Silver is the ultimate trend in hair colour this season, with everyone from celebrities to the girl next door sporting sexy grey locks. Achieving the coveted #GrannyHair look at home can take a bit of work, but it’s not impossible. Here’s the complete guide to dyeing dark hair silver, courtesy of BuzzFeed style editor, Julie Gerstein.

Before dyeing your hair grey/silver

Right now

From today, stop dyeing your hair to allow the current colour to grow out for as long as possible. This will help you to achieve an even colour when you bleach your locks. Yup, bleach. Before you commit to the process of dyeing your hair silver, you’ll need to decide whether you’re okay with subjecting your hair to potential damage from dyes and bleaches.

In six months’ time

Go for a deep-conditioning treatment at a salon. While bleach and dye are likely to damage your hair regardless, this treatment will help to minimise dryness and breakage. If your hair becomes thinner as a result of the bleaching, you may need to cut it to keep it in a healthy state. Wait one to two weeks after your conditioning treatment to continue with the dyeing process. Conditioning and trimming your hair will cost around R600.

When you’re ready to go grey

Bleach your hair

Unless you’re already blonde, the first step is to bleach your hair. If your hair is already quite dark, you may need to do this process twice. At a professional hair salon, this will cost a pretty penny and will take around five or six hours.

Apply purple toner

In order for silver/grey dye to appear true to its colour, it needs to be applied to hair that has a white-silver undertone, which you’ll achieve by applying a purple toner to bleached hair with yellow undertones. It’s a quick step that takes less than half an hour, and will probably cost around R500.

Dye your hair silver grey

After bleaching and toning your hair, you’re now ready to colour it silver. The dye will be applied to your locks and left to do its thing for about half an hour. Depending on the salon you choose, the colour could cost anywhere from several hundred to a few thousand rand.

Total time: Approximately seven hours

Total cost:R1500 to R6000 depending on the salon and products used.

Next, you’ll need to think about maintaining your colour and touching it up at home once it starts to grow out. See tips below on silver hair care products.

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