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How to Maintain Shiny Steel Gray Hair

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How to Maintain Shiny Steel Gray Hair How to Maintain Shiny Steel Gray Hair How to Maintain Shiny Steel Gray Hair

The day has finally come: You found your first dreaded gray hair. But instead of freaking out and going into panic mode, why not embrace the color and go full-on gray? In case you haven’t noticed, gray hair is definitely having a moment. In fact, we bet you can’t scroll through any of your social media feeds without seeing someone flaunting their newly-dyed gray hair. Whether you already have gray hair and are looking for a way flaunt it to the max or you’ve decided to hop on the silver hair color bandwagon by dyeing your hair, we’ve got you covered. Below, find tips for taking care of naturally gray hair as well as tips for coloring your hair (and maintaining) a steely gray shade. Keep reading for hair care product recommendations (like shampoo and conditioner) for naturally gray hair and silver color-treated hair.

How to take care of naturally gray hair

Thanks to the growing trend of intentionally going gray, steely strands are now cooler than ever. If you’ve noticed a few more pieces of silver lately, use the trend as a way to embrace the change! But you might have noticed that gray hair can often seem dull and lackluster at times—which is why it’s time to enhance your silver mane. The key to keeping your gray hair looking its best lies with the products you use.

Keep your gray hair feeling soft and looking smooth with a moisturizing system of shampoo and conditioner, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner. This system of shampoo and conditioner gently cleanses and conditions dry hair to replenish essential moisture, lush-touch softness, and luminous shine. Gently massage the shampoo into strands, then rinse and follow up with the conditioner, leaving that on for 1-3 minutes before rinsing out.

If you’re looking for a way to add some pizzazz to your locks without completely changing your gorgeous gray hair hue, opt for a streak of color. Think: pastel purple, smoky pink, or icy blue for a subtle pop of color that is still on-trend. Talk about making a statement! try using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Sprays, which come in a variety of shades and wash it out in one shampoo.

How to try the gray hair trend

Gray hair is definitely one of the hottest hair color trends of the moment, with many A-listers and street-style stars flaunting this cool, steely shade. If you aren’t ready to commit to such a bold color change just yet, then consider using our Colorista 1-Day Spray in Silver. Simply spray and fall in love with your shiny new strands. Shake the can well, hold it 4-6 inches away from dry hair, and spray. Wait a few minutes for color to dry completely.

On the other hand, if you’ve decided to take the plunge and are serious about committing to the color, then give a permanent hair dye a whirl. When taking the permanent hair color route, it’s important to note that gray hair dye usually works best on lighter shades of hair, like strawberry or pale blonde hair. If have dark brown or black hair, you won’t be able to get that gray hair color in one sitting—in fact, it will (and should) be a gradual process in order to maintain the integrity of your hair. You might even need to visit a pro colorist at a salon to go blonde first in order for the hue to really show. Keep in mind that lightening your hair will require bleaching.

If you’ve permanently colored your hair gray, make sure to swap out your regular hair care products for ones that are formulated for colored hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Intensive Protecting Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Intensive Protecting Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm.

Want to put a grungy twist on your steel gray strands? Check out our article, Grunge Goes Glam: How to Get ‘90s-Inspired Smoky Gray Hair with a Twist.