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Maintaining Silver Hair

I get a lot of questions about my hair, how I was able to get it this light, and how I maintain it so I decided to make a quick little post about it.

My natural hair is very dark and even after years of dyeing it, it’s still pretty thick. I’ve also somehow been blessed with a scalp of steel (or the years of dyeing it have numbed my scalp who knows) so I’m able go through a double-process bleach in one sitting and not have my hair fall off.

I actually don’t trust myself to bleach my hair myself so I go to a salon to get it done.  Since I have very dark, thick, I did A LOT of research looking for local places that have good reviews specifically with bleaching dark hair like mine. I go through a double-process with 40 volume bleach. Not everyone’s hair can do this in one sitting so if you do plan on bleaching at home, bleach your hair once and wait a few weeks to bleach it again.

If you’re hair is as dark as mine, you’ll end up with something yellow-ish. I then have it toned using Wella Color Charm T18 with 20 volume developer and this is what it looks like freshly bleached and toned

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For maintaining silver hair I use Shimmer Lights Purple Shampoo and leave it in for 20-30 minutes depending on how yellow my hair is. Don’t leave it in too long though or you might end up with lavender hair! Shimmer lights is also very drying so I don’t do it too often. I use Overtone’s pastel silver every other day to maintain the color - the longer you leave it in the darker the color but I tend to leave it in longer anyway since it’ll fade to silver over time. You can use my referral link for Overtone and get $10 off if you’re interested!

Shimmer lights is good for getting that yellow brassy blonde that happens when the toner washes out - it’ll come out more white than grey / silver after leaving it in.

Shimmer lights is good for getting that yellow brassy blonde that happens when the toner washes out - it’ll come out more white than grey / silver after leaving it in.

Overtone is very pigmented - I usually use the pastel silver shampoo after shimmer lights to get the silver in on top of the white

Overtone is very pigmented - I usually use the pastel silver shampoo after shimmer lights to get the silver in on top of the white

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Once every few weeks I also use Overtone’s deep treatment, usually when my hair starts to look kind of gross and feel dry. It always leaves my hair feeling much softer!

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I’ve also tried Viral’s silver conditioner when Overtone’s pastel silver was out of stock - it’s much less intense than Overtone but still gets the job done. I still prefer Overtone since it’s much more pigmented, though.

That’s all I’ve got - if you have any questions feel free to reach out through email or twitter!




Gail Godinezpersonal, beauty, hair