So, I got bored of the crappy, faded blue hair and decided it was time for a change. Just as the title suggests, I opted for a little something that I like to call ‘Graphite Grey Hair’. Did you see it before though? It was starting to look really awful, or so I thought. In case you missed it, it looked a little something like this:
I had originally intended to go blonde after the blue, but bleaching and toning my hair hadn’t worked out quite as I planned. I managed to get rid of most of the blue, but I had half white/light blonde (at the top) and half lilac (at the bottom). At first, I kinda liked it. It was a little unicorn-esque. Who doesn’t want unicorn hair? Well, me it turns out. After a few days, I hated it.
Face blurred out for your protection. It wasn’t a pretty #nomakeup day for me.
It was most definitely time for a change.
I decided to go with silver-grey hair again. Why? Because I had that shade before, the colour lasted for the longest time ever, I found it was the easiest colour EVER to grow/fade out, and everyone kept saying the nicest things to me when I rocked it.
Silver Hair Round 1:
I have attempted to go silver-grey a few times in my life, but the only dye that I ever found worked well for me was Colour Freedom by Knight & Wilson. I’ve tried plenty others — Directions, Crazy Colour, a bunch of random silvery looking tones that I spotted in my local Superdrug or Savers. Each one left me more lilac than grey/silver. It even went a bit … rainbow’y on more than one occasion. It really annoyed me. So much so, in fact, that the new silvery-lilac hair never lasted for longer than a few days before I felt the overwhelming urge to change it up again.
Believe it or not, this was my very first attempt to go silvery-grey:
I know, right? It’s not very silver. Or grey. In fact, I’m not even sure the product knew what it was trying to be. I’m pretty sure this was a Bleach London silver, but I can’t be sure of that. It was quite a few years ago now.
Goin’ Grey, Round 2
I *thought* I’d purchased the same dyes/colours that I bought the last time around, but it wasn’t long after my Superdrug order arrived at my door that I realised I had gone darker — much darker. I’m not the biggest fan of really dark hair. I went through a blue-black phase once in my early twenties, and I think that’s where I’ll leave it. Let’s just say that black/dark hair doesn’t really suit me well. Or, rather, I don’t like it much.
In for a penny, in for a pound, I thought. I had the hair dyes in my hand, so I figured I might as well use them. What could possibly go wrong? I already had pretty awful hair that I hated … Things couldn’t really get much worse.
I know this is starting to sound like a disaster story, but it’s actually not one. I didn’t bother bleaching or toning my hair, just dumping a blend of the three silver-grey Colour Freedom dyes on my head. First, I worked the darker shade into the roots. My roots always come through really light and I just can’t pull that light-look off. I then worked the two lighter shades randomly through the rest of my locks. Literally, haphazardly. Gloves on, hands flying all over the place, I went a little nuts.
I left the hair dye on my head for about an hour. I ALWAYS leave hair dye on my head for longer than they say on the box unless it’s a bleach/ammonia-based product which would destroy my locks if I did. But, Directions, Crazy Colour, all those conditioning-type dyes … Yeah, I’ve been known to leave those on all day. Personally, I find the colour stays for more washes the longer you leave the dye on your head, and the richer and shinier the colour too.
I ALWAYS make sure I have spare hair dye left over. Why? Because I add it to my conditioner and shampoo to help build up the colour over the next few washes. This is a GREAT tip for anyone who likes to play around with coloured hair. It adds thin layers of colour to the hair as you go, so rather than your hair fading dramatically, it still fades, but with a much better colour about it. Like you MEANT to fade it out that way.
An hour later, bathroom nicely covered in grey and silver hair dye, it was all washed out and I was ready to dry and style. I like to let my hair dry naturally usually, but when I have a new hair colour to check out, I’m too anxious to wait that long. A quick blow-dry later, I added some curls to the very bottom of my hair using my hair straighteners, a quick burst of hairspray, and I was good to go.
I’m obsessed with my new colour. I’m not really sure what colour it is. It looks like a really dark, gunmetal-grey. It reminds me a bit of a Renault Megane GT an ex once had, all metallic and shiny. I’m not sure if I would go this dark next time around, but I’ll give it a whirl and see how it goes. It’s darker than I’d normally go, but everyone’s saying the nicest things to me about it. Maybe I’m on to a winner?
Anyway, I just thought I’d keep you updated with my #hairdiaries. I’ve been lacking in hair inspiration lately, but I think it might just have come back.
- Graphite Grey
- Silver Grey
- Stone Grey