Ciara did it. Kim Kardashian bodied it. So did Queen Riri. Winnie Harlow and Nafessa Williams rocked it on the red carpet and made it look too flawless, spawning numerous Google searches: What silver hair dyes will give me the Nafessa Williams silver-slash-sky-blue hair look?
Fast forward to three years, and silver hair continues to be a highly sought-after hair color trend, with celebrities like Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss in Criminal Minds Evolution) fully embracing their natural gray tresses instead of covering up.
And it’s not just natural gray-haired beauties rocking it still. Gen X, millennials, and Gen Z-ers are also dipping their strands into dye, looking to achieve gray, silver, smoky gunmetal, frosted, and platinum hues.
So, if you’re looking to go the silver fox way or want to channel your inner badass this season, here are some cool silver hair dyes to try.
PSA: Achieving a pretty, even silver shade can be admittedly hard to DIY when transitioning from black or brown to silver hair. Therefore, ensure to give your favorite colorist a call before trying anything. They’ll either walk you through it or slot you in for a quick hair appointment.
L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Washable Spray-In Silver, $10
If you’re not ready to take the silver hair plunge, this should be your go-to hair dye. It comes in spray form and applies like a dream (almost like a dry shampoo). And with deeply-rich, pure pigments, the silver hair spray will coat your strands with jaw-dropping, vivid color.
Top Tip: Shake well before use and spray the nozzle onto the desired area for a remarkable, one-day-long, silvery-gray streak.
Moroccanoil Platinum Color-Depositing Mask, $30
Platinum isn’t just for blondes – dark-haired queens can also rock this color like a bawse! And this deep-conditioning Morrocanoil mask is your best bet for a cool (or ice-cold), minimally modern, platinum touch.
Plus, packed with a high concentration of linoleic acid, oleic acid, and vitamin E, you can be sure it’ll soften and deeply hydrate your strands and scalp. So, you don’t have to worry your pretty little mind about post-color dryness or frizz.
Adore Semi Permanent Hair Color In Mystic Gray, $8
Looking for a silver hair dye that’ll last you a few washes? Then add this semi-permanent mystic gray formula to cart. It’ll let you bring your silver fox dreams to life…up until you’re ready to go pastel or blonde.
And with an ammonia-free, alcohol-free, and peroxide-free formula, you can rest easy knowing it won’t strip your strands. That’s now what we call a win!
GOT2B Metallic Hair Color In M73 Smoky Steel, $12
Get ready to fall in love with this metallic hair dye. Its multi-dimensional silver hue gives you a grungy edgy look that’ll transport you back to the cool kid era of the 90s. Plus, with ultra-hydrating ingredients, you’re sure to enjoy a head-turning radiance that lasts.
Bonus: It works on dark blonde to dark brown hair without looking washed up.
L’Oréal Paris Feria Multi-Faceted Permanent Hair Color In 51 Smokey Silver, $10
Craving a trendy yet subtle hair change at an affordable price? Grab this fan-favorite box of hair dye, stat. The gray hair dye will give your tresses a sexy, smoky shade for a shimmery, dimensional, red carpet-worthy look without the hefty price tag.
But remember, this silver hair dye is permanent, so you might go up to eight weeks without touching up your curls.
Revlon ColorSilk Beautiful Color In 82B Silver Blonde, $12
Not only does this silver hair dye deliver the same radiant results as you’d get at a high-end salon, but it also adequately nourishes your strands, leaving them luscious all week.
Clairol Color Crave Temporary Hair MakeUp In Shimmering Platinum, $9
If you want shimmering platinum silver hair for a spell, Clairol’s temporary hair dye works wonders. Not only is it perfect for all hair types and textures, but the color also dries onto the hair with a blow-dryer and then quickly washes out after one or two cleanses.
It’s also an excellent pick for when you want to amp up your look but avoid ammonia and peroxide.
Oribe Silverati Shampoo, $46
Have your tresses been yearning for some TLC lately? Are you looking to amp up your gray strands? Look no further than this ultra-hydrating shampoo.
Specially formulated for gray and platinum-toned hair, the illuminating formula undoes dullness and yellow tones, revealing softer, ageless-looking, vibrant strands.
Plus, with a major dose of European silver fir extract and Oribe Signature Complex, you can enjoy intensely hydrated and oxidative stress-free hair.
KeraColor Depositing Color + Clenditioner Hair Dye In Silver, $22
It might sound like something from a ‘make a wish’ movie, but this silver hair dye colors, cleanses, and conditions your strands!
Its non-irritant, ‘clenditioning’ formula is designed to instantly infuse a sterling hue into every hair wash. It’s also the best product to help you keep up your hair color between salon visits.
Manic Panic Amplified Semi-Permanent In Blue Steel, $36
Cruelty-free and vegan-friendly? Say less. This cool, light blue, metallic hair dye from Manic Panic will give you a wash of silvery iciness: Think a more edgy, rock ’n’ roll look. Plus, with a Derek Zoolander reference, who could resist?
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