Monday, March 6, 2017

How to Keep your Gray Hair Looking Great


I know we don’t all look like the lovely Andie McDowell, but I bet she puts a lot of work into keeping her gorgeous hair beautiful as well.
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I let my hair go gray about seven years ago.  It was freeing I have to tell you.  You can read about my journey here.  Even though we see so many beautiful heads of gray hair on Pinterest and other media outlets, there is still so little published about how to care for it.  I am on a mission to change that and I hope you will help me.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR GRAY HAIR GREAT (1)

You might think that once you give up coloring your hair you will save yourself a lot of money.  Well that is not entirely true.  Gray hair is more porous and in my case more unruly.  It is important to use the right shampoo and conditioner and the right styling products.  If you are “one of us” you have already noticed that even though gray hair is “on trend” right now, there is still very little information on how to maintain it.

I've included this lady because she looks happy in her skin and is even more beautiful for it...:
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I am learning all the time.  I admit to being and “overresearcher”.  If you want your hair to look it’s absolute best, spend some of the money you are saving on coloring for really good products.  I have found  many that work the best have mostly natural ingredients and are the most expensive. Rita Hazan Salon, hairstylist to many stars, says: “It costs more to use good ingredients, so the difference between luxury and mass market products will be the amount of ingredients within the formula,” Hazan said. “One percent Argan oil is cheaper than a high concentration, so spend a little more for maximum benefit.”

Belgian model Marlies--want this as my next hair style. Not too far from what I have, but I do need a trim:
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I have tried multiple shampoos, from reasonable to expensive. I have found that a silver enhancing product that deposits a slight violet tint to neutralize the yellow tones is a must. These new products are not the ones the lunch ladies used.  Don’t worry your hair won’t turn purple.  Phytargent Brightening Shampoo is still my favorite.  It doesn’t lather up like most shampoos so you have to get used to that. You can buy it here

PHYTO PHYTARGENT Brightening Shampoo, 6.7 fl. oz.
I am presently alternating it with Klorane Shampoo with Centaury for gray hair.  This product does not have have any “blue highlights”, but has natural anti-yellowing agents.  If you are worried about “too much blue” this is a good option.  I personally do not have that issue because my hair loves to take on that dreaded brassy look. You can buy it here
Klorane Shampoo with Centaury - White & Gray Hair , 6.7 fl. oz.
I know many hairstylists recommend Aveda’s Blue Malva Shampoo. It is a good one as well. The advantage of this one is you can order it in a large size (a definite plus) .  However, I am not a fan of the conditioner at all. You can buy the shampoo in the large size here
Aveda By Aveda - Blue Malva Shampoo 33.8 Oz by Cydraend
According to hairstylist and Redken artist Jorge Joao“ If your grey hair is turning yellow from the curling iron,  silver-enhancing pigment won't erase patches of color.” It will just sit on top of the yellowing residue. "You're just putting a color on a color," he explains. "If you want to remove it, you need a clarifying shampoo."
I use the Fekkai Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo. I am sure there are many others that work well and many that are pricier but this works great for me and is one of the more reasonable options in my regime. You can buy it here
Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo, 8 Fl Oz
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For conditioners Davines Alchemic Conditioner is far and away the best  I have tried. It is relatively expensive but you don’t need to use a lot. You can buy it here.

Davines Alchemic Conditioner, Silver, 8.45 fl. oz.

When it comes to styling products I have had several hairstylists recommend their favorites and I have tried them. For my hair the original Moroccan Oil is far and away the best for toning down the “unrulies”. A bottle lasts me about 9 months. You can buy it here
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I have forgotten the exact science but I have found combining the moroccan oil with this (one of the cheapest but always rated the highest for good reason….it works) works best for me.  Don’t waste your money on more expensive products.  John Freida’s original Frizz Ease is the best.  You may be able to get by with this alone if your hair is more manageable than mine. You can buy it here
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Original Serum, 1.69 Ounces
This product is my new best friend.  You can purchase it here. I am sure there are others that work well but I LOVE this stuff!
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I purchased it and had my hairstylist apply it.  I am not good with hair.  It is applied to dry hair.  She said to let it sit no longer than 15 minutes. My hair is pretty coarse and dry.  I plan to have her reapply every six weeks when I get my hair cut.  If you are a do it yourselfer you can apply it on your own. 
SEVEN GRAY HAIR PRODUCTS YOU CAN'T DO WITHOUT (1)
1 Fekkai Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo, 2 the original Moroccan Oil, 3 the original Frizz Ease by John Frieda, 4 Phytargent Whitening Shampoo, 5 Klorane Shampoo for Gray Hair, 6 Davines Alchemic Conditioner, 7 Madison Reed Crema Gloss

According to hairstylist and Redken artist Jorge Joao,  the curling iron, excess chlorine and or chemicals in the water and your hairdryer can cause your hair to take on that dreaded “brassy” tint. It's also possible the iron is actually burning the hair. FYI my hair stylist concurs.  A good iron is a must and you need to protect your hair with styling products with built-in heat protection. There are a number of them on the market.  I do not use a curling iron so I will revert to my readers for advice on that. I do use a flat iron occasionally and my stylist always reminds me to cool it down with a wet towel before I use it on my hair.

SILVER - Agence de Top Modèles de plus de 40 ans - Paris:
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I am thinking about trying this morrocan oil heat styling protection glossy finish because I love the original Moroccan Oil so much. Anything with the word gloss in it has me tempted.  Gray hair can use all the shine it can get.  Has anyone tried this one or have another one to recommend? You can buy this here
Moroccanoil Argan Oil Formula Heat Defense Glossy Finish Heat Styling Protection for All Hair Types 250 Ml /8.5 Oz
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James Corbett Studio in New York City and color director for Clairol says “When the hair is healthy, the cuticle stays closed, which means less frizz and your color looks better because light reflects off your hair. Masks can help repair what styling and the environment takes out.”  This step is lacking in my regime.  I am on the lookout for a good one. The reviews on this Oribe Masque  are amazing.  Has anyone tried it?  I plan to experiment with this and a few others (suggestions please!) before my next gray hair post. You can buy it here


ORIBE Masque for Beautiful Color 5.9 fl. oz.
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Here are some links to articles that might help you out if you are looking for help to keep your gray hair at it’s best.

http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/hair/hair-care/best-hair-masks/best-damaged-hair
http://www.today.com/style/best-hair-masks-market-why-you-should-try-them-t9696
http://www.elle.com/beauty/hair/tips/g8088/best-shampoos-and-conditioners-editors-picks/
http://www.instyle.com/hair/hair-products-tools/best-clarifying-shampoos-according-5-hair-pros#1555135
http://www.livestrong.com/article/229106-the-best-conditioners-for-gray-hair/
http://imabeautygeek.com/2014/03/26/grey-hair-is-turning-yellow-curling-iron-fix/

I would love to hear from you.  What products work for you?  Have you gone to the “gray side”? If so, are you happy you did? 

Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.

18 comments:

  1. This was so informative, and so timely. I'm 50 this year, but have been covering salt and pepper (now mostly salt) since my late 20's. I'm a true brunette, so highlights aren't terribly flattering except in summer, and I'm tired of covering what used to be a really nice hair color with not so attractive and not so healthy chemical coloring. I'd like to work with what I've got, so I'm thinking I might try a color rinse to hide the stripe, treating my hair very gently for the next few months, and seeing what happens. It couldn't be worse than what is happening now - colored gray hair is still gray hair, unruly and porous and fuzzy. Not cute, especially in the Houston heat and humidity. Thanks for a great idea, and all the product information.

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    1. When my daughter told me my hair looked like a frizzled mess it was time to give up the coloring! And you are right about gray hair it can be unruly. That is what has forced me to do my own research!!

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  2. Since my gray is at my temples with soft blonde/brown hair, I have just let it shine! After all, I have earned some silver in a life well lived. I am going to try the Klorane shampoo and the Fekkai Apple Cider shampoo and see if it brightens the white even more. Thanks for the Davines mention. My daughter, a stylist, also represents the brand and I love their Davines Oi Oil. Beautiful product to apply before styling. xx-holly

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    1. Thanks Holly for the tips. I am so impressed with that Davine's conditioner. I may have to give the Oi Oil a try! Love getting everyone's recommendations!!

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  3. Cindy,
    I forwarded this post to my husband's email. He has great hair and it's the same color as some of the images you show. He could use some recommendations for his hair. I know this must sound like he's overly concerned with such girly issues, but he's always been complimented on his hair so I think it's more a small dose of vanity. Hahaha.
    xo,
    Karen

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    1. Men need great products too! The good thing about the khlorane and the phytargent is they don't smell girly!

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  4. Timely! I've been using Moroccan oil shampoo and conditioner for some time now, but was beginning to look "for options". I'm lucky that my gray hair does turn yellow but I do say it feels like a Brillo soap pad! I gave up the shoulder length for a pixie so that the ends get a regular trim. Thanks for all of the "over researching". All very useful.

    ps I'm still in shock/hysteria after hearing a run down of Trump's health, the last phrase was something like, "...and at 70, he is considered elderly." I'm 67 and I may have gray hair...but elderly????

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    1. That is so funny that you liken your hair to a brillo pad? I use the same analogy! If you find a good product please let us know! I am always on the hunt!

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  5. Great post, l love my greying hair too! I changed from Moroccan Oil to Aveda's Dry Remedy Oil. It is outstanding because it smells better than Moroccan, and it isn't as thick. Dry Remedy Oil easily gets absorbed into hair shaft instead of coating it which I find Moroccan does. I also use Aveda's sunscreen for hair. My hair is really long and I have been growing it out for 5 years. My hairdresser can't believe what good shape its in. No I don't work for Aveda;) I would also say diet plays a role.

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  6. NOT there YET but will come back to this when I ARRIVE!THANK YOU for doing ALL the re-search!
    How often do you wash your hair may I ask?
    THESE WOMEN ARE SO GORGEOUS...............YOU POSTED!
    NOTHING PRETTIER in my OPINION!
    XX

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    1. Since my office is in my home I do not wash my hair every day and I like to wear hats. I probably wash my hair three times a week?

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    1. Only glamorous grays on this post.

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    2. EXACTLY..........WHERE IS YOUR PHOTO?!!!!!!!!!

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  8. I agree with La Contessa, we need your beautiful face in this post Cindy! I read this post and about all the products you like even though I'm not gray......my hair is coarse and unruly just like gray hair! I like that Moroccan Oil brand in the blue bottle. Also I second Brenda in the shout out to Aveda products, I love them for smoothing out dry and frizzy hair.

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    1. Thanks isa for weighing in. Your hair sounds like my hair. My hair is just wavy enough to be unruly but not curly enough to be pretty!!

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  9. I really like Kevin Murphy Angel Wash and conditioner. I had beautiful hair that was starting to grey and had a great colourist blend in lighter foils. She was not available one day and I had someone else colour it. Needless to say it was overcoloured and broke off! I was devastated. Anyway I've given away the colour now to repair the hair and the grey is showing up more. A new stylist is helping it back to health and I'm liking the grey more and more. The Kevin Murphy Angel Wash range has given it even more health and shine and fixed the brassiness no end. I am going to try some of the products you have reviewed. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you La Di Da! I so appreciate everyone's suggestions. I am going to check out the Kevin Murphy line.

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