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5 Ways To Rock The Lilac 'n' Grey Hair Trend

By Ellie Child - 4 years ago | Updated
grey and silver hair model

When Iskra Lawrence steps into the year with silver hair, you know you’re onto something good. Pinterest search volumes for silver and lilac hair are going through the roof, and we can expect many more celebs and bloggers to be lightening their hair to reach those icy tones.

The trend almost took off earlier last year, but didn't quite make it – we're here to tell you that's all about to change. So how can we – the average Joes – take on this style without looking like our Great Aunt Sue?

Thankfully, with the help of a few hair dyes and some serious Pinterest inspiration, you can look like the perfect Instablogger in no time - and you can check out our guide to hair dye for extra tips!

1. Silver Fox

Arguably one of the more popular looks on Pinterest, this light silver style is a bold statement that’s turning the heads of celebs everywhere. This one requires a little extra dye and the confidence to pull off a loud, block colour. The process of achieving all-over light silver can be quite lengthy (especially if you rock naturally darker hair), but it's well worth the extra effort.

Osmo Colour Psycho Semi-Permanent Hair Colour Cream - Silver

Osmo Colour Psycho Semi-Permanent Hair Colour Cream

£5.00 £5.95 (16% off)

Achieving a full head of silver strands has never been easier as this semi-permanent colour transforms locks in just 30 minutes. The best part? The dye only lasts up to 10-12 washes (depending on the tone and porosity of your hair), so you can enjoy your new style without the commitment.

Matrix Total Results So Silver Purple Shampoo

Matrix Total Results So Silver Purple Shampoo

£9.95 £11.60 (15% off)

Silver and lilac hair requires a lot of maintenance, so you’re going to want a beauty tool that keeps your shade looking fresh. This clever shampoo works specifically on blonde and grey tones to keep icy hues clean and radiant.

2. Ombre

Okay, so you don’t want to commit to a full head of silver hair, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on this key trend. Ombre silver is just as popular and requires less effort – it's a win-win!

Fudge Violet Xpander Foam

Fudge Violet Xpander Foam

£11.66 £12.00 (3% off)

This one is for the blondies. If you’ve got bleached (or naturally) blonde hair then you’re already halfway to getting that silver or lilac toned hair. This must-have product hugely tones down the brassiness and yellow tones that could disrupt your new ‘do, giving you a better base to work with.

3. Lavishly Lilac

Ideal for both the summer and winter months, this light ‘n’ bright look boasts both strong and subtle lilac tones for a feminine touch that isn’t too ‘bubblegum and unicorns’. Its icy hues are suitable for both tomboys and girly gals, making it pretty universal.

Wella Professionals Colour Fresh Mask - Lilac Frost

Wella Professionals Colour Fresh Mask

£10.45 £15.75 (34% off)

Brunettes are going to need a little extra prep before delving into the world of icy lilac and grey hair. If you’re after the lighter look, you’re going to want to bleach your hair first to give it a fighting chance of looking light ‘n’ bright. Then add this super cool 'Lilac Frost' colour mask on top. It's temporary colour that lasts a couple of shampoos, meaning it's perfect for a non committal purple look.

4. Winter Lavender

Not a fan of the brighter-than-bright lilac style? That’s cool: toned down and muted lilac greys make an awesome statement colour for a slightly grungey, winter vibe that still has feminine undertones. Darker haired girls might find this look more attainable, too.

Crazy Color Semi Permanent Hair Colour Cream - Lavender

Crazy Color Semi Permanent Hair Colour Cream

£2.99 £5.50 (46% off)

Another perfect alternative for commitment-phobes: this semi-permanent hair dye allows you to test out what becoming a silver fox would look like before you take a more full-time, permanent plunge.

5. Multi-tonal

Can’t choose between silver or lilac? Screw it, do both! These two key trend tones work in perfect harmony, which makes blending them an absolute dream.

Osmo Colour Psycho Semi-Permanent Hair Colour Cream - Purple

Osmo Colour Psycho Semi-Permanent Hair Colour Cream


Have fun and go bold with Osmo Colour Psycho Semi-Permanent Hair Colour Cream. Boasting both purple and silver tones, this semi-permanent dye gives you the option of exploring a range of pigmented and shiny tones that fades gradually.

Step into your 2019 with a loud, proud and stylish new ‘do. Don’t forget to treat your hair to some serious nourishment when dying it! We'd recommend trialling out a new hair mask or conditioning treatment to ensure your strands look and feel their best at all times.

For more information, why not have a browse through our Top 5 Anti-Ageing Hair Products to keep your hair looking glitzy and youthful!

Ellie Child

Written by Ellie Child

With five years’ experience under her belt, Ellie has worked alongside a range of highly regarded makeup artists, giving her a real insight into what consumers should be spending their money on.

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