Styling Products for Smooth & Shiny Gray Hair

Gray hair is unique in it’s texture and color.  It often requires special products to make it look and feel it’s best.  According to More Magazine, Gray hair follicles produce little oil and next to no melanin, says Richard Korb, a scientist in research and development at Unilever (maker of Dove Hair Care). A glossing treatment can help. A good at-home version costs less than salon, and results last about a week.

A few suggestions from readers (aff):

John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze Clear Shine, 6.5 oz, 2 pk also comes in tinted shades.

Phyto Phytodefrisant Hair Relaxing Balm (5 oz)  “Achieve the perfect blow-out with this award-winning, heat-activated, sleek-making complex. The exclusive plant-based formula, rich in ferula, horseradish, and sage hydrates, softens and protects unruly hair prepping it for a smooth look.”

Phytolisse Ultra-Glossing Finishing Serum For Hair (Travel Size 5 mL) “Instantly calm flyaways and tame frizz with this non-greasy style enhancer. Use throughout the day to maintain glossy shine, no matter the conditions.”

Fekkai Ageless ™ All Day Hair Plump“Unleash your hair’s potential with this ultra-luxurious, daytime leave-in treatment that plumps and retexturizes strands to reveal healthy, thick, silky smooth hair. This light créme provides intense, continuous moisture throughout the day filling and plumping up damaged and roughed up cuticles. Repairs damaged hair and provides bio-conditioning to reinforce the hair cuticle for increased hair strength. Used in conjunction with Overnight Hair Repair, hair is visibly plumped, replenished and renewed around the clock. Hair looks thicker, younger, healthier, and like it’s never seen a day of damage.” Available from

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  1. joannct1 says

    i have been also in the group going gray looking, and also another 1 the rainbowrom. it closed mademe sad. i havebeen trying to go gray, for several years now, i am age 54, i got s really short cut so hopefully i have 1 more cut and be done with the last of auburn hair color. i want to find something i can use that keeps my hair looking good. i also just bought at sallys clairol shimmer lights shampoo and conditioner, i use bio- silk too in my hair i have been useing it for a few years now love it!!

  2. maricar says

    My gray hair is getting a yellowish color, I believe it is from the well water. any ideas on how to remove the yellowish color?

    • Frankie says

      Use a shampoo and conditioner that contain a blue/lavender tint that are formulated especially for platinum and gray hair. I don't have any particular one to recommend. If you cannot find anything locally, try, or The yellowish business happens naturally. Do not use any hair products that contain dyes, as gray hair is particularly inclined to absorb them. The blue/lavender tint will cancel out the yellow. For anyone who is considering frosting or streaking: If all they do is remove the color from your hair it will likely wind up with yellow streaks! Be sure your colorist knows what he/she is doing and has worked with gray hair.

      • tess says

        It has been two years for me now and it has been interesting watching the process….I have white hair on the front half and some leftover dark hair in the lower back. I had some yellow streaking naturally, don’t know why or what from….???
        another thing is that some of my hair started turning dark again.
        It was mostly white at first but I think that was because I was sick, shingles when I decided to grow it out.
        I have so many shampoos from experimenting but I would have to say my favorite is Schwarzkopf silver shampoo with it’s companion conditioning spray, Paul Mitchell Platinum with sun shield spray that shines! I think a hat might be in order for sun protection though….I have also tried baking soda with a vinegar rinse which works and is much less expensive….try one tablespoon of melted coconut oil in a 8oz spray bottle for shine.!

          • tess says

            Oops I did it again….I tried yet another product to be fair and balanced in my opinion….Yesterday I went and got Beach blonde by John Frieda which is also meant for gray hair. I found the shampoo cool dip very minty refreshing and conditioning. Gave my hair a great feel. I also use the companion conditioner. There is a “sea salt spray” also under the John Frieda Beach Blonde line which is suppose to add texture and a light beachy fragrance which I am using day two to freshen my hair which I found to do both… This will be a favorite!

    • Lady Grey says

      I’ve been experimenting with a few products but so far what has worked for me has been Manic Panic Virgin Snow for a semi-perm no ammonia/peroxide toner and on high recommendation I just purchased Ardell Red Gold Corrector that you mix with your conditioner to create a really great and cost effective conditioner. I’ve used Nexxus Simply Silver with great results but just purchased Shimmer Lights to try it out. The Virgin Snow worked really well on my hair and conditioned it as well. I’m also going to try a Cowashing routine which means only using shampoo twice a week and using your conditioner as a shampoo (lots of info on the web about “cowashing”) and bought Suave Naturals Conditioner since it was Dimethicone free (trying to stay away from silicones). It’s actually been a really empowering journey to grow out my gray at 37 and as you can tell, I’m a bit excited about it all really. As a younger women I think that women with gray are truly beautiful and there something more powerful and stunning in gray hair than weird shades of mottled brown and scrambled egg yellow. I’m in transition as it grows out but because I started early it’s only about 20 – 30 % gray, mostly towards the front in streaks as thick as two fingers wide. My son tells me I look like a comic book villianess. I rather like that 😉 Good luck to all my silver sisters!

    • Lori says

      I have very hard well water. We have a water softener and I can really tell when the salt is getting low. I use a purple shampoo almost everyday (just try them till you find the one that doesn’t cause your hair to turn blue) I like Shiny Silver Ultra sold by Sally’s or Amazon. I also use cleansing shampoos once a week. Ion Hard Water Shampoo….also at Sally’s. I also LOVE Redken Cream Cleanser Shampoo. BUT the water softener is the key to it all.

  3. tess says

    Another shampoo I like is Fantastic Sams Cleanse which removes minerals from hard water which can turn gray hair brassy. Then I use the Finish Spray which is a spray shine. Then the next shampoo I use the fantastic sulfate free Keratin shampoo and moisturizing leave-in conditioner which UV protection which helps keep hair from breaking off….

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