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9 Stunning Grey Hair Looks You Can Achieve Today


Looking to Get Grey Hair?

Ugly Duckling has a wide and very precise range of professional, pre-mixed grey colors. 

You can use these colors to tone your client's hair to the exact grey hair look you are looking for. 

You can also mix them to create new grey, silver and gre-blonde colors.

In this blog we are going to show you 9 very unique grey looks. 

And exactly how to achieve them.

Watch Video of a Stunning Grey Hair Creation:

Hair by Elona Taki

Look No 1: Blonde Grey

Bleach & Pearl Blonde

This beautiful silver grey look was created by Brittany Pomije.

To achieve this look, bleach hair with Brilliant Blondexx up to level 10.

Then tone with Pearl Blonde, using 20 Vol developer.

Look No. 2: Ultra White Blonde Grey

Ultra White Blonde Grey is basically similar to our first look, but bumped up by one level.

So the end result is a stunning white grey result.

In order to get this result, once again prelighten first very very well. 

Then use Ugly Duckling's intense pearl blonde 100V with 20 Vol.

Several of our customers have done these looks and sent us back final result shots.

Below is just a few of them:

 Grey Hair

Hair by @hairbyjose_91

Intense Pearl Blonde

Hair by Paula

Ultra White Grey Blonde

Hair by Elona Taki


Hair by Elias

Look No. 3: Silver Grey

Silver Grey

Silver Grey. Hair by Elona Taki

Pure Silver Grey is another extremely popular look.

In order to create this look, use Silver Grey mixed with a small amount of metallic grey.

Look No. 4: Metallic Grey

Metallic Grey

Hair by SarahMaria

Another grey look you can go for is Metallic Grey.

The above look was created using pure metallic grey with 20 Vol developer.

Once again apply only once you have pre-lightened the hair to level 10.

Look No. 5: Smoky Blue Grey

Smoky Blue Grey

Smoky Blue Grey by Brittney Perez

Use Smoky Blue Grey, also with 20 Vol developer to create this really stunning blue-grey hair color result.

Look No. 6: Purple Grey

Purple Grey

Hair by Elona Taki

Purple Grey is another really unique twist on grey.

Ugly Duckling has a pre-mixed purple grey which you can use straight out of the tube.

It produces the stunning result you can see above.

Incidentally, the purple in this purple-grey is also very useful as a neutralizer for yellow and brassy hair.

It should be kept in any stylist's cupboard for this reason.


Hair by Elona Taki

Look No. 7: Ash Grey

Ash Grey

Hair by Ashley Betancourt.

Use Silver Grey mixed with Metallic Grey half-half to achieve this look.

Look No. 8: Ash Grey Used to Tone Down Orange

Ash Grey Additive is a very useful tool for stylists looking to tone down orange hair.

The way to use this is usually to squeeze in an inch and mix with a dark base shade like 4N or 5N

Watch Video of how to use Ash Grey Additive to tone down:

Hair by Elona Taki

Look No. 9: Bluish Silver Grey

Smoky Blue Grey and Silver Grey

Hair by @sugarjaymelissa

Our final look was created using 1 part Smoky Blue Grey and 1/2 part Silver Grey. 

Can You Tell Me What the Ugly Duckling Grey Colors Are?

Silver Grey

Silver Grey

Metallic Grey

Metallic Grey

Smoky Blue Grey

Smoky Blue Grey

Pearl Blonde

Pearl Blonde 10V

Intense Pearl Blonde

Intense Pearl Blonde 100V

Ash Grey Additive

Ash Grey Additive

Ash Blue Additive

Ash Blue Additive

Do I need to Prelighten in order to do Grey?

Yes you do.

We suggest you prelighten to at least level 9, ideally level 10. 

Can you give me some Tips for using Grey Color?

Greys typically are less long lasting than other colors.

To get the maximum intensity and lastingness, we recommend that you pay great attention to proper application: 

Apply plenty of product so that the hair is correctly saturated.

After applying with a dye brush, rub more product in using fingers with gloves.

Consider double saturation (second product application with a fresh mix using a dye brush 10 minutes after the first application)

Develop them a full 30 minutes.

Add 10 minutes extra for greater vividness.

When rinsing, rinse with tepid or cool water if at all possible.

That will help prolong the look.

How Do I Maintain Grey Hair?

Grey hair is a fairly fragile color.

But if you follow the steps below you should get a few weeks of very pretty grey hair

Try and wash it not too often...use a dry shampoo for example.

When washing, use tepid or cool water if at all possible, as heat will make the color run out faster

When using shampoo, try and make sure it is sulfate free and acidic (low PH)

I Notice that some of the Grey Colors are Additives, How do I go about using them?

Ugly Duckling has 2 grey additives: Ash Grey Additive and Ash Blue Additive.

The way to use these additives is to squeeze in just a little with your regular color.

The result will be to turn whatever color you are applying more grey, more ashy.

These grey additives will make the hair color more ashy and neutralize brassiness.

They are best used on dark hair to dark blonde hair (level 1 to level 6).

When mixing in, use about one inch of the Additive for 1 tube of a regular color. 

Can I mix Ugly Duckling Grey Colors?

Yes, You absolutely can do that. 

About the author

Sally has been a hair colorist and trainer for many years in both the US & Europe. She currently does hair color training for Ugly Duckling. She also helps develop new & awesome products for the brand.

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