I have some history with semi permanent hair colors, and not all of my experiments have been so successful. Roughly three years ago I first tried to dip dye the ends of my hair with a turquoise color. Considering how little I knew about using semi permanent color, things went quite well; the color was beautiful and stayed vibrant for many washes. However, I didn’t know that the greenish blue is probably the most difficult color to get out of your hair! So I went to my hairdresser who was shocked to see even bleach wouldn’t take it out. Long story short, the ends of my hair were dyed light brown and I waited for the color to naturally grow out. And I learned my lesson.. 😉
Now I have dreamed of grey hair for as long as it has been kind of a ‘trend’, but have not tried it knowing the amount of upkeep it requires. After the Summer my hair was really tired and I hadn’t got my roots done in six months, so I decided it’s finally time to try out something new! I know it would be a better option to go to a professional, but being ambitious I decided to try coloring grey hair myself.
Here’s what I started with:
Hair situation before:
First step: I applied the Olia Ash Blonde hair color. For grey hair I think you are supposed to bleach to get as white outcome as possible, but I thought that sounded way too terrifying and damaging. My hair is naturally dark blonde, so I hoped dying it just a couple shades lighter would do the trick! I first applied the color to the roots, and right after all over to the rest of my hair. I kept the color cream in for 25 minutes.
Second step: Every blonde hair color always turns out brassy-ish on me, so I applied the silver shampoo and let it stay for 30 minutes. By the way, I was really impressed by the silver shampoo I just got! It was the cheapest one at the grocery store and still did a great job. It didn’t dry the hair out like a lot of silver shampoos do and I was left with clean blonde hair. Click here to see the result after Olia + silver shampoo.
Third step: I desperately needed some sleep, so I decided to continue hair dying the next day. 😉
Fourth step: Applying the Herman’s Amazing ‘Gilda’ grey color. I really wanted to try out this brand, it’s quite new and it’s manufactured by a Finnish store called Cyber Shop.. The hair colors are cruelty free and 100% vegan, which of course are a huge plus. I applied the color all over, starting from the roots and working my way down to the ends. I massaged through the hair for a good while to make sure I got everything covered, waited for 30 minutes, then rinsed.
To maintain the color, it’s super important to keep using silver shampoo. Grey color tends to fade really fast!
I’m very happy I tried it despite the challenges of the grey hair color! Next I might try a lilac or a pastel pink color..?