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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.
Part 1 is all about how I take care of my fully gray hair, but if you are mid-transition, make sure to scroll down to Part 2 which gives some info on how I took care of my transitioning hair.
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!
Since I want to minimize heat damage (to protect my gray hair from yellowing), I usually air dry my hair:
I usually let it air dry – but I still use the SEEN because it provides UV protection – and in sunny California, my fine silver hair really needs that extra bit of protection.
Some days, if I’m in the mood for big waves or curls, I’ll use the Octocurl on my semi-damp hair and let it dry naturally.
On days when I feel like blow drying my hair instead of air drying, I use my Dyson Supersonic on LOW heat or NO heat – using my favorite cheapo brush . (Yes, the Dyson is expensive but it’s the only blow dryer I trust on my gray hair as it allows for such low heat – and it’s SUPER fast!)
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.
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.
I do get a little flyaway hair action going after I use it, so I spray a little QuickSilverHair Squalane Oil on my dry hair afterward to keep everything in place.
You can read more about the product and the silver sister who invented it in my interview with Joli Campbell.
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 blue shampoo can be drying, I always followed 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?
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