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If you have silver hair, we’re sure you know by now that your light tresses require a curated hair care routine to keep them looking their best. You’ve also probably heard of purple shampoo—but you may not think it’s for you. Purple shampoo isn’t reserved for blondes; it can actually be a holy grail shampoo for silver hair, too. Searching for the best silver shampoo? Look no further than our purple, aka silver, shampoo! Don’t worry if you're having trouble keeping up, we’ll fill you in on whether silver and purple shampoo are the same, who can benefit from a shiny silver shampoo, and how to use one. We’re sharing all of that, as well as tips on how to maintain a cool silver hair color, below.
First things first, we need to let you in on a secret: There is no difference between silver shampoo and purple shampoo. Just like purple shampoo, the term silver shampoo refers to a pigmented shampoo that’s purple in color and helps neutralize brassy, yellow tones in blonde and silver hair. Because purple shampoos leave hair with an ultra-cool finish and can be used on silver hair, the names silver shampoo and purple shampoo are frequently interchanged.
On the daily, you can cleanse your silver hair with a regular shampoo for color-treated hair. However, when you notice your silver strands looking a little brassy, that’s when you’ll want to seek out something that was formulated with silver hair in mind. The L’Oréal Paris EverPure Brass Toning Purple Sulfate Free Shampoo is our pick for the best shampoo for silver hair. Paired with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Brass Toning Purple Sulfate Free Conditioner, the purple hair care system deeply moisturizes and neutralizes brassy yellow and orange tones in silver hair. The formula is also 100% sulfate-free, paraben-free, and gluten-free.
Since purple shampoo is a toning shampoo, it shouldn’t be used every time you wash your mane. If your hair still looks perfectly silver, you don’t need a silver shampoo just yet. You’ll benefit more from using one once your hair has started to become brassy. As for how often you can a purple/silver shampoo once your hair turns brassy, that will depend on the specific product you reach for. Our purple shampoo can be used two to three times a week after you notice your strands getting brassy.
Ready to add our purple shampoo for silver hair into your hair care routine? Here’s what to do:
First thing’s first—hop in the shower and pick up the L’Oréal silver shampoo. Apply the shampoo to wet hair, massage into a lather, then rinse thoroughly.
Editor’s tip: If you’re using a different purple shampoo for silver hair, make sure to follow the directions, as many silver shampoos suggest you leave the formula on for a few minutes. After the directed time is up, rinse the shampoo out of your mane.
Of course, every shampoo needs a coordinating conditioner! To really tone your mane, follow with our purple conditioner. Apply generously, leave on for two to five minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Of course, there are other ways to keep brass at bay besides using purple shampoo. Take note of the following three ways to maintain your beautiful silver color.
Using hot tools excessively can actually strip color from your hair—not to mention cause unwanted damage to your strands. When you can, opt for a heat-free hairstyle instead of reaching for your curling iron. Consider using the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to create loose waves sans heat.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you need to give up your hot tools altogether; when you do use them, just be sure to spritz on a heat protectant beforehand!
After coloring your hair silver, there’s a solid chance your mane will be in need of a little extra TLC. That’s where a deep conditioner for color-treated hair comes in. Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner, which helps to hydrate each strand for shinier, silkier hair. On days when you aren’t using purple shampoo, wash with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Shampoo, then apply the deep conditioner to wet hair from lengths to tips. Leave it on for one minute, then rinse thoroughly.
Just as the sun can take a toll on your skin, it can also do a number on your hair—and its color. UV rays can potentially fade your color, so avoid spending long periods of time in the sun without protecting your strands. During the spring and summer especially, it’s important to take sun protection measures for your mane so that your color will continue to look its best. (Learn more in our article, This is Your Summer Hair Protection Guide.)
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