Friday, January 12, 2018

Gray Peoples Problems #1: DRY HAIR

So by now you've made the commitment to stop fighting and Love The Gray. (GOOD FOR YOU!)  
You've scoured our site looking for how to brighten and whiten your gorgeous gray filaments and found the perfect gray hair-specific shampoo from our list of recommendations.
You may have picked one of the classic "purple ones" like Shimmer Lights or Natur Vital Henna Shampoo. 
You like how it's eliminated the yellow brassiness, but find that it is drying your hair out!

Here are a few tips to solve this classic Gray Peoples Problem:

1. Don't use purple hair shampoo every day!
For whatever reason, these shampoos do have a tendency to cause drying. So use them in rotation with other shampoos just when you need a whitening boost. Once or twice a week should generally be enough once you have tamed your initial brassiness problem, and depending on how long your hair is.

2. Use a purple conditioner
Thankfully there are loads of gray hair-specific conditioners on the market now. Here's a link to our list of favorite gray hair conditioners. Some purple, some not. For most people simply using a regular purple conditioner may be all the whitening you need, and you may not even need the purple shampoo! 

3. Mix your purple shampoo with your current conditioner
This is our favorite gray hair hack of all! 
Use a regular shampoo just to clean your hair when it's dirty, and simply add a tiny bit of purple shampoo to whatever regular conditioner you like the most. You'll whiten and nourish your hair at the same time! Some of our personal favorite conditioners include Silk 18, PUREOLOGY Hydrate conditioner, and good old Nexxus Humectress.

What are yours? 
Let us know in the comments below!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Product Review: Oribe Silverati Shampoo

First things first... 

$46 for just over 8 ounces of shampoo? That's only slightly less expensive than caviar. 
But Oribe is one of the most famous hairdressers in the world, so it's very on-brand for him to release a luxury hair care line. And we're very grateful he hasn't overlooked the Gray Pride community. 

Second things second...
We LOVE the name "Silverati"! 
We'd like to think of ourselves as being among the gray-haired ELITE! 
So bow down to us you salt-and-pepper peasants, we're members of the Silverati!  

But how is the shampoo? 
We like it! 
Oribe's Silverati Shampoo is gently cleansing, has a lovely fragrance, and isn't as drying as most gray hair shampoos. The anti-yellowing effect isn't quite as intense as some of our favorite purple shampoos, but we kind of like that. It's a milder, every day gray-hair shampoo for the luxury customer. Silverati shampoo includes exotic elements we've never heard of before in a shampoo, such as "European Silver Fir Extract", "Lycée", "Moringa Seed Oil" and "Mirabelle Plum". You can almost feel how expensive these ingredients are as you lather them into your hair... Or are we just buying into the hype? 

Is it worth it? That depends how much is $46 worth to you. We think it's worth a try.
There's an even pricier Silverati Conditioner, but we're waiting for our next pay check to give that one a go!

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Best Colors to Wear With Gray Hair

Dressing For Gray Hair

Okay, so you've committed to loving your gray, let it grow out the right way, and you're using the proper shampoos and conditioners to brighten and whiten your hair so it's practically luminescent! Now it's time to dress to impress!
There are very few colors that don't work with gray hair. Earth tones like olive or beige may wash you out a bit, and the yellow undertones in ivory or cream could bring out the yellow in your hair and make it look dull. But we subscribe to the never-say-never school of thought when it comes to fashion, so if you find a yellow sweater you love we say wear it!
However, there are colors that always help make gray hair even more striking. Let's take a look... 


The contrast between black clothing and white hair always makes a dramatic statement. Wear black when you want to be taken seriously, like Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada" or José Mourinho managing Manchester United.  


Gray-on-Gray is ALWAYS a winning combination! 
There's nothing like seeing a silver fox in a cozy gray sweater.
When in doubt, go gray!


Dazzling jewel tones provide a wonderful compliment for gray hair in any shade. 
 When you want to stand out, wear a bright and bold jewel tone such as Ruby, Turquoise, Jade, Amethyst, Emerald Green, Cobalt, or Citrine. 
Wear a jewel tone when you're feeling flirty, fresh and want to draw attention.


There's nothing like a soft blue color to bring out the cool tones in your hair.  A denim shirt says you're comfortable with who you are, and that you love your gray!


Daring to wear a bright color says you may be gray, but you're still not afraid to make a big statement. As the pigment drains from your hair follicles, adding color into your wardrobe is a brilliant idea. Pinks, greens and purples are great, and a bright red may be the most flattering color of all with gray hair.  So be interesting, and go bold!


A crisp white shirt is a absolute necessity for any Gorgeous Gray to have in their closet. It's an easy everyday look that is timeless and always looks classy.


What's YOUR favorite color to show of your gorgeous gray hair??

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Matrix Total Results So Silver Shampoo and Colour Obsessed Conditioner - PRODUCT REVIEW

Matrix Color Obsessed So Silver began life as a product called Color Care So Silver. Now it's being marketed as part of their "Color Obsessed" line and we have to say, it's nice to have another high-end purple shampoo on the market!

Great anti-brassiness, anti-yellowing properties.
Works especially well for blondes gone gray!
Reasonably priced


Drying (typical of purple shampoos)
Dull fragrance

Matrix has paired it with their Total Results Color Obsessed Conditioner, a "color treated hair conditioner" they say is enriched with Vitamin E and Sunflower Oil. Even if naturally gray hair is not the same texture as over-processed hair it's a strong conditioner that penetrates nicely and is a nice compliment to the shampoo.

If you're looking for a one-stop-shopping option to brighten your gray hair and eliminate brassiness, this double pack is a great way to see if this combo is for you.

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Coco-Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Dimethicone, Cocamide Mipa, Sodium Benzoate, Hexylene Glycol, Parfum / Fragrance, Salicylic Acid, Carbomer, CI 60730 / Ext. Violet 2, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Do Men Need Different Gray Hair Shampoo?

Society has been telling us that while women should never let their hair go gray, it's only okay for men to be silver foxes. (Obviously if you've been reading this blog then you know by know that we think this is BALONEY!) 

But do silver foxes need a separate shampoo?  

The answer is: definitely not! Hair is hair regardless of gender, and if your hair has gray in it you need a shampoo to get rid of brassiness and yellowing. One of the choices on our list of top 5 gray hair shampoos would work perfectly. 

But for dudes who need to feel like they're using a "dude shampoo", American Crew's Gray Shampoo for Men is the ideal choice.

It has a masculine bottle. A patriotic name. And it's cheap!  If that doesn't sound like a "dude shampoo" to you then what does?

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Davines Alchemic Shampoo Silver - Product Review

Product Review: Davines Alchemic Shampoo Silver

Italian hair care dynamos Davines make the silver conditioner that topped our list of Best Gray Hair Conditioners back in 2013. So what took us so long to try their fantastic Alchemic Silver Shampoo? We don't know, but we're kicking ourselves.

The bottle looks like something you'd find in a science laboratory, which reflects how Davines started out as a cosmetic research company before becoming a beauty product powerhouse. It truly seems like Davines has selected each ingredient to scientifically target the problems found with maintaining gorgeous gray hair. 

It contains light purple pigments to color-brighten white and blonde hair while canceling yellow and brassy tones without an activator. This shampoo doesn't really later, because lather is mainly a result of detergents that dry out your hair. Instead it contains gentle and mild surfacants to gently clean your hair without excessive drying. They've added hydrolysed milk proteins to condition and protect, along with provitamin B5 for deep moisturization. The pleasant scent would best be described as "woodsy", which may be an attempt to appeal as a unisex product.

 We highly recommend this shampoo as it does perform well. It's not the strongest purple shampoo we've ever tried, but we kind of like that you can use it more often.  The Davines Alchemic Silver Conditioner is still our ultimate gray hair must-have product of all time, but stay tuned to see if their Alchemic Shampoo makes it onto our updated list of Best Gray Hair Shampoos when we release it in the new year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Jhirmack Distinctions Silver Plus Ageless Shampoo - Product Review

Product Review: Jhirmack Distinctions - Silver Plus Shampoo

"Ageless"? "Distinctions"??  
Jhirmack may be trying a bit too hard to convince you that your gray hair doesn't make you look older. But we're willing to forgive them.

Jhirmack Silver Plus is one of the highest rated gray hair shampoos on Amazon, and with good reason. It's a solid performer: a purple shampoo with excellent de-yellowing powers, it lathers well, and has a pleasant, light fragrance. 

And the best feature: it's about half the price of Clairol's best-selling Shimmer LightsLike many purple shampoos it is a tad drying, so use it in rotation with more nourishing hair products such as its companion Jhirmack Silver Plus Ageless Conditioner.

It ain't fancy, but this might just be the budget purple shampoo you've been looking for.