I Tried The Silver Ombré Trend – Here’s What You Need To Know If You Want To Try It Too


By De Elizabeth

In case you’ve been living under a rock, there’s a new ombré trend on the proverbial streets, and it’s none other than silver. A couple of years ago, #GrannyHair was making waves on social media, and girls all over the country were dyeing their hair grey – much to the surprise of older women who were routinely going to the salon to make their hair anything but grey. The silver/grey ombré is essentially a happy medium – it’s not a full commitment to embracing the full silver foxette look, but it’s a start. I saw it on Instagram myself a few days ago and knew I had to try it. 

To be honest, I’m not usually one to jump on trends so quickly, but something about this one spoke to me. Earlier this summer, I noticed not just one but several silvery strands of hair on the top of my head and I completely freaked out. I suppose, in a sense, this is me embracing this hue but on my own terms, in my own way, and in a perfectly ‘gram-worthy manner.

I went to the salon, armed with a folder of pictures from Instagram and Pinterest.

I knew that it wasn’t going to be an easy process. My hair has been through a lot of different colors. It’s been blonde ombré, lavender, pink, and, currently, dark brown. My stylist told me that it might take more than one session, and she was right – I’m going back on Monday for a second round to perfect the color.


The first thing my stylist did was put on the bleach using a brush. Part of the reason why silver sometimes takes more than one shot is that you need to get your hair color lifted to an almost-white. Depending upon how much color you already have on your hair, this might take a while.

I actually ended up having two rounds of bleach in one visit. To be clear, most people should not do that. My hair happens to be extremely strong (good genes I guess), so it was able to withstand a lot of bleach all at once.

My stylist made the grey dye from scratch, using a blend of lavender and blue based formulas. The result was a light and shiny grey.

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I’m going back for a second round next week to darken the top half of my hair to an almost-black for more contrast (and to get rid of a little bit of the warmth that is still persistently hanging out in the middle section.)

Here’s where I preach a little about what I’ve learned. If you’re thinking about jumping on board this trend, here’s what you’ll need to know:

1. You will need to be patient.

This is not the kind of style that you can get in a 1 or 2-hour visit. I was at the salon for almost 6 hours – and that’s just round one. Of course, that number isn’t going to be the same for everyone – it will depend upon how much color you already have on your hair, how much ombré you want to do, etc.

2. Please do not do this at home.

I cannot stress this one enough. From my research and from talking to my hairstylist, I’ve learned that grey is one of the trickiest colors to achieve and also one of the hardest hues to maintain. Doing it at home might result in a fail meme. You’ve been warned.

3. You might leave the salon with a blue, green, or purple hue.

THIS IS NORMAL. Don’t freak out. Don’t have a Kate Hudson “MY HAIR IS BLUE! IT’S BLUE!” moment. After a few washes, that pigmentation will fade out into a true grey color. My stylist gave me a small bottle of detoxifying shampoo to take home, which has helped reduce the aqua’ish color and speed along the process of settling into silver.

4. This color is not for the lazy.

You’ll need to maintain it with frequent visits to your hair stylist, and/or you should purchase a deep-conditioning hair mask to keep your hair healthy. Depending upon the way your grey is settling, you might want to get a purple shampoo to keep the color bright and vivid.

5. Don’t be afraid to try it.

I know I’m giving you a lot of warnings and “don’t try this at home!!!” scare tactics, but at the end of the day, it’s just hair. And I say that as a woman who is obsessed with her hair. I get excited about hair appointments the way one might get psyched about a date or Christmas. I take so many selfies when my hair looks good. A good chunk of my money goes towards hair maintenance. I’m a step away from being the female version of Uncle Jesse, okay? But with all that, you might be surprised by how chill I am about hair experimentation. At the end of the day, hair color is science. There’s always a solution to a problem, and there’s always a fix – even if it’s not a quick-fix. So if you’re dying to embrace your inner silver-foxette, what are you waiting for? Join the grey club.

Tell Us: Have you ever gone silver? What was your experience like?

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