Editors Blog: Is Silver the New Black?

My name is Kamala and I'm the West Coast Editor for American Salon Magazine. Join me for a series of fun and exciting beauty adventures out here in sunny Southern California!

Tired of dying over those frustrating gray hairs every few weeks? That night not be an issue anymore. Silver hair (also known as the “granny hair” trend) recently caught everyone’s attention and has become especially popular with younger women in the early to mid-twenties demographic. This unique color trend gained more attention once celebs like Nicole Richie and Lady Gaga were seen rocking their own grey tresses, but goes all the way back to Jean Paul Gaultier’s catwalk show at Paris Fashion Week earlier in 2011. Now here’s the big question: Will this trend work on everyone?

According to hairdresser Sarah Namrood, this is one of the hardest colors to achieve. To start out, the base color needs to be platinum blonde. If you have a dark base, the hair needs to be lifted at least four times before even attempting to try this trend out in order to achieve optimal color. Keep in mind when pursuing this style that a good haircut is key to maximizing your look and also work with your client to choose a shade of silver that is optimal for their skin tone. While this might not be the easiest hair color to achieve, it certainly looks amazing when done right and brings new meaning to the term, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it.”


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Check out the video below from Batalash Beauty, where Sarah sits down with one of her clients and gives more tips on how to achieve the perfect silver color:

About: After graduating from the University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, West Coast Editor Kamala Kirk wrote for TotalBeauty.com and worked in the production offices for the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. Prior to joining American Salon, she was the Editor for E! Shows Online at NBC Universal, creating editorial content for popular shows such as House of DVF, Keeping Up With the Kardashians and The Royals.