Maintaining Silver Gray Hair: 15 Steps (with Pictures)

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Maintaining Silver Gray Hair: 15 Steps (with Pictures)
Maintaining Silver Gray Hair: 15 Steps (with Pictures)

Silver gray is a very beautiful, but often difficult to maintain hair color. It may fade and yellow. The bleaching process required to get your hair this color is also very damaging and makes your hair brittle and dry. However, with proper care, you can enjoy silvery gray hair with minimal fading, dryness and brittleness.


Part 1 of 3: Washing and conditioning your hair

Maintain Silver Hair Step 1

Step 1. Wait a week before washing your hair again after dyeing it silver gray

If you want to maintain your silver-grey dyed hair, wash it immediately after bleaching and apply conditioner immediately after coloring. Leave your hair alone for a week after this first wash and conditioning so it can recover and replenish lost oils. Washing your hair immediately after coloring puts you at risk of drying or breaking.

Maintain Silver Hair Step 2

Step 2. Condition your hair before washing

Apply coconut oil to your hair and make sure to distribute it evenly. Leave it in for an hour and then wash it out with shampoo. You can also use a hair mask for this as long as it can be used on dry hair. Leave the mask on the bottle for five minutes or the recommended time.

  • Use virgin, cold-pressed, and unrefined coconut oil for best results.
  • Cover your hair with a shower cap to keep your environment clean.
Maintain Silver Hair Step 3

Step 3. Use color-safe and sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners

Target the shampoo on the roots and scalp and the conditioner on the mid-length and ends. Don't forget to leave the conditioner in your hair for one to two minutes before rinsing.

Sulfates are a common ingredient in shampoos and conditioners. They can make your hair feel dry and can also fade the hair dye

Maintain Silver Hair Step 4

Step 4. Condition your hair with hair masks once or twice a week

Use a mask especially for colored hair. Wash your hair with shampoo and then rinse it out. Apply the mask to your wet hair. Leave it on for three to five minutes and then rinse it out.

  • Use a sulfate-free hair balm if your hair is naturally gray.
  • If you can't find a hair mask specifically for colored hair, opt for a moisturizing or restorative mask. Check the ingredient list to make sure it doesn't contain sulfates.
Maintain Silver Hair Step 5

Step 5. Use cold or lukewarm water to wash and rinse your hair

Hot water is very harmful to the hair, and even more harmful when it comes to colored hair. It can also fade hair color faster. By using cold or lukewarm water when washing and rinsing, you can keep your hair color longer. The lower temperature also makes your hair look smoother and more supple.

Rinse the conditioner out with cool water to seal the hair shaft and lock in moisture

Maintain Silver Hair Step 6

Step 6. Wash your hair only once or twice a week

Gray hair dye fades faster than most colors, so the less you wash your hair, the longer the color will last. If your hair is not very oily, wash it once a week. If you have very oily hair, wash it at most twice a week.

If your hair looks greasy and dirty, use dry shampoo between washes

Part 2 of 3: Protecting your hair from heat damage

Maintain Silver Hair Step 7

Step 1. Limit heat straightening to keep your hair healthy and the color vibrant

When possible, let your hair air dry and learn to accept the natural texture of your hair. Heat straightening your hair not only damages the hair, but it can also fade your hair color. Using no-heat straightening methods when drying and straightening your hair will make your hair healthier and your hair dye will last longer.

Maintain Silver Hair Step 8

Step 2. Use a low heat setting if you want to heat straighten your hair

This includes hair dryers, curling irons and flat irons. If your curling or flat iron has an adjustable temperature range, use a heat setting between 150°C and 175°C, or between 120°C and 130°C if you have very fine hair.

Make sure your hair is completely dry before straightening or curling

Maintain Silver Hair Step 9

Step 3. Always use a heat protectant when you want to heat straighten your hair

Apply the heat protectant to your hair while it is still wet. If you use it on dry hair, let the product dry completely first, otherwise you run the risk of it 'caking' in your hair. After applying the product, you can dry, curl or straighten your hair as usual.

  • Make sure to apply the heat protectant all over your hair and not just on the ends or roots. Be generous when applying.
  • Heat protectants come in all forms: spray, serum, cream, etc. Look for the term "heat protectant" or "heat protectant" on the label.
Maintain Silver Hair Step 10

Step 4. Try out methods to curl your hair without heat

These methods take longer than using a curling iron, but are much kinder to your hair. Wet your hair and put soft hair rollers in it. Let your hair dry and then remove the rollers. Use your fingers to loosen the curls, but don't brush them.

  • Put on the rollers just before going to bed and let your hair dry with the rollers in overnight.
  • You can also put your hair in a bun with a sock or in braids instead.

Part 3 of 3: Keeping the color constant

Maintain Silver Hair Step 11

Step 1. Use silver, purple or gray pigment shampoos

Use a purple shampoo if you notice yellow tones in your hair, and silver or gray shampoo if the color begins to fade. Wet your hair and apply the shampoo to it. Leave on for the time recommended on the label (usually 5 to 30 minutes), then rinse.

  • Only allow the shampoo to sit for 5 minutes the first time you use it to get a better idea of ​​how strong it will feel on your hair.
  • An alternative to purple shampoo is blue shampoo. This one goes better with silver or gray hair, and could even be labeled as such.
  • You can buy pigment shampoos at the local beauty supply store.
Maintain Silver Hair Step 12

Step 2. Alternate with color-safe and pigment-releasing products

If you use pigment-releasing products too often, you may change your hair color. Use a color-safe shampoo and/or conditioner once or twice a week. You can use a pigment-releasing shampoo and/or conditioner every two or three weeks.

  • For example, if you use a purple shampoo too often, like every day, your silver-gray hair can look like it has a purple glow.
  • Don't be afraid to use different kinds of purple shampoo. Some look more like a purple paint and others like a glossy conditioner. You can even mix them together to create a unique blend.
Maintain Silver Hair Step 13

Step 3. Use a temporary gray or silver rinse to even out your hair color

These products are washable, which means you should apply them to your hair when you're done washing and your hair is still damp. Rub the gray or silver rinse into your hair, then let it air dry or speed it up by using a blow dryer.

  • This product may cause stains. Use an old towel when you dry it with it.
  • If you don't find the applicator bottle handy, you can use a spray bottle instead.
Maintain Silver Hair Step 14

Step 4. If pigment products are not enough, do a toning treatment

It is best to have this done at the hairdresser, but you could also do it yourself. If you're having it done at the hairdresser's, consider getting it done at the same time as you dye your roots. If you're doing it yourself, use a low percentage of hydrogen peroxide and a white or platinum toner.

You can also take a bleach bath every one or two months. Have this done professionally at the hairdresser and keep in mind that it can be harmful

Maintain Silver Hair Step 15

Step 5. Update your roots when they become visible

For most people, that's anywhere from four to eight weeks, but it can vary depending on how fast your hair grows. Since this has to be done by a precise hand, it is best to have this done professionally at the hairdresser. If you can't afford that, you might want to consider getting help from a friend or relative.

If you opt for the help of a friend or family member, make sure he or she has some experience with bleaching and dyeing


  • Some people can use a purple or pigment shampoo with every wash without any problem. How often 'you' use it depends on your desired hair color.
  • Also use other hair oils or hair creams to condition your hair. These work best on damp hair, as damp hair absorbs the products better.
  • You can use many of these methods even if your hair is naturally silver gray.

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