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DIY Platinum White Hair Recipe

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DIY Platinum White Silver Hair Recipe.

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Disclaimer: I am not a licensed hair stylist. This is just what I did to get my own hair white.  Please see my full disclaimer at the bottom for more info. 

This post is for a dear friend named Norma.  I was talking to Norma last weekend and she told me her struggles to keep her hair platinum white.  I told her that getting platinum white hair is not difficult and promised I would do a post on it for her.

I had platinum white "granny" hair for many years, and I was able to keep my hair healthy enough to keep it very long during this time.  Since I am a stay-at-home mom of three, I am always on a strict budget, and I simply could not stand spending the hundreds of dollars at a hair salon to have someone give me my pretty white hair.  So, like everything else, I set out to learn how to do it myself.  

My hair is very curly and curly hair does hide color mistakes and experiments better than straight hair.  Different shades of blonde look more like highlights than mistakes in curly hair.  I was lucky in this area because I was able to experiment with getting my hair white until I learned how to do it and my hair didn't look too awful while I was learning.  

The secret to getting platinum white hair boils down to one thing:

The secret to getting platinum white hair is toner!!

There is nothing magical about creating white hair.  Simply use a toner with blue/purple undertones and it will cancel out the yellow color in your hair that bleached created and turn it white!

There are two steps to getting platinum white hair.  I am not a professional hair stylist and this is just my recipe for turning my naturally dark brown hair white platinum.

1. The first step to getting white hair is bleach.  You have to first bleach your hair to remove the natural color molecules in the hair strands.  Bleach will turn any hair color yellow.  That's what it is designed to do.  Many gals bleach their hair and then think they need to bleach it longer when they see it is yellow - NO NO NO!! This is not the case!  You want to see yellow, that means the bleach worked.  If you bleach your yellow hair again, it will just break off and fall out.  And if you leave the bleach on too long because you are still seeing yellow, it will also break off and fall out.  The result of bleached hair is yellow, and that is the right result!  If you do not leave the bleach on long enough, you may get brown, red, or orange colors, but bleach left on for the correct amount of time will be an ugly honey mustard yellow color. 

2. Once your hair is yellow, you now need to color correct the hair using a blue/purple toner.  My absolute favorite toner on the market is the: Wella Color Charm Toner - T18 - Lightest Ash Blonde 1.4 oz. (Pack of 2). It has tons and tons of great reviews and in my opinion its the beset toner out there and has been for a long time.  This stuff gets the job done on the first try - it will turn yellow hair into ash-y platinum white hair in one shot.
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Once you have bleached your hair so that it is yellow, you then need to apply the T18 toner.  

Mix 1 bottle of toner with 20 volume cream developer in a 1 to 2 ratio.  Since the T18 toner contains 1.4 oz of liquid in it, you need to add 2.8 oz of 20 volume cream developer to the one bottle of toner.  Sally Beauty Supply has plastic bowl kits that are basically measuring cups for hair products and are labeled in ounces.  For your 20 volume cream developer, I always used the Wella brand which you can view here: Wella - Color Charm Cream 20 Volume 32 oz. Developer or here:  20 Volume Creme Developer

I generally left my toner/developer mix on my bleached hair for about 30 minutes but read the directions on the box for time and decide what you think is best. 

So to conclude, all platinum white hair boils down to is this: toning yellow bleached hair with purple/blue based toner.

Some people say that you can tone bleached yellow hair with purple shampoo but purple shampoos is simply not strong enough to take yellow hair to white hair, you need a professional toner.  

Purple shampoo is just to keep your hair looking white between washes as many shampoos and conditioners can turn white hair yellowish because of the oils they contain.

IMPORTANT Note On Purple Shampoos:
Almost every purple shampoo and conditioner on the market contains damaging sulfates in their ingredients.  These sulfates are very drying to hair, and can really dry out and damage already fragile dyed platinum hair.  Joico Color Balance Conditioner, Purple, 10.1 Ounce is one of the very few products that has no sulfates, so this is a great one to try.  JC Penny has the 10.1 oz Joico Color Balance Purple Conditioner on sale right now. and Ulta sells the 33.8 oz Joico Color Balance Purple Conditioner if you want to buy the discount size. 

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