I just dyed my hair grey and I seriously COULD NOT BE HAPPIER!
Wow, this was a hard colour to achieve, and I have a feeling it's going to be just as difficult to upkeep!
Actually, the process itself wasn't bad-- but the most difficult part was finding which products to use. There are a LOT of guides for dyeing your hair silver or white, but I couldn't find any for this darker shade of grey (or gray, if you will).
First of all, you do NOT need to lighten your hair to a pale yellow or white for this, unlike if you wanted silver hair. This was my hair before:
|Sorry it's flat and dirty! I thought of taking a before colour pic at the last moment, before washing it|
|(showing the dark spots)|
These are the products I used. The product on the left is Wella Color Charm in 050. It's actually not meant to be used as a standalone dye, but is actually a drabber or colour additive that you would add to another colour to increase cool tones. There are a lot of drabbers or colour additives on the market, but this was the only one with reviews for producing grey or silver hair.
The other product is Roux Fanci-Full temporary Haircolor in True Steel. It's a medium-viscosity liquid tint you apply to your hair to enhance the colour, but washes out after each shampoo. I put it in spots that I thought weren't as grey, and I'm sure I'll be using a LOT of if once my colour begins to fade! I purchased both items at Sallys, and they were about 5-6$ each. Make sure you get at extra of the Wella! I used approximately 1.5 bottles for my asymmetrical shoulder-ish length hair. I also recommend a bottle of blue-violet conditioner to upkeep the colour.
|It's so dark when it's processing! Also, notice how the lighter parts of my hair are pulling blue|
After a successful strand test (please make sure you do a strand test when trying out new, weird colours!), I left it on for about 30 minutes, as opposed to the 2-10 minutes you would typically leave something like this one if you're trying simply trying to tone your hair.
|Yay, end result!|
Also, this colour is bloody hard to photograph-- depending on the lighting situation, camera settings, and presence of flash, my hair looks anything from lavender blonde to blue to dark grey. I think this above picture is probably the closest to how I see it in real life.
Now some closeups:
For some reason my roots came out a bit brown, and didn't soak up the toner as well. It's less noticeable in real life, and my hair is darker/less blue.
Don't know why this picture is so blown out (sorry!) but I'm showing the same dark spots as before. As you can see, even those parts are now grey!
There are still some brassy parts in my hair, as you can see here. I think this is because I probably had some conditioner residue in my hair, since most my the brassiness is on my ends, and those were actually lighter than the rest of my hair. This is why you get the Fanci-full though, so you can touch up these spots!
Hope this is helpful! Let me know if you have any questions, XOXO!