5 Signs Silver Hair is Back in a Big Way

Colour Trends

Silver hair is going strong for summer. The craze for metallic manes started with rose gold hair, which has been serving up pink-hued, high-gloss hairspiration for months now. Now, silver locks are rising to the fore as a cool-toned take on the trend, and the look is 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.