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How to Maintain Silver Hair

Silver is a beautiful color for hair, but maintaining it can be difficult. You may experience fading or yellowing. The bleaching process that is required to get your hair to this color is also very damaging, leaving your hair brittle and dry. With the proper care, however, you can enjoy having silver hair with minimal fading, dryness, and brittleness.

PART 1 Washing and Conditioning Your Hair


Wait 1 week after dyeing your hair silver to wash it again.

If you're trying to maintain silver hair that isn't natural, shampoo your hair immediately after bleaching it and condition your hair right after coloring it. After this initial shampooing and conditioning, leave your hair alone for 1 week so that it can recover and replenish any lost oils. If you wash your hair immediately after coloring your hair, then you risk dryness or breakage.


Pre-condition your hair before washing it.

Apply coconut oil to your hair, making sure to distribute it evenly. Leave it in for 1 hour, then wash it out with shampoo.[1] You can also use a hair mask instead, as long as it can be used on dry hair. Leave the mask on for 5 minutes, or the time recommended on the bottle.[2]

For best results, use virgin, cold-pressed, un-refined coconut oil.

Cover your hair with a shower cap to keep your surroundings clean.


Use color-safe, sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners.

Focus the shampoo on your roots and scalp, and the conditioner on the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. Remember to leave the conditioner in your hair for 1 to 2 minutes before rinsing it out.[3]

Sulfates are a common ingredient in shampoos and conditioners. They can make your hair feel dry and fade hair dye.


Deep-condition your hair 1 to 2 times a week with hair masks.

Choose a mask meant for color-treated hair. Wash your hair with shampoo, then rinse it out. Apply the mask to your hair while it is still wet. Wait 3 to 5 minutes, then rinse the mask out.

Use a sulfate-free hair balm if your hair is naturally gray.

If you can't find a hair mask meant for color-treated hair, look for a hydrating or repairing one. Check the ingredient label to ensure that it is free of sulfates.


Use cool or lukewarm water to wash and rinse your hair.

Hot water is very damaging to hair, and even more so on dyed hair. It can also cause your hair color to fade faster. You can make your hair color last longer by using cool to lukewarm water to wash and rinse it. The lower temperature will also help your hair appear sleeker and smoother.

Rinse your conditioner out with cool water to seal the cuticle and lock in moisture.


Limit washing your hair to once or twice per week.

Gray hair dye fades faster than most, so the less often you wash your hair, the longer your color will stay. If your hair is not very oily, wash it once per week. If your hair tends to get very oily, wash it no more than twice per week.

Use dry shampoo in between washes if your hair starts to look oily and dirty.

PART 2 Protecting Your Hair from Heat Damage


Limit the heat styling to keep your hair healthy and the color vibrant.

Let your hair air dry whenever possible, and learn to embrace your hair's natural texture. Heat styling not only damages hair, but it can cause your hair color to fade faster. Using no-heat methods when drying and styling will lead to healthier hair and a longer-lasting dye job.


Use a low heat setting when you do heat-style your hair.

This includes hair dryers, curling irons, and flat irons. If your curling iron or flat iron has an adjustable temperature range, use a heat setting between 300 °F (149 °C) and 350 °F (177 °C), or between 250 °F (121 °C) and 270 °F (132 °C) if your hair is especially fine.[5]

Make sure that your hair is completely dry before you straighten or curl it.


Always use a heat protectant when heat-styling your hair.

Apply the heat protectant to your hair while it is still wet. If you are using it on dry hair, make sure that you let the product dry first, otherwise you risk baking it into your hair After you have applied the product, you can dry, curl, or straighten your hair as usual.

Make sure that you apply the heat protectant all over your hair, not just the ends or the roots. Be generous with the application.

Heat protectants come in many forms: spray, serum, cream, etc. Look for a label that says "heat protectant" or "heat protection."