We have tested silver shampoos and name Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo as best in test. This silver shampoo is amazingly efficient and gives your hair a nice, cool colour after only one use. After washing the hair feels light and has plenty of sheen. Another product which sticks out in the test is L'Anza Healing ColorCare, a nourishing silver shampoo which doesn't dry out the hair, but which both gives soft and shiny hair.
We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. Every test of silver shampoo took place over several weeks. Every shampoo has been tested through repeated washes to note any changes in the result and has also been used with a longer leave-in time. The products have been tested on coloured, bleached and naturally white/grey hair. The assessment has primarily been based on the characteristics below.
How strong is the colour result on the hair? How much cooler is the shade and how quickly does it fade? What result does the shampoo give on which types of hair? Does the hair have shine and lustre after use?
Drying How much does the shampoo dry out the hair? Is it gentle or does it cause a lot of damage?
What's the consistency of the shampoo like and what's it like to apply? Is it economical or do you need to apply a lot? Does it produce a good lather? What does the product smell like, and how good is the packaging?
Between test periods of two shampoos, normal shampoo has been used so that the hair is neutral when starting the next test. The score is based on an overall experience of the product in relation to its price.
Silver shampoo is used to neutralise yellow or orange tones in blonde, white or grey hair and to create that popular cool result. The product can also be used on brown or red hair to obtain a new shade, although you need to be very careful to make sure the shampoo isn't left on for too long as this can produce a rather drab result.
Silver shampoo dries the hair somewhat, but in recent years many new products have been developed. Some people say that silver shampoos damage the hair and these shampoos did previously make a greater impression on the hair, but now they are much gentler. However, it's a good idea to end with a nourishing product like a normal hair mask. If you want a really cool shade for your hair, you can also buy both silver conditioner and silver hair masks. The result won't be as intense because they are intended to close the hair cuticle and therefore don't provide as much pigment, but can still produce a very attractive finish.
It's important to remember that silver shampoo doesn't remove the yellow tones in the hair or bleach it. If you aren't happy with your colour when you leave the hairdressers, you should go back and have it done again. This is just a way to keep your hair attractive between visits. Nor is silver shampoo the same as a colour bomb, which have also become extremely popular recently. A colour bomb is more like a kind of toner with a lot more pigment and which gives a more permanent result.
Silver shampoo can be used on coloured or bleached hair as well as natural hair. It was initially intended for people with naturally grey or white hair to remove yellow or gold shades without having to dye it, but it is now most commonly used by people with blonde hair. When you shampoo the hair the cuticle opens, which means that the violet pigments in the product can attach to it, creating the cool result. With some silver shampoos it can be useful to wash your hair with normal shampoo once before application. The hair absorbs more colour when dry, so you should wring out your hair thoroughly and then spread the shampoo on the hair rather than creating a lather as you would with a normal shampoo. The fact that dry hair absorbs more pigment also means that the shampoo can produce different results on different hair. Bleached hair is often drier, which means that it absorbs the pigment quicker and to a greater extent. It's therefore important to be extremely careful if you have bleached or dry hair, to avoid the colour tipping over towards violet instead of staying at an attractive ash blonde shade.
How often you should use silver shampoo varies, but hairdressers recommend once or twice a week and that you should leave it to work for 3 to 5 minutes. A good tip is to leave it for 10 to 15 minutes every now and then to get a more intense result. However, this is very individual and depends on your hair type and the product you are using.
People often wonder if you can use silver shampoo on hair extensions. And yes, hair extensions are just normal hair if they are real, so of course you can use it. However, you have to remember that it may not react the same way as when you use shampoo in your own hair. It's difficult to know how hair extensions have been treated before you buy them, so you may end up with an unexpected result. So you have to be careful during application to make sure you get the result you want.
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