My Current Gray Hair Care Routine
I refer to my own hair care routine and products a lot in various posts. Since I don’t want to drive you lovely ladies crazy by repeating myself, I’ve laid it all out here – in one place.
MY WEEKLY GRAY HAIR CARE ROUTINE & PRODUCTS
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I only wash my hair two or three times a week. When I was a teenager, it was every damn day, but that’s one benefit of getting older – my hair does quite well with less washing.
During the week, I have to 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!
My son follows the Curly Girl Method, so he uses all the BTWCo. products as well and really is happy with the way they make his hair feel. You can read more about the products and their lovely creator here.
Once a week or so, I use a clarifying shampoo instead of my regular shampoo. 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.
Clarifying shampoos reduce product build-up and fade dye (woo-hoo!!) I have used a clarifying shampoo once a week since I started my transition, and I think that’s part of the reason my dye has faded considerably.
After shampooing, I condition my hair with BTWCo. Daily Moisturizing Conditioner. It leaves my hair soft and manageable and it smells nice, too!
After towel-drying my hair, I spray my hair with Enjoy Protect and Shine. It’s a thermal protectant, so it protects your hair from heat damage caused by blow dryers a
My favorite aspect of this product is that it makes my silvers sparkle and leaves my hair shiny. But, there is one drawback – it smells like a LOTTA candy. I’m used to the scent now, but at first it drove me crazy!
On days when I don’t want to smell like a candy store, I use an alternate product – Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant. It’s great, but it doesn’t give me the same shininess that the Enjoy does.
I use an ionic blow dryer, which is supposed to help reduce frizz. Does it really? I don’t know. But, I did buy this cheapo brush that I LOVE and it seems to help reduce frizz by being vented, so the air passes through it.
Finally, I apply a tiny amount of BTWCo. serum to my hair to smooth it down and tame any wild new baby gray hairs (the kind that stick straight up!)
I use Joico Color Balance Blue Shampoo once a week to brighten my silvers and tone down the orange tones that occur on fading brunette dye. I have to use it a specific way, or it doesn’t work, so make sure to read this post before you use it!
Since the blue shampoo can be drying, I follow it up with Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator Treatment. I leave it on anywhere from 5-30 minutes before rinsing out. I love it! It leaves my hair feeling really smooth.
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 make my hair feel really soft. You can read more about the product and the silver sister who invented it here.
I do get a little flyaway hair action going after I use it, so I spray a little Argan Oil on my dry hair
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON ROUTINE
I want to embrace my natural waves and curls, I really do! It’s better for your hair NOT to blow dry, and I like curly or wavy hair on other women… but it still doesn’t feel like me.
However, I’ve turned into a person who sleeps through my alarm clock (never used to be that way!), and sometimes I wake up JUST in time to take a shower and run out the door.
On those days, I wash my hair with my regular shampoo and then I put a little bit of leave-in conditioner in it. If I have time, I put a microfiber towel on my hair, tie it in a turban and let it sit for 15 minutes while I do my makeup. But if I don’t have time, I just rush out the door with a wet head and let my hair air dry.
The one thing I don’t do is BRUSH my hair. If I brush my hair and let it air dry, it gets frizzy. So, after I put on the leave-in conditioner, I don’t touch my hair again until it’s completely dry.
I don’t feel like I look like “me” with the waves and curls, but at least this method is fast, easy and my hair looks pretty decent once it dries.
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?
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Katie is the founder of Katie Goes Platinum. After constantly dyeing her hair for over 25 years, in 2018 Katie decided to stop the madness and embrace the gray. Since then, she’s been sharing her favorite gray hair tips, resources, and stories to empower women to feel beautiful during and after their transition to gray hair.