Silver is most definitely one of the more complicated colors to try and execute with oVertone. Due to the pigments that create Silver, your starting color needs to be either neutral- toned, or fully platinum blonde.
Since silver is a delicate balance of colors, if the balance is thrown off at all it will give you unexpected results. These could include hair turning blue, green, or a grey-ish brown. The best way to see if your hair is the proper starting shade is to strand test.
Check out these strand tests:
We used Vibrant Silver over a cool bleach blonde color and it turned a steely-blue color! It turned blue because the hair was very pale and cool, which meant the starting hair wasn’t warm enough to cancel the coolness of the mix itself.
We used Vibrant Silver over a medium blonde color and it turned a greenish-tan color. In this case, it turned out muddy because the starting hair color was too warm!
We used Vibrant Silver over a cool bleach blonde, same starting color as strand 1, but it was toned it with Pastel Orange, by applying it and then rinsing it quickly. After toning the strand we applied the Vibrant Silver. As you can see it turned out a perfect silver gray color!
If you applied Silver, and your results aren’t what you were anticipating, toning could be the key.
Green/Tan? Your starting hair color was too warm.
If your hair is mostly tan, we would recommend trying another application. Tan is an indication that you’ve toned into neutral territory but your hair hasn’t absorbed enough Vibrant Silver to reflect silver.
If your hair is more green than tan, tone it with the Pastel Red Daily. Apply a bit of the Pastel Red Daily Conditioner on clean, wet strands and rinse out quickly.
Curious to see how it works? Watch this video:
Blue? Your starting hair color was likely too cool.
To cancel the blue we recommend toning with Pastel Orange. Apply a bit of the Pastel Orange Daily Conditioner on your clean, wet strands and rinse out quickly. Apply and rinse until your hair is no longer blue, then try applying Vibrant Silver again.
Any other color – if your hair turns any other color besides green/tan/blue/silver, email our Color Consultants a pic and they can pull you back from the hair color precipice.
Here are a couple more things to consider…
If you tone your hair with either a blue or a purple shampoo or conditioner to keep your locks a pristine white, stop doing it at least 2 washes before applying Vibrant Silver.
If your hair is very warm and/or brassy, consider lightly toning it first to cancel some of the warmth. What color you should use depends on your brass, but we’ve got you covered with our Toning Conditioners: use Blue for orange tones, Green for red tones, or Purple for yellow tones.
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