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Ever since I was very young, I have been fascinated by the ashen locks of many fantasy elves and JRPG characters. The silver and white hair caught my attention and I always thought it was the most gorgeous tone of hair. I experimented for about two years on my own, and finally developed the best method (in my own opinion) for achieving these beautiful locks. Read more to see my method!
NOTE: I am NOT a professional hair stylist or hair care consultant. I have skills in hair and makeup, but I am self-taught through trial and error and much, much research. I am not responsible for your hair if you damage it following my advice. You are the only person who knows your hair like no one else. If it is telling you something, listen to it!
STEP 1: Bleach your hair with L’Oreal Feria: Extreme Platinum.
This is my most successful product for bleaching. I have tried many highly acclaimed bleaches from box bleaches to powders and none have given me the light blonde results that the L'Oreal Feria Extreme Platinum has. My natural hair color was a very warm chestnut brown with strong red undertones. On my first bleach, I had grossly orange hair. I had to bleach my hair about 2 or 3 times before I reached a light enough blonde to begin toning out the warmth.
Be careful with the bleaching process. Never bleach your hair twice within one week. Your hair needs time to recover. Leave on your hair for as long as it needs to lift all of the color out, but never more than an hour; this applies to all hair bleach and coloring. This bleach will most likely dry out your hair, as all bleach usually does, so be careful. If you damage your hair too much too quickly, it may fall out. I've seen it happen, trust me, you don't want it to happen to you. Slight hair loss should be expected and is normal.
STEP 2: Tone your hair with Got 2 B Metallic Silver.
I tried the Got 2 B Metallics on a whim. I had never heard of this product, but it showed up on my local Walmart's shelves and I thought: why not? I'll try anything once. Although this product is very drying and not very long-lasting, it does give you the color it shows you. It will wash out with 2 to 3 washes, but it should fade into a neutral ashen tone and make you hair look very pale blonde with cool tones.
Leave this in your hair for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on how deep you want your silver to be. This will most likely dry your hair out as well, so do not apply this to your hair until a WEEK after your last bleaching!
Overall, I really like these two products as my white hair-obtaining duo. Out of all the product combinations I have tried to achieve that shining silver hair, these worked the best for me.
Just for comparison, I am a white female who started off with chestnut brown, thick and full hair. My hair texture did thin out a bit, but never enough to seem overly damaged or dry.
This step is optional, but definitely recommended. Buy yourself some organic, unprocessed coconut oil and warm it into a liquid state. Apply this all over your hair and leave it on ranging from 2 hours to overnight. If you use it overnight, lay a towel over your sleeping area and wear a plastic hair cap to keep the oil from absorbing into your towel. This will help restore moisture to your hair and help it regain strength and durability.
Good luck, and enjoy your new white/silver hair!