Page 1Group 8Group 7Group 7
Beauty Style Fitness Wellness Living #RealTalk #AgingGracefully
Stay up to date

Get on the List

Unlock our weekly newsletter packed with tips on living authentically, healthfully, and stylishly at every age.Get on the List: The best beauty, fashion, wellness and fitness tips straight to your inbox

5 Great Shampoos for Gray Hair

Gray or white hair can be stunning, but it needs special care. Because gray and white hair lack pigment, strands reflect what clings to them day in and day out — think: chlorine, pollution, smoke, minerals from water, and even certain hair care product debris. These outside forces work to dull even the most vibrant hair colors, but on white and gray hair, their lackluster effects are much more noticeable and can appear as a yellow cast.

What’s more: Natural pigment acts as a shield, helping protect hair from environmental stressors like UV rays. Once these pigments decrease, your hair loses some of its natural defense against oxidation and, therefore, yellowing.

To counteract the dingy yellow that often plagues gray and white hair, try a color-depositing shampoo. The silver, blue, or violet pigments in these shampoos work to temporarily neutralize yellow and orange tones, returning hair to a vibrant gray, silver, or white.

Here we run down our favorite shampoos created specifically for gray hair.

Redken shampoo for gray hair

Redken Color Extend Graydiant Shampoo 

Formulated specifically for gray hair, this shampoo is part of a two-step pigment program: It neutralizes yellow with violet pigments; the accompanying conditioner (not shown) brightens hair further with custom silver dyes. Available at ulta.com.

Oribe Silverati shampoo for gray hair

Oribe Silverati Shampoo

Even the whitest of strands will be returned to their sterling beauty with this gentle cleanser, which not only rids hair of unwanted yellow using blue and silver pigments, but also defends against the oxidative stressors that cause dulling and discoloration in the first place. Available at oribe.com.

Shimmer Lights shampoo for gray hair

Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo

Long turned to when brassy tones needed busting in blondes, this color-enhancing shampoo also zaps yellow from gray hair using deep-violet pigments. Just be careful: Left on too long and it will turn your gray temporarily lilac. Available at target.com.

Matrix shampoo for gray hair

Matrix Total Results So Silver Shampoo

This shampoo deposits violet pigments uniformly to provide a seamless, even-toned neutralization of unwanted yellow as it gently clarifies hair of what’s dulling it. Available at ulta.com.

Aveda shampoo for gray hair

Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo

For the eco-minded, this shampoo derives its blue pigment from the blue malva flowering herb, which also soothes scalp conditions, moisturizes, and acts as a mild clarifier. Available at aveda.com.

Are you ready to go gray? Here’s some advice.

Photos: Courtesy of the companies

You Might Also Like

Need to Know: the Science of Cellulite
Beauty

Need to Know: the Science of Cellulite

Cottage cheese, hail damage, the mattress effect, and orange peel skin —...

read
The Best Ways to Treat Hands and Feet
Beauty

The Best Ways to Treat Hands and Feet

Hands can be the first body parts to begin to show age....

read
If You Do Just One Thing... Wear Sunscreen
Beauty

If You Do Just One Thing... Wear Sunscreen

Not one day goes by when your skin doesn’t come into contact...

read
Beauty Secret: Silk Pillowcases
Beauty

Beauty Secret: Silk Pillowcases

Though we know very well that good sleep is vital for good...

read
5 Drugstore Beauty Boosters That Work Wonders
Beauty

5 Drugstore Beauty Boosters That Work Wonders

We’re not against shelling out $50-plus on tinctures that promise younger-looking skin...

read
A Guide to Your Best Hair Ever
Beauty

A Guide to Your Best Hair Ever

Despite the many birthdays we’ve celebrated, our hair envy is one thing...

read
Load More
share
To Top