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How to Care for Natural Gray Hair, From Strength to Style

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Along with age, our body undergoes many changes towards natural whiteness Hair transitions can be the most nerve-wracking—leaving many of us struggling to embrace the inevitable silver hair. Maybe you’ve decided not to dye your hair, or maybe your routine just stopped cutting it, and you’re looking for the best way to take care of your changing locks. Whatever your motivation, you can use our guide; we’ve enlisted two hair-care experts to help share their top tips.

For starters, it may be helpful to understand the difference in natural gray hair. “As we age, hair loses density, luster, and pigment, and the oil glands in the scalp produce less sebum,” says Dr. Dr. Gaby Longsworth, scientist, certified hairdresser, and biotech/pharmaceutical patent attorney. Regarding the color of gray hair, Longsworth stresses that it’s not white, but transparent as glass because it’s lost its melanin, a natural UV protector. “Grey hair lacks this natural protective mechanism, making it more sensitive to sunlight, which leads to oxidation of hair proteins,” she notes. “That’s why white and gray hair is more prone to oxidation and looks yellow and dull.”

Longsworth says, that is, reduced sebum production leads to Hair feels rough, stiff and dry—especially with curly textures. So, explains Nina Rubel, creative director and head of color at Rob Peetoom Salon in Williamsburg, people may have to alter their styling and maintenance routines accordingly. Read on to learn the essential steps to keep your natural gray hair looking as healthy as ever.

Remove buildup with Purifying Shampoo

“To keep gray hair looking healthy, use only mild Purify shampoos and avoid sulfates, which can be particularly drying on gray hair and curly hair,” says Longsworth. “A weekly or bi-weekly detox like charcoal, ACV, and something like that will keep your silver hair as white as possible—and keep your scalp healthy.” The best choice for removing dirt and oil from hair at the same time. Otherwise, Rubel recommends alternating between L’Oréal Professionnel Metal Detox Shampoo and a traditional cleanser for a deep cleanse.

L ‘Oréal Professionnel Metal Detox Shampoo
Cleansing Care

When you are not using purifying formula, Your daily shampoo should improve the look and feel of your mane. “Lack of pigment in gray hair can lead to yellowing due to product buildup, metals and minerals in the water, heat styling, sun exposure, and other external factors,” Rubel points out; therefore, buy a purple shampoo or a product that prevents brassy discoloration is the key. Among Longworth’s picks are Davines’ color-boosting purple shampoo for platinum and cool blondes, or Klorane’s neutralizing shampoo, enriched with organic centaur extract to counteract copper and yellow tones.

Davines Alchemy Silver Shampoo

Klorane Anti-Yellowing Shampoo with Centaury

Priority moisturizing care

As usual, cleanse and then condition. Remember: “Grey hair needs more moisture than non-gray hair,” says Longsworth. A hydrating mask is a thoughtful addition to your conditioner to go with your shampoo of choice. Hair masks from Briogeo are always a good idea and have been known to restore dry, damaged hair after a few uses. Prefer a clean formula? Enter Innersense’s option, infused with shea butter, flaxseed, quinoa, coconut, and tamanu oils to quench your thirst without overwhelming them.

Briogeo Don’t despair, fix it! Deep Conditioning Mask

Innersense Organic Beauty Moisturizer Hair mask

Choose Repairing Leave-In

“Because gray hair is more prone to damage, make sure we strengthen and Protecting your hair Hair is essential,” explains Rubel. “Repair masks like K is a great way to reverse previous damage while protecting hair from future stress and wear.” In addition to the often said K Treatment, Augustinus Bader’s formula is powered by the brand’s acclaimed TCF8 complex along with supercharged superfoods and antioxidants to promote shiny, thicker, moisturized hair.

K Bionic Hair Science Free Molecular Repair Hair Mask

Augustinus Bader Leave – Conditioner

Maintain scalp balance

For colored and gray hair types, healthy hair begins with the scalp! New York City-based trichologist Bridgette Hill previously told Vogue

that conditioners help “provide moisture, protection, and/or styling benefits to the scalp or hair fiber.” Among them Best of all, Dr. Barbara Sturm works to minimize dryness, oiliness, and inflammation in the hair fiber. Kérastase’s pick, on the other hand, uses a blend of ceramides, conditioning agents, and green tea extract to soften hair and reduce breakage.

2027302 Initialiste Strengthening and Volumizing Advanced Scalp and Hair Serum

PhD. Barbara Sturm Balancing Scalp Serum

Promote Hair Growth and Strength

Again, a product dedicated to strengthening and subsequent Grow products that won’t hurt your hair. Longsworth favors Mielle’s acclaimed oil, which boasts an impressive blend of castor, rosemary, peppermint, biotin and tea tree oils. Then there’s Oribe’s Conditioning Serum, enriched with chia seeds, bamboo, plant-based proteins and hyaluronic acid, which not only strengthens strands but also protects against heat 76 Spend.

Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Scalp and Hair Strengthening Oil

Oribe Hair Alchemy Intensive Treatment Serum

Will Hot Tools Paired with Heat Protectant

“When gray hair is overused with hot tools, it becomes dull and becomes dull due to the heat Yellowish, so proper protection is a must,” advises Rubell. While some of the hair products you choose may already have insulating properties, a stand-alone spray may be useful. Both Kenra and Bumble and Bumble are formulated to protect against heat 85 Spend.

Kenra Heat Styling Spray

Loud noise Bb. Heat Shield Heat Protection Spray


If you ever had a styler, don’t be disheartened Close no longer works for you. Longsworth favors Miribel’s lightweight gel for soft, weightless support; not to mention it simultaneously moisturizes skin with conditioning ingredients like aloe vera, flaxseed extract, and vitamin E. Or your hair may feel flat. Add volume with Paul Mitchell’s Volumizing Liquid (Maye Musk is a fan) or Rubel-endorsed Shu Uemura’s mousse. For any other styling need, Living Proof’s sprays offer a variety of benefits, from instant volume to voluminous texture.

Miri Bella Turals Silky Flax Seed Gel

Paul Mitchell Cleansing Beauty Serum

Shu Uemura Volumizing Mousse

Living Proof Full Dry Volume & Texture Spray

Lock Locks in Moisture

As a final step, a drop of pomade works to repair dry, brittle strands by locking in moisture. Apply lightly on Davines OI Oil to add shine and softness to wet or dry hair without weighing it down, especially when it feels particularly rough. Bread Beauty Supply’s elixir is also a good option, powered by Kakadu plums for unrivaled radiance and hydration.


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