Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Product Review: Sachajuan Silver Shampoo

We've seen a lot of purple, anti-yellowing shampoos here at Love The Gray.  
But when a friend sang high praises for Sachajuan Silver Shampoo, we had to give it a go. 
 And after several weeks of using it we were struck with the question... is Sachajuan Silver Shampoo the best purple shampoo for gray hair EVER?

The Good:

The purple power is strong with this one. The the anti-yellowing effect is almost immediate. Your salt-and-pepper will SHINE in no time!
It also feels lighter than other purple shampoos we've used, but still packs the punch.
It works well to eliminate brassy undertones, so if you're a blonde going gray this might be the perfect shampoo for you.

The Not-So-Good:

Like most violet shampoos, it's a bit drying. So you'll want to use it in rotation with other shampoos, and perhaps try it with the Sachajuan Silver Conditioner.
It's also it's a bit pricey. But since you don't use it every day, one little bottle should last you for months.  

The verdict:

So is Sachajan Silver Shampoo is the best purple shampoo we've ever used! YES!
Is it $20-per-bottle better than Shimmer Lights? Hard to say. But it just might bump it off our Top Gray Hair Shampoo list next time we update it!
If you like trying new products it's definitely worth a go, be sure to tell us what you think in the comments below!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Do Gray Hair Pills Work?

You've seen the ads and it got you wondering... could a little pill get rid of my gray hair? Spoiler alert: NO!

These anti-gray pills claim to prevent and reverse grey hair using an enzyme called catalase, all based on the fact that a 2009 study reported that gray hair has lower-than-normal levels of catalase. However, the study said absolutely nothing about whether taking catalase supplements actually stops hair from turning grey. And the companies marketing these pills have offered absolutely ZERO proof that they work. None! In fact, the three leading manufacturers have been sued for millions by the FTC for false advertising and have been ordered to stop claiming they get rid of gray hair. Yet do you think that has actually stopped them? 

Lacking any actual scientific evidence to back up their claims, the companies marketing these pills use the only evidence ever offered by snake-oil salesman: the "testimonial". Testimonials are subjective, highly selective, and prove nothing other than that someone who was paid to say a product worked said: "It worked! (Now where's my check?)". 

Have a look at the Amazon reviews for one of these products, the positive reviews are all from people who were either paid or given free samples to write a review. And even those mostly say "they haven't started working yet, but I'm hopeful!" 

If you really want to get rid of your gray hair, the only way is to dye it. Period. Sorry. 
But may we suggest just going gray gracefully instead? 
Dare we say, loving your gray? 

If you want some tips on how to transition into a gorgeous silver fox have a look at our post: How To Let Your Hair Go Gray The Right Way.