I get so many questions about my new-ish hair ‘do that I thought I’d share a few details about it and some of my favorite products to keep the color from fading and staying a nice platinum silvery shade…
My decision to cut it short and dye it silvery white was in some ways a long time coming. My hair is very fine, like baby fine, so growing it out never works. It just starts to split and gets even more stringy and thin the longer it gets. It doesn’t help either that I’ve been highlighting it since I was 18 years old!
I was really feeling the platinum silver color, but knew my fine hair wouldn’t be able to handle that kind of damage so it had to be cut really short. Also, I was in the mood for something drastic! This image was the one I took to my stylist for cut inspiration, but wanting a slightly cooler tone (more like this tone).
I have to say, I’ve really loved it. It feels cool and fun, and it’s really easy to style (like ridiculously easy- I don’t do much at all!). I have a friend Erin with a similar haircut, remember her? She gave me the name of her stylist in San Francisco, Cirrus, and I lucked out so much with her! Because my hair is very thin, and already light, the process wasn’t that long. Maybe 3 hours max. First they bleach, then tone, then cut. The toning is what gets it that silvery grey color. But it is hard to maintain.
Here are a couple tips to keep the platinum shade and tone I’ve found:
Don’t wash it every day. When you do, try to use cooler water. A cold shower sounds terrible though. What I do is keep my hair out of the hot shower until I’m ready to wash and then turn down the temperature a bit for a minute while I wash.
When you do wash, use these two products that I LOVE. The combination of following two maintains my silvery platinum color beautifully. First, Shimmer Lights Shampoo. This was recommended to be my a stylist friend I know who works at Paris Fashion Week. I swear, she knows all the tricks and it’s only $6.99!
For conditioning, I always use Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel Treatment. The combination of the shampoo and the conditioning treatment is crazy good. It make a huge difference. I didn’t use them the first time, back in October when I first had my hair dyed, and it lost its color very fast. The second time around though, I’m coming up on almost three months since my last coloring (which is definitely overdue) and my tone still looks pretty good! Before, within a month it started to get brassy. It’s definitely not brassy now, which is the ultimate goal. I do need to get it colored again, but it’s still a nice cool white.
For styling, I love this hair oil called Davines Oi Hair Oil. I can’t live without it. My hair is dry and damaged on its own, but just two drops onto my wet hair and it gives it gives so much softness (even for my thin, bleached hair). If you don’t have very fine hair, try Moroccan Oil. I love that product as well. I was amazed when I first tried it out, but sometimes it’s a bit heavy for my thin hair.
I also love a good dry shampoo like $6 Batiste Dry Shampoo (I’ve tried more expensive brands and never like them as much). I also love this day after hair called Unite Second Day pomade which let’s me tame it a bit after the dry shampoo, especially since I don’t wash my hair every day (maybe 3 times a week).
Any tips for maintaining color or tone? Ever made a big change to your look?
Top image by Justin Hackworth