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.
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MY WEEKLY GRAY HAIR CARE ROUTINE
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!
After shampooing, I condition my hair with BTWCo. Daily Moisturizing Conditioner. It leaves my hair soft and manageable and it smells nice, too!
Then, I spray my hair with Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant. to protect my gray hair from heat damage.
I brush my damp hair with this cheapo brush that I LOVE, blow dry my bangs (to get the cowlicks out!), and let the rest of my hair air dry.
I’ve been trying to air dry more frequently since I went gray, and I love it! My gray hair is NOT frizzy or coarse, and it dries beautifully.
However, if I feel like straightening my hair, I section my hair off with alligator clips, grab my Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer, turn the One-Step 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 BTWCo. 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.
ONCE EVERY SO OFTEN ROUTINE
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 ONE purple shampoo in my shower for days when I’m in a hurry and want to brighten up my silver hair: Pantene Pro-V Silver Expressions Purple Shampoo.
Unlike other purple shampoos, it is super-gentle and I don’t have to use a deep conditioner afterward. Instead, I just use my regular daily conditioner.
WHAT DID I DO DIFFERENTLY WHEN I WAS MID-TRANSITION?
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 Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator Treatment. 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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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.