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Going gray?  As you may have noticed, your grays might have a different texture than your non-gray hair.  They might feel coarser, dryer and finer.  As your hair grays, your oil glands produce less sebum.  This can make your hair feel drier and courser. Taking a little extra time to give your luscious silver locks some love is essential in caring for and maintaining your new hue.

The good news:   A good conditioner can work wonders for graying hair.  

You’ve probably been using hair conditioners your entire life, but do you know what they do for your hair? Today’s conditioners were developed when Édouard Pinaud created a product called Brilliante.  This product was designed to soften hair and make it more manageable.  Thank you, sir!

There are different kinds of hair conditioners you can use for gray hair:

  • Pack conditioners – typically heavy and thick with a high concentration of surfactants that bind the hair structure.  These are typically your deep conditioners and masks that sit on your hair for a while.
  • Leave-in conditioners – these are thinner and have different surfactants, and are lighter, less viscous thus leaving a thinner layer on the hair.  Leave-in conditioners can also be used to detangle and moisturize.
  • Ordinary conditioners (a quick put in and rinse out)  – have ingredients that combine pack and leave-in conditioners.

A healthy gray hair care regime may include working in different conditioners during the week.

Experimenting to see what works for you is key.

Hair conditioner ingredients might be something to assess.  Some of our readers love using natural ingredients to nourish their hair.  Shea butter, aloe vera, coconut oil, argan oil jojoba oil, and honey are among favorites.

Here are a few conditioners that will keep your hair soft and manageable.  Some of these are tried and true; some of them are newer to the playing field.  Let us know if you see a favorite and share your review in the comment section! (aff)

“Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Conditioner contains a rich blend of emollients, moisturizers, and color refreshers for gray, white, highlighted, and light blonde tinted hair. Silkens coarse gray hair. Leaves hair manageable with no residue.”

 Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Leave-In Conditioner restores strength, prevents damnage, smoothes away frizz.  It is infused with Coprah coconut oil, shea and moringa.

 

Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey conditioner is an herbal-infused pomade controls frizzies and adds luster to all types of hair while delivering a sweet citrus scent. With protective alkanet root and annatto seeds for color, this pomade is excellent to tame and soften permed hair”

A decadent rinse-out mask spreads evenly through the lengths of hair to provide intense, deep conditioning with a dose of peptides and ceramide for targeted repair. It detangles to ease combability, rebalances lost moisture and helps restore hair’s youthful shine.

“Phyto Phytocane Revitalizing Serum is a revitalizing lotion for thinning hair (for women) and is recommended for women experiencing hair loss due to hormonal, physiological or mechanical factors”

Dry hair becomes smooth, soft and supple.  The Nutri-Huille Complex adds softness and shine, while silicone derivatives provide long-lasting anti-frizz protection”

Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Moisturizing Conditioner is relaxing and calming infused with lavendar.
The Wonder Seed Hemp Conditioner, Sweet Orange is completely toxin free and great for the environment.  It uses a blend of organic virgin hemp seed oil, organic aloe vera, ginseng extract, camphor essential oil, mandarin white oil, nettle extract, natural plant based hyaluronic acid and other hair-loving nutrients for safe, beautiful results.

There are also quite a few home remedies out there as well, just discuss with your stylist first. We found this Avocado Deep Conditioning Treatment at Longlocks.com:

Ingredients:

1 small jar of mayonnaise
1 avocado

Directions: Peel avocado and remove pit. Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl with your hands until it’s a consistent green color. Smooth into hair being careful to work it to the ends. Use a shower cap or plastic wrap to seal in heat. Leave on hair for 20 minutes.

Got a favorite?  Tell us all about it and why!  We love your feedback!