How to make grey hair shine naturally
Whether you want to make the best of your naturally grey hair, or you’re wondering how you’ll need to change up your hair care routine as your hair changes, you need to bear in mind that as your hair goes grey it may well become a lot drier and finer, so if you are looking to make grey hair shine naturally then products that boost moisture are going to be your new best friend. Having said that you might also want to make a few tweaks to your haircare routine to give your silvery locks an extra helping hand.
Change up your shampoo and conditioner
As your hair changes it’s a good time to think about changing up your shampoo and conditioner to make sure it’s working for you. A lot of women who have decided to stop colouring their hair to go grey naturally choose to go for products that boast more natural ingredients to give their hair a break from chemicals. Your hair may well thank you for it! I’ve recently started using this Faith in Nature Aloe Vera shampoo and conditioner as I’m keen to try products with a more natural focus on ingredients that don’t leave my hair feeling so heavy.
Once hair is predominantly grey you might want to invest in products specially designed for grey hair. But shampoo is just shampoo, right? Yes and no, some women find they can carry on using their regular shampoo with great results, but depending on the condition, type and colour of your hair you may find that your grey hair can suffer from dryness, discolouration or take on a brassy hue, especially if you are a smoker or you use a lot of heat to style your hair. A lot of women I’ve spoken to get great results from using purple shampoos to enhance their greys (also suitable for blonde or coloured hair) and this one from L’Oreal consistently comes out top in ‘best shampoo for grey hair’ reviews.
Invest in hair oils and serums
Because grey hair has less natural moisture some women find that their hair appears frizzier and less light reflective, so maximizing shine is key. Apply a high-shine serum or balm to damp hair before styling can help give it a boost. You can also try adding a small amount of serum to your hair after drying to tame and smooth fly-aways. You need to experiment to find what works best for your hair as too much product can end up weighing your hair down and making it look limp. I’ve been using this one from Pantene for a couple of years now and it’s my absolute favourite. I use one or two pumps to my hair after I’ve washed it and it tends to minimise frizz if I’m leaving my hair to air-dry. If I’m hair drying my hair I’ll often add an additional pump after drying to tame fly-aways and add extra shine and it never leaves my hair greasy like some other popular brands I’ve tried. It also has a really pleasant subtle smell and one bottle tends to last me months, even with daily use.
Do a weekly deep conditioning mask
There are some lovely hair masks and deep conditioning treatments on the market like this sumptuous one from Garnier that smells divine! Giving your hair a treatment once a week can really help to lock in the moisture to help it look shiny, plus it’s just a great excuse to pamper yourself! If you like a long soak in the bath at the weekend then you could use the time to apply a hair treatment too. Simply wash your hair, apply your hair treatment of choice, comb through to evenly distribute. There are some lovely hair masks and deep conditioning treatments on the market and giving your hair a treatment once a week can really help to lock in the moisture to help it look shiny, plus it’s just a great excuse to pamper yourself! If you like a long soak in the bath at the weekend then you could use the time to apply a hair treatment too. Simply wash your hair, apply your hair treatment of choice, comb through to evenly distribute and leave it to work its magic until you are ready to rinse it out. The longer you can leave it, the better! As an additional tip, if you want to minimise frizz it is well worth investing in a jersey t shirt towel rather than using standard towels.
Protect your hair from the sun
The harsh UV rays of the summer sun can cause a lot of damage to your hair. You also need to bear in mind that the sun can discolour grey hair! First up, if you are keen to keep your grey hair looking lush and shiny then it’s a good idea to wear a hat if whenever you can, especially if you know you’re going to be out in the sun for long periods of time. But in the same way you would use sun protection on your skin, there are also a whole host of products available now that are specially designed to protect your hair and scalp from the damaging effects of the sun. My hairdresser recommended this Bed Head by Tigi Beach Bound Heat Protectant Spray because it’s quite light and doesn’t leave your hair feeling greasy like a lot of brands – and the bonus is that it smells amazing!
Cut down on heat treatments
One of the best routes to get naturally shiny grey hair, or how to improve the condition of most hair types in fact, is to cut back on the use of heat. This is much easier said than done because while we know that overusing heat treatments can damage our hair they also help to give our hair volume, waves and help combat frizz. It’s probably unrealistic to expect you to give up your favourite heat tools, but maybe you can lessen the amount you use them if you know it really will make a big impact on the condition of your hair? I found that air drying my hair for the majority of lockdown made a huge difference to its condition: by the time I finally got a salon appointment (about 9 months later) my hairdresser was surprised at my hair’s condition with hardly any split ends or dryness. I will admit that this was easier over winter because we obviously weren’t allowed to leave the house – not so sure I’d be keen to leave the house with wet hair in the depth of winter! So here’s some tips: in the summer months when the weather is warmer you could think about leaving your hair to dry naturally a few times a week. Simply add a little serum or frizz reduction product, pat dry your hair with a t shirt towel and try not to briskly rub it in the towel, you want to be as gentle as possible if you want to lesson frizz. If your hair is long enough, either braid it to create natural movement, twist and pin sections for beachy waves or leave it loose to air dry.
Book a visit to the hairdresser
I’m sure I don’t need to sell the benefits of a visit to the salon! Getting a regular haircut is the first step to keeping your hair looking it’s best. Your hairdresser will merrily snip away the dead ends that always seem to be the first areas of your hair to show damage such as dryness and split ends, this will help show off the healthier hair. If your hair is dry it’s likely to appear a lot more dull. I always find my hair feels really heavy when I’ve not had it cut for a while. As soon as my hairdresser cuts in some fresh layers it instantly adds natural volume and my hair appears more shiny. A lot of salons also offer deep conditioning treatments for a small extra charge, so it’s worth having a chat to them to see if it’s something they’d recommend for your hair. It’s also an excuse for a bit of extra pamper time! Alternatively, if you’re on a budget you could do your own treatment at home. I’ve used much loved brand Cantu for a while now and their leave-in conditioner makes my hair noticeably smoother when I used it as a mask once a week which I rinsed out (I don’t generally get on well with leave in conditioners as I find they just make my hair feel heavy and a bit greasy).