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My Current Gray Hair Care Routine

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Inside: My current gray hair care routine. This post is updated frequently.

Gray hair is not particularly high-maintenance, but there are definitely products and routines that you can use to keep your gray hair looking its best.



During the week, I keep my routine simple. I leave for work at 6:30 a.m. (when I’m on time ?), so I can’t do anything fancy or time-consuming during the week.

My regular shampoo is BTWCo. Daily Moisturizing Shampoo. It’s light and leaves my hair feeling quite soft. It’s silicone and sulfate-free, which I like!

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After shampooing, I condition my hair with BTWCo. Daily Moisturizing Conditioner. It leaves my hair soft and manageable and it smells nice, too!

Since I want to minimize heat damage (to protect my gray hair from yellowing), I usually air dry my hair:

I wrap my wet hair up in a t-shirt towel and let it rest while I do my makeup/get dressed.

After about 10-15 minutes, I spray my hair with Boldify Hair Thickening Spray and comb it through. I then let it air dry, and enjoy my thick, full hair!

On days when I feel like blow drying my hair, instead of air drying, I do this:

After unwrapping my damp hair from the towel, I use Boldify Hair Boost Serum to protect my gray hair from heat damage.

I brush my damp hair with this cheapo brush that I LOVE, and then I section my hair off with alligator clips, grab my hot brush, turn it on Low and get to work on each section.

I pull my hair down from the roots, and it usually takes 2-3 passes to dry my hair in each section.

Finally, I apply a tiny amount of serum to my hair to smooth it down and tame any wild new baby gray hairs (the kind that stick straight up!)


Once a week or so, I use a clarifying shampoo instead of my regular shampoo to reduce product buildup.  The one I use is Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo. I’ve been using it since I was in college and I love it!

However, it does smell a little bit like incense, which doesn’t bother me but drives some people nuts.


Once a month (more or less – I’m not super-rigid about my routines), I use QuickSilverHair Clay. It brightens my silvers, removes any discoloration from pollution or products, and makes my hair feel really soft.

You can read more about the product and the silver sister who invented it in my interview with Joli Campbell.

I do get a little flyaway hair action going after I use it, so I spray a little QuickSilverHair Oil on my dry hair afterward to keep everything in place.


A lot of women use purple shampoo to brighten their gray hair and to reduce yellowing.

I prefer to use QuickSilver Hair Clay for that, as it actually REMOVES the yellowing instead of just reducing it.

However, I do keep purple shampoo and conditioner in my shower for days when I’m in a hurry and want to brighten up my silver hair quickly.

Related article: The Ultimate Guide to Purple Shampoo


When I was transitioning from dark brunette dyed hair to silver hair, my fading dyed ends turned brassy orange.

To combat that, I used to use Joico Color Balance Blue Shampoo once a week to brighten my silvers and tone down the orange tones that occur in fading brunette dye.  (I had to use it a specific way for it to work, so make sure to read How to use Blue Shampoo before you use it!)

Since the blue shampoo can be drying, I used to always follow it up with a deep conditioner.  I would leave it on anywhere from 5-30 minutes before rinsing out.

But now that my hair is all silver, I don’t have to use blue shampoo anymore.


After writing this all out, I realized I spend a lot of time and energy on my hair. That shouldn’t be a surprise, but for crap’s sake – it’s kind of ridiculous! Get a life, Katie!

Anyway, if I didn’t care about hair – mine and yours – this blog wouldn’t exist, so I’m going to put it out of my mind. I like hair, I like nice-looking hair, and I don’t care who knows it, right?

If you have any great suggestions on hair care, let me know in the comments. Thanks!

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Related Posts:

Interview with Joli Campbell of QuickSilverHair

Interview with Lauren Stein of By The Way, Your Hair Looks Fabulous!

My Review of Pantene Silver Expressions

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  1. Years ago there was a product called Sun Glitz,it was organic and made out of clay.It was used to highlight instead of using bleach.We had taken a class on the product so we could get the full benefits from the product,the highlights were beautiful.However,I did a highlight on a co-worker that had a perm in her hair ,as soon as the water hit her hair the highlighted hair went down the drain.We were mortified,sick! They did not tell us the clay could have a chemical reaction with hair that had been chemically processed. Could this happen with this product?

    1. Hi, Cyntha! I’m sure it couldn’t but just in case, I’m going to ask Joli (the founder of QuickSilverHair) to comment. I’ll let her know!

    2. Hi Cynthia, SunGlitz has organic ingredients in it and uses clay as a carrier powder but it contains bleach and is a highlighting product. What happened to your co-worker was a severe pH swing to alkalinity. Highlighting bleach is one notch in alkalinity below drain cleaner, drain cleaner is made to melt hair. My guess is, her hair was already very damaged by the perm, and the bleach melted the part of the hair you highlighted.

      QuickSilverHair Clay has no bleach, activators or lifting agents. Clay would not be able to cause any chemical reaction like this. I hope this helps.

  2. Sonia Kach says:

    So much great information in your blog! I can’t wait to try some of these products.


  3. Christianne says:

    You mentioned that you use Clarifying shampoo as well as the blue shampoo once a week. Do you use them together ?

    1. Great question – I need to clarify that (pardon the pun)! No, I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week, so one day I use the clarifying shampoo…and another day, I use the blue shampoo. They are both drying, so sometimes I will skip a week.

  4. Curious, have you tried Aveda Blue Malva by any chance for brightening? I want to brighten the silver. Only Silverati (Oribe) has done this for me in a noticeable way – but its not Cruelty Free so I don’t plan to buy again. Thanks!!

    1. Hi, Michelle: No, I haven’t tried it yet. However, I did just buy btwco’s Purple Shampoo & Conditioner this week. I’m going to try them out. I spoke with Lauren Stein and she said this product should brighten my silvers. I’ll let you know how it goes!

      1. Forgot to mention that her products are cruelty-free!

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