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A Grey Area: How To Get Grey Hair

22 October 2018
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Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth Hall


An American journalist living in Paris, Elizabeth has a passion for all things hair.

Grey is the new blonde. From platinum  to deep, metallic silver, grey hair is making a grand and gorgeous statement that we simply cannot ignore. If you’re considering this mesmerising fashion colour, you’ve come to the right place! Scroll on to learn what it takes to go from dark locks to a silver siren.

Grey Hair: Before You Start Your Journey

The process of achieving grey hair is lengthy - especially if your tresses are dark - but totally worth it. Before getting into the nitty gritty, though, there are some crucial pre-grey tips you should embrace to get the most out of your grey. Let’s have a look. 

1. 6 months before: The experts tell us to stop colouring your hair about 6 months before biting the silver bullet so that the bleach can lift your hair to an even all-over colour. Unwanted grey ombre? No, merci.

2. 1-2 weeks before: To host the silkiest silver around you want to do a deep conditioning treatment one to two weeks before your salon appointment. If you’re transitioning from a deeper colour, you may need to undergo multiple rounds of lightning, in order to thoroughly cleanse your strands of pigment. To safeguard your tresses during this process, ask your stylist to use L’Oréal Professionnel Smartbond - this bond-protecting treatment can be mixed directly into bleach, making for a simple yet highly effective method to keep your strands in good nick. 

3. 2 days before: While you shouldn’t be washing your hair every day anyway, it’s best to not wash your strands 48 hours before colouring, since the natural oils in your hair protect your scalp against irritation from the bleach (oh hello, messy bun). 

How To Get Grey Hair - The Process

  1. So you’re all primed and prepped and finally ready to start life as a silver siren. Now you’re in the salon chair, here’s what you can expect on your journey to grey hair. 

    1.Talk it through: Before devoting your time and money to grey, make sure you book a consultation with your stylist beforehand to discuss the state of your hair prior to bleaching. If you strands are looking worse for wear, starting the journey to grey might take a bit of TLC beforehand. Talk with your stylist to establish a feasible colour goal. 
    2.Bleach baby: This part of the process may require more than one session depending on how dark your hair colour was to begin with. If you’re working with a dark brown shade then expect to go through the bleaching process at least twice and possibly more than one visit to the salon.

    3.Ultra-violet: The third step entails your colourist using a purple toner to remove all the brassy undertones leftover from the bleach. Why purple, you ask? It’s the opposite of yellow on the colour wheel so it counteracts the yellow hue, setting up your grey colour nicely. 

    4.Colour it grey: Finally! The last step involves your stylist mixing and applying your bespoke shade of grey hair colour to finally get those silver locks you’ve waited so long for. 

Stay Grey - Grey Hair Aftercare 

Grey hair has a tendency to fade quickly, so if you want your grey to stay then you need to take a few precautionary steps to avoid losing your cool - literally. Check out these top tips from the pros.

Daily: To keep the silver in your strands, you want to avoid using sulphates on this sensitive colour. L’Oréal Professionnel Vitamino Color A OX shampoo and conditioner were designed for colour-treated hair, protecting your colour and adding radiant shine - oh la la. 

Once a week: By using a colour-depositing shampoo once a week, you can extend the life of your grey shade by literally topping it up. We love Kérastase Touche Chromatique Cool Blond, as it intensely nourishes your hair all the while literally replenishing your colour with ink deposits. 

Every 6-8 weeks:
 If you’ve gone all out and done a full head of grey, keep your hard work intact through regular salon visits for root touch-ups. No thanks, regrowth! You should aim for a check-in with your stylist at least every 6-8 weeks.

Going grey has never been hotter but you can keep your cool with the silver shade of your dreams! 

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