Disclaimer: this post is a series of shameless selfies but I do promise that they have a purpose. I dyed my hair lavender back in June and I absolutely loved it. After about 2 months, all the pastel color had washed out and ever since the summer I have contemplating my next color change. The silver trend was top on my list but I was very nervous about damage from bleaching all of my hair.
After much research, I took the plunge. I have named this look Silver Storm based on Halle Berry's character. This trend is also referred to as "Granny Hair" which is fitting for me because I love to knit and be in bed asleep by 9pm :)
I did my research and found Arrojo Salon on Soho, NYC which specialized in silver. Because silver is such a difficult color to achieve and so many things can go wrong, I only wanted the best hands in my hair. The ladies put my fears at ease with an informative consultation and then we set to work.
The salon appointment was very long, well over 6 hours. I took snapshots at all the major points of the process to give someone an idea of how it will go. I would love to say that it was all fun and games but the reality was that it was not entirely painless. My scalp got very hot while my head was wrapped during the bleaching process. And when it was all said and done my individual hair strands were thinner than before. But no major harm was done and I didn't have to cut off any length, the ends of my hair are still healthy and going strong.
Next Steps: Color Maintenance
Because my lavender color faded so quickly, I also did a lot of research surrounding maintenance of my silver color. When the silver fades out my hair will develop a yellowish tint which is not the look I am going for. While I will most definitely need to return to a salon to get more silver added, meticulous maintenance will stretch out the length of time between salon visits.
It's been over a month since I dyed my hair silver and with the help of purple shampoo and conditioner I have been able to combat yellow tones and brassiness. For a more in-depth look at purple shampoos and conditioners shop here.
I have been testing a slew of products recommended for silver hair and my top 3 are:
1. Amika Bust Your Brass Cool Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner - I absolutely LOVE this duo. The purple pigment is rich and the consistency is so thick and creamy. My hair feels so healthy after a good lathering with these guys.
2. Pureology Precious Oil Softening Hair Masque - After the bleaching and processing my hair needed some extra TLC and this mask helped restore strength and moisture. Good to use once a week to keep your hair healthy and shinny. It was recommended to me by a beauty specialist in Austin and it is right on the money!
3. Paul Mitchell Color Care Platinum Blonde Shampoo - Made to brighten blonde, gray or white hair. The deep color pigment combats brassy tones and doesn't strip away your color.
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