The Deal With White / Silver / Grey Hair (That ISN'T Natural)...
Society is used to only older people having white or silver/grey hair. One might wonder why anyone still in their youth would want to dye their hair that color. It's simple-- some people do it simply because can and they like it. And that's all that matters, really.
If you're one of those people who wants to try out white or silver/grey hair, scroll down for more info. If you're someone who needs convincing about it (on someone else's hair or perhaps your own hair), you might want to read this webpage as well.
White/Silver/Grey/Gray Hair Wigs
Wigs are the best way to figure out what color and style you like best without committing to it. You can decide whether you look better with white hair or silver/gray/grey hair, and whether or not long hair works better for you than short hair. It all depends. There are plenty of wigs on Amazon, eBay and elsewhere that you can sift through and buy. Or, you can go into one of your local wig stores and try several wigs on in person before deciding what you want.
White/Silver/Grey/Gray Hair Extensions
If you're simply trying to achieve a streaked look and don't want a full head of white or silver/grey hair, you can use extensions. Or, if you're ready to dye your hair white or silver/grey but have short or thin hair, and you want long, voluminous hair, hair extensions can help with this also because you won't have to wait forever for your hair to grow out. If you decide to have your hair dyed professionally, you can bring a package of hair extensions with you to show the hairstylist exactly what color to dye your hair. They can put the extensions in some time after that (although probably not the same day, since your dyed hair and scalp might need a break before putting the hair extensions in).
There's another option as well. If the extensions are easy to put in yourself, you can buy blonde hair extensions (to match your own bleached hair) and dye/tone/tint them at the same time that you do it to your own hair. This way, the extensions will match your own dyed hair.
Just as I've mentioned on my other hair color webpages (and I'll be restating this verbatim [exactly the same]), extensions can be done several different ways. Here are a few of them:
- Clip-on hair extensions can be clipped and pinned in with your hair, and then brushed or combed to blend in with your own hair. This is probably the easiest way to get extensions done.
- Weaving/Sewn-in hair extensions, where your hair is braided a certain way, and then the hair extensions are sewn in along the braids.
- Braided-in hair extensions, where the extensions are just braided in with your own hair. This is usually only done when you're going to have all your hair braided up or have dreadlocks.
- Bonding/Glued-in extensions. To my knowledge, there are different types of glues that can be used. But the best kind of glue to use for this process is protein glue. I had extensions done this past summer with protein glue, which my hairdresser told me is best for the hair since hair is made up of protein as well, which makes the glue more gentle on your hair than other glues.
Here is a very good link/website with more information about hair extensions:
HairResources.net (first of 6 steps/pages on the research & process to be aware of when getting hair extensions; also describes 7 ways to get hair extensions done [which include the four ways I described above])
White Hair "Dye" & Silver/Gray/Grey Hair Dye
The reason you keep seeing the word "dye" in quotations on this webpage (as well as being used with the word "tone") is because there isn't such a thing as white hair dye. There is nothing you can put on your hair that will make it white in one step. White hair is a multi-step process. Anything that seems like white hair dye is always a toner-- usually purple-- that you can put in your hair to pull the brassy tones (oranges & yellows) out of your hair after you bleach it. (To cancel out a color, you use a toner that is the opposite color of it based on the color wheel. Hence, purple is the opposite of yellow. There are blue toners you can try out if your hair has more orange colors in it than yellow.)
Once you've gotten it white you can then use silver/grey hair dye, or you can use silver shampoo to get it silver. You can probably also get a silver/grey hair color by mixing white conditioner with just a little bit of black hair dye.
Even though you've landed on this webpage, you should still do more research to figure out how to properly go about getting white or silver hair. Below are some videos to help you get started...
P.S. You should also check out this blog's White Hair Tutorial post. Lots of good info there about how to get white hair.
White / Silver / Grey Hair "Dye" and Maintenance Tutorials & Reviews on YouTube
I have compiled a series of YouTube videos discussing how to get silver/gray/white hair and how to maintain it: White / Silver / Grey Hair "Dye" and Maintenance Tutorials
The "How to get perfect silver, white or platinum blonde hair" video features a guy (yes, I said a guy) discussing which products he uses on his hair to get it silver (though they'll work for white or platinum blonde hair as well, like the title says), as well as how he maintains it and keeps it healthy. Not really a tutorial, but it doesn't matter, because he seems to really know his stuff and gives two good tips in this video that I have not heard in any other hair dye videos (and I've watched a LOT of them). So I strongly suggest you watch this video, and keep the tips in mind for when you dye your own hair any color where it needs to be bleached first.
The "How I dye my WHITE/SILVER hair Tutorial" video features a girl "dyeing" their hair by mixing toner in with just a little bit of purple/violet hair dye, as the violet color somehow helps the toner work better. It basically will work the same as a purple toner, actually. (Fair warning: You might want to turn down the volume or mute the video altogether once the music kicks in.)
The "Dying My Hair White." video shows a girl using Manic Panic Snow White "Dye"/Toner, which she then rinses with silver shampoo to rinse the blue tint out & to get her hair white.
In the video titled "How to Get Snow-White Hair" the girl explains the process of getting her hair white, as well as all the products she used to keep her hair in good condition.
In the "Silver Hair Tutorial!" video, a girl (Tasha Leelyn) goes through the steps she took to get her silver hair. Note that she does end up having to re-dye her roots because they aren't blonde/white enough and come out more golden/orang-ish. The hair won't come out silver/grey if the hair isn't blonde/white enough.
White & Silver/Grey/Gray Hair Wigs, Extensions, Dyes & Toners on Amazon
Because I can't list every single relevant item directly on this webpage, I've opted to post a link to the Amazon wish list containing these items. Click the link below to view them.
Hair Bleaching Kits, Products & Hair Color Remover; Hair Toning Products; Protein Shampoos, Conditioners, Serums, Protein Filler
Because I can't feature as many products as I would like on this webpage, I've opted to throw them all into one single "wishlist" and will simply link to that list here:
And now for a short description of the products on this list...
Hair Bleaching Kits, Products & Hair Color Remover on Amazon:
There are some hair bleaching products you can use, along with a hair color remover kit if you don't like the way the dye job comes out...
Hair Toner Products on Amazon:
If you bleach your hair but it comes out with brassy tones (yellows & oranges) in it, these products are supposed to help get rid of the brassiness. But read the directions for how to correctly use your chosen product in order to get your desired results. And definitely read the reviews for these products.
Protein Shampoos, Conditioners, Serums and Protein Fillers on Amazon:
The protein fillers are to be used a good 30-60 minutes before you apply your color. It restores protein in damaged hair & allows the color to stick better. Also, using protein shampoos and conditioners will keep your hair healthy. But READ THE DIRECTIONS.
Celebs Who Have or Have Had DYED* White or Silver / Grey Hair - *We're not counting much older people whose hair has turned that color naturally.
Greek-Welsh singer Marina Diamandis-- a.k.a. Marina and the Diamonds-- has sported sleek, straight silver/gray hair with bangs while performing onstage.
Pop singer-songwriter Lady Gaga is known for her always-changing hairstyles and hair colors. So it should be no surprise that she's had both white and gray hair.
Kelly Osbourne has gone through various looks over the years. Kelly had soft, wavy, lilac-tinted gray hair at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Consider it a slightly played-down color compared to the side-swept gray-haired look she tweeted a pic of back in 2011.
And last but not least, Halle Berry sported platinum blonde, white & silvery/grey hair as Oroe Munroe -- a.k.a. Storm -- throughout the X-Men Trilogy movies.
Share Your Thoughts on White / Silver / Grey Hair... NOTE: This guestbook is moderated 24/7. HTML comments are not allowed. Spam will be removed & reported imme
anonymous on July 15, 2013:
I am 43 and have had grey hair since I was 16. It isn't all grey but I would say m aybe 60% grey. I want to go white but then again would be dealing with same problem with my roots as I do now so am thinking about the silver/grey then the what dark roots I have won't be as noticeable.
anonymous on March 20, 2013:
I love it, it looks so clean, fresh and pure. It is possible to be born with white hair however it's extremely rare and usually a medical condition. I'm not talking albino as there hair is a very light pale yellow platinum blonde, I mean snow white. I would love to have snow white hair but to much work and $ spent in my opinion. And I don't think it makes them look older, just beautiful.
Cherry-Ambition (author) from U.S. on November 24, 2012:
@rawwwwwws lm: Haha, I understood, don't worry. ;) Glad you love it!
rawwwwwws lm on November 24, 2012:
I love White, Silver, Grey hair. That is what I meant lol! :)
rawwwwwws lm on November 24, 2012:
I love it!