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 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" 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!

2. BioSilk Cleanse Silver Lights Shampoo
BioSilk's Silver Lights is another regular in our shampoo rotation.  It's got a deep cleanse formula and contains Vitamins A, C, and E to enrich dry hair.  Again, not a shampoo to use everyday, use it a couple of times a week at most.  Of course, like most of the shampoos on our list it comes with it's own Biosilk Silver Lights Conditioner.  This shampoo also works well with highlighted, tinted or bleached hair.

1. Klorane Silver Highlights Shampoo
Klorane's "Silver Highlights" 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


Bradley said...

Those purple shampoos need to come with a warning about staining the shower!

Alexis said...

I love the Biosilk Silver Lights!

Glad to find this post, gonna try the Phyto next time.

Viva La Diva said...

Noticed that the Klorane shampoo is on sale for half off at Amazon. ($13) Maybe they're discontinuing?

Anonymous said...

Just tried Matrix So Silver... not bad. It was the only grey hair shampoo they sold at my Ulta!

Alycia said...

Call me old fashioned, but Shimmer Lights does the trick for me. Worked for grandma, works for me! :)

Jessie said...

Thanks for suggesting Klorane. Been using it for months now and LOVE IT!

Sophie said...

I use Klorane every day along with the conditioner and I love it. Thanks for this list!

Penny said...

The Conair Pro is the cheapest of these. Just sayin'!

Tamz said...

According to Ask.com, the top 5 hair products for grey hair are:
1.) Biosilk Silver Lights shampoo
2.) Jhirmack Silver brightening shampoo-
3.) Rusk Bright chamomile & Lavender brightening shampoo
4.) Biogenol violights shampoo
5.) Nexxus simply Silver color toning shampoo

Has anyone tried any of these?

Bruce the Gray said...

Thanks for that list, Tamz!

You'll see that the Biosilk Silver is our number 2 recommendation, but we will check out the others and report back to you in a future blog post!

Olga said...

So glad I stumbled on your site. Love your attitude and your advice is solid. I've been using the Klorane shampoo for over a year now and agree with you that it's the best. Go #TeamGrayHair!

Anonymous said...

Tried the Biosillk based on your recommendation and love it! Thanks

website said...

This is the first blog I have stumbled upon regarding shampoos for gray hair, wonderful! I love how you are proud of it and promote useful and helpful products. Just not keen on using Shimmer Lights as I am very "obsessed" on keeping my shower sparkling clean! Thanks!

sheri said...

Shimmer Lights smells so bad. I had to wash my pillowcase & dumped out remainder of bottle in garbage disposal. Yuk.

Mel said...

Tired the Klorane based on your recommendation and I love it. My grey has never been brighter and it doesn't stain the tub! Thanks for the tip!

Anonymous said...

I dont use a special shampoo - but I use Jhirmack's 5 in 1 conditioning spray and I love it!

Liz Gray said...

Is there a conditioner that anyone would recommend?

Mother Earth said...

Ok I started turning grayen i was 16. I have never had any problems with my gray hair until recently and it hs started having a greenish yellowish cast to it. gray from the root for about 3 inches and then starts changing colors. i was told it could be the copper water lines in my house so i purchased a water filter for my shower - a highly recommended one called Jonathan......think they also have a shampoo called Malibu and some kind of treatment which is not easy for someone to use at home.
Any thoughts from anyone on this? Have used the shimmer lights by clairol for years - also used the phyto product - now using a paul mitchell product - nothing is changing the discoloration in my hair. not taking any meds that would cause this either.

Bruce the Gray said...

@LizGray Check out our favortite Gray Hair Conditioners HERE: http://lovethegray.blogspot.com/2013/02/5-best-gray-hair-conditioners.html

Bruce the Gray said...

@MotherEarth Sorry your water is turning your hair green! Our best recommendation would be to use a stronger purple shampoo. We just reviewed one from Joico you might want to check out: http://lovethegray.blogspot.com/2015/02/joico-color-endure-product-review.html