Trying to get the perfect dark silver but keep getting greens/bluesby Shya_MaPosted 2 years, 11 months ago
Hello! I've just joined to post this question. I've seen other posts about silver hair but I just wanted to get a clearer idea of what I should do. A few months back, I bleached my hair to a slightly yellow pale blonde. I wanted to go darker grey, and thought I could achieve it with mixing Arctic Fox Sterling with a couple dots of Arctic Fox Transylvania. My hair turned dark denim blue, and after a few washes it was green/teal on top and purple (somehow?) on the bottom. It wasn't what I wanted, but it was sorta pretty so I just let it naturally fade for about 2 months. It was still pretty dark so I used One N Only Color Fix, which took out most of the color, and a very diluted bleach bath to get out the rest. I realized I needed the lightest base so I waited a few weeks after that and bleached my hair to a very pale whitish blonde, then added Wella t14 with 050 toner. My hair turned a nice shade of grey, though not quite dark enough, and faded quickly. It's also an oxide dye so it did damage my hair a tiny bit. Shortly after, upon reading all of Pravana's reviews, I tried Pravana Silver with a couple dots of Pravana black additive. Well, I got navy blue, AGAIN! Luckily I did a Vitamin C treatment to fade it and after 2 treatments it returned to nearly the tint I achieved with Wella but it's slightly green. The Pravana is fading much faster than the Arctic Fox, so I hope to let the green fade a bit more before I try grey again. PLEASE! Someone help me find a grey NEUTRAL hair color. I'm starting to get desperate and may just go for a different color or try the Wella 050 straight with Vol 10 developer, even though it's a tad purplish blue. I'd rather have a slightly purple tone than blue or green.
by ZombiiPosted 2 years, 11 months ago
Grey is really difficult because there's no such thing as a neutral grey dye. Grey dyes are blue-based or purple-based or green-based and achieving a neutral grey depends on matching the correct shade of grey to the undertones of your base.
The truest dark grey I ever got was Pravana Silver on top of a slightly yellow base. It was the most perfect dark steel sort of color and I've never been able to replicate it again. Every other time I've tried Pravana Silver (straight, no conditioner, no other colors added), it just turns a very dark purple on me---but then it goes pink if I try to bleach it, so I may have gotten an off couple of tubes.
I am sort of interested in what the Wella Cooling Violet would do on its own, maybe strand test it. Since your base is pale with green, you'll theoretically want something red-toned to cancel out the green plus something blue-ish to get grey, so Cooling Violet might be the way there. (I say theoretically because there's a lot of guess work, especially on lighter colors, especially especially with pastels.) If that works, you can look for a semi-permanent dye in the same shade/tone as Cooling Violet and dilute with conditioner for maintenance.
Strand test it and report back? :)
by Shya_MaPosted 2 years, 11 months ago
When I used the wella I followed the directions and used t14 & 4 capfuls 050 with 20 vol developer. The t14 did an AMAZING job of toning the unwanted brassy tones. The color was a tad purple/blue but I still liked it much better than the pravana. I've seen other people use 050 alone as a toner using a full bottle and 2-3 parts 10 vol developer. I think after the green fades a little more I'll try that. I'm interested in the nirvel grey, if anyone has experience with that. Otherwise in a few days I'll pop back with an update after using Wella 050
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