5 Signs Silver Hair is Back in a Big Way

Colour Trends

Metallic manes are going strong for summer. It all started with rose gold hair, which has been serving up pink-hued, high-gloss hairspiration for months now. Now, silver hair color is rising to the fore as a cool-toned take on the trend, and it’s set to rival the popularity of even this year’s big Insta-favorite, ice blonde hair.

It’s easy to see why, too. Silver hair is a) statement-making, b) ultra-shiny and c) the coolest way to embrace grey roots - if they’re starting to come through, that is. Gone are the days when “silver fox” was only used to describe salt ‘n’ pepper-haired men. Now, the likes of Kim Kardashian and Dascha Polanco are showing us why it’s good to go silver-grey.

Of course, a certain amount of lightening is required to achieve a true silver. For the clearest result on your clients, use Blondor Extra Cool Blonde Powder to pre-lighten hair to a pale yellow, then follow with two toning services: one to neutralize the yellow, and the other to add a dose of silver. We recommend Color Touch 7/89 for a darker, almost-gunmetal hue, or 0/89 for a striking silver tone that veers platinum. This two-toner process helps to create a longer-lasting finish and ensures the color gradually fades to a cool-toned blonde. No brassy tones here.

Now you know the basics of securing silver hair, it’s time to get inspired. Keep scrolling for five cutting-edge, creative ways to help your clients try the trend this season…

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1. SOFTLY, SOFTLY

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This silver shade is so pale and pure, it looks like silk. Up the softness further by recommending INVIGO Cool Blonde Color Refreshing Conditioner as a once-a-week treat. The pigment-depositing treatment will keep the color clear and bright, while a blend of hard-working hydrators ensures the hair remains in tip-top condition.

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2. PLATINUM PLAIT

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Light, multi-tonal locks are the ideal canvas for all manner of twists and braids. Just look at this half-up, half-down ‘do for solid silver proof. Create the plait on straight hair that’s been spritzed with EIMI Dry Me for grip, then add a little EIMI Glam Mist to gloss up the final look.

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3. VIOLET VOLUME BOOST

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Using Color Fresh CREATE in Pure Violet, add bands of ultra violet through silver strands. This will give the look extra dimension and make the hair appear thicker. A deeper shade of metallic grey is a must to make the blend between purple hues seamless, so tone hair with Color Touch 7/89 before adding the CFC shade.

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4. SHINE ON

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For a silver that’s as shiny as can be, style hair super-straight and sleek. You can create the look by misting mid-lengths with EIMI Shimmer Delight, then gliding Wella Style Hair Iron Straighteners from root to tip. Easy.

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5. METAL COLOR MELT

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Team the dark roots trend with a metallic color melt to achieve this gradient effect. We spy some subtle hints of lilac through the tips, which can be added using a matte gloss, such as Instamatic by Color Touch in the shade Muted Mauve.

Find more hair color inspiration in our Wella Hair Lookbook and follow @WellaHair on Instagram for the hottest looks. Make sure to tag us in your photos with #WellaHair #StylistsDoItBetter to show off your latest styles and be featured on our social channels.