7 Simple Steps To Super Sleek Silver Hair

If you want super sleek silver hair, you have to treat it right. Follow these simple steps for more manageable, smooth grey hair. #greyhair #haircare

Whether you are going through the transition of coloured hair to embracing your grey or you have already completely crossed over to silver fox, you want your hair to not only look great but feel great. And nothing gives you a bigger confidence boost or enforces your decision to transition to grey than getting compliments or inquiries about where you get your hair done.
Why, Mother Nature of course! (They don’t need to know all your secrets do they?)
But seriously, if you want super sleek silver hair, you have to treat it right. Follow these simple steps for more manageable, smooth gray hair. And yes, that is me in the feature image. Not a professional picture I know but I wanted to show you all that I practice what I preach.

If you want super sleek silver hair, you have to treat it right. Follow these simple steps for more manageable, smooth grey hair. #greyhair #haircareDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This means that I may earn a commission should you choose to sign up for a program I recommend or make a purchase using my link. It’s okay – I love all of these products anyways, and you will too! To read my full disclosure and more boring legal stuff, click here.

7 Simple Steps To Super Sleek Silver Hair

Shampoo properly. By this, I mean that you should invest in a top quality shampoo that enhances your grey hair. Too many people simply pick something off the supermarket shelf and hope for the best, when what they really need is a shampoo that will take care of the special needs of grey hair. Grey hair dries out quickly and can become yellow and dull with the wrong products. Choose shampoos with no alcohol and alternate between a clarifying shampoo and a silver enhancing shampoo (daily use will give your hair a purple hue).

My favourites are: Living Proof Restore Shampoo and Liquid Keratin Infusing Brightening De-Frizz Shampoo.

Condition deeply. Hair conditioners have a formulation that will add body and shine to your hair. You know how uncomfortable and scratchy clothes are if you don’t use a fabric conditioner? Well hair is the same. Also, a good conditioner will help to keep your hair static free, which will reduce frizziness even more. Massage the conditioner from root to tip and leave it to work its magic before rinsing thoroughly. This will make your hair look really healthy and shiny.

My favourites are: PEPPERMINT CLARIFYING Conditioner and Pantene Pro-V Silver Expressions Daily Color Enhancing Conditioner for All Silver and Gray Shades.

Be gentle with your hair. Just like your skin, you hair changes as you age. Hair looses elasticity and can become very dry and brittle making it more prone to breakage. You need to use tools the will not damage your hair.

  • Change your old paddle brush for a Boar Bristle Hair Brush . The natural bristles will grip your hair better, giving it a smoother look, plus distribute the oils from your scalp to the ends.
  • Stop using cotton towels for drying your hair and get a Microfiber Turban.
  • Sleep on a Natural Silk Pillowcase to prevent damage from tossing and turning as well as prevent moisture loss.
  • Protect your hair with styling products that have heat protection, like Kenra Platinum Blow-Dry Spray.

Dry your hair well. Modern hair dryers will not harm your hair as much as they used to, but if you are going to use a blow dryer to get your hair dry quickly, make sure you keep it moving over your hair and dry it evenly to avoid overheating. If you have the time, use the dryer on a cool setting to avoid damage.

My favourite is: BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer.

Use a good Serum. There are a huge variety of great products around that are designed to smooth your hair. Most salons will be able to point you in the direction of a serum such as Frizz Ease that will help to keep your hair looking great. Generally hair serums work in three ways, by relaxing the hair, smoothing it, and reducing the potential for it to attract the static electricity that will cause it to frizz up.
Use good quality hair straighteners. Most people find that the cheaper hair straighteners do not do a very good job. You might find that they do not get hot enough to iron out the kinks properly on a single pass, and are not slippery enough to allow your hair to pass through them smoothly and quickly. Opt for ceramic or glass heating plates, and make sure that there is an adjustable temperature. GHD Ceramic Styling Straighteners are one of the most popular brands around and are commonly used in salons all around the world. Their plates get hot fast, and are extra smooth to make styling your hair easy. Ceramic plates will help discharge the static electricity from your hair too, and leave it looking straight for longer.
Eat well and drink plenty of water. Your hair is nourished by what you eat and drink, and will never look good if you don’t eat a balanced diet with lots of vitamins and minerals. Hair is mostly made of protein, so make sure your diet includes plenty. Drink water too, as this will flush impurities out of your body and keep you healthy.

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  1. Have finally decided to go gray and I’m almost 72. Have been coloring for about 15-20 years and everyone loved the color. My husband passed this past December and he was on board but I didn’t think this was the time to move forward. It’s been falling out since last summer; likely related to stress. My hairdresser said she would do high lights to help with the transition. Hope this will be helpful.Some of the gray seems to be very sparkly and it grows fairly quickly & it’s a cut short. Hoping the transition will go well. It’s grown out about 1/2 inch and more in some areas. Don’t like the roots showing in the reddish brown & wand it to be gray enough for her to gauge the right highlighting color.

    1. I’m so sorry for your loss. The transition time is the hardest. Even with a half an inch, your hairdresser should be able to gauge the right color highlight. I’m sure you are going to love it.

  2. Thanks for your tips! I’m 29, and I’ve been going grey since age 13. I’m about 50% grey now. I dyed it a few times as a teenager but my greys are very stubborn and only hold dye for a few days so I stopped. Luckily my hair is pretty shiny and healthy looking, but it is half jet black half silver so sometimes it looks a little funny. Overall with the silver trends these days people think it looks cool. I don’t think I will ever dye it again!

  3. How serendipitous to have found this page just when I have been searching for affirmation that my newly (almost fully) emerged white/silver/platinum hair is not aging or “dated” (as a hair cutter and colorist at my mother’s salon recently proclaimed). I have been at-home coloring my originally medium brown with red-gold highlights hair for many years with a demi-perm color concoction. Because I’m not a professional, my hair kept getting darker and darker, as the color inadvertently spread to overdye the previously colored hair. My thick, healthy hair is also fast growing and color-resistant, so keeping up with bright white root coverups was a pain, and frustrating.
    I finally got tired of the effort, and my hair-cutter guy started to encourage me to let it grow out. I wanted a way to let it grow out gracefully, and so he worked with me and colored the roots with lighter, less permanent color over a few months. But the colors didn’t fade very well, and the contrast was still not appealing. After a few months, and a couple of cuts of my short-ish, layered hair, I gave up coloring and started to let what color was left on the ends grow out, and determined to live with whatever it looked like for as long as it took. Surprisingly, fairly soon the fading light brown remainder started to look almost like an on-purpose surface lowlight toning over what was clearly bright, glowy white/platinum hair. Enhanced by my naturally dark eyebrows.
    Although I still startle when I see myself in a passing mirror or window, I’ve grown to like the subtle contrast effect of the remaining fading colored ends over the white. So much so that after I cut off the very last of the brown dye at my next cut, and I get to see what my completely natural color is, I may add back a version of the almost mottled, face-framing surface low-lights. Not sure what color(s) yet – at some point I may experiment with the brights/deeps, or just stick to a light, non-yellow-undertone brownish. Despite the “outdated” colorist’s comments to me, I’ve been getting lots of compliments on my “platinum” hair. Not quite owning it yet….but getting there. Now looking for a more modern, edgy, interesting cut/style….

  4. I stopped colouring my hair the year I retired. I was spending a lot more time on the golf course and found the Sun was “frying” the hair on the top causing breakage. I had also reached 50% grey so I asked my hairdresser to help me transition to grey. It took 3 hours where she added lowlights and grey highlights and Opalex to restore shine. I had long blunt hair. When regrowth reached several inches I had it cut into a pixie and felt like I had the same grey haircut as every other grandma! A year later I now have long smooth silver hair with white highlights framing my face. I get compliments every week on my silver hair. I love how soft and shiny it is again.

  5. I’ve had grey hair since I was 18. Last February (I was then 48) – already sporting a pixie cut – I decided to stop coloring it. Since then I only cut it once, a couple of months later, to remove what was left over of the colored ends. My hair is now just past my shoulders and all grey. After trying different hair products I have settled on Pravana – Perfectly Blonde line (get it at Ulta). Keeps the hair bright and is light. Their leave in spray is also excellent. The only other product I use is (the original) Moroccan oil – 2 pumps on damp hair. And yes! a must is a microfiber towel which I ordered from Amazon – it was $25 but worth every penny. Drying time is cut by 80%. Women are spending hundreds of dollars nowadays to achieve the grey look (not to mention the damage the bleaching does to the hair). I don’t regret going grey and will never dye my hair again.

  6. When my gray started coming in, it was very splotchy. Now it is mostly at the temples and at the base of my scalp, with patches of gray scattered around. About 9 months ago I made the choice to just embrace the gray, I am 43 with dark to medium brown hair. I went with the lo-lights/hi-lights trick while waiting for my roots to grow out. I recently had about 8 inches cut off (still shoulder length) and it looks so much better. The grays are better blended and the lines are gone from the coloring. I may still go back and get some more hi/lo-lights done, but overall I am happy with not worrying about getting constant touch ups to my hair.

  7. Am free at last! Have got very very thick hair and shorter hair was always harder to manage involving using heat on my hair every day before I looked human! Then I developed a severe allergy to PPD. I had no choice but to go grey.
    Am thrilled to find my hair is a superb shade. I found a great hairpiece (rooted grey) exactly the same colour as my hair to clip over dark dyed hair. Very lucky as it was a tenner on eBay. My daily hairstyling takes but 2 minutes and everyone seems to think I’ve had it done professionally in line with latest fashion for grey hair.
    So girls out there, give it a go,you might be very surprised.

    1. I would love to get a piece! I’m going to check out ebay. Thanks for the tip! And people think I’ve gotten highlights too. Thank you Mother Nature.

  8. Transitioning to grey is challenging at times but so worth it. In fact, it looks like it’s supposed to look and always looks great, in my opinion. And, I agree that the style is what is aging and not the color.

  9. My grey is in the front, mostly – the underneath hair, starting at my temples and only about 1.5 inch strip on each side. Then some down the sides, but still mostly dark there, and none in the back. I use temporary color – golden brown. My natural hair is very dark brown – almost black. So the golden brown seems to lighten the dark, and looks like golden/ash streaks by my face. I let it go without color for a while but I felt like the natural dark brown made me look harsher, and the grey made me look older. What should I do?????

  10. I’m 6 months without dying my hair, I have salt and pepper roots and highlighted ends but my hair is curly so the line is blurred between them, loving every day of the journey to all natural though!

  11. I’m loosing my in the top front and my roots all around my head is gray. I’m tired of coloring every two weeks and after the first week of coloring I can see my gray coming out again:( I’m going to be 55 in a couple of months and just not Sure if I’m ready to go all gray. And wondering how long it would take to fully come out.

  12. I’m on my way to silver hair! Got the pixi cut and can’t wait to see what I look like. If I can just hang on I think I will like it!

  13. I am now 61 and was having to color every 2 weeks. Trying to let it go natural for 5 weeks so I now have about an inch of grey roots. I am a natural red with course curly hair. I am horrified but trying to be brave.

  14. I am 51 and I am ready to let the color go! I have to color the roots every 2 weeks! I have dark hair .. going to my hair dresser and see how I can transition easy into it .. so happy I came across this! Good to know how and what to do

      1. I am still wondering what you do to transition? I must have missed something. I do not want a pixie. I go to the salon every 3-4 weeks and have more gray than my 78 year old mother had. ( I am now 62.) Any advice is much appreciated.

        1. I suggest getting some highlights and low-lites to help with the harsh transition line if you wish to keep your hair long. There are also some powder and spray products you can use to colour roots if you don’t want to do the highlights.

  15. I have been naturally grey for about 5 years now. I too was more grey in the front. Truthfully, I believe the front is more white and the back more like a gunmetal grey. I have been constantly amazed at how many and how often people ask me about my hair and where I get it done. 5 years ago I was just hearing about “ granny hair” being the rage for young ladies. Lol. I took the plunge. Never regretted it. Often wonder if it did age me but then I am 58 and have earned it.

  16. I just started the process of going grey a couple of weeks ago. I had 1 inch roots and got silvery blond highlights to ease into it! So far I love it!

    1. I am doing the same. I have not colored my hair in 6 weeks and will go on Tuesday to get shilvery blond highlights. I am hoping for an easy transition. I wear my hair in a short pixie.

  17. I have colored my hair since the age of 19. At 40 I started to grow out my natural color which was mixed with quite a bit of grey! My husband didn’t like it so I continued to color. Now at 51, I can’t stand going every three weeks to cover the ”skunk stripe”! My hairdresser and I came up with a plan to let my grey hair grow in more naturally by highlighting my usual color into my hair and letting my bangs go free of color. Everone loves it and I feel much more natural! Plus I only go to the hait dresser every 6 weeks now!

  18. I went white after my hairdresser told me I had white roots. The transition was super easy and I love my white hair. I get compliments all the time.

  19. I’m 65 and still coloring. I’ve had the same colorist for 20 years and get a lot of compliments on my hair. I’m afraid the change will be too drastic, but I am inching my way toward going grey. I’ve always used high-quality product on my hair, so I would continue to do so.

  20. I’m not ready yet!! But I keep telling my hairdresser that eventually I’ll be sporting that long sleek silver ponytail. “No you will NOT!” is her response loll 🙂 Bookmarking this for when my day of grey finally comes 🙂

  21. I was just discussing this transition with a friend of mine tonight and sent her some photos. I still have a very small amount of colored hair in one spot on my head. It is such a lovely thing to not have to worry about keeping my hair color up to date.

      1. I am 50 and have white roots. I’m tired of coloring my hair so much. I have dark brown hair. I really want to transition to gray. However, I have very dark eyebrows and I think it might look odd.

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