Try these tricks for a smooth, chic look—and perennial shine:
Blue shampoo. Use blue-hued shampoos and conditioners only once or twice a month to prevent your hair from taking on a violet cast.
Stay sharp. Get a modern cut with clean edges, suggests Yvette Gonzalez, senior stylist and makeup artist at Sahag Workshop in New York City. "Ask your stylist not to use a razor, because it can cause the ends to fray, making your whole style seem untidy," she says. Whatever cut you choose, be sure that you get a trim every 6 to 8 weeks. "Gray hair can start to look unruly if it's not trimmed frequently enough," says Gonzalez.
Protect your assets. Environmental pollutants and UV light can make any hair color—including barely pigmented grays—look dull. So wash at least every other day (to prevent buildup) with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner containing antioxidants, which help protect against UV and environmental damage. Try Giovanni Colorflage Perfectly Platinum Color Defense Shampoo and Conditioner (both $9, drugstore.com).
Get toned. Even with the right products, gray hair can take on a yellowish cast, so lather with a silver-specific shampoo once or twice a month. The classic product many stylists favor is Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Shampoo ($9, sallybeauty.com), which has a violet toner to counteract any yellow.
Lighten up. Skip heavy pomades, waxes, and oily serums. "They can coat gray hair and make it look dusty," says Kathy Galotti, a colorist at the Rossano Ferretti Hairspa in New York City. To combat frizz, try One 'N Only Shiny Silver Ultra Shine Spray ($8, sallybeauty.com), a shine spray without drying alcohol.
Jessica is stylist & owner of Extravaganza Hair Salon & Barber Shop. Even as a young girl, Jessica dreamed of owning her own Hair Salon. She has worked in the industry since she graduated and opened Extravaganza Hair Salon & Barber Shop in 2014. Her passion and strong work ethic are key to her success. What separates her from most is her sincere desire to please her customer and more importantly, treat everyone as family. Her three daughters love to hang out with mom and help her out around the salon. A truly family friendly atmosphere, her clients praise her talent and the positive experience that are just part of the package. Call today for an appointment, you'll be happy you did.