When you make that decision to embrace your gray and start down the path of your own #grayhairjourney, one of the first things you’ll want to consider is the best shampoo for your newly graying locks. Take it from me, a fellow #silversister, who is now more than a year into my gray hair transition, the right shampoo can make a big difference to the condition and color of your hair. You’ll want to keep reading to find out about some of the best shampoos for gray hair that I think will help you through the transition.
My Top 10 Shampoos for Gray Hair
Regardless of what brand you choose, it’s nice to know there are so many options today to support those of us embracing our natural tones. However, no matter whether you are gray by design or by nature, the shampoos for silver hair listed here will help you and your hair look and feel your best.
I love this super silky, deeply rich, purple shampoo. It’s designed to reduce dullness and help your silver strands shine. It does all this by neutralizing yellow tones brought on by exposure to the environment. It’s so good for your hair, too, being 100% paraben-free and silicone-free. Its delightfully light, lotus flower scent is a bonus in addition to the way it makes your hair shine.
While this Amika brand may be marketed as a blonde shampoo, it can still have amazing results for those going gray. It’s an ultra-violet shampoo that helps offset brassy colors, giving your hair a cool-toned look. Morgan Ashley Parker, contributing author at PopSugar Beauty, recommends this product, stating, “If you are interested in trying out the brass-fighting shampoo and conditioner (plus the leave-in cream) or simply want to bring a color-care routine on the road, this Amika Blonde Maintenance Bust Your Brass Starter Set includes all three items, plus a bonus dry shampoo.”
If you are looking for a shampoo to offset the effects of aging, the J Beverly Hills Rescue Anti-Aging Shampoo is formulated to do just that. Made with blueberry and grape seed extracts, it’s designed to give your hair extra shine and flexibility, all while strengthening weakened strands. It’s sulfate-free and made to give your hair that youthful look you desire. It also is said to smell great, which is a real plus.
A unique platinum shampoo, OYA Hair Care is designed to give your hair a healthy, gentle cleansing. Made with sea kelp, blue sea kale, green tea, panthenol and sunflower extract, it’s an amazing mixture of natural ingredients meant to care for your hair. Whether you’re at the beginning of your gray hair journey or, like me and, your transition is complete, this shampoo for gray hair can be safely used on color-treated or natural-colored hair.
Known as a salon-quality product, the L’Oréal Serie Magnesium shampoo can be used to diminish any yellow or brassy undertones in white, gray, silver or blonde hair. It is safe for color-treated or natural hair, with a gloss protection system that’s designed to bring the shine back to your hair. After use, you should notice an enhanced shine and soft supple feel. Noelani Gonzalez, M.D., an instructor in dermatology at Mount Sinai in New York City, says, “This shampoo also ‘contains amino acids that hydrate your locks.”
If natural oils are your preference, you’re going to want to try this amazing product. Good for men’s or women’s hair, Just Nutritive Gray Hair Shampoo uses a variety of naturally occurring oils to cleanse and brighten graying or silver hair. Guava and clover flower extracts clean without leaving heavy residues. Avocado, pomegranate and black currant seed oils, along with rosemary, geranium and lavender essential oils reinvigorate your hair and leave it healthy and shiny.
As a well-respected brand in the hair care industry, Aveda is a trusted name when looking for the best shampoos for gray hair. Their Blue Malva shampoo is unique in that it uses natural, plant-based extracts, such as the malva flower to give it a blue tint, rather than purple tint. It is also known to reduce brassiness and promote a healthy shine. It may be a bit pricier than other options, but worth the expense given its results.
According to celebrity hairstylist Jonathan Colombini, “L’Oréal introduces its first sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner color-toning system, with a concentrated dose of purple dyes to neutralize yellow and orange tones.” It is suggested that you use the full shampoo and conditioner system for best results on your graying, blonde, bleached, highlighted or silver-colored hair. This shampoo is reasonably priced and a good option for those of us looking for our first toning shampoo.
As we get older and often, as our hair ages, it can become dryer and more brittle. That’s why Kerastase’s Densifique hydrating shampoo is a great option to explore. Made with hyaluronic acid, this shampoo helps thinning hair by repairing breakage. It is marketed as having the ability to increase hair density and plumpness from roots to ends. I know, as my hair has transitioned to gray, it has needed an extra boost of moisture now and then, so I think this would be a great option for anyone to try.
Touted as an “award-winning shampoo”, this Clairol Shimmer Lights is formulated for all styles and variations of light-colored hair. Whether you have brassy blonde highlights, or your hair is silvery gray like mine, you can use this shampoo by Clairol to tone and condition it to a glossy shine.
Hope you liked my list of the best shampoos for gray hair. Keep embracing your silver locks. Don’t be afraid to go for that bold new hairstyle. And remember, I’ll be here, cheering you on, every step of the way.
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