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Which are the Best Silver Shampoos?

Which are the Best Silver Shampoos?
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Post last updated: 07/03/2023

Blonde, silver or grey hair can be difficult to upkeep. Whether natural, dyed or highlighted, lighter locks can turn brassy and slightly yellow in tone after time and often need a lot of love and attention to keep colour fresh and vibrant.

To keep blonde, platinum or silver locks looking beautiful, there are a few haircare essentials which you need in your beauty routine and a colour-perfecting silver shampoo is one of them.

Working to counteract brassy and dull tones in blonde or silver hair, silver shampoos transform the look of your hair in just one wash and help to keep your colour looking its best for longer.

What Causes Brassy Hair?

Environmental factors such as the sun, hard water and chlorinated water can all turn hair brassy. Blonde hair turns brassy because it is typically more porous and is prone to absorbing chemicals more easily. Likewise, if your hair is not naturally blonde or grey, you may have natural warm undertones which are only kept at bay when toner is applied. Once the toner wears off, your hair can become brassy which isn’t a good look when you’ve paid all that money for a beautiful blonde colour.

How Does Silver Shampoo Work?

Silver shampoo works by utilising basic colour theory, on the colour wheel, purple sits opposite yellow. When purple and yellow are mixed, they offset each other to create a more neutral shade. By applying silver shampoo to your hair, a small amount of the violet pigment is absorbed into the hair shaft and any brassy or yellow undertones are immediately cooled down.

What is the difference between Silver Shampoo and Purple Shampoo?

Although Purple Shampoo and Silver Shampoo both do the same job of removing brassy tones out of blonde or silver hair, it is Silver Shampoo which tends to be the more potent of the two. This is because Silver Shampoos generally have deeper pigments of purple to give silver hair a stronger colour neutralisation effect.


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How Long and Often Should You Use Silver Shampoo?

Less is more when it comes to silver shampoo so don’t leave it on for too long or it cause your hair to attain a purple hue and also dry out your hair. It is recommended that you use silver shampoo twice a week, leaving the product on for 4-5 minutes each time to really let those pigments get to work. You can leave silver shampoo on your hair for a slightly longer period of time to add even more cool tones to your hair.

Our Picks of the Best Silver Shampoos

  1. L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Silver Shampoo
  2. BLEACH LONDON Silver Shampoo
  3. Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed So Silver Shampoo
  4. System Professional Extra Silver Shampoo
  5. Philip Kingsley Pure Silver Shampoo
  6. Sachajuan Silver Shampoo
  7. Original & Mineral Conquer Blonde Silver Shampoo
  8. Balmain Hair Illuminating Shampoo - Silver Pearl


To help you find your perfect silver shampoo, we have tried and tested some of the most popular formulas which promise to work wonders on blonde hair.

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