Wednesday, August 7, 2013

50 Shades of Grey Hair

When people talk about colored hair such as blonde they speak with a range of discriptors such as Ash Blonde, Platinum Blonde, Honey Blonde... Blah Blah Blonde!

The stereotype about gray hair is that it's just one color. In fact, gray hair comes in it's own rainbow of hues, from Gainsboro to Glaucous and every gorgeous gradation in between. Let's take a look at some famous celebrities modeling a few of our favorite shades...

Anderson Cooper 

Lady Gaga

Halle Berry 

Helen Mirren 

George Clooney 

Richard Gere 

(Come to think of it, George Clooney and Richard Gere might be good choices to play Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of E.L. James' book "50 Shades of Grey"!)

What do you call your shade of grey?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Your OTHER Gray Hair Shampoo

We've written before about the best gray hair shampoos to eliminate brassiness and keep white hair vibrant and bright.  

But let's face it, some of those shampoos can be too harsh and drying to use every day. 
(Not to mention the more you use the blue-tinted shampoos the more they might stain the shower grout!)

 Gray hair specific shampoos are best used in rotation with some sort of conditioning shampoo. Since gray hairs tend to be more wiry and coarse than pigmented hairs, be sure to supplement your regular routine with some sort of nourishing shampoo.

Our current favorite is by Silky Sexy Hair formulated for Thick/Coarse hair. 

It contains softening hydrolyzed silk, enriching avocado oil, strengthening soy protein, and soothing matricaria flower extract (also known as Chamomile).
It has a sweet, comforting scent, and always leaves our hair softer and more manageable. We highly recommend it if you want to Love The Gray!

And of course they make a matching Silky Sexy Hair Conditioner!

What are your favorite conditioning shampoos?

Friday, February 8, 2013

Gray Will Never Be Over

The latest anti-gray ad campaign for "Just For Men" features the tagline: "Gray Is Over".  

(watch the spot HERE)

Let us examine the ridiculousness of this statement.

First off, for gray to be over it would mean that at some point it would have had to have been in.  We don't remember gray hair being socially popular for a very long time! In fact, ever?

Since all hair follicles are on a journey towards gray, it's hard to say that gray will EVER be over.  In fact, it's safe to say that colored hair will at some point be over, but never gray!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

5 Best Gray Hair Conditioners

Our most popular post ever featured the 5 Best Gray Hair Shampoos, and since everybody loves a sequel...

The following are 
LoveTheGray's Official: 

Top Five Conditioners for Gray Hair! 

A rundown of our absolute favorite conditioners formulated especially for gray manes.  

#5 Pantene Silver Expressions Conditioner

Hair tends to get coarser and drier as it turns gray, so using an effective moisturizing conditioner is essential for Silver Foxes. A very basic and inexpensive option is Pantene Silver Expressions Color Enhancing Conditioner. You can do better, but it's probably the only one they sell at local your grocery store and may have to do in a pinch.

#4 Clairol Shimmer Lights Conditioner

Of course Clariol's grandmother of gray shampoos also has a counterpart Shimmer Lights Conditioner. (And we do mean grandmother!) If you're looking for anti-yellowing power than this is the conditioner for you. But be forewarned, Shimmer Lights is the classic "Blue Hair" maker.  Leave this in your hair for too long and you'll turn into a tragic old church lady! (Also, leave it in your shower too long and you'll have blue grouting!)

#3 Aveda Blue Malva Conditioner

Aveda's classic conditioner is specifically formulated with extracts of wild blue malva plant to neutralize brassy tones and coneflower to add brightness and boost color intensity. Aveda's Blue Malva Conditioner works especially well with gray highlights, making them appear brighter and more vivid. An organic anti-yellowing alternative, although less moisturizing than some of the other gray hair conditioners featured here.

#2 Silver Lights Conditioner by Biosilk

Not to be confused with Shimmer Lights, Silver Lights from Biosilk is a more modern take on gray hair care. Its silk protein infused blend leaves hair softer and more manageable, while performing the necessary task of extinguishing brassy highlights. A little on the pricey side but... you're worth it!

#1 Davines Alchemic Silver Conditioner

Italian haircare company Davines makes a variety of excellent styling products for gray hair, and this conditioner is no exception. Their Alchemic Silver Conditioner works especially well at removing brassiness from graying blonde hair.  With hydrolized milk proteins that enrich the hair while brightening it, this conditioner gave such great results that it earned the top spot in our countdown!

What are YOUR favorite Gray Hair Conditioners?  
Let us know in the comments!

LOVE the gray!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Barack Obama: All The Way Gray?

Now that Barack Obama has been inaugurated for his second term, we must ask the question:

Will Barack Obama be fully gray by 2016? 

This photo comparison by the AP shows just how gray his hair has gotten since first taking office:
As do the official presidential portraits released by the White House:

2008                                2012

In 2016 Barack Obama will be 55 years old.  Will four more years of stress as Leader of the Free World turn all of his hair white by the time he leaves office?  We are thinking YES!  

Mr. Obama allegedly stopped using hair coloring during the 2008 campaign, but will too much salt in his pepper make him turn to the bottle again?  (Giving up hair dye can be just as difficult as quitting smoking!)

Of course, we hope he keeps it letting his hair go natural.  

We love the gray, Mr President!