Once I reached the "over 50" mark, I knew it was time to embrace the idea of aging gracefully. I like to share beauty and health tips.
Beautiful Hair Secrets
I have made the choice and gone gray.
After years of coloring and highlighting my hair in the hopes of covering the telltale gray and struggling with roots that had an ugly contrast of demarcation, I finally said, "enough of this." I was hoping to retain my youth, but the final effect was starting to backfire.
Eventually, the rest of you (wrinkles, sags, etc.) catches up to those sentinel graying locks, and it becomes time to embrace who you are, including how old you are. That doesn't mean we shouldn't keep trying to stay healthy and vibrant, exercise, and keep young in our hearts and minds.
It just means being more natural in our beauty choices.
Selling Points of Pravana Silver Lights Shampoo
- The ingredients: no sulfates, paraben-free, cocomide-free
- Brightening color agent to neutralize yellow
- Keratin amino acids, silk amino acids, and sunscreen for strength and protection
Secret to Beautiful Hair: The Right Shampoo
One of the challenges I had in caring for my gray hair was its different texture, which sometimes looked frizzy and dry. That look is aging no matter what your hair color. So I set about finding what I could do to make my hair look beautiful and healthy.
One of the secrets to taming frizz and canceling yellowing is to use the right shampoo. When hair is gray, silver, or shades of gray, it sometimes takes on a yellow cast. Polluted air, hair products, too much sun...those and more can cause gray hair woes. A shampoo with brighteners can help retain a silvery sheen and keep the strands from looking yellowish.
Another secret to keeping gray locks looking gorgeous is to add shine. Frequent shampoos with a mild product are the basis for giving hair shine. And that brings me to what is one of the most sought-after products on my page about silver fox hair (which showcases celebrities who have gone stylishly gray and many facts and tips about keeping your mature hair looking its best).
Pravana's Pure Light Line Is Deservedly Popular
What I love about Pravana Pure Light Shampoo is that it is completely sulfate-free and very mild. Frequent washing is good for keeping hair shiny and clean, but harsh products that strip it and are hard on the environment? None of us want that, making this is the ideal answer.
Optical brighteners get rid of off-cast and yellowing, special combinations of amino acids and botanicals give hair strength, and sunscreen protects the hair. And most importantly: NO SULFATES!
I love having a shampoo that will give me great results and is free from harmful additives that can irritate the scalp (I have sensitive skin, always have).
It is actually the great response from my readers that lead me to this product. I knew I wanted a brightening hair product, but was still experimenting, and I felt like there must be something really good about this particular brand when so many were ordering it. Pure Light Shampoo is one of the best toner types of shampoos that I have tried.
Lights, Action, Shine
Get rid of yellowing and brassiness! That, along with poor condition, is what makes gray hair look aging. This product line will give a brightened effect that reflects light beautifully. Of course, you can use other products, but this is the healthiest choice in my opinion.
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Which Is Most Important for You?
If you have steel-gray or silver-hued locks, is it the shampoo, the conditioner, or the polish for shine that is most important to your beauty regime?
I found it necessary to have more than just one type of product to get a great look and combat the dulls and frizzies.
I find I really need a brightening shampoo, not every week, but regularly. In between, I like to use moisturizing products without any color-enhancing benefits.
Keeping gray hair gorgeous is a matter of knowing how to maintain your silver locks. More older women are finding that their hair can be stunning. No need to color it and struggle with roots that need touch-ups. Stay gray and love your healthy hair. The right shampoo and conditioner are paramount.
Where Can I Get Pravana Pure Light?
Unfortunately, the company discontinued this line. They have a Perfect Blonde line that will do the same thing and is sulfate-free, but I have not tried it.
I have been using Paul Mitchell's Platinum Blonde line. Although not branded specifically for gray or silver hair, the products for blondes do the same thing: prevent brassiness and yellowing.
I like the smell, and like all products that are color enhancing, it isn't for every day. Switch it out with a clarifying, mild shampoo in-between times.
I get asked about whether this shampoo has certain ingredients, so for those who don't have easy access to a bottle, and don't wish to visit Amazon to find out, I decided to list the officially stated ingredients for Pure Light Pravana.
What it is: Pravana Pure Light Sulfate-Free Brightening Shampoo cleanses, brightens & neutralizes yellow tones.
What it does: Formulated to cleanse and purify white gray or platinum hair and instantly neutralize yellow or off tones to produce a whiter brighter appearance! What else you need to know: Includes special sunscreens to help block the damaging effects of the sun and protect hair color.
Ingredients: Water Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate Cocamidppropyl Hydroxysultaine Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate Cocamidopropylamine Oxide Stearate Glocol Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract Equisetum Arvense Extract Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract Arnica Montana Flower Extract Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract Cocos Nucifera Oil Gardenia Thaitensis Flower Extract Keratin Amino Acids Wheat Amino Acids Silk Amino Acids Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein Polyquaternium-7 Fragrance Benzpohenone-4 Panthenol Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride Ext. Violet 2 Citric Acid Methylchloroisothiazolinone Methylisothiazolinone BCC12-Base.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Question: What can I use to turn my white hair silver grey?
Answer: Whenever I hear the term "turn" for someone's color, it means using hair color. Professional services for hair coloring seems like your answer, but this is outside my topic. I advocate having your natural color and making the best of it through products and health habits.
© 2013 Ilona E
Ilona E (author) from Ohio on January 31, 2019:
Marlene, if you decide to try it, come back and comment on your experience, won't you?
Marlene Bertrand from USA on September 03, 2015:
I'm letting my gray hair grow out. It has been a challenge. Thank you for the recommendation. I will try the Pravana to see if I can get better results.