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" 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!


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

45 comments:

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.
HELP......

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

DONNA PETTUS said...

My husband ask me to let my color grow out and now my hair is so dull and no shine at all to it. What can i do to get my hair looking soft and shiny again

DONNA PETTUS said...

I forgot to tell you my hair is salt and pepper now

Anonymous said...

Do these shampoos work well for hair that isn't 100% gray? I have ample gray for sure, but I still have my original color in there... somewhere...

Bruce the Gray said...

Yes, Donna and Anonymous, these shampoos will definitely brighten up the Salt amongst your Pepper!

Kristan said...

Thank you all SO much, I am so glad to find the jewels of your research. And I will certainly get the products that don't stain my shower!

Stacee said...

Thank you for turning me on to the Kloraine shampoo! Love love LOVE it!

Elvira said...

On the Kloraine website it says their shampoo is made of "Centaury". What is that?

http://kloraneusa.com/hair-care/hair-type/white-gray-hair

Diane Donald said...

I was curious too, so I Googled Centaury. You can read about it here.
http://www.drugs.com/npc/centaury.html

Elana Lam said...

Thank you for this website! I read your post about "how to go grey the right way" and have been following your helpful advice. I've been using the Biosilk shampoo which I like but just bought a bottle of the Klorane am eager to try that. CHEERS!

DULCEZ GUILLEN-MARTINEZ said...

For years I used the Pantene Silver, now I can't find it it where I live, in Austin. I've also used the shimmer lights. They've both worked good.
I often get the dingy yellow on the front/bangs partid my hair and it's getting harder to get out.
I'll try the biosilk next.
Thank you

Anonymous said...

I have been reading on the web of different ways to lighten my hair and eventually get it to be all white. My hair had alot of white and thought I would go to Sally's Beauty Supply to possibly find a toner that would get the white whiter. I was advised to use the blue toner along with developer to even it out, well, it turned my hair brown! Not what I wanted. So , now I'm looking to find something to get it white again. I read that Hydrogen Peroxide along with Baking Soda, not only will lighten it but will also take unwanted yellows out of white hair. Hope this helps you

Mingo said...

Letting my natural salt and pepper grow out and it seems so limp compared to the blonde I have had for years. I always used shimmering lights and loved it, but don't know what to use to keep it from looking oily. Maybe I should stop using a conditioner. Help.

Anniemaxx said...

Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda took the yellow out of my white hair. I just make a paste of it and put on dry hair for 15 to 30 minutes then rinse out well. It cleans your hair so don't have to shampoo after it if you don't want to.

Teri Murphy said...

I'm scared of hydrogen peroxide. Couldn't that burn my scalp?

FG said...

Tamz

I tried Rusk Bright chamomile & Lavender brightening shampoo for a year and it's not as good. my shiny white hair is dull. Also it doesn't remove the hard water deposits well, my hair still has a tinge of dingy dark yellow. If you don't be careful the white will turn purplish blue if used too often.

I used peroxide only twice in a 2 week span, it took out the yellow a bit better, but it can also disintegrate and damage hair if used too many times.
I used a cotton ball, soaked, wipe in hair and use a blow dryer to heat it, after, rinse in tepid water and condition ... I only use paraben free and sulfate free shampoo and conditioner.
I notice taking biotin for hair, nails and skin in liquid form works at keeping the hair from shedding in large amounts.
The excess hair shedding and thinning is due to the lack of hormone during perimenopause, menopause and post menopause.



Clark said...

Thank you so much! That did the trick, you saved me more endless hours of searching for a fix.


Clean Shampoo

An Ro said...

Tried this last nite.
It's colorless & says its gentle for the hair & it seemed to work.

Water Works Clarifying Shampoo

https://www.ouidad.com/shop/by-product-type/shampoo/water-works-shampoo.html#product-detail-tab

Michelle Ford said...

Hi,

My hair isn't grey as in the traditional sense, but is white. Which product(s) is best for whites?

I am a natural white headed (my hair started turning white when I was 18years old) female. I had dyed my hair for so long to hide it, once I turned 45 I stopped and let it be. :). I would really love to get the dull brassiness out if my hair and have it look good again.

However, I've noticed lately (since I am now over 50), whenever I use coloured shampoos and/or conditioners my hair seems to take on that coloured tint. My grandmother was white headed as well (maybe has something to do with redheads?). She used to use Shimmering Lights and her hair would sparkle and be ever so beautiful, but mine isn't turning out like that. If anyone can help, I would be forever grateful.

Thank you in advance,
Michelle

Clark said...

It is really very helpful for us and I have gathered some important information from this blog.

Best Hair Conditioner

Xenia said...

Hello, thanks for this great article and tips!!! Do you have any tips on the best conditioner to use perhaps?? I am thinking of going with the Klorane shampoo, especially as i have used their products before and liked them... Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

I’d recommend the shampoo of Pro Naturals ;)

Bruce the Gray said...

Our newest review for purple shampoo Sachajuan Silver Shampoo posted here!

Alison Weber said...

Your link for the Kloraine doesn't seem to work anymore. Does Klorane no longer make it?

Jackie said...

I have grey hair with thin texture. I want thickening and whitening. I don't want conditioners because they make my thin hair flat. What do you recommend?

Bruce the Gray said...

Amazon and Klorane are working on the problem with the link to the Centaury shampoo. Should be working again soon! Sorry!