Loading ...

How to colour hair silver

Updated February 21, 2017

Silver hair colour isn't just for the over-50 set anymore. In addition to those seeking to even out their greying hair colour, many younger people are looking to silver hair dye for a quirky, edgy look. Dying your hair silver is like dying your hair any other light colour: You need to bleach your hair before you can apply silver dye. Silver hair dye is manufactured by many leading hair dye companies and can be found in chemists shops and beauty supply chains.

Loading ...
  1. Read the directions that come with your hair dye kit. Not all products are used exactly the same, and you will need to properly mix the ingredients to ensure best results.

  2. Put on your plastic gloves and protect your clothing from absorbing dye by placing a towel around your neck.

  3. Divide your hair up into four sections and secure them up on your head with claw clips.

  4. Mix the ingredients as directed in your dye's instruction manual in your mixing bowl.

  5. Apply the dye to your hair with the applicator section by section, starting at the ends of your hair and handling the roots last.

  6. Place a shower cap on your head.

  7. Set your timer for 40 minutes.

  8. Check your hair colour in the mirror. If results are as desired, you are ready to rinse the dye out. Otherwise, set the timer for 5 minutes and check again. Do not leave dye in your hair longer than 50 minutes.

  9. Rinse out the dye with warm water until the water runs clear.

  10. Apply a generous amount of conditioner to your hair. Let it sit for at least 2 minutes.

  11. Rinse out conditioner.

  12. Tip

    Hair dye works best on unwashed, unconditioned hair. Avoid using shampoo and other products on your hair for 24 hours before dying. Because grey hair has a different, coarser texture than regular hair, you may want to pre-soften your hair before dying it, if you have natural grey hair interspersed in your hair. Silver dye only works on bleached hair, so you will need to bleach before applying the dye if you are not already light blonde or white haired. Try a strand test on a strand of hair before applying the dye to your entire head. Hair dye works best when applied to dry hair. Use a violet- or blue-tinted shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair colour from getting brassy or yellowish.


    Discard of your unused product by pouring it down the drain: It will not be effective later, and can combust if resealed. Take care to wipe up dye that comes into contact with your face as soon as possible with gentle soap and warm water, or you will end up with dye marks. Do not attempt to dye your eyebrows with this product.

Loading ...

Things You'll Need

  • Grey hair colour kit
  • Mixing bowl
  • Applicator
  • Towel
  • Plastic gloves
  • Hair clips
  • Timer
  • Shower cap
  • Warm water
  • Conditioner

About the Author

Ginger Yapp has been writing professionally since 2006, specializing in travel and film topics. Her work has appeared in such publications as "USA Today" and online at Yapp also has experience writing and editing for a small California newspaper. She earned her B.A. in film and media studies and has worked as an ESL teacher at an international school.

Loading ...