Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The War on Gray Hair

There is a War on Gray Hair.

The beauty industry pockets billions of dollars a year by making you feel bad about having gray hair!

Simply put: There's no money in being gray!  Even hair care giant Clairol, manufacturer of Shimmer Lights shampoo for gray hair, doesn't feature the product on their own consumer website.  They do however feature 129 separate products for "gray coverage".  Shimmer Lights is only available in professional beauty supply stores. (and

So what can we do?  Don't let them make you feel bad!


Use every product and technique at your disposal to show off how glorious gray can be.  Learn from the great grey manes that came before you.  The best thing you can do is become a silver fox and change people's attitudes about gray hair.  

So get out there and make us hollar at you: LOVE THE GRAY!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

5 Best Gray Hair Shampoos

Whether you're a salt-and-pepper Silver Fox or a full-on Gorgeous Gray, the right shampoo is critical to keeping your gray hair looking vibrant and sexy.  

The following are
Love The Gray's Official: 

Top Five Shampoos for Gray Hair!

5. Shimmer Lights
Shimmer Lights is the iconic brand of anti-yellowing shampoos.  So iconic that Clairol doesn't even promote it on their website! (That's how much Clairol hates gray hair!)  
This dark purple Clairol classic is your grandmother's gray hair shampoo and YES you should use it too!  But don't be like granny and use it every day and become a "Blue Hair". Use it only occasionally to get rid of any yellow tinge or brassiness.  And be careful, this stuff stains your shower grout blue - permanently! 

4. Phyto Phytoargent Shampoo
The French beauty company Phyto specializes in plant-based beauty products.  Their Phytoargent Shampoo contains plant extracts with anti-oxidant properties such as walnut leaf, rhatay root, and broom.  They combine with a pigment to correct discoloration and a powerful fixative that neutralizes yellow tones, thus bringing out your hair's naturally beautiful, luminous highlights.  Another dark blue shampoo, be sure to rinse it off your shower walls and down the drain before it stains the tiles!

3. One 'n Only Shiny Silver Shampoo
Since gray hair has a tendency to get dry and wiry, conditioning is extra important!  That's what we love about the ultra-conditioning "One 'n Only" Shiny Silver Pro Shampoo from the Conair Professional series.  It's formulated with lavender, lemon, orange peel, grapefruit and tangerine, it nourishes as well as restore brightness.  It's also has the most appealing fragrance of all the shampoos on our list! (Plus, it's cheap!)

2. Natur Vital Henna Shampoo 
Blueberries to whiten your hair? Sure, why not? We included this on our list because it features organic ingredients, isn't tested on animals, and contains no parabens, silicone, or mineral oils. Natur Vital Henna Shampoo is a popular purple shampoo in the UK, and they sure do have a lot of white hair over there! Again, not a shampoo to use everyday, use it a couple of times a week at most. Be sure to use it with one of our Five Best Conditioners for Gray Hair. This shampoo also works well with highlighted, tinted or bleached hair.

1. Klorane Silver Highlights Shampoo
Klorane Shampoo with Centaury is our favorite gray hair shampoo for two reasons: one, it keeps your gray hair nice and bright, and two, it doesn't stain your shower!  This is the one grey hair shampoo that is gentle enough to be used every day, and it's not purple!  We recommend conditioning every day but not shampooing every day, however if you must: Kloraine is the one! 

And even more important than what shampoo you use is the following advice:
Condition more than you shampoo.  And alternate shampoo brands to avoid build up!  

DON'T MISS: Our other product reviews and The Five Best Conditioners for Gray Hair

(page updated 11/2017)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Gray (Hair) Is The New Black

Gray Hair is once again chic and in vogue.  So sayeth the elite style tastemakers.

Designer Gareth Pugh matched the gray hair to his gray clothes in his Spring 2010 show. STYLE.COM

Chanel featured gray haired models in their Fall/Winter 2011 print campaign:
Model Freja Beha Erichsen styled by Carine Roitfeld and photographed by Karl Lagerfeld

And now spotted at Madrid Fashion week January 2012, long gray hair in the Maria Barros Show.

Grey hair goes so well with haute couture.
It better, because who else but old rich ladies can really afford the ridiculously expensive clothes?

High Fashion commands you to LOVE THE GRAY!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Kelly Osbourne Explains The Gray.

Kelly Osbourne, 27, filled in for her mother Sharon on CBS's daytime chat show "The Talk" this week and discussed why she is coloring her hair gray.

"It's something I've wanted to do my whole life. I've always wanted to be young and have gray hair. And i know that's crazy but I don't exactly come from the most normal family!"

Of course, we think gray looks gorgeous at any age. You just have to know what to do with it!