Review | Silver Hair Attempt

silver hair

Over the past few days, I have been on a hair mission trying to get my hair to be super light and silvery. With the current silver hair trend, I will be showing you how exactly I lightened my hair. I love the silver hair look at the moment; some girls just really pull it off and I thought I should give this trend a go. If you knew me, you would instantly recognise this as my common ‘I am bored of my hair now I want a change’ scenario. I am forever trying new things with my hair and this is my newest craze. Every time I see girls with that gorgeous silver hair, I basically die of envy. Anyway, I attempted to try and achieve the look for myself with the products above and realised how actually difficult silver is to achieve! I used L’oreal Preference Extreme Platinum Hair Dye, Bleach London White Toner and La Riche Directions Silver Toner. This is my attempt at silver hair.


silver hair
Please excuse my lack of make-up but this is my hair before I started the process of lightening it. As you can see, the roots are darker and slightly brassy compared to the pretty light (and damaged!) ends. The hair colour is definitely not silver – but light enough to potentially get there.

Step One: Bleach the Hair


I used the L’oreal Preference Extreme Platinum hair dye on my roots as it claimed to have ‘8-level lightening power’. I didn’t want to use bleach on my ends as I have had horrific experiences with it in the past; my hair is not in great condition and bleaching it would really have frazzled it to the point of no return. I guess for the silver look you do have to bleach your hair, but I thought my hair (apart from the roots) was already pretty light so I just gave this way a go to try and save my hair. The kit itself is like a chemisty set where you have to mix all the different components together in the bottle to make the product. As childish as it sounds, I found this very enjoyable and it was the closest I will ever be to a scientist. I left the product on for 45 minutes and the result was pretty good. At first it was a very light yellow but, using the brass-defy conditioner supplied, the yellow toned down to a nice light blonde.

Step Two: Apply the Toner

silver hair
The brass-defy conditioner was recommended for using over 6 weeks but I smacked the whole lot on and left it for 20 minutes as I have my touch of silver shampoo which I rely on for maintaining my light hair. It wasn’t as purple on the hair as you would expect which probably explains why it wasn’t that brilliant and eliminating brassy tones for a claimed “brass defier”. If I hadn’t have had my white toner to help get rid of those yellow tones, I would have probably had a meltdown about my “yellow” hair. I was not aiming for yellow hair – I wanted silver!
white toner
I didn’t take a photo of the white toner on but this is what it looked like wet before I had the toner put onto it. As you can see, my roots are brassy but noticeably lighter than what they were. This kit, again, was like a chemistry set where you mix together the components in a bottle and then apply onto the hair. I left it on for about 30 minutes. The result was pretty mad. I think because I had only sort of bleached my roots, they went a lot whiter than the hair and it looked pretty ridiculous before I dried it. I think it might also have been the shock of not having been this white for a very long time. I really should have taken a photo. Anyway after washing off the toner, the kit had a reincarnation mask which I left on for about 20 minutes and my god, it did wonders to my hair! Remember me saying my hair was frazzled and damaged at the start of this post, well now it was soft and you would not believe I had dyed it and toned it.
Again my derpy no make-up face makes an appearance, but this is what my hair looked like between the before and after (if that makes any sense). I decided to leave it a few days before I put the silver toner on as  I wanted to give my hair a break. As you can see from the front, the roots are very white. There are a few stubborn brassy tones that remain at the back, but these didn’t really bother me as I kept my fingers crossed that the silver toner would help eliminate them with the aid of my favourite touch of silver shampoo. It is worth noting as well how much more healthy my hair looks! That reincarnation mask did wonders.
silver hair
This photo was pretty much included for your pure enjoyment. It cracks me up. Think a new fashion trend of blue and orange needs to appear don’t you? (no thanks). Anyway, this is the scary colour of the toner. I looked like I was dyeing my hair blue and the relief was momentous when I washed it off and it returned to my nice white colour. I left it on for 25 minutes.

Final Result

silver hair
And this is what my hair looks like at the end of it all. It is not necessarily a silver, but I would say it is a lot lighter than it was to start with. I will keep at it with my touch of silver shampoo (leaving that on when I was it for around 15 minutes) and hopefully I will reach the colour I want. The silver toner seemed to work but I wish I had left it on a for a tad longer. I don’t know why but I was scared it might take funny on the roots and go purple if I left it on for too long. I think I had seen a video on YouTube where a girl used it after lightening her roots and her roots went purple whilst the rest of the hair was silver. But in hindsight, I should have just manned up and left it on for 45 minutes. I am pleased with the final outcome though and hopefully my silver shampoo will keep boosting it up over the next few weeks.
To see a review of me dyeing my hair purple using Bleach London then click here.  Also find me on instagram and twitter.
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  1. August 1, 2014 / 5:32 pm

    just discovered your blog, acc love it


  2. August 1, 2014 / 7:38 pm

    your hair colour looks amazing!

    from helen at

  3. August 2, 2014 / 4:45 pm

    You finished with a great looking hair 🙂

  4. August 2, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    Your hair looks amazing! I don't have the guts to go that blonde but it looks so good!

    Rachael at

  5. August 3, 2014 / 1:19 pm

    Wow you got such a good result with these products! I have lilac hair and I think I'll give that bleach (if the packaging says it is lifting hair colour to make it blonde, its probably bleach :p) a go for doing my roots, yours look super white! xx

    ☾ Liquorice Pearls ☾

  6. August 3, 2014 / 4:05 pm

    I love your hair! Looks gorgeous! & you're very pretty xo
    glad to found your blog!
    xx, Marina | My blog

  7. August 3, 2014 / 4:21 pm

    Looks great! It is a pain to keep hair blonde and bleaching it does tend to strip all the moisture out of it. I need to try that mask that brought it back to life! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte

  8. August 3, 2014 / 6:20 pm

    Your hair looks so lovely! I definitely need to get some variation of the silver shampoo you mentioned to eliminate brassy tones in my ombré hair! x

    Kathryn | effievanity

  9. August 3, 2014 / 10:07 pm

    I thought it was bleach, just got so confused because it didn't blatantly state it on the packaging. I am a beginner to home hair dying as I mostly get mine done at the hairdressers so it is all new to me xo

  10. August 3, 2014 / 10:10 pm

    I really recommend Touch of Silver shampoo by Provoke, it has done wonders to mine xo

  11. August 5, 2014 / 3:32 am

    you are so brave! i've only dyed my hair a few times and i'm always terrified about the results. i think your color turned out really pretty, even if it's not exactly what you wanted originally.


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  13. August 10, 2014 / 11:04 pm

    Your hair looks amazing and you are beautiful! I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin. If you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks 🙂

    Camille xo

  14. August 14, 2014 / 9:12 am

    You did a great job really! I just have bleach put on my roots as the rest of my hair is pretty light! Just keep using that glorious silver shampoo! I use one called innova it's in a silver bottle my hairdressor recommended it to me and it comes out pure purple 😉 🙂 if you don't mind could you check out my latest blog post? 🙂 thank you!! Xxxxx

  15. August 19, 2014 / 4:33 pm

    This is exactly what I needed to read! I had blonde hair and got it ombred and regretted it…
    I've been fading the brown for about 2 weeks now with head and shoulders.. it is rather brassy now. So I think I'll try out some of these products 😀 thanks !!

  16. Shania
    January 29, 2016 / 8:32 am

    This looks amazing! The last photo looks very grunge! I just saw it on Google Images while searching for “Directions Silver” and i clicked on the link, as i’m looking for a dye to get that touch of grey 🙂

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