Thursday, September 10, 2015

THE Shower Head for Gray Hair

Gorgeous gray hair starts and ends in the shower. Not just with the shampoo and conditioner you choose, but the very water you wash it in. Hard water makes gray hair dingy and brassy over time. And if there's chorine in your water it can leave gray hair duller and more wiry. So here's a secret that every Salt-n-Pepper Sexpot needs to know about: replace your shower head!

Filtered water will help remove impurities and keep your white hair bright. Our girlfriend with shoulder-length grey hair doesn't even use a grey hair shampoo at all, but swears by her Culligan Filtered Showerhead. It claims to filter 99% of chlorine and leave your hair softer and cleaner. It's only $30 and is easy to install yourself!

Or if you prefer the style of a "rain" shower head, they make a filtered version of that too called the Culligan RainDisc...

Those of you who have tried it, let us know what you think in the comments below!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Clearly, Zayn from One Direction reads our website...

Former One Direction hottie Zayn Malik just colored his hair gray, and we are more than willing to take credit for the change!

Clearly, the former boy-bander must have read our recent post "How To Go Gray FAST"!

Love the Gray, Zayn!  (or should we say, Love the Grey??)

Friday, June 12, 2015

How To Let Your Hair Go Gray - THE RIGHT WAY!

Last week we gave tips on how to get gray hair FASTBut let's get real... 
We're in this loving-the-gray thing for the long haul, not just as a quick and trendy color statement.
 So if you've been looking toying with the idea of letting your dye job grow out and natural gray grow in, here are some tips to help you along your way to being gray and gorgeous.

It's finally time to become the sexy silver fox you were born to be.
You've had it with pretending, and wasting money on ridiculously overpriced dye-jobs.
So embrace this exciting new hair chapter in your life!
Remember, you've EARNED it!
Gray hair does not make you old. Feeling old makes you old. 
Be one of those fierce, positive people proving that vitality is an attitude, 
not one of those scared fools thinking they can fight off the grim reaper with a bottle of Nice 'N Easy Medium Ash Brown.
All those silly little woo-girls can only dream about one day having a gorgeous gray mane. For you, that day is now!
Now, run to the nearest open window and scream: 

It's going to take longer than you think. 
Hair grows about 1-2 inches a month. So calculate how long it will take for your desired length and start mentally preparing. 
At about two months in you're going to contemplate chickening out and racing back to your hairdresser to beg for mercy. Don't do it! It will probably take a good 4-5 months before you have enough gray to see significant growth .
Tell your family and best girlfriends that this is what you're going and that you want their support. Talk with your stylist about what you're doing and ask for suggestions on a good style to wear your hair up. Just don't let them talk you out of letting the gray grow out. You will face resistance, you've been paying their rent with your hair dye!
Accept the grey roots, embrace them. 
They signify that you're on your journey to where you want your hair to be. 
Remember, pepper is no good without salt!

Headbands are the solution for many women seeking to cover up the transition area between the dye job and new growth. 
And they work great, so get a few. It may be your new look for a while.
For men, get a buzz cut. Voila, you're gray!
Women, you can do the buzz cut too and rock the short Jamie Lee Curtis look. 
(Haven't you always secretly wanted to have super-short hair anyway?)

Special gray hair shampoos and conditioners have been discussed extensively on this site. Get used to adding one to your shower routine. Not every day, just as part of the rotation to keep any yellowy dinge at bay. Start with our list of the Best Gray Hair Shampoos.  And don't forget a good conditioner! Gray hair tends to be courser and more wirey, so make sure to condition regularly. 

If you just can't deal with seeing gray roots, get a product like hair mascara or a colored hair pencil and color in your roots temporarily. They wash out with shampoo. It's about making you feel good about yourself, and if that's what you need in the short term then that's what you need. Try a product such as Color Wow Root Cover Up, Roux Hair Crayon, or Bumble and Bumble's Tint Powder:

(In your own, current hair color of course!)

We've always felt that it's best to work WITH mother nature rather than against her, so be brave and let's see your gorgeous gray hair! 
Let us know how it goes in the comments below!
Love yourself, LOVE THE GRAY!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

How To Go Gray - FAST!

With hot silver foxes like George Clooney and Dame Helen Mirren flaunting their gorgeous gray manes, and young stars like Kelly Osbourne and Kylie Jenner dyeing their hair silver just for fun... It seems everyone is going gaga for gray hair! 

Now that gray is having it's day, even those folks unlucky enough to have naturally dark hair want in on the trend. And thanks to modern science, anyone can go gray in minutes! 

After years of shaming people into dyeing away the gray, the beauty industry has realised they can make a fortune with silver-coloring products, so suddenly it's hip! Go figure!

Here are some of the top products currently on the market to turn your hair grey:

1. Crazy Color Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Silver

Sold in an iconic pink bottle, Crazy Color has one of the largest selections of bold hair dyes. If you have dark hair, you must first beach it before adding any color. Add this trendy Crazy Color Silver color cream and you'll stay gray anywhere from 3-9 weeks.

2. La Riche Directions in Silver
La Riche makes a popular silver semi-permanent dye as well, and theirs is vegan and not tested on animals if that's important to you. Again you'll need to bleach or pre-lighen your hair first, and one tub of La Riche Directions is enough to cover shoulder length hair. 

3. Stargazer Semi-Permanent in Silver
Stargazer is a fashionable brand that comes from the UK, and advertises that it's free of peroxide or ammonia. It costs less per bottle than the Crazy Color or La Riche, but the shipping charges from the UK may make the price difference a wash.

4. Pravana ChromaSilk in Silver
If you're looking for something more permanent, Pravana is one of the most popular brands of permanent hair colorings on the market. Their Pravana ChromaSilk line blends pure silk amino acids which they say helps drive the color deeper into the hair with keratin amino acids to keep the hair strong. They recommend using their Vivid Conditioner after pre-lightening your hair to help the color adhere better when you dye it.


Caution is necessary when using hair dyes. If you have never dyed your hair before do some research, read the reviews, and maybe even hire a professional! For some excellent tips on the entire process check out this article from Buzzfeed

And once you use a product to color your hair gray, don't use a shampoo with sulfates or you'll wash out the dye. We review one especially for gray hair here.

At one time it may have seemed revolutionary to write tips on actually trying to get gray hair, but whether it's natural or from a bottle our message remains the same: Love the gray!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Product Review: Pravana Pure Light Brightening Shampoo and Conditioner

We have reviewed a lot of purple shampoos designed to brighten silver tones and eliminate brassiness, so when we heard about Pravana's "Pure Light Brightening Shampoo and Conditioner" claiming to be the first sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner formulated for silver hair... we admit we got a little excited.

Some people avoid sulfates in their shampoo because they believe the chemical dries hair out and strips away natural oils. Fair enough. But sulfates are also what lather and actually clean your hair. They're pretty much in every shampoo in your shower right now, under names such as sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate. Go have a look. We'll wait. This product lists an ingredient called "sodium lauryl sulfoacetate." We're not chemists, but is that all that different?

So it would make sense that Pure Light is not all that great at cleaning. Plus it doesn't wash out easily. We did like the texture it left our hair, and did make it shiny. 

And we never thought we'd say this about a purple shampoo, but this one might be TOO purple! If you leave it on too long, you will stain your hands, stain your shower, and of course look like a dreaded "blue hair" old lady or worse a Star Trek character. If you choose to use this shampoo, it would be best to water it down and not leave it in too long. It did brighten our gray, but not as well as some of our faves.

Pravana's Pure Light might be something to consider if you're someone with chemically dyed silver hair who is doesn't want to risk washing it out with sulfates. Or if you're a blonde trying to fight off brassy tones. Or if you have gorgeous white or grey hair and just want to try something new... then go right ahead. Just follow our precautions, and be sure to tell us what you think in the comments below! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Joico Color Endure: Product Review

As one of the best-selling gray hair salon lines out there, people have been asking us to take a look at Joico's Color Endure Violet Shampoo and conditioner. And boy are we glad we did.

The Joico Color Endure Violet Shampoo is often sold a a "toner" product, meaning using it occasionally will help prevent gray or platinum blonde hair from oxidising and getting yellow or "brassy". And as such, we have to say it was excellent. It helped eliminate yellowish tones and left our grey significantly more brilliant after just one use. It has a lovely sweet fragrance, contains uv-protectants and antioxidants, and is sulfate-free. It's a tad bit drying to use everyday, so alternate it with your regular shampoo whenever you need to brighten and whiten your gray. Of course pairing it with the Joico conditioner will help prevent your hair from drying out. Joico's Color Endure Violet Conditioner doesn't work as well as a toner on its own, so don't purchase it independently thinking it will work the same magic as the shampoo. 

This purple shampoo is a huge upgrade from using Clairol's Shimmer Lights!


Note: we've seen the conditioner and shampoo paired together on Amazon for under thirty dollars so it's definitely worth looking for a deal.