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How to Make Grey Hair White


Going blonde to cover grey

When the first white hairs appear, they are always much more visible against a dark base.

This is just the way colors work. A white hair next to a dark brown hair is going to stand out more.

Which is why many women take this as the right time to start going blonde.

The blonder a woman goes, the less noticeable her white hairs are going to be. And the easier they are to cover and blend away.

In this blog tutorial, we will go through what you need to do when you have such a case in your salon - a woman wanting to go blonde to cover better her grey.

Compare the 2 pictures below:

Grey Hair is less noticeable against a background of blonde hair:

Going grey when you have blonde hair

And more noticeable against a background of dark hair

Grey hair on dark hair

Is A Natural Blonde Result Possible for Women with Grey Hair?

Yes it totally is!

We suggest. you do this by mixing a base color (a blonde base color, obviously) with a toner.

By using this technique you do 2 things.

First, you re-pigment your client's white hair. In other words, you replace the natural melanin which the hair has lost.

Second, you give the hair a new, attractive blonde toner with the toner.

The result will be a natural looking blonde.

How much base and how much toner when going blonde and covering grey hair? 

We would suggest you use 50% base mixed with 50% toner to start with.

However, you can tweak this result.

Generally speaking, the more white hair your client has, the more base you should use.

The more base you are going to use, the more coverage you will get.

But the more toner you use, the prettier blonde reflect you will get. So it's a balancing act.

So depending on your client's exact situation, you could use (for example) one third base and two thirds toner.

Or the other way round.

A Real Life Example

The picture below shows a typical result of white hair (this client was 75% white) taken successfully blonde.

In her case it was a 50% 50% mix of base and toner, and she was very happy with the result.

Hair colored blonde

Covering grey hair and toning at the same time

  • Products Used: 50- 50% mix
  • 10N
  • Intense Silver Blonde 100B

Which Ugly Duckling Base Colors Should I Use With This Technique?

Make your choice of one of these colors for your base color:

Level 8 Blonde (8N)

Level 8 Blonde

Level 9 Blonde (9N)

Level 9 Blonde

Level 10 Blonde (10N)

Level 10 Blonde

And Which Ugly Duckling Toners Should I Use? 

Make your choice from one of the toners below. 

Intense Silver Blonde 100B

Intense Silver Blonde

Intense Pearl Blonde 100V

Intense Pearl Blonde 100V

Going Icy White Blonde for Grey Hair with a Dark Base

What happens if someone has grey hair but also dark hair?

In this case you would need to lift up any dark hair all the way up to a very pure level 10.

That way, the base becomes truly light.

This process will involve doing full head lightening using Bleach.

Once you have done this really well, whether your client has any white hair or not is truly immaterial - the whole hair is now white level 10!

You can then tone with Intense Pearl Blonde Toner.

And you can also use Ugly Duckling's Purple Shampoo and Mask.

They will help in counteracting any residual yellow and make sure the hair comes out a totally ice white blonde.


Hair by Bozey Tedstone.

Products Used:

Brilliant Blondexx Hair Lightener

Intense Pearl Blonde Toner 100V

Purple Shampoo & Mask

Or This:

Hair by Bozey Tedstone.

Products Used:

Brilliant Blondexx Hair Lightener

Intense Pearl Blonde Toner 100V

Purple Shampoo & Mask

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.