As we get a little “longer in the tooth,” many of us have decided to embrace our gray. Others of us are putting up the valiant fight with monthly color and coverage. Ironically, the younger generation has really embraced their gray, or lack thereof, by furthering the silver blond trend, a bluish-tinted platinum recently seen on a handful of fashion models. It’s a beautiful hue, but very labor-intensive with much maintenance involved.
Editor’s note: for all you picky grammar girls, “blond” is the adjective, “blonde” is for a woman. So, it’s “silver blond hair” but “she’s a blonde” for the correct spellings. We’re only bringing this up after much discussion in our offices and because other grammar nerds may appreciate this topic!
We followed Louisville model Kylie Rhew through the silver blond color process, with the guidance and mastery of stylist Nick Carter over at Joseph’s Salon and Spa. Kylie has been silver blond for some time, and Nick is the only stylist who can do the color to her satisfaction. When she lived in Chicago, Nick flew up there to rescue her color after a serious of bad dye jobs.
Kylie came to Nick on this day with three weeks’ worth of growth. She’s naturally a dirty blond, or, in hair terms, she is a level 7 (10 is the lightest blond, 1 is black). The process of dyeing her roots and “lifting” the color takes a minimum of three hours. (For some people, it can take five!) It is definitely bleach, not color, that is placed on the hair, which is a serious and harsh process … not for those with sensitive scalps or damaged hair. Also, short hair is recommended, as long hair tends to break off and turn extremely brittle during the process.
WHAT TO KNOW
- Maintenance is every three to four weeks. This blond color does NOT look good with roots.
- The process takes three hours if you’re just doing the roots. The first time takes longer, up to five hours.
- The color and density of your hair determines how long the color will take to lift. The darker and thicker the hair, the longer it will take.
- Note that most people with this hair color have shorter hair. That’s because it’s too damaging for long hair.
- Your hair will be bluish for the first 24 hours, or until you wash it. There is a blue/gray tint to the dye, in addition to the bleach that is concentrated the first day.
Special attention to makeup is required to make it pop with this color hair; there needs to be color somewhere on the face. Focus on the eyes or lips, but not both. Here, Joseph’s Salon makeup artist Meagan did a light smoky eye using rose gold and a pop of fuschia lip color. Note that a smoky eye is not always dark. “Smoky is a technique, not a color,” according to Meagan. It means that the makeup is blended naturally with no hard lines. It does not mean a dark, kohl-lined eye necessarily. With a brighter lipstick, it is recommended to have a more neutral soft eye.
Products used: Aveda Rare Bloom Collection Spring 2015
Lip color: Magenta Berry with Dragonfruit lip liner
Eye color: Rose gold and coriander
THE FINISHED PRODUCT
Here is the finished product. The tint is actually still a little blue, as is normal for the first 24 hours after application, but it barely shows in this picture.
Thank you to Nick Carter at Joseph’s Salon and Spa and Kylie Rhew for letting us follow them in this process. Thank you also to Meagan Townsend for the makeup. Joseph’s Salon and Spa is located at 3938 Dutchman’s Lane. Call (502) 897-5369 to learn more.
Photos by Krista Walker