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Everything You Need to Know About the Seriously Stunning Hair Color

Rounding out the first month of 2018, it is clear to see that not only are platinum and color-coated gray strands having a serious moment, but silver strands are here to merge the two trends for a seriously head-turning look. As much as we love hair, we know it's best to consult the color pros for an inside look at the latest and greatest in hair color trends. We sat down with Sebastian Langman-Kirtley, a L'Oréal Professionnel Artist, to learn about everything from what silver color is best for each skin tone to the best at-home routine for maintaining a silver look.


The Best Silver Hair Color for Every Skin Tone

Like makeup and clothing staples, there's something to be said for matching the colors you choose to your skin tone. By taking your skin tone into consideration you'll be able to accentuate your features for your best look yet. So, when it's time to transform your strands into a shimmering silver masterpiece, there's a few things you want to consider. "For those with fair skin, I like working with a delicate palette of shades from silver white to pale gray blue," Langman-Kirtley says. He points out that it's important to keep the color desaturated, as too much contrast will wash out a fair-skinned client.


"For medium skin tones, I like a sterling grays and silver beiges," Langman-Kirtley says. When determining the depth of his silver hair color formula, he looks closer at the eyebrow color to create the perfect tone of hair.


"With deep skin tones, I suggest a dark root shadow and tones of steel and chrome through the mid lengths and ends," Lagman-Kirtley says. He points out that keeping depth at the scalp gives a flattering contrast and also allows a softer grow-out of the natural color.


The Best Lazy Girl-Approved Silver Hair Color

Like just about any other hair color, we feel it's important to provide options for the those who prefer a little less maintenance. "For a low maintenance client, I would recommend silver-toned balayage once or twice yearly," Langman-Kirtley says. He explains that since the lightener is painted on the surface of the hair, the grow out is extremely blended and wears well over time.


The Most Popular Silver Hair Color Shades This Season

While it's clear that silver hair is having a moment, it's still up in the air which shades will reign supreme. Langman-Kirtley points out that, as of right now, blue-grey balayage, all over fashion silver, and a transitional shift to natural grey are very in. He expects that in the coming season there will be a shift from deeper metallic shades to soft silvers with hints of pastel pink, lilac, and ice blue. "The shadow root will continue to stay on-trend because of its added dimension and soft grow out," Langman-Kirtley points out.


How to Maintain a Silver Mane At Home

As with all color-treated hair, the way you care for a silver mane plays a big role in how gorgeous it looks in the days, weeks and months following your salon appointment. Langman-Kirtley specifically suggests an anti-breakage shampoo and masque, such as the Serie Expert Inforcer , and a color-neutralizing conditioner, such as the Serie Expert Vitamino Color Corrector Blondes. It is so important to keep the hair hydrated and strong to make the most of your color commitment and investment.


Now that you know the ins and outs of the seasons favorite hair color, the only question left to answer is: When will you make your appointment?



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