This post will help you identify why you might be getting funky results, what you can do to fix it, and what you can do to prevent these issues from popping up.
Before we can talk about hair, first, we need to understand that silver is not technically a color! In color terms, silver is basically the result of de-saturation. Think Instagram filters-when you tweak the filters and you lower the saturation you basically get a black and white or gray image.
That’s precisely what silver is: a lack of color.
Now, if silver is a “lack of color,” then how do you get silver, aka NO COLOR? That’s a great question, and the answer is to mix ALL the colors.
To create silver hair color, you need to mix blue, red, and yellow in very specific ratios. The goal is that when applied to hair, all the colors involved cancel each other out and you’re left with what looks like silver. Simple, right? Not so much!
Since silver is a delicate balance of colors, if the balance is thrown off at all it will give you unexpected results.
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!
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. The flash of red helps cancel the green tone, and you can keep applying it and rinsing until your hair is no longer green, then try applying Vibrant Silver again. 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. The flash of orange helps cancel the blue tone, and you can keep applying it and rinsing 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.
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. This will ensure that any pigment from the shampoo and conditioner doesn’t interact with the mix. It will also help your hair regain some warmth to help balance your final result!
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: Blue for orange tones, and green for red tones, and purple for yellow tones.
In the end, getting silver hair is all about cancellation toning, so as long as you obey the color wheel, you’ll be blessed by the silver gods.