43 Greatest Silver Hair Color Ideas of 2022

Silver hair colors

The silver hair trend is as much of an attitude as it’s a hair color, and it isn’t just for “the elderly” these days. Silver is chic, sexy, edgy, and super on-trend. Women of all ages are rocking shades of silver hair from bright platinums to smokey grays.

If you’re wanting to know how to maintain silver hair, a great purple shampoo treatment will keep your color lasting longer. However, you’ll want to ask your stylist or colorist about your specific maintenance because silver has high upkeep.

Before your next hair coloring appointment or salon visit, check out these pictures of silver hair color ideas.

(Tap or Swipe)
Sleek Shoulder-Length Silver Straight Cut
Instagram @gulevich.vladimir

#1: Sleek Shoulder-Length Straight Cut

Go for a trendy look with a sleek shoulder-length straight cut. Shoulder length is one of the easiest lengths to style and manage. Your hair needs to be lifted to a pale blonde before you are able to achieve a silver hue. Be prepared to have frequent highlighting sessions before you are able to achieve your desired silver tone.

#2: Gorgeous Natural Grey

If you want to embrace your gorgeous natural grey, you can! One of the most common challenges with grey hair is the moment you decide to go from a monthly dye to au natural. But thanks to modern salon tech, this transition isn’t as hard as it once was. Call up your local salon to help get your transition started!

Chic white silver hair
Instagram @artemis12866

#3: Chic White Silver Hair

A white silver color is an awesome option to think about if you have thin hair. The silver strands add dimension and can make thin hair look voluminous.

#4: Salt-and-Pepper Gorgeous Bob

Don’t be afraid to go back to your roots with a gorgeous salt-and-pepper bob cut. A unique silver hue will make your hair look chic and stunning. If you can, let your natural white grow in softly, because bleach can be harsh on your strands. Don’t forget to use a purple shampoo for at-home use to keep yellow tones away.

#5: Trendy Silver Ash Grey

If you don’t want all of your silver hair entirely influenced by the silver color popularity, you can always opt for the ever-beautiful silver ash grey hair balayage color.

Bright Silver Blue Ombre
Instagram @eminekhair

#6: Bright Silver Blue Ombre

A bright silver blue ombre plays tricks on your eyes as your color moves from a warm, rich brown base to a spectacular mix of cool, vibrant colors. Talk to your hairstylist about silver hair maintenance and avoid high heat as it tends to fade vivid colors faster. Use a shine serum to finish this look.

#7: Stunning Silver Hair Highlights

Sultry, ashy, silver highlights are the types of pastel and metallic tones that can be quite an undertaking to achieve. Pastels and silvers have such little density of pigment, so your hair needs to be very pale blonde (almost pure white) in order for them to show up unless you have salt and pepper hair already. A good at-home haircare routine is crucial for silver highlights. Don’t shampoo more than twice weekly, and use a pigmented hair mask every other week to keep the silver hair color looking on point!

Eye-Catching Silver Lilac Hair Color
Instagram @daisydoeshair

#8: Eye-Catching Silver Lilac Hair Color

A silver lilac hair color mixed with platinum grey on the ends looks spectacular. Keep in mind that this is a high-maintenance hue as fantasy colors tend to fade quickly. Keep your calendar open as you’ll be visiting the salon often for touch-ups. Use a heat protectant when styling, as excessive heat can make the hue fade quicker.

Sweet Pastel Silver Pink
Instagram @gosia_her_hair

#9: Sweet Pastel Silver Pink

Try pastel silver pink hair color if you want to bring out your inner unicorn vibes! To achieve silver and pink pastel tones, you will need platinum blonde hair to start. The silver color melted into the pink hue will leave people dreaming about your tresses.

#10: Edgy Short Silver Pixie Undercut

Short silver hair looks fearless with an undercut and when it’s asymmetrical. To keep the integrity of your hair, slow and steady lightening is the proper way to do it.

Trendsetting Silver Mermaid Hair
Instagram @graley_bruton

#11: Trendsetting Silver Mermaid Hair

Color your long hair silver and give it a half-up braided ‘do to look like a unique, edgy mermaid.

Wonderful icy gray silver
Instagram @gorashairsalon

#12: Wonderful Ice Gray Silver

Try an ultra-cool icy silver shade! This hair color is perfect for any hair length and texture. Keep your gray hair roots if you have a natural dark mane for easier upkeep.

vivid silvery rose gold
Instagram @thejesjewel

#13: Vivid Silvery Rose Gold

Warm and cool tones may be extreme opposites but could actually work fantastically with rose gold and pink tones on silver hair!

#14: Cool Braided Silver and Purple Hair

A silver purple hair is such a hairspiration. In order to get this silver hue, your colorist could use Ion purple, a dot of Ion magenta, Olaplex No.1, and lots of clear conditioner. Wash your hair with Amino Acid Shampoo from Kiehl’s and Fino Premium Touch Hair Mask from Shiseido. Then, apply a small amount of argan oil while blow-drying your hair and before styling.

Remarkable unicorn silver and blue hair
Instagram @hairbynoora

#15: Remarkable Unicorn Silver

Consider a steel silver with blue highlights. It’s meant to be icy and reflects a more winter glacial look with the deep cool that creates the contrast to the more subtle silver ends. Bleaching is damaging to your hair no matter what is used, so a strict home regime is essential. I recommend you use a variety of protein-based masks followed by a hydrating mask, and either a violet or blue shampoo to contract the yellow tones. These types of colors require maintenance when being washed, but only require a wash once or twice a week.

Subtle Silver Ash Brown
Instagram @the_zix

#16: Subtle Silver Ash Brown

A silver ash brown hair color will fade out quickly because the dark brown hair is bleached to a level 9 (that’s almost platinum). You need to bleach it that much in order to obtain that silver look. Keep in mind that you must hydrate and condition your dyed hair as much as possible to keep it healthy and shiny. I recommend Olaplex N3 as a weekly treatment.

#17: Beautiful Silver Babylights

Consider a slightly lighter gunmetal silver grey hair. I love the different tones that will show throughout your hair. It’s a beautiful result. It’s imperative that you understand what it takes to achieve a silver color like this: time and money for maintenance. It can take many hours and many visits to your hairdresser’s chair to achieve this color. It can be a very challenging color to achieve, especially if you’ve been box-dying it on your own at home for the past few years. Be patient with your hairdresser and purchase the products they recommend! They do care greatly about keeping the integrity of your hair! They want it to be healthy and for your colors to last! Using cheap shampoo and conditioner only strips your color out.

#18: Sexy Silver Mauve

The silver and mauve colors melt together so well, creating a shade of pale violet silver fox. This is a very fun, but high-maintenance silver hair color. It may even require several bleaching sessions to achieve the root-to-tip, icy look you’re going for. As for maintenance, you’ll also want to schedule a bleach re-touch and tone every 3-4 weeks. Plan ahead and budget for the cost of your new locks.

Silverish Periwinkle hair
Instagram @allison.oliver

#19: Silverish Periwinkle Hair

A silver periwinkle looks stunning and dimensional as cool tone color melt. It looks like smoked sapphire and a smokey ash blue. I suggest using color-safe shampoo and conditioner that are sulfate and paraben-free. Consider using AG hair care because they’re cruelty-free and each product goes towards women’s education in Africa.

#20: Bold Ice Blue Silver Hair

A smokey, silver, pastel blue-violet is very eye-catching, but hard to achieve. If you have a very light hair color, it makes it easier to accomplish. I would encourage you to consider what your natural color is, and understand that the darker your hair, the harder it is to achieve this look. If you’re starting with a dark canvas, you most likely won’t achieve this look in one sitting.

#21: Enchanting Silver Hair Ombre

A silver ombre looks stylish when it has a deep smokey root melted into a light silver or violet. Here’s what should know if you’re considering a silver ombre color. These colors take time, and investment, but are fun during the process. When applying the silver tones, your stylist may take a slightly deeper to give more time before it fades out. The deeper smokey gray will fade beautifully, and give your more time with your new fashion color.

Cool-Girl Platinum Silver Hair
Instagram / @brookebent

#22: Cool-Girl Platinum Silver Hair

Try chic platinum silver hair as it shows off a white platinum look, but without the drama of having to keep up with regrowth every four weeks. It’s a low-maintenance platinum because it’s balayaged (hand painted) into your natural root color. This allows a forgiving and natural grow out that can go on for months out of the salon. This platinum silver hair color works great for light skin tones. Especially if you have yellow undertones to darker skin tones. Silver hair color has a tendency to wash out if you have pink undertones, so remember this when talking to your stylist.

Deep Steel Brown Silver Color
Instagram / @rozcorpuzhair

#23: Deep Steel Brown Silver Color

A deep steel brown silver shade looks lovely because the tone is so ashy. The dark grey toner is directly placed onto your hair without using a filler first, giving the toner no “glue” to hold on to. This makes these colors very high-maintenance.

Stunning Steel Metallic Silver
Instagram / @ashairdesign

#24: Stunning Steel Metallic Silver

Opt for a shade of silver that’s a wintery, metallic steel. The best thing about it is the pop of pigment, as well as, the violet and blue undertones. This look is for you if you’re not too defiant with the natural colors but are daring at heart.  This shiny metallic hue is perfect for you if you’re beating your own drum.

#25: Dimensional Silver Bob

Try a hair color that is dimensional by pairing the silver with a feathered bob. Ask your stylist to put some highs and lows in your hair to give a multi-dimensional effect. If color is just one-note, it has less movement and tends to look like a wig. Your hair should definitely fit your own personality and style. If you’re a lady with shorter hair in the 60+ age category, this is definitely a stylish hairdo.

Tousled Medium-Length Silver Hair
Instagram / @thelibbylookbook

#26: Tousled Medium-Length Silver Hair

A mid-length silver mane is very trendy and fashion forward. It’s not something you see every day! It definitely sets you apart from others and really shows your style and personality. This silver hair is definitely for a woman that’s trendy and into fashion. You’ll need to regularly visit the salon! It’s for the female who already has blonde hair. To get this tone, you have to be very close to a level 10 (white blonde). You’ll not get the vibrancy or target color if your hair isn’t lifted to a level 10.”

#27: Rooted Icy Gray and Silver Blend

Try a silver hair trend, which is a rooted icy blonde color. You’ll love the contrast between the darker base and the bright pops of balayaged blonde throughout. This really captures the lived-in color that everyone is embracing lately. So many times icy blondes and grey blondes can seem one-dimensional, but I love that this look has many different cool shades to compliment the others,

Amazing Dark Silver Hair
Instagram / @houseofgen

#28: Amazing Dark Silver Hair

A dark silver hair color is striking yet subtle.  The more natural light your hair is to start with, the better. Nevertheless, this color is not possible on darker hair, it’s just dependent on the level of lightening needed. It may take you multiple sessions, lots of care, patience, cooperation, understanding, and acceptance from both the stylist and yourself.

Bright Icy White Silver
Instagram @beautyinkaje

#29: Bright Icy White Silver

An icy white silver hair is one of the most requested silver hair colors right now. However, it’s difficult to achieve as your hair needs to be initially lifted to a level 10, but ladies love it! This color is definitely not for everyone and not everyone can achieve it either. Some hair will never get this light due to natural underlying pigment or will break off before we can get near it. This is even with the use of the amazing Olaplex.

#30: Incredible Silver Blonde

A silver-blonde hair color is for women who don’t mind going to their hair salon every three to four weeks to have your color refreshed. Silver-blonde hair is beautiful, but requires a lot of maintenance! Lightening your hair also requires regular treatments to prevent breakage. So if you’re a busy, always-on-the-go woman may not be the best fit for this type of look.

#31: Multi-Dimensional Platinum Silver

You should consider a multi-dimensional platinum blonde silver hue. This color has serious depth and still grows out beautifully. Dimensional ice blondes like this are on-trend. The dimension makes it easier for ladies to stretch the time between appointments for easier upkeep.

Chic Silver Lavender
Instagram @ bohobrushed

#32: Chic Silver Lavender

Consider a color that’s a silver platinum with lavender undertones. I love how it fades from a darker grey into platinum. The melting from the dark to light creates dimension. It also makes for a better grow-out. This hair color is ideal on cooler skin tones, but it looks awesome with every eye color! Be aware that this is a high-maintenance color. This will be the lowest maintenance and easiest to achieve on women that have a natural level 7-10 hair. But that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve this color on natural level 1-6 hair. It may take longer to achieve and will be a higher maintenance color, but still beautiful!

Pearly Blonde Silver Hair Toner
Instagram @ashleighhenson

#33: Pearly Blonde Silver Hair Toner

Opt for a pearly blonde silver hue, which shows soft tones and a clean blonde. For the upkeep, I suggest using the Fudge violet toning shampoo. Cool-toned skin with brown, blue or green eyes will look great with this color. This look is perfect if you’re a woman who likes to look after yourself because it requires a lot of upkeep.

#34: A Flirty Fun Shade of Silver

One thing about a silver hair shade is that it can be very challenging to achieve without compromising your hair too much. This is best if your hair is straight with skinny texture and about a level 7 or higher. It’s best for a high-maintenance woman that likes to get her hair done more often. It takes some time and more frequent appointments to keep your hair looking beautiful.

Deep Dark Silver
Instagram @hairbyana

#35: Deep Dark Silver

A dark silver hair color has a deeper feel to it. It looks lovely when you break up your roots with a highlighting technique that will give you a nice grow-out. To maintain the beautiful color, I suggest you use Viral Extreme Silver ColorWash and Kevin Murphy Hydrate.me rinse.

#36: Vivid Silver Red Ombre

Opt for an ombre that’s definitely an unconventional approach to the world of silver. By combining both warm and cool tones, it becomes something eye-popping that stands out from the vivids you see day-to-day. This color may not work for you if you can’t break your hair washing habit, or if you frequently swim in chlorine pools. Your color will fade quickly if not cared for properly and you really don’t want to waste hundreds of dollars and literally wash your color down the drain.

Grunge Silver Ombre Hair
Instagram @theladyofhair

#37: Grunge Silver Ombre Hair

Silver grey hair is no longer something to hide. What’s astounding about this wavy silver ombre hair is how it’s hand-painted into the natural brunette hair color. This makes the smokey gray look soft and elegant. Whether you have a short or long haircut, a straight or curly hair texture, you can rock this! It looks incredible with any skin tone or eye color, too.

#38: Cute & Sweet Silver Pixie Cut

Try an ultra modern classic pixie cut with a stunning silver tone to match its edginess. It has lots of current techniques that give it a contemporary edge. It’s also a great color if you want to be on-trend and stand out. The combination of the silver tones with the pixie cut is such a beautiful and elegant way to give everyone else hair envy.

#39: Impressive Blue Silver Hair

A textured short to medium haircut looks incredible when enhanced by silver blue shade. Silvers and grey and even ash colors don’t particularly last long in your hair if your hair has been pre-lightened before applying the toner. Thus, I recommend using AVEDA’s Color Conserve Shampoo and Conditioner to really preserve your color as long as possible. If you want to keep up the tone at home, I recommend using Wella Color Fresh 10/81. This is a semi-permanent shampoo. It’s packed with blue/grey tones to refresh any color fading.

Stunning Silver A-Line Bob
Instagram @matevanhair

#40: Stunning Silver A-Line Bob

An a-line bob paired with a silver hair color is dimensional.  Go for a rooted, cool blonde, with accents of pearl and silver grey. It will beautifully blend into your roots and how it’s cooled down without looking muddy.

On-Trend Black and Silver Braids
Instagram @sachikoreece

#41: On-Trend Black and Silver Braids

Ask your stylist for silver hair with dark roots, styled with braids. This hair color can also be achieved with a grey shadow root on black hair. For styling, use Mousse Up. After drying, use a little Finissage when braiding for control. Before pulling the braids out, sprinkle some Volumis onto your braids to give them some grip while pulling.

#42: Agate Slice Silver Hair

Try an icy and metallic blonde with silver and metallic light brown lowlights. You’ll really love how the silver has underlying aqua tones in different types of light. To maintain, use L’anza Healing Color Care products and Celeb Luxury Viral Silver Shampoo cut in half with regular color care shampoo. An Olaplex Color B can also be made for take-home with Olaplex 3.

#43: Gorgeous Layered Dark Roots on Silver Hair

A lengthy silver hair color will look fabulous with a balayage and a choppy V-cut finish. With your dark roots, the tone creates a beautiful ash blonde hint.




Readers Also Ask

  • Silver hair and grey hair are essentially the same thing. People tend to use the word "grey" if it's a dark silver. The more of your original natural color mixed in with the silver, the more "grey" it will look.

  • Natural silver hair is pretty easy to maintain. The only thing to be cautious of is excess heat. Using too much heat on silver hair can cause yellowing.

  • It's hard to determine if your hair will go silver or white before it actually happens. Hair color is determined by genetics though, so if anyone in your family has true white hair, you may end up with white hair also.

  • Hair that is naturally silver will not fade. However, hair that has been colored silver will fade quickly.

  • There are a lot of great ways to go grey without looking old. Mixing in highlights as the grey grows in can create a beautiful, natural-looking color. Using your natural grey as a base for a balayage will help you look youthful while going grey as well.

Posted In: Fashion & Vivid Hair Colors Hair Colors