One of the most prominent trends of 2015 so far is intentionally grey hair. From silver to steel, grey hair color is the perfect color for clients wishing for a little more edge. Colorist Keri Owsiak recently helped transform her guest from faded, grown-out lavender to a gorgeous, gunmetal grey. Below, she shares tips on recreating the look.
Get the Look:
1. "When I started, [the client] had almost 2 inches of her natural regrowth, a light level 7, and faded out lavender PRAVANA," says Owsiak. "I started our three-step process by lifting out the lavender that was remaining with Olaplex and Wella Blondor at 20vol. I painted the lightener on, taking diagonal sections. I used my hand as my board - actual balayage boards are too messy and time consuming.
2. "The lavender lifted out quickly, and I left the lightener on about 10 minutes after that until I reached a very pale yellow. I shampooed and conditioned using Wella Enrich, and blow-dried in Aquage Silkening Oil Treatment.
3. "My next step was painting down our base. I used Wella Illumina 5/81 with 10vol. I took diagonal sections, about 1/2-inch thick, and painted down randomly, working from nape to crown and temple to part-line. I over directed my sections off of their natural fall to aid in blending. I let process for 30 minutes, then washed and dried. During the shampoo, I let the color 'suds down,' or, in other words, cool the tone of the ends. The pearl base of /81 is pretty intense.
4. "Our final step was our PRAVANA. I mixed 6oz of Silver to 1/4 oz of Blissful Blue. I worked the color up, overlapping the base. After 30 minutes, I washed and dried, and finished with PRAVANA Color Protect spray. Fin!"
[Images courtesy of Keri Owsiak via Facebook]