Dyeing My Hair Gray

January 24, 2009

gray haired womanI would like to know how I can permanently dye my hair silver gray?
Someone needs to sell it in a bottle, so I can do it myself. I love my gray hair and don't need blondes, browns, etc.


Ann from Bethel, MN


By Pat (Guest Post)
January 25, 20090 found this helpful
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I use Pantene Silver Expressions. It really takes the yellow out.

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March 1, 2015

Where can I find a product to dye my hair grey?

By James


March 2, 20151 found this helpful
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As a former cosmetologist, I can confirm that there is currently no way to 'dye' hair grey. Grey hair is hair that is missing all pigment, because it is no longer being produced. If you were to bleach your hair enough to remove ALL pigment, which is next to impossible, you would have very little hair left. The closest you will come for now, with the help of a cosmetologist, is to go platinum blonde, which is a high lift bleaching process followed by a cool (blue-violet) toner to balance out any remaining yellow pigment in your hair. But even with that there will still be color in your strands, and even more color left if your hair is darker.


Some hair is so naturally loaded with pigment, it won't go any lighter than an orange-ish yellow, even with repeated bleaching.

Not good for your hair, or your skin and organs (we absorb some of everything that comes in contact with our skin). That said, unless you are a good candidate for platinum, realistically you're going to have to just wait until your hair stops producing pigment on its own. Sorry! PS- that was a great idea another reader had about getting the highlights, far less damage plus an overall brightening effect.

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August 27, 2013

My hair is naturally, dark-brown. I want it to be a standout, dazzling silver/white hair color. How can I achieve this? Can you recommend any products?

By Ceeci


August 29, 20131 found this helpful

I would buy a good wig. They are very natural looking, then if you don't like it you can just take it off.

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October 18, 2018

I stripped my dyed hair once with color fix stripper and then bleached it. My underlying color was a red tone with about an inch of salt and pepper colored roots. I then used Wella t18 toner and the color was lightest ash blond. I now have snow white roots and still have some light strawberry blonde areas where the old color was. All was done in one day.

I have used deep conditioner twice, regular conditioner, and I used coconut oil overnight before any process and after stripping and again overnight after bleach and then toner. I'm to the next day and hate my hair. I am going for a gray color. I can't afford a salon at this time. I have been off work for 5 months and will return to work in 4 days. How can I get the brassy color out and make it gray before I return to work. I am desperate for a quick reply! Thank you in advance.


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October 18, 20180 found this helpful

Go to a beauty school. The prices are reasonable and the students are supervised very carefully. You will get the results you want.

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October 19, 20180 found this helpful

I suggest being easy on your hair and waiting a little...I hear you that you are going back to work, but you can end up doing more damage if you keep fussing with it. If you can find a cute style that minimizes what you don't like about how it turned out, and you let your hair heal, you will be better off in the long run.


Just my 2 cents health is important!

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July 21, 2016

My hair was platinum blonde a month ago so I decided to dye my hair silver-lilac today and I didn't quite like it so I tried to re-dye my hair pure silver and it turned pure lilac. Should I have bleached my hair before re-dyeing it? The brand I used was La Riché.Dyeing Hair Silver



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July 25, 20160 found this helpful

Looks fine to me. Live with it for awhile!

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September 20, 20160 found this helpful

I love it! Shades of purple are in fashion, you see it everywhere in hair now.

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December 16, 2015

In a stupid moment I put my hair in a pony and cut off about 6". The hair on top is 100% white while the back is 25% gray. I have been coloring it dark brown since 20s when the top turned white. Now without all that hair I see that the top is actually a dark ashy brown while the back is med auburn/mahogany which is probably closer to my long ago natural color. It looks like I have ombre hair. I can't afford to go to a pro every 3 weeks for the roots, so I do it myself. I colored the roots once since the cut because they were really white, but used a semi perm #5 brown whereas in the past I always used #4 brown.

My question is, I need to do the roots again and want to go back to a permanent color, but closer to the med auburn, preferably mahogany. I am not sure, but I think I should find the color, do all roots then in the last 10 minutes pull through back only, leaving the really dark brown on top alone. I think that while it's shorter I'll get rid of that dark color by trims and layers. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I'm a bit lost.

I went into my salon and all 3 stylists gave me different solutions. Mostly they recommended adding highlights/lowlights to the top which I don't want to do. Is my idea the best route to go or should I try and lift some of the long accumulated dark color? Thx so much! My hair type is wavy, thick, and very course on top. There is no breakage or other damage. The previous perm color was Loreal Dark Ash Brown.


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September 30, 20170 found this helpful

I would carefully choose my hair dye color this time and stick with this color in the future. Maybe buy a few boxes of this color to have at home so you can always dye your roots.


  • Start with the top of your hair and only dye your roots. Leave this in for 10 minutes. Dying time is normally 20 minutes to dye your hair.
  • Use only part of the hair dye at this time.
  • Now dye the remaining hair with the rest of your hair dye. Leave this in for the remaining 10 minutes and check to see the results. If your hair is still lighter on the bottom you can leave this in an extra 5 minutes.
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February 5, 2015

My hair is white. I want to color it silver gray. How?

By yani


May 11, 20150 found this helpful

You have to start with a white or platinum blonde base. Then tone your hair vith a violet/ blue-violet toner. Manic Panic Virgin Snow Toner works.

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January 3, 2017

This is a page about where can I buy gray or silver hair dye? If you need to dye your hair, finding the right shade of dye is important.

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