It all started three years ago. A woman walked into colorist Jack Martin's California salon and told him that she had been dyeing her hair from gray to brown with at-home box color every 3-4 weeks for years. But she didn't want to worry about her hair color that often; she's retired, enjoying the great outdoors, and wanted to save as much time as possible.

Jack Martin accepted the challenge, and they immediately started bouncing ideas. Eventually, the two of them decided to dye her hair silver, which would give her natural gray hue slightly more polish, which would allow the woman to visit salons less. When everything was said and done, she loved the results. Martin did too. In fact, he was so pleased with his work that he posted the transformation on Instagram. And people noticed. The picture went viral, bringing Martin clients with similar requests.

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

Gorgeous! He gave it streaks as if it was blonde!.

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"My clients with natural gray hair come two or three times a year, instead of every few weeks," Martin told Allure. The freedom that comes with such a stunning look really is appealing, not to mention the empowering emotions that come with owning your natural gray hair.Martin usually does these transformations over one ten-hour-long session.

As he explained on Instagram, the process starts with using a color extractor to remove any remaining artificial color. Then, while preserving the gray roots, Martin bleaches the rest of the head to prep hair for the new silver color.

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TheKnightOwl
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2 months ago

It's grey/white, yet makes her look younger than the before pic.

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Next comes the crucial part. Martin bases the new color on the hair's natural gray pattern. He even asks clients to come in with three to four inches of their roots grown out, so he can analyze the natural coloring of their hair. He then re-creates the pattern on the entire hairdo.

"Some clients have salt and pepper mostly in the front and the back is darker, so I match that and add some dark to it," Martin said. And just like that, about ten hours later, clients leave his salon enjoying the blend of their natural hue.

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Linda HS
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2 months ago

She actually looks better in the second photo

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LoL.alpaca
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2 months ago

beautiful <3

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Laugh Fan
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2 months ago

Those locks are luscious!

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Sabse
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2 months ago

Wow. She really looks sublime.

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Caroline
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2 months ago

The haircut is so cute as well. Really suits her!

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Adekemi akande
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2 months ago (edited)

it is so cool

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Karla Littke
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2 months ago

So much more pretty this way

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Hilary Rudd
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2 months ago

Another lady who looks younger with the silver locks!!

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Marcena Cashman
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2 months ago

Wow, is this even the same person?

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Miss Cris
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2 months ago

Is her hair natural on the right picture? It seems coloured white and black

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Pat
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2 months ago

She looks gorgeous grey. Grey matches her skin tone better and she looks younger.

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ebony1k124 touch
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2 months ago

Simply gorgeous!

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Capermom
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2 months ago

Wow..! Stunning.

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Cupcake168
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2 months ago

Even the cleavage changed! 😄

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Pat Boschen
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2 months ago

Wow

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

She looks years younger.

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hopie
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2 months ago

Dang this is making me want to dye my hair grey

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Genevieve Shallard
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2 months ago

Can you show some pictures with dark skinned models

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Gr8Gramma2-4
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2 months ago

The hair always looks so much healthier. Gives them the cut to match up with their faces

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Pam Olson
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2 months ago

Wow!

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Crystal Martin
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2 months ago

Too young for what, embracing her natural grey hair? She looks fabulous.

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Miss Cris
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2 months ago

Back to natural! Red lips match very well with grey hair

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OTTER
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2 months ago

Wow! Now that’s a classy change for the better.

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Donald Holder
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2 months ago

I like this shade of grey. Beautiful. Matches her light skin tone.

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LoL.alpaca
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2 months ago

its funny how gray hair makes you look younger lol

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Al Christensen
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2 months ago

All these women who had been fighting looking old actually look younger with silver hair.

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Bridgette Blumenthal
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2 months ago

Always look better all gray, than to see the roots of obviously dyed hair. Lovely.

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Susan Callihan
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2 months ago

My hairdresser convinced me to go natural 10 years ago. It's the best thing I've ever done to my hair.

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Pam Olson
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2 months ago

Just beautiful!

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Brynn Bigelow
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2 months ago

They're all beautiful but does he have to bleach the hair out to get the gray in?

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Cathy Piner
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1 month ago

Jerry Stover Grow up

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Miss Cris
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2 months ago

How different!!!!

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Ahmadullah Amarkhil
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2 months ago

Why no men decided to do the same, I wonder? I am going to do this when I have more gray hair. This is amazing.

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