Ladies, there is a silver hair movement going on! Everyday I am so motivated by the comments I receive from women who say I inspire them or give them the courage to finally go grey. It has made me realize just how important it is to change the narrative around silver hair. For anyone out there with doubts let me be the one to tell you: Silver hair is BEAUTIFUL. Silver hair is SEXY. I have rocked my silver curls my entire adult life and I am also here to assure you that having grey hair doesn’t make you old. The reality is, the ability to feel beautiful, sexy, and youthful doesn’t come from the color of your hair. It comes from being confident in yourself.
Now I get that it’s a lot easier to feel confident when your white hair is on point, so let me share with you the biggest lessons I’ve learned about silver hair care over nearly 20 years.
5 Lessons I’ve Learned About Silver Hair Care
- Clean Hair Products
I refuse to use anything less than clean hair products in my silver hair care routine. So what does it mean to be clean? At minimum, the products should be free of harmful chemicals like sulfates, parabens, formaldehydes, and mineral oils that are not only harmful to your scalp and body, but also strip your hair of natural oils that are critical to the health of your white hair. Recently, The Mane Choice sent me over their Ancient Egyptian collection to try.
You all know how much I love finding products made from natural ingredients. Well this collection lives up to my expectations and more. Not only is this collection free of all of the harmful ingredients I avoid, but they also contain natural ingredients like aloe vera, coconut oil, honey, and sunflower oil. Even better yet, the products are vitamin infused with important ingredients like vitamin A, biotin, vitamin B5, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E to name a few. It’s like a multi vitamin for your hair! After using this line for several weeks, I’m happy to say that my silver curls are super hydrated and nicely defined.
- How to Prevent Yellowing
The most frequently asked question I get from my silver hair sisters is, “how do you prevent your white hair from turning yellow?” It took me years to learn and accept this lesson, but the single most important way to prevent yellowing is to avoid heat styling. I know how impossible that sounds, but trust me your hair will never look better.
Once I stopped using my curling iron and began diffusing my hair on low heat settings, I noticed my silver hair was dramatically healthier with no more yellowing. And don’t even get my started on my curl definition. In addition to avoiding heat, it’s extra important to keep white hair hydrated during styling which is why I love using the Mane Choice deep conditioning Ancient Egyptian Hair Mask followed up with the Ancient Egyptian Cuticle Control Leave-In Lotion. These products give my hair the extra hydration it needs before low-heat styling.
- The Truth About Purple Shampoo
I’m also often asked whether I use and recommend purple shampoo. The answer to that question is “no”. Surprising right? Now that’s not to say I haven’t tried purple shampoos. I have actually tried several top brands over the years and the results were all the same – not good. While these shampoos did help prevent yellowing, I found that they also left my curls completely dried out. So much so that purple shampoos were ruining my curl pattern. Obviously, they had to go!
- Healthy Diet Promotes Healthy Silver Hair
I know it’s cliché but you are what you eat. Did you know scientists can analyze your hair and detect your dietary habits and health? Just like your skin, your hair will look its best when you are staying hydrated and eating healthy foods. That’s why a whole food plant based diet full of healthy fats like avocado, nuts, olive oil, and coconut is an essential part of my whole body care.
- Scalp Massages
An important ritual for me in my silver hair care routine is a weekly 10 minute scalp massage. These days I like to give myself a scalp massage while watching TV with my husband at night. It doesn’t leave my hair greasy so I’ll usually wash my hair the next morning.
Not only do scalp massages feel a-mazing but they also promote blood circulation and sebum oil production. Have you ever wondered why the texture of your grey hair is different than your non-grey hair? As you age, your oil glands produce less sebum oil resulting in drier, rough textured hair. I highly recommend using the The Mane Choice Growth Oil for your scalp massages.
First of all, the citrus scent is so lovely! But most importantly, it’s packed with natural ingredients like almond oil, rosemary extract, sunflower oil, tea tree oil, aloe vera, grapeseed oil, and jojoba oil. The Growth Oil leaves my scalp feeling warm, tingly, and invigorated and I must say – I absolutely love it. I’ve already noticed an improvement in my hair texture and I’m so excited to continue using the product long term.
As you can probably tell, proper silver hair care using natural products is something that I’m really passionate about. For me it’s part of a larger process of self care and embracing my uniqueness. No matter where you are in your silver hair journey – salt and pepper, grombre, or full on silver hair, I hope embracing your natural silver hair has given you a new level of confidence in your authentic self. As always, thanks for following along! Before you leave, please share some comments below about your silver hair journey.