The trick to getting to the gray hair, if you don’t have natural gray hair, is realizing that gray dye presents first as blue or purple, so the mission is to push past the disappointment of initial blue or purple. You can achieve gray hair with 5-7 shampoo washes after applying dye.
Step one: bleach with volume 20 developer and bleach powder, set for 25 min Tip: keep bleach in longer to get hair platinum or as light blonde that you can which reduces the brassiness that shows under the gray
Step two: rinse out, condition, wait a day or several between bleaching and dyeing Tip: to get out the blue or purple, I’ll shampoo my hair during the day 5-7 times
Step three: apply hair dye, leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing out
Here is the dye I found works best: L’Oreal Soft Silver Blond 8S.
I had some first attempts that didn’t work as great as I wanted.
First dye purchase was too blue, and in retrospect, I could have set it 10 minutes instead of the recommended 25 minutes to set the color
Next, I went to Sally Beauty store and the girl working there suggested the developer, bleach powder, and temporary hair dye, which was blue
This technique worked for me, it’s probably going to take some time to find the strategy that’ll work for you. Good luck on your hair journey!