Shiny, sleek hair in a silver hue is the color trend that virtually nobody saw coming - but a few years after its arrival, it’s easy to see that platinum silver hair color is here to stay.
Versatile and impressively chic, the perfect silver-gray hair color can complement just about any complexion, style, and even outfit. Whether you prefer an elegantly understated look or consider yourself daring and eclectic, the odds that you can rock a silver hair color are pretty good. Because of this, plenty of people have taken the plunge and are now showing off silver as the hottest new hair color.
But once you make the leap to silver hair dye, you might be surprised to learn that it’s a special shade that requires some specific maintenance. Without the proper maintenance routine, your silvery strands can fall victim to fast fading, frizz, and even long-term damage. To help you brush up on your hair care regimen, we’ve assembled our top three tips for silver hair care to keep the gorgeously gray-silver hue at its best.
Why Do You Need To Protect Silver Hair Differently?
All salon hair colors have their own unique techniques to keep vibrant and fresh. Silver hair is no different, but due to the undertone and lack of melanin (color pigment), sometimes hair this color can adopt a yellowish or green cast that ruins the aesthetic. Once the silver fades, it can be extremely difficult to repair the damage without another visit to the salon.
What Color Does Silver Hair Fade To?
Without proper upkeep and the right products - like Keratherapy’s Totally Blonde and Color Protect lines, silver hair will fade into a cornhusk yellow, pale green, or yellow similar to what hair looks like right after bleaching. Fortunately, you can prevent your hair from yellowing and keep silver hair gorgeous with a few tricks and techniques outlined below.
How to Maintain Silver Hair Color
Achieving the perfect shade of silver is only half the battle; in fact, understanding how to take care of silver hair is probably even more important. But with just a little bit extra time and effort, you can make sure that your silver hair maintains its effortlessly cool and stylish look.
Here’s what you need to know about maintaining hair that’s been dyed silver:
1. High-Quality Purple Shampoo & Conditioner
The number one way to protect your beautiful grey or silver hair color is to invest in a high-quality shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for silver hair. It can be tempting to go with the least expensive shampoo and conditioner formulas at your local drugstore, but you’ll just be sacrificing your silver hair in the tradeoff. Look at it this way: you likely spent considerable time and money getting your hair to the perfect shade of silver, so doesn’t it make sense to choose basic quality hair products that will extend that investment?
Does Purple Shampoo Work On Silver Hair?
Yes, purple shampoo does work on silver hair. An expertly formulated combination of color-friendly shampoo and conditioner is the foundation of any good silver hair care routine. If you’ve ever gone blonde, your stylist has most likely recommended a purple shampoo for regular at-home toning. Just like blonde hair, grey silver hair will benefit significantly from a salon-quality purple shampoo.
Our Totally Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo eliminates the unwanted brassiness that can affect your silver hair, taking out the warm tones to restore the chic, cool tone. With a powerful blend of keratin, antioxidants, and natural botanicals, the Keratherapy purple toning shampoo doesn’t just balance your color; it also nourishes your hair. When used once or twice per week, it’s the key to maintaining that fresh-from-the-salon elegant hair color.
Want to give your silver strands an extra boost? Pair our toning shampoo with the Totally Blonde Toning Conditioner and Leave-In Spray, both of which help tone down warmth and strengthen, smooth, and protect your hair.
2. Protect Hair From Heat Damage & Styling
Whether you prefer your silver hair sleek and straight or full of voluminous curls, you’re likely using hot tools to achieve a final look. Blow dryers are one of the most commonly used hair styling tools, but also one of the most damaging - are you protecting your hair from heat damage?
It’s more important than ever to purchase a product specifically formulated for blowouts and other heat styling tools with silver hair. Our Color Protect Perfect Blowout doesn’t just make your hair look incredible; it also keeps it safe from damage. The light styling spray makes hair shinier, smoother, and easier to manage, cutting down drying time and reducing frizz.
For a smoothing, shine-enhancing styling product that also has the power to maintain your hair’s silver-tone, try our keratin-infused Totally Blonde Violet Toning Leave-In Spray. Simply spray it into damp hair, comb it through, and then style your hair normally. You’ll immediately notice that your hair feels silky-soft and has a gorgeous shine, and the violet base will help keep dreaded brassiness at bay.
3. Use a Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment Weekly
Just about everybody could benefit from a regular conditioning masque, but especially those of us with silver-colored hair. The right deep conditioner will penetrate the deeper layers of your hair, helping to rebuild it after the damage caused by the coloring process.
Our Deep Conditioning Masque takes it to the next level with a blend of keratin, jojoba oil, and Persian walnut. Your hair’s natural protective layer is restored, and it gets a much-needed boost to its strength and elasticity.
Other Color Protect Hair Products for Silver Hair
Keratherapy’s Color Protect line features a Shampoo and Conditioner that target the most common concerns for color-treated hair, making them a perfect match for your silver-dyed strands. The gentle formulation is safe for your color-treated hair, going above and beyond to boost hair health. If you haven’t yet experienced any discoloration issues with silver hair, the Color Protect line is a good option.
Among the benefits of this duo are its ability to:
- Protect your hair from harmful UV rays
- Serve as a safeguard against environmental stresses
- Extend the brilliance of your color
- Gently remove buildup to prevent your hair from becoming dull and lifeless
- Maintain ideal moisture levels
- Improve elasticity and strength
- Tames frizz, a common result of the damaging hair color process
Maintain Silver Hair Color at Home with Keratherapy
Silver hair color is a serious style statement, but it’s also a color choice that requires more than its fair share of maintenance. Luckily, Keratherapy has a special series of keratin products specifically formulated to support color-treated hair.
With our Totally Blonde and Color Protect series, you can keep your silver shining just as bright as it did the day you left the salon - and ensure that your hair stays happy and healthy as well. Infused with keratin and an innovative formulation of other premium ingredients, each of the keratin hair products in our signature collections can help you combat the biggest challenges of maintaining silver hair color. From fading to frizz, and everything in between, our salon-recommended formulations are equipped to handle it all.
Explore the full selection of Keratherapy keratin-infused Color Protect products to find the secret to silver hair that always looks and feels the very best.
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