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Grey Hair Toner: Hair Care For Grey Hair

We explain how you can prevent discolouration and damage, and get the most out of your silver locks.

Hair care for grey hair: how it changes with time

Over the years, our hair gradually turns grey due to a loss of pigment caused by our genes. The melanin-producing cells eventually stop, and when this happens the next hair to grow out of the follicle is white or grey. Once a certain follicle produces a white hair, it will never again produce a coloured hair because it no longer has the necessary colour-producing cells.

This new grey hair often has a coarse, dry texture. This can be due to a reduction in sebum production on the scalp (so fewer natural oils to moisturise the hair shaft), or the result of pulling out grey hairs which then distorts the shape of the follicle (causing wiry new hair to grow). 

Others notice that their new grey hairs are thinner and more fragile, with less natural volume. The scalp can also become visible due to thinning. Fine hair is particularly prone to breakage and split ends. These different textures affect how to choose the right hair care for grey hair.

Grey Hair Toner: control your colour

When it comes to growing grey hair, we don't have much choice about the shade that emerges (white, darker grey, silver etc.) but there are steps that can be taken to prevent the unwanted tones and discolouration that can occur such as yellowing or dullness.

Hair toner is a popular option when it comes to showcasing your grey. It's ideal if you prefer to discreetly embrace your transition into grey as opposed to dealing with patchy sections of grey across the head. With grey hair toner, the hair is coloured with a very subtle coat of colour that still allows the grey shade to show through. Gradually, your hair stylist can reduce the colour pigment at each application, smoothly easing you into an all-grey look.

Shampoo for grey hair: get the perfect silver shade

A common concern for those with natural or coloured grey hair is a lack of shine. To turn your colour from drab grey into a silver sensation, the answer could be in your hair care for grey hair routine. Enter the Silver Shampoo from the Série Expert collection. Its gentle but effective formula not only cleanses the hair, but also neutralises any unwanted brassiness or yellowness thanks to its deep purple tones. It's just as effective on grey hair as it is on platinum and other light blonde shades which can suffer from the same brassy tones.

Tips for grey hair

How to prevent damage to grey hair

Fine grey hair can quickly become damaged, especially when heated styling tools are involved. Ensure you're using a gentle hairbrush – natural boar bristles are a good option – and always apply heat protection before blow-drying and styling.

How to make grey hair shiny

Coarse grey hair doesn't reflect the light well, so it can look dull and feel dry, whereas fine grey hair can also appear lacklustre due to its reduced surface area. The Nutrifier hair care for grey hair collection offers nourishment and protection for the hair fibre, making it easier to brush through and visibly shinier. The silicone-free night mask is ideal for leaving on overnight over cleansed, towel-dried hair.

How to make your silver hair colour last

You've found your perfect grey shade, perhaps thanks to a grey hair toner or colour-perfecting shampoo, but how do you ensure that it's long-lasting? L'Oréal Professionnel has the answer, and all it involves is one extra step in your hair colour process. Smartbond is a unique in-salon treatment that strengthens the fibre and ensures the colour is sealed onto the hair without damage. The result is longer-lasting colour and shinier, healthier-looking grey hair.

Love and cherish your silver mane using the best hair care for stunning silver hair!