This $6 Grey Hair Dye Makes It Simple (and Reasonably priced) to Embrace Silver Streaks

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11 Finest Grey Hair Dyes of 2024, Reviewed by Specialists

Whether you’re a Gen Z-er who wants to mix up your look by going prematurely silver or you’re someone who simply wants to make a seamless transition to gray hair, there are plenty of at-home hair color options for going silver. Just keep in mind that for the ultimate color payoff, many silver dyes require starting with light-colored or bleached hair — which means you will likely want to proceed with caution if your hair isn’t already one of those shades.

“Light blonde, platinum or natural gray hair are the ideal shades to start with before dyeing hair silver,” says Jennifer Korab, a celebrity hairstylist and colorist. “If you have dark hair — brown or black — I would recommend getting a consultation with a professional, as darker hair requires more steps and can be a little tricky to achieve.” That said, there are products out there that will work if you have brunette or black hair; you may just need to put in the time and work to get your desired shade.

Below, we’ve compiled the best gray and silver hair dyes (including permanent, semi-permanent and temporary at-home picks) based on Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab testing and vetting of popular products with rave reviews online.


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Lunar Tides Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Silver Lining

  • Color blends well
  • Deposits a pretty hue
  • Pigment fades with frequent washes

Lunar Tides’ gunmetal gray shade is perfect for transitioning to natural gray hair. It deposits a sheen of color that blends seamlessly into hair instead of permanently changing it. A GH staffer appreciated that it lacked any pungent scent. Online shoppers complimented its intense pigment and vibrancy. Though, we recommend following up with a color-depositing conditioner to keep color intact longer.

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Best Permanent Gray

L’Oréal Paris Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Smokey Silver

Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Smokey Silver
  • Multi-dimensional color payoff
  • True gray
  • May need two boxes for complete coverage

Ready to commit to the grays? This multi-faceted smokey hue is anything but dull — it looks cool, shimmery and dimensional. “I need two to cover my head, but it’s perfect,” said one reviewer. “All the ones I’ve tried, both permanent and semi-permanent, are the wrong shade and/or don’t stick. Too blue, too purple, too green, too ashy.” Another added: “It’s a perfect steel gray color.”


Best Permanent Silver

ion 7SP-HM Silver Pearl Permanent Creme Hair Color

7SP-HM Silver Pearl Permanent Creme Hair Color
  • Nourishes hair
  • Leaves hair soft and shiny
  • Does fade but “fades beautifully”

Thanks to hyaluronic acid, argan oil, pequi oil and additional botanicals, Ion’s formula nourishes hair while it colors. One reviewer said that the color “silver pearl is awesome,” while another called it a “dream color,” adding that “this is the color I have been trying to get.” Bonus: Its cream formula helped make application and coverage easier, according to shoppers.


Best Without Ammonia

ARCTIC FOX Semi-Permanent Hair Color Dye

Semi-Permanent Hair Color Dye
  • Vegan formula
  • Pleasant scent
  • For best results, hair should already be platinum or pre-lightened

Formulated without ammonia, peroxide and other chemicals, Arctic Fox’s hair color is as natural as hair dyes come. The vegan formula is gentle and conditions hair, leaving behind color that lasts, per reviewers. “[Never] going again!” said one. “It smells wonderful, is straightforward to use (no drips) and continues to be vibrant after three weeks.” It’s worth noting, however, that the semi-permanent dye works best on light or bleached hair.

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Best Semi-Permanent

Biolage Semi-Permanent Color Depositing Conditioner in Earl Grey

Semi-Permanent Color Depositing Conditioner in Earl Grey
  • Testers appreciated its shine
  • Spectacular colour protection and depth
  • Not splendid for darkish hair

A past GH Beauty Award winner, Biolage’s conditioner deposits a semi-permanent gray pigment onto light hair. Its color coverage, depth and vibrancy on Lab hair samples impressed our experts. Users said it added shine, while an online shopper wrote it helped them go longer between salon visits. One caveat? It won’t work well on dark hair since it isn’t formulated with bleaching agents to lift color.


Best for Dark Hair

OVERTONE Color Depositing Conditioner in Vibrant Silver

Color Depositing Conditioner in Vibrant Silver
  • Conditioning and non-damaging
  • Even takes on darkish brown
  • Reviewers bought the separate shampoo to minimize fading time

Overtone gives thirsty hair a bit of TLC while coloring. Its conditioner deposits bright silver color without using ammonia and instead relies on nourishing ingredients like shea butter, avocado oil and coconut oil. An online shopper said it helped them transition their colored hair to full gray. “Brass is gone. [The color] blended with my new silver[s] fantastically,” they wrote after trying Overtone. Many reviewers topped it off with the matching shampoo to help prevent fading.


Best for Light Hair

Got2B Metallic Permanent Hair Color in Metallic Silver

Metallic Permanent Hair Color in Metallic Silver
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  • Vivid silver payoff
  • Holds colour effectively
  • Will not present up on darker hair

This shade is a bright, light — almost platinum — silver. Like many gray hair dyes, this works best if you start with bleached or light hair (it may have a tough time showing up on darker hues). On light-haired shopppers, this color showed up brilliantly. “Nothing appeared to work or maintain the silver colour that I used to be searching for till I attempted this product,” said one reviewer.

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Best Temporary

Clairol Color Crave Temporary Hair Color Makeup in Shimmering Platinum

Color Crave Temporary Hair Color Makeup in Shimmering Platinum
  • Simple to make use of
  • Low dedication
  • Lengthy wait time to dry and set

Looking to go gray for only a day? This hair makeup has you covered. A sponge applicator allows you to use as much (or as little) color as you want to make using this product a breeze. Reviewers said this gives them a ton of controllable color payoff. Make sure you don’t skip the blow-drying step to set the color — this will ensure you don’t get any silver streaks on your clothes.


Best Conditioner

Keracolor Color + Clenditioner in Silver

Color + Clenditioner in Silver
  • Cleanses, situations and dyes hair
  • Low upkeep
  • Skews blue

Streamline the coloring process with an effective 3-in-1 conditioner: It’s a cleansing conditioner that deposits color. “After making the transition from often coloring my hair to letting it go silver, I used to be nonetheless visiting the salon each six weeks for toner to maintain it wanting vibrant,” said one reviewer. “I attempted this product within the silver colour, and no extra salon! Your hair is clear, fantastically coloured and silky clean after utilizing.” If you’re looking for a deep gray color, just note that some shoppers found it had a blueish tint.

How we test at-home hair color


The GH Institute Beauty Lab regularly tests at-home hair color, both in our Labs and by sending out blinded products to our consumer testing panel. When we test hair dye in the Lab, we dye uniform hair swatches with different dyes and see how well each covers stray grays. Of course, we also want to see how long each dye lasts, so we put them through 20 wash and dry cycles and 10 hours of UVA light exposure.

We also have real consumers test out at-home hair color and report back on different factors like ease of use, gray coverage, color richness and uniformity to make sure the color holds up (and that it doesn’t damage hair!).

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How do you transition to gray (and keep it fresh)?


Many colorists get asked how to transition to gray if you’ve been coloring your hair for years. Korab advises “to both let your pure hair develop out absolutely or see a salon skilled who can information you in the appropriate course.”

While going gray or silver can be fun and a welcome change, it does require some maintenance and upkeep. Korab suggests touching it up about every four weeks and consistently using a shampoo formulated for silver or gray hair, like Oribe Silverati Shampoo or Redken Color Extend Graydiant Shampoo.

Make sure you know the basics of dyeing hair at home and consider keeping a bottle of purple shampoo on hand to take care of your newly gray hair.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?


ELLE Beauty Editor Katie Berohn originally wrote this guide as a beauty assistant at Good Housekeeping. She frequently worked on our top-tested product roundups, collaborating with the GH Beauty Lab’s scientists and chemists to best inform our guides.

Contributing Editor Dori Price regularly updates this piece with the most relevant picks, both from online reviews and from our in-Lab experts. She is a freelance beauty editor with more than a decades-long stint in editorial.

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Katie Berohn is the Beauty Assistant at Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her Master’s Degree at NYU’s Graduate Program of Magazine Journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life Magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan, a digital editorial internship at New York Magazine’s The Cut, a social good fellowship at Mashable, and has freelanced for HelloGiggles. When she’s not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her endless search for the perfect shade of red nail polish, Katie can be found in a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York’s newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends. 

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Dori Price is a New York City-based freelance writer and editor and beauty, style and wellness expert who was the Beauty & Fashion Director at Family Circle for 13 years before she joined Good Housekeeping, Prevention and Woman’s Day as a freelance beauty editor. She has also written for WomensHealthMag.com, Elle.com and HealthCentral.com.

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