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Sharon Osbourne debuts new grey hair: How you can make the transition

A hairstylist gives his top tips on embracing natural grey or white hair.

Sharon Osbourne has taken the plunge and dyed her hair a natural silver-white colour, after 18 years with her iconic red locks.

The 67-year-old’s new look was revealed on Instagram by celebrity colourist Jack Martin, who posted a before and after picture of Osbourne.

Martin posted that it took him eight hours “to get her to a platinum blonde so she doesn’t have to committed to colouring her hair once a week anymore”.

This isn’t the first celebrity Martin has styled. Recently, he helped Jane Fonda make the transition from blonde to silver, and she debuted her new hairstyle at the Oscars to present the best picture award.


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I had the honor and the pleasure to transform the legendary actress @janefonda hair specially for the 2020 Oscar. Spending 7 hours with this amazing Hollywood star and witnessing her energy, beauty, strength and femininity was so inspiring. For straight 7 hours while I was working on her hair she was writing chapters in her due soon book, and memorizing her lines in the famous tv show Frankie and grace that she is shooting the 7th season now, answering emails and reading her newspapers plus communicating with me and her team with the sweetest, humblest soul, she made me feel ashamed to complain of being tired. This experience was extremely great and I will never forget this amazing day, thanks to the talented @jjhanousek and @deleonmakeup for nominated me to her. Formula: Jane had about 3 inches of her salt and pepper natural roots and the rest was a little tired warm golden blonde, her goal color was a silver icy blonde to surprise everyone at the 2020 Oscar presenting the final award winner for the movie of the year. I started the 7 hours process by giving miss Fonda a platinum card, by bleaching all her hair back to back by taking very thin sections in foils using @oligopro extra blonde with 20 vol and olaplex on the virgin hair and 10 vol with @olaplex on previously colored hair. Once I reached very pale blonde level 11 After 3 hours processing rinsed hair and did olaplex number 2 for 20 minutes, rinsed hair then prtone hair to cancel all the yellowish hue in the hair and prepare a solid white canvas by using @redken shade eq 1/2 oz 9B + 1/2 oz 10vv mixed with 3 once of clear (00) and double the total amount of processing solution for about 10 minutes, rinsed hair, towel dried and apply the final toner by @wellahairusa blondor 1/2 pale silver + 1/2 pale platinum mixed with 6 vol developer for 30 minutes, shampooed, conditioned. Hair felt amazingly healthy and Jane was extremely happy for getting her dream hair that took her a while to find a colorist that can do it perfectly in a very painless process. @modernsalon @behindthechair_com @american_salon #sliverhair #whitehair #platinumhair #oscars2020 #theoscars2020

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Embracing your natural colour can be daunting, particularly if you’ve been dying your hair for years. Once you’ve made the decision, it will take a bit of time and effort to keep your hair healthy.

“Transitioning from coloured to grey hair can be quite a lengthy process,” says Irish stylist Leandro Santos Santana, owner of Decode Hair by Leandro. “Much like going from a dark brunette base to blonde, it takes several appointments in the salon and regular maintenance at home to ensure your hair looks and feels its best.”

It’s good news if you’re already blonde like Fonda, because the transition will be that bit easier. “You can start to add babylights into your hair with different lighter shades of blonde and silver hues, and over a few appointments your hair will be light enough and incredibly close to the silver hue you desire,” Santana explains.

Darker hair will require a bit more love and attention. “One option is to let your natural roots grow out as much as possible and have your hair cut shorter,” says Santana. “Pixie cuts in particular are a popular choice and will allow you to become grey quicker than if you have longer hair that requires a lot more colouring to reach this shade.”

The other option is to make regular highlight appointments at the salon to lighten your locks, then bleach your hair to the shade you want it to be. “This can be costly and will take around six months to a year to achieve the lightness you desire,” says Santana – not to mention the bleach could potentially damage your hair.


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This beautiful client came to me from north California seeking gray silver color to blend and match her gray roots so she can stop coloring her hair, I started the long process by removing the artificial dye using @malibucpro cpr for 40 minutes then @pravana color extractor for 20 minutes, then I bleach the whole head starting from where her gray roots starts in foils using @wellahairusa blondor with 20 vol developer mixed with @olaplex leaving her gray roots out for about 4 hours by taking very thin sections for faster lightening process until I reached level 10 pale yellow blonde, at the same time all the hair that was left outside the foils I colored it with @wellahair color charm 3A/148 (blue/green base ash brown) mixed with 10 vol for about 30 min to create that salt and pepper look, during processing I had to open each foil and reapply a new lightener mixture to warm areas, then rinsed hair, toned with wella blondor pale platinum with 10 vol for 20 minuets to cancel all the yellow from the hair, rinsed again, Olaplex number 2 for 20 minutes, then shampooed, conditioned, cut and styled with round brushes. ‎‏Total service: 9 hours ‎‏#behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #tustinhairstylist #tustinsalon #tustinhair #irvinehair #Irvine hairstylist #irvinesalon #irvinebalayage #newportbeachsalon #newportbeachhair #newportbeachhairstylist #orangecountysalon #orangecountyhairstylist #beverlyhillssalon #beverlyhillshairstylist @behindthechair_com @modernsalon @american_salon #olaplex @wellaeducation @cosmoprofbeauty @saloncentric #silverfox #silverhair #greyhairdontcare #greyhair #wella #wellahair

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Once you’ve got your hair colour to where you want it, it’s all about maintenance. “A silver shampoo and conditioner are a must to keep the hair free from brassiness and the grey/silver tone looking its best,” explains Santana.

“Hair masks and treatments are also important to avoid hair from drying out or becoming further damaged, as the hair would have gone through a lot of bleach and colour to get to the stage it’s at.”

Even though you need to take care of your hair, you’ll no longer need to worry about dying it periodically or constantly getting your roots touched up. If you want the colour to pop you might consider getting your hair toned once in a while, but otherwise you can sit back and enjoy your natural-looking locks.

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