your hair! That's what I want to go for so I bleached my hair twice and it's now light blonde and I do have some orangish brassy tones, I was wondering can I just put the 050 on it?do you think it will stick to my hair and turn grayish? Pls help

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  20. Hi, what color do you think my blonde hair would turn if I mix wella ic slate with wella 050? I heard mixed feelings about slate. They say it turns your hair grey and others say it turns their hair green.

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    1. I wouldn't mix the two- maybe use the 050 first and then in a separate process use the ice slate to make it more gray? ♥︎

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  21. If my hair is white now can I just use 050 with 20 developer to get gray hair without adding any toner?

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    1. The 050 is a color toner, so you will be all good! ♥︎

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  22. What about getting it out ? Do u have to grow it back out or can u beach over it?

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    1. It will fade out eventually, then you're back to the bleached hair! You can put a new color over that ♥︎

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  23. Im asking because i also have done mine i mixwd half bottle T18 and half 050 it turned out grey but a little to dark just wondering if anyone knows how to fade it a little or will it on its own?

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  24. Hey Girl some great advice you've been giving! I'm a professional colorist and sometimes I just flip around the internet looking at images and that's how I found your Site very impressive!
    I wanted to throw in a few trade secrets for you and your people.
    I use t18 very regularly to get rid of unwanted tones but mostly I use it to get that beautiful I see white blonde. The gal who

    was worried about the black and grey ombre I usually put a little bit of gel on the color that I do not want to get toner on and after applying the toner on the ends all use a comb to break the line of demarcation and just blend it so it's nice and melted
    Also I want to turn you on to an awesome grey series it's kenra the guy Tang series and it is well my favorite is 7 SM which is silver metallic and 7 p.m. which is violet metallic these were amazing on pre lighten hair for a true grey or silver color
    It comes in demo and permanent and they work really well on pre lighten hair and last a long time
    also a few people were mentioning that they're also a few people were mentioning that they're Toner doesn't last very long

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  25. Sorry I accidentally hit publish................. anyway about toner that doesn't last very long; if you put it on dry hair it absorbs a lot better but you have to watch the time so that it doesn't get too dark but your toners last a lot longer if you put them on dry hair it absorbs better... just don't leave it on quite as long as normal or it may get too dark.
    Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. The kenra silver metallic series you can only get at a professional beauty supply store but I'll bet you could find it on eBay.
    Im www.gigirenee.com or u can text me any time u want to throw out anyv questions.....Im a color expert but know ZERO about how to start a blog...haha maybe we can trade skill information because I LOVE YOURS!
    In closing good luck and keep up the good color work! It's so much fun to do hair color and try new things!

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    1. Hi Gigi! Thanks for all your advice, it certainly helps hearing from a pro! I will definitely be coming to you if I have any questions, and please don't hesitate to ask me anything about running a blog! ♥︎

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  26. Hello , i just want to ask , right now my hair color is dark brown and i want to change it to grey , i know that i have to bleach my hair first to at least level 10 , but then do i have to put on the t18 toner first or could i just put the 050 right away.thankyoy

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    1. It depends... if you feel like your hair is light enough after the bleaching, I would just go straight to the 050 ♥︎

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  27. Hi there...does color charm least or it fades away with shampoos?
    I'm looking for something permanent and color charm look like it is...
    I'm tired to see my hair turning blonde again after 2 shampoo.
    Waiting for a reply

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    1. This does fade away with shampoo, however for me it lasts a fairly long time (about 2 weeks). ♥︎

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  28. Hi! Your hair looks amazing and it's just what I've been striving for. how did you get the transitional brown color between the darker top and lighter, grey ends?

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    1. It was just something that happened unintentionally; when I bleached my hair using a low level bleach to get it more blonde, some got onto my natural color and lightened it a little! ♥︎

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  29. Great job with the informationšŸ‘

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  30. Soo..I adore it. I especially love the very last picture with the brownish roots. Is that something else you did or just your roots going out? I'm starting with a brown/reddish base- how light do you think I need to get it before I do this? I bought this a while ago thinking I would mix it with red to get like an aubergine. i know. Silly. Now I want gray. Do I need to bleach bath it a few more times?

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    1. Those are my natural roots! You definitely need to bleach your hair before going gray- I would try to get it down to a pale blonde for the best results. Maybe one or two bleachings, depending on how well the color lifts ♥︎

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  31. Hi there. My hair is yellow on top and a pale orange underneath do you think this would take?

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    1. I would go a little lighter before you go for the gray ♥︎

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  32. I've been reading around and you seem to be the one that can help me with my decision. So, I dyed my hair weeks back with Ion color brilliance midnight blue black. It is now faded and my hair is entirely gray, that is, aside from my roots which are a lightish brown. The gray has grown on me and I'd like to stick with it now. I bought the 050 additive and the 20 developer but now i see that it's advised that you bleach your hair prior to just throwing this on my head, which I don't want to do. What would be the end result for my roots if I use this product without bleaching?

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    1. Hi Shayna! The end result should be a refreshed gray color on the portion that faded out to gray, and there shouldn't be any difference in your roots. The light brown should still be too dark for the gray to take to, therefore you should notice little to no difference! ♥︎

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  33. Your are best !!!! I had the same orange you had and nothing would work. I toned with wella t18 and still had orange hair. Followed your advise and got the same result ......thank you ......

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    1. Awesome, I'm so glad it worked! ♥︎

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  34. After bleaching your hair, use Olaplex for damaged hair; people should buy this, but they don't; it's magic for damaged hair :)

    P.S. Check on Amazon or Ebay

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    1. I hear a lot about how well Olaplex works, thanks for leaving the tip! ♥︎

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  35. did you color your roots? if so with what?

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    1. My roots are my natural hair color; when they started to grow out, I decided not to bleach them again! ♥︎

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  36. Do you need Creme or Clear developer to mix with the toner? Does it matter? Your hair turned out great :)

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    1. I prefer using the creme, this way it is less soupy and easier to apply. If you use the clear it's also fine, just personal preference! ♥︎

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  37. i am asian and my hair is black/brown. is there any other way to lighten my hair before applying 050, because bleaching will surely damage my hair? and can you give me some steps on how to somehow achieve that hair color of yours? thank you so much in advance. <3

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    1. Hello! I'm not hair expert, so I don't want to mislead you! Bleach is the only way I know of, but you can pair it with an Olaplex treatment which will greatly reduce damage. I am also Asian and have naturally black/brown hair; it took me a total of three times to get it light enough for silver. It's a process, and as long as you give your hair enough time to rest in between the damage will be minimal! My hair never fried by the time I went gray! ♥︎

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  38. Hi I used ion chrome and it came out silver blue last night what can I do to get it silver without blue or purple please help my email is lostspartanx09@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Fenris! It should fade out within a week or so, when it does just use the T80 and it should be good! If you have any more questions, please ask!

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  39. Whats ur instagram or snapchat so i can ask u morw questions i gt my hair tht ornage color u gt on left pic i got t14 wella nd 050 wellla i mixed it omg goddd its a silver grey everyone

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    1. Hi! You can get to my Instagram from clicking on the icon in the sidebar, but if you're looking for that orange color, it's just what my hair bleached to! ♥︎

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  40. It has been awhile since you posted this deal about the violet toner. You mentioned that you would start using Shimmer Lights shampoo once weekly to help the color fade from the bottom of your hair to the roots so you can grow out your natural roots. Did you do it? If so, how did it work? I am in the same boat and do not want to keep highlighting my hair to make the blend. Eventually the color fades and my hair turns orange, aggravating the situation. If you followed your plan do you recommend it for others?

    Also, for those people wanting a permanent gray color and need to cover a nasty green or some other unsavory experiment, Wella makes a color (and a toner) called Frosty Ash. It is perfect for turning hair gray. If your hair tends to turn orange or red, mix in a portion of permanent violet color with the mix.

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    1. Hello! Yes, when I started using Shimmer Lights it kept my hair a neutral blonde color rather than a brassy one. I feel like it also helped with the transition color between my natural hair and the silver part. I totally recommend you try that out too, and thanks for the recommendation on Frosty Ash! ♥︎

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