If you've been following the #greyhairmovement and have been inspired by the courageous actresses who've embraced their natural silver locks, you might be wondering if it's a change you want to make. It's natural to have questions and concerns about transitioning to silver hair. What will you look like with silver hair? Will it suit you? What will your family think? Will you like it, or will you end up regretting the change? And, of course, there are practical questions about the process—how much will it cost, how long will it take, and how do you maintain your old color as your hair grows out?
Well, I'm here to help answer all your questions and guide you through the process. I've been through it myself, and I've helped numerous clients make the transition. Let's break down the four ways to go silver, from the easiest to the most complicated, along with the price range for each option.
1. Cut It Short and Go for the Big Chop
The simplest and most cost-effective way to embrace your grey is to let it grow for a few months and then cut your hair really short. This removes all the old faded dye in one fell swoop. The cost? Just one or two haircuts, depending on how short you're willing to go. This method is easy on your wallet and can save you the hassle of a costly color transformation.
2. Gradual Transition with Lowlights
For those with dark dyed hair, this method involves adding lowlights as the old color grows out. Gradually reduce the number of lowlights until you don't need them at all. This softens the harsh grow-out lines and maintains a cohesive look. Lowlights can cost between $65 and $200, depending on additional toning or corrective work.
3. Blend with Silver Hair Extensions
Consider evening out your base color and adding silver hair extensions. Although some may be hesitant about extensions, they are a quick and less expensive alternative to chemical processes. Fusion hair extensions, installed with keratin bonds, can be discreet and mimic silver highlights. They last up to four months without salon maintenance and cost around $350.00 or more.
4. Complete Color Transformation with a Color Remover
This is the most involved process but offers a comprehensive transformation. A color remover, different from bleach, shrinks the color molecule to wash it out of the hair. Once the color is removed (which may take multiple sessions), the hair can be colored to a desirable base shade. From there, you can add silver blonde highlights to match your natural color and pattern. The cost varies based on the starting level and amount of hair but can range from $200 to $600 for the color remover, $100 to $200 for the base color, and $250 to $400 for highlights. Remember to account for bonders, treatments, and ongoing maintenance as the silver blonde will fade over time.
Your Journey to Silver
Now that you have four options, each with its approximate cost breakdown and maintenance requirements, you can make an informed decision about embracing your grey. If you're seeking a hairstylist who supports your choice and can help you achieve your desired look, I'm here for you. Just say the word, and together, we'll make your transition to silver hair a beautiful reality.