Do you ever wonder how some women can pull off a stunning mane of gray or silver hair?  You might be thinking of a few celebrities – Jamie Lee Curtis, Glenn Close, and others, but all of us have seen a magnificent display on the head of other silver sisters.  So, what’s up with that? Part of the equation involves understanding how your hair changes when it turns gray.

Gray hair appears when melanin is no longer produced by follicles.

It’s a natural occurrence that can happen at any age, not just when you’re over 50.  Around the time melanin production stops, sebaceous glands that provide a natural coat of oil for your hair also decrease their production.  Thus, graying or silver hair may look and feel different.  It may even be a bit coarse, dry or frizzy.

A great time to reassess your hair care routine is when your hair begins to shift melanin and oil production.

Finding a suitable shampoo should be the first step.  What you’ve used in the past may not offer the same bounce, shine or sheen. When shopping for the best shampoo for gray hair, it’s important to pay attention to ingredients, speak with your stylist and shop around!  Here are some reader favorites (aff):

Nexxus Simply Silver Colour Toning Shampoo”Gentle cleansers, combined with subtle toning agents, removes shades and adds spectacular shine to the hair.”

American Crew Classic Gray Shampoo

“Removes brassy yellow tones from gray or graying hair”

Rene Furterer Okara Mild Silver Shampoo– “Okara Mild Silver Shampoo was specially formulated to restructure, protect and gently wash gray and white hair while neutralizing yellowing. Thanks to its corrective pigments, this product illuminates and revives silvery highlights.”

Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo – “Adds silvery brightness to gray hair, and neutralizes brassiness in chemically-treated hair and all shades. Blended with blue malva that’s wild-crafted sustainably gathered by hand in its natural habitatto balance hair and scalp, plus coneflower, known for its ability to intensify color.”

And don’t miss these reader favorites:

Matrix Essentials Solutionist So Silver Shampoo “Neutralizes unwanted brassy tones and enhances natural highlights on blonde, frosted and bleached hair. Eliminates dulling yellow tones and adds shimmering brightness to grey and white hair. Lightly conditions to improve manageability and shine.”

Phyto Phytoargent Shampoo –  “A synergy of 3 tinctorial plant extracts with antioxidant properties (walnut leaf, rhatay root, broom) combined with a pigment to correct discoloration and a powerful fixative, neutralizes yellow tones, bringing out hair’s naturally beautiful, luminous highlight”

Shikai Shampoo Platinium“Platinum Shampoo brings out cool tones in blonde, silver and platinum hair with blue malva flowers. Bringing out the natural highlights already in your hair has never been easier or more natural. COLOR REFLECT shampoos and conditioners amplify certain tones with the help of light-reflective botanical extracts.”

Aubrey Organic Shampoos –  “Mostly the Swimmers version, which is designed to keep blond and gray hair sparkling. It does the trick.”

L’Oreal Professional Silver Shampoo“I find it is really good for keeping my white hairs white. ”

Can you recommend a shampoo for gray hair?  Leave a comment or contact us with your find!


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