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Should You Change Shampoo For Silvering Hair?

When it comes to hair, opinions are divided. Some think hair isn't all that important.  And then there are those who claim that hair is everything: it's the difference between a bleak or a successful day, it's the key to an easier life, it can make or break your entire mood for the week, and it should be an investment.
Ever since ancient times, hair was seen as a symbol of good health and even fertility. Each culture on the planet has some kind of customary hairdo. There's an entire industry based on hair products and accessories, and they're trying to tell you that, as a newly silvering fox, you may now need to buy yet another shampoo. Is there truth in that? Do you really need a special kind of shampoo for silvering hair? 

How is silver hair different than naturally pigmented hair

Silver hair 3 women together

As some of you may have experienced already, graying hair usually has a different texture than naturally pigmented hair. It is commonly thicker and may also change in texture a bit, possibly curling a little, even if the rest of your hair is naturally straight. But most of all, gray hair will lose its moisture more rapidly, as does our skin when it ages.

If you decide to dye your hair, switching to a color shampoo would be beneficial, as it prevents the cuticle from lifting and the color from seeping out, according to GoodDyeYoung.

As for those who keep their natural hair, first of all, let us congratulate you. So many voices are pressuring us to dye our hair way into our 70s and beyond, so enjoying and flaunting your silver strands, regardless of age or gender, is a beautiful act we endorse.

Related: Talented Hair Stylist Inspires Women to Embrace Their Grey Hair

With your newly gray or white hair, you might want to consider switching to a moisturizing shampoo and incorporate a purple treatment shampoo as well once a week. In addition, you can add a moisturizing mask now and then. 

Purple and blue shampoos

Silver hair man

A purple or blue shampoo treats a problem that has to do with the discoloration of the hair. Gray hair, as well as artificially lightened hair, tends to gain a brassy yellow tone over time due to exposure to pollutants. A purple or blue shampoo neutralizes this color and keeps your graying strands shiny and silver, kind of like polishing the silverware! There are also complimentary hair conditioners with the same pigments. 

When using your regular moisturizing shampoo, make sure it does not contain any color ingredients, as these will build up on your hair over time. 

Purple shampoos will neutralize any yellow tones that may have built up in your hair while blue shampoos will rid your hair of orange tones. As a general rule, purple shampoo is a better fit for gray hair. It is a slightly colored shampoo that leaves the faintest layer of dye on your hair. Since yellow and purple are complementary colors, they cancel each other out, and so, mixing them together results in a gray tone. 

Related: These 15 Women Embraced Their Beautiful Silver Locks

After washing your hair with normal shampoo, you will wring out the water from your hair and distribute the purple shampoo throughout the length of your hair. Leave it on for 2-3 minutes, or as instructed on the bottle, and rinse. If you use blue shampoo, note that it tends to stain more than the purple one, so consider using gloves. Lastly, always wait at least one week between purple shampoo treatments, and follow with a moisturizing mask, since tinted shampoos can be a bit more drying for the hair. 


H/T: SparklingSilvers, GoodHouseKeeping

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