A few years ago, we probably wouldn’t have thought that the silver hair color would become a major trend. But this seems to be one of the most desirable hair shades. Because the stars and models in fashion shows look so good wearing their hair in shades of gray, it is no wonder that it has become a color that many women dream of. After the trend of platinum hair faded and the light blonde became boring, the new shade that conquers everyone’s hearts is silver gray. It is stylish, modern, and easy to wear.
Silver hair isn’t a sign of age but a sign of fabulousness. Just because our natural color fades to gray doesn’t mean that we should slap on the hair dye to disguise the passing of time. Instead, why not embrace your changing image and own your age with pride, and perhaps just a shade of sass.
Growing old gracefully is nothing more than a myth invented by the young who dread the sight of the first gray hair. Jane Fonda rocks the silver hair look, while silver fox George Clooney ticks every box in the book! So, don’t think of your graying hair as the end of an era, but as the start of an exciting, vibrant chapter where age remains just a number, and your hair color represents an opportunity to declare your arrival.
How to Get Silver Hair?
Whether you decide to go for a silvery platinum shade or a pastel tint, all tones of gray are still very much popular and appreciated, but they are not easy to obtain. In fact, it is more difficult to achieve than the usual blonde because there is no gray hair dye, and the stylist has to make a combination of colors to reach that pleasant shade of silver-gray.
And because it is quite impossible to explain to your stylist what shade of gray you want, it is preferable to have a picture to show him. Also, you have to make sure that the person who changes your hair color to a shade of gray has lots of experience and has done it before. It is not a task for beginners.
Metallic hair looks fabulous, and we all need some awesomeness in our lives, but the look does require a bit of work. It remains vital to maintain your luscious silver hair after the initial process to prevent it from discoloring. Still, once you understand how to treat it, you can continue to wow everyone with your cool look.
Maintenance of Silver Hair Color
When you leave the salon, your hair may have a bluish or lavender tint, but you don’t have to worry because it will fade to a gray tone over time. Unfortunately, it is difficult to say exactly what shade of gray you will have after a few washes.
And when it comes to maintenance, in order for your hair color to fade to the shade of gray you want, you will need to use special products. Your hairstylist will probably recommend using a special shampoo for people with white or platinum hair. It is usually blue and has the role of preventing yellowing of very light hair and maintaining shiny silver tones.
From time to time, it will be necessary to go to the salon for color maintenance, even if your hair has not grown too much. Definitely, a repigmentation session will restore the shine to her gray hair and will be cheaper than the initial dyeing process.
Explore some of the prettiest examples of gray hair we’ve handpicked and get your glam on!
1. Silver Hair Color Ponytail
This is one of the most common types of gray hair you’ll see these days but that doesn’t make it less lovely. It’s a beautiful choice for all skin tones and also goes well with various eye colors. Show it off in a messy ponytail like in this photo.
2. Lavender Tinted Hair
What makes this gray tone special is its oh-so-subtle lavender tint. While you’ll soon find out that many gray hairstyles have a more pronounced touch of lavender, this one is discreet and barely visible in this bun.
3. Gray Ombre Hair Color
Numerous ladies opt for an ombre when it comes to their gray hair. In this case, black roots blend gorgeously into a light steel gray color. It looks even better if your hair is long as the gradient will be more visible.
4. Dark Roots Glam
On the other hand, you can always opt for shadow roots or darker roots. Using the balayage coloring technique, you can gracefully blend from dark brown or black to silver.
5. Rihanna Silver Hair Color
It’s crystal clear that Rihanna is one of the biggest trendsetters in the music and fashion industry. Especially when it comes to hairstyles, the singer is always one to seek inspiration from. In this shot, you can see how she wore long and wavy silver-colored hair and paired it with a shaved side.
6. Charcoal Dark Gray Hair
If you want a full head of gray hair but one that isn’t that flashy, experiment with a charcoal gray shade. As can be seen from the photo, this shade is so dark that it’s almost black. Nevertheless, it shines with a charcoal glow made all the more obvious by the hairstyle with braids.
7. Teal Tinted Long Hair
Make those gray locks even more unconventional by also giving them a teal color tint. This dusty green color is a fine choice for girls looking for a grunge-inspired look or even for an elegant take on green.
8. Mermaid Hair
Another truly spectacular beauty trend that turned heads and stopped hearts was mermaid’s hair. In this photo, admire the gorgeous gray tresses that are really brought out by the metallic reflexes and lavender and baby blue highlights and lowlights.
9. Silver Gray Hair
This is a fantastic example of flawlessly executed silver hair. It starts from a dark base only for the hair to turn gray before ending in almost white at the tips. This combination will look sublime on the hair of all lengths and textures, especially if you also add that metallic shine to it.
10. Long Silver A-Line Bob
Go for a total look change and besides dyeing your hair gray, also consider getting a new haircut! An excellent way to show off your newly colored locks is by going for a long, A-line bob. This will frame the face and also bring out the gray or white undertones and overtones of the hair.
11. Black and Silver Hair
As you will notice more and more, silver locks are most commonly worn in a combination of black hair and gray. That’s because these two colors will blend together gorgeously and in a more natural way. Browse the various tones until you get the two nuances that will look perfect together.
12. Silver Balayage
As far as techniques are concerned, balayage is almost everywhere when it comes to silver locks. There’s truly something unique about this coloring method, especially when you want to obtain a natural-looking outcome. Dark-haired gals will especially love because, as the hair grows, the overgrowth will blend in instead of standing out.
13. Natural Gray Locks
While young women are dyeing their hair gray, plenty of women over the age of 50 or 60 turns gray naturally and many still struggle to color their naturally graying locks. So ladies, embrace your new natural color and take advantage of this trend to show off your silver strands of hair!
14. Short Silver Hair
Going silver is a terrific way to spice up any look but especially so if you recently got a short haircut. Silver highlights or even a full head of gray will make any short hairstyle look amazing, be it a pixie cut or a bob alike.
15. Silver Highlights on Dark Brown Hair
Dark brown is a common base for highlights, balayage, or ombre. So to bring this natural hair color to life, consider sprinkling gray streaks here and there. This will help add definition and weight to the hair and will also highlight its texture and layers (if there are any).
16. Pearl Silver-Blonde Hair
This pastel, pearl blonde hair with its gray metallic shine is a breathtaking hair color indeed. Frequently shortened to just pearl blonde, this delicate shade is very feminine but can turn rebellious very easily. The half-up, half-down bun style also beautifully brings out the different hues in the hair.
17. Silver Purple Hair
Purple is yet another favorite among women who opt for gray locks – be it as a tint or as highlights or in other dye techniques. This gentle lavender hue brightens up the silver base and accentuates the long and wavy hair.
18. Ash Blonde Hair
Another brilliant hair trend that’s still up and kicking is ash blonde hair. As the name suggests, it takes traditional blonde and adds smudges of gray to it for a cool finish. It’s easy to wear and won’t stand out so it’s perfect for a more professional look.
19. Hair Flower Crown Blue and Silver Colors
We usually see blue and gray blended as the final color, but you can also separate them in your hairstyle. For instance, you can dye the roots blue and keep the rest silver with a few cold lowlights added in to accentuate the colors. The hair flowers styled in a crown-like fashion are also a beautiful finishing touch.
20. Opal Hair
If you can’t decide on just one pastel color for your new metallic hair then don’t hesitate to combine several shades for a gorgeous look – like the one in the photo above. Opal hair, as the trend is commonly referred to as, mixes various light colors such as purple, pink, and blue with silver.
21. Highlights for Silver Hair
Refresh your look by adding some well-placed highlights to your gray hair. Consider opting for a pastel-like blue or a more natural tone like brown or blonde. Style your hair in waves as the finishing touch.
22. Steel Blue Hair Color
Steel-blue is definitely another popular choice partly thanks to the fact that it starts from a dark base color. This makes it more wearable even though it’s not your everyday color. Owing to the gray undertones, it’s also a bit more glamorous than navy blue hair – another popular shade of blue.
23. Wavy Long Gray Hair
Make your long hair really stand out by going for a dark shade of gray in a beautiful balayage. Take things up a notch by styling your waves – be them natural or made with a curler – for more definition and extra style. The perfect hairstyle for every occasion!
24. Rose Gold and Silver Blonde Balayage
This dazzling hairstyle masterfully combines some of the hottest hair trends of these past few years: silver rose gold, and balayage. They are all placed on a well-cut bob hairstyle that showcases them all beautifully.
25. Dark Ash Hair Color
This charming solid color has just the right amounts of brown, gray, and black to make it delightful. We would say it’s somewhere between dark ash and a shade of charcoal which makes it all the easier to pair it with any outfit or to wear no matter the time of day or occasion.
26. Lowlights for Gray Hair
An amazing way to enhance naturally silver hair is by adding in some lowlights. Choose a slightly darker color that flatters and brings out the haircut and skin tone. It also works the other way around – if you have a deeper base color, add some lighter lowlights.
27. Light Ash Silver Hair
You now know about ash blonde, but what about ash gray? This radiant hair color is a bit darker than the first one we showed on this list. See the example above as it combines an extraordinary gray and blonde melt.
28. Gray and Silver Space Buns with Braids
If you can’t make up your mind between silver and gray, then use both! You can start with a charcoal base and transition to silver or white towards the end. Also, bring them both out by going for a space buns updo with braided undersides.
29. Granny Hair and Bangs
Don’t shun away from your rebellious side when it comes to your hairstyle. Go for the so-called granny hair shade of gray and make it look all the more fabulous with some short chopped bangs – only add them if they fit your face shape – if not, go through these other types of bangs to pick the ones that actually work for you.
30. Platinum Silver Hair
Take your locks to the next level with this exquisite shade of platinum gray. It’s wonderful if you want to keep your locks in light color without going full white. This is also a great hair color to wear during wintertime.
31. Half Up Twisted Ash to White Hair
Also, you can incorporate white into your hair in an impressive manner and without going over the top. One of the best ways to do so is with an ombre or balayage that goes from gray to silver and ends in white.
32. Gray Lavender Hair
This is another example of how you can rock lavender gray hair. It’s a great way of mixing glam and grace for a truly memorable look. Admire this extremely pretty short to mid-length hair that was also styled with a twisted hair crown made complete and all the more fairy-like by the butterfly fairy accessories.
33. Dusty Purple Ombre
As an alternative to the light lavender hue, you can go a few shades darker with this dusty purple. Customize the look to suit your personality and make it even more special by going the purple ombre way with very tips.
34. Pink and Silver Hair Ombre
Another idea that will take your hair out of the ordinary is to go for a gray ombre with light pink tips started about lower mid-length. Just start with a gray base and fade it to pink. It’s a cute mixture that’s sure to leave an impression.
35. Metallic Baby Blue Tint
What makes this hair color remarkable is its subtlety. Even though it’s very close to being a classic gray color, its baby blue tint is superbly discrete but visible enough to stand out. The result is both classy and free-spirited!
36. Highlights and Lowlights in Braided Ponytail
What can be more exceptional than a gorgeous mix of highlights and lowlights? Go wild with your favorite gray, ash blonde, and platinum tones, and show them off in a stunning braided ponytail like the one in this picture. The flower hair accessories make them look almost Rapunzel-like.
37. Gray Hair with Red Strands
You won’t see this color combo as often as most others on this list, but it’s definitely a choice to keep in mind for the more outgoing ladies. The silver base of the hair is brought out by the face-framing cherry red highlights – it all makes for a very vivid and stunning contrast.
38. Gray Locks with Purple Highlights
Another idea is to use bright purple highlights to make your hair color seem all the more vivid. This is an alternative for girls who aren’t into lavender or dusty purple and who would rather use strong and more vivid shades instead.
39. Earth Tone Approach to Silver Locks
Of course, a natural approach is also always recommended as well, even when discussing unconventional hair shades as gray. This earthy tone is pretty to look at and suitable for all sorts of social situations – even the messy styling works no matter the case.
40. Silver Gray Curly Hair
Curls will look magnificent in gray too! Give your curly hair a ravishing makeover by starting with darker roots and continuing in lighter shades. Add highlights if you want to define your curls even more.
41. Ashy Melt Dye Technique
This exceptional balayage is yet another gray hair option anyone can consider when visiting their hairstylist. It uses gentle highlights to provide a pleasant contrast between gray and silver. Also, it can be the perfect hair color for both the cold and the hot seasons.
42. Black Hair with Gray Highlights
Gray highlights will look phenomenal against a natural black background. Even if your hair isn’t naturally raven, you can dye it this way and add the silver highlights afterward.
43. Dirty Blonde with Silver Undertones
We’ve been admiring dirty blonde hair for a while now, especially as there are so many more shades and combination of it than you might expect. Just take this dirty blonde with subtle gray tints and undertones as an example of this.
44. Blonde and Silver Hair
We could also associate this hair color with dirty blonde, but in truth, it’s a bit more on the platinum side. It’s the lighter alternative to the hair color we showed above.
45. Platinum Silver Gray with Dark Roots
Seeing as dark roots are no longer a horror but rather a hair trend all on their own, feel free to combine them with whatever colors you’d like. Platinum blonde in an almost silver shade, for instance, is a lovely idea as is the messy bun styling.
46. Metallic Gray Balayage
If we were to imagine the dark version of opal hair, this one would come pretty close to it. The wavy short bob above has a rich steel blue base with soft violet highlights and undertones all over.
47. White Silver Hair
White gray hair, also known as silver platinum, is an amazing idea for short and long hair alike. This fabulous shade looks absolutely stunning on the slightly messy and wavy short equal bob cut from this photo – and will look just as good on really short and ultra-long hair too!
48. Blue Gray Hair
This deep shade of blue-gray is lighter than steel blue but darker than the pastel version. It’s an especially flattering hair color for women with pale complexions and will look especially gorgeous on straight and long hair as this will help accentuate the color transitions.
49. Purple Roots and Platinum Silver Hair
Just like we mentioned a bit earlier in regards to blue, see here how you could dye your roots purple too. It’s a funky way to express yourself through your hairstyle and it looks so pretty on the silver base. Wear your hair half-up to make the roots stand out.
50. Silver and Black Curly Pixie Cut
This time, our source of gray hair inspiration comes in the form of an adorable curly pixie haircut. Its undercut part is left in a natural dark color, while the top of the corkscrew was dyed in a light gray shade.
51. Long Curly Silver Hair
If you love long hairstyles with an edgy side, then this splash of the gray idea is the ideal new look for you! Accentuate your color with natural or curling wand-made waves or curls and you are all good to go!
52. Straight Long Silver Hairstyle with Glasses
This classy look that combines an ash gray hair color with nerdy glasses is perfect for highlighting your geeky side. Your long locks will be even more impressive if you opt for a straight shiny finish and if you gather several face-framing strands in the back to free your face.
53. Salt and Pepper Gray Hairstyle
Salt and pepper hair color is one of the trendiest ways to wear your gray hair. In the look above she has kept her hair about mid-length and added in pretty waves. This would be an amazing look to try all year long.
54. Shoulder-Length Silver Hairstyle
Next up is a full-coverage gray hair color on shoulder-length hair. She has kept it simple here with a middle part and straight hair and it looks elegant and timeless.
55. Silver to Dark Blonde Ombre Hair
Thinking of going with an ombre style? Well, have you thought of gray to brown? That is what she has done here and it looks amazing. She has also styled her long with a middle part and added in pretty waves.
56. Metallic Gray Hair with Curls
Next up is a beautiful gray hairstyle for ladies with curly hair. Here she went with a lovely metallic gray color and kept her curls spiral and bouncy. You could wear this look at any age and you know you look good.
57. Ash Gray Blonde Hair
Here is a style for all the women out that who like wearing their hair long. Here she has kept her locks super long and added in a dreamy gray color. She also went with a light white money piece in the front. Throw in a few beach waves and you are all set.
58. Blended Gray Bob Haircut
Here is a lovely way to incorporate different gray hues altogether. She went with a long bob with a few face-framing layers and it looks amazing with her fresh new gray color.
59. Side-Parted Gray Highlights
Another way to make your gray hair look natural is to add color by using highlights. Here she has kept her curly hair right at shoulder length and brushed it back a bit and it looks amazing.
60. Icy Gray Hairstyle
Icy gray hair color is one of the most popular looks for women in the summertime. In the look above she has kept her hair about shoulder length, and added in a few waves and it looks so pretty.
61. Natural Silver Hair with Bangs
If you are lucky enough to have your naturally gray hair look this good then you are already so blessed. Here she has kept her hair long and layers with side bangs. You can wear this look straight, and curly, or pull it back in a pony.
62. Purple Peekaboo on Gray Hair
Peekaboo techniques can be done in so many different colors and styles. In the photo above she has kept the base a dark brown with gray accents and added pops of purple peekaboo under the top layer.
63. Half Up Silver Hairstyle
Half-up and half-down hairstyles are great for keeping your hair out of your face and they leave you looking elegant and well put together. Here she has styled her brown-gray hair halfway up with thin bangs in the front.
64. Long and High Silver Ponytail
Here is an extra-long hairstyle that is pulled up high in a ponytail. She has added gray and blonde highlights to her dark hair here and it looks amazing. Pulling your hair up so high is perfect for workout days or running errands around town.
65. Silver Highlights for Older Women
Older women who have natural gray highlights are so lucky because it is right in style now. Here she has kept it cut right around shoulder length and parted it to the side.
66. Silver to Black Ombre Hair
Gray hair with a black ombre is right on trend. In this look she kept her blunt bob hairstyle looking fresh with a beautiful ombre.
67. Mid-Length Silver Hair Color
Next up is a mid-length layered haircut for women with a lovely gray hue. She kept it parted naturally on the side and went with a swept-over style and it looks amazing.
68. Silver Pixie Cut with Shaved
Pixie haircuts with long bangs and shaved sides give off such an edgy but feminine side. Here she went with a lady fade and kept the top layer long and straight. You could always style it spiked up too.
69. Blonde Hair with a Pop of Gray Color
If you are going for a natural-looking gray hairstyle then this next style would be perfect for you. Add gray in your roots to get the look like the photo above.
70. Messy Silver Hairstyle
Next up is a look for all the girls out there with naturally wavy hair. She is wearing her long hair with messy waves and a dark gray base. But, in the front, she went with a lovely light gray in a money-piece style.
71. Two-Toned Silver Hairstyle
Two-toned hairstyles are always using gray hair color. To get this style you are going to want to keep the outer layer of hair bright and blonde, then add a dark ash-gray underneath. Keep it straight or curly either way you are going to look amazing.
72. Short and Sleek Silver Gray Hair
Short and sleek hairstyles for women with gray hair are always beautiful. Here she went with shoulder-length hair and big swept-over bangs for a sleek look.
73. Dark Gray Hair with Headband
Another way to wear your mid-length haircut is with this dark gray color. She has also highlighted a pretty white color here and blends in so well together.
74. Gray Balayage with Curtain Bangs
The curtain bang hairstyle is right on trend and here she paired it with a big shaggy cut. Add in a black and gray balayage and you are all set.
75. Silver Hair into High Bun
High-bun hairstyles with gray hair are so easy to pull off. Here she has pulled her thick hair up into a big messy bun with twists on top. This is a hairstyle that would look great no matter how old you are.
76. Long Sew-In Gray Hairstyle
Need long gray hair, try long sew-in gray hair extensions. Here she went with an extra long length with a grayish-blue color and it looks so pretty.
77. Silver and Purple Hair Color
Purple and gray hair always ends up looking so pretty. In the photo above she kept her hair right passed her shoulders with streaks of both colors evenly added in and it looks so cute.
So, What Is YOUR Hair Motivation?
To conclude, it should now be clearer than ever just how versatile gray hair can really be. You have countless shades you can choose from, whether you want charcoal or platinum, pastel or metallic shades. Before dyeing your hair gray, however, do note that it requires a lot of maintenance. We’d also recommend having it professionally made as a home version will not result in the best outcome.
Still, do let us know which one of these is your favorite and how you decide to dye your hair, and all through a comment!
Jenni Haward has been working as a hairstylist for almost 11 years. With that much experience, she was able to start her own business. It has been two years since she started and had made three salons in three different cities and is still growing. She is continuing to pursue the career hoping to impact more with her skills and knowledge.