People with gray hair swear by this purple shampoo for 'shimmering' color

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There's a best-selling purple shampoo that zaps away yellow tints and brassiness to keep your grays shiny and vibrant. (Photo: Getty Images)
There's a best-selling purple shampoo that zaps away yellow tints and brassiness to keep your grays shiny and vibrant. (Photo: Getty Images)

As soon as one gray hair pops up, it’s only a matter of time before several more appear. Before you know it, you have a full head of silver strands.

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If you choose to embrace your natural hue, then you know how dull and borderline-yellow gray hair can get. Luckily, the right hair product can nourish and revive your hair back to its shiny, gorgeous gray state. And if you’re going to start with the basics, then opt for purple shampoo.

Professional hairstylists swear by violet-tinged formulas to eliminate brassiness and yellow tints for clients who dye their hair blonde. But the same formula can cleanse away buildup to reveal shiny gray hair, too. Much like blonde hair, gray hair can give off warm undertones resulting in brassiness — but purple shampoo can neutralize that.

And there’s a best-seller shoppers swear by for brightening up grays.

Fanola No Yellow Purple Shampoo ($12) gets rid of yellow tints and brassiness to keep your grays shiny and vibrant. Even though it’s a shampoo, you should implement it into your beauty routine once a week and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing (some users advise using gloves for application to avoid purple-tinted skin).

Fanola No Yellow Purple Shampoo

Fanola No Yellow Purple Shampoo. (Photo: Amazon)
Fanola No Yellow Purple Shampoo. (Photo: Amazon)

Shop it: $12, amazon.com

“Best product to get yellow out of gray hair,” raved a happy customer. “I cannot believe how well it removed my yellow tones. I only have to leave it on for about 2 minutes to get really good results. My hair is very silvery gray now and not a yellow tone to be found. Absolute great product.”

Explained one 5-star reviewer: “I started graying in my 20s and now in my early 60s am probably 90 percent white with some darker layers beneath. My hair has a strong tendency to yellow in spite of my using a colorless-base shampoo, Shimmer Lights, and an expensive Italian purple shampoo my hairdresser recommended. I left [Fanola] on for four minutes, which turned out to be enough to return my hair color to a shimmering white with dark undertones. Amazing. Salon-worthy results! ... I'm so happy to have found this! If you're even considering it, give it a try!”

Added another: “I am a young 48, with very light salt and pepper hair. Adding this toner to my hair makes it look like I spent a lot of money at a salon having this color done intentionally!”

Fanola No Yellow Purple Shampoo is especially a must-have in the summer when chlorine pool water and UV exposure can damage hair.

“I'm naturally a greying blonde, which I love,” wrote a reviewer, who was looking for a product to rinse out chlorine and build up. “I love what this does for my color all around. My grays are silvery, my fading blond brighter than it’s been in years. Worth the price, as only a little goes a long way. Work the lather for 10-15 minutes, off and on. It helps lift the unwanted stuff and leaves shine and a lovely scent.”

Shop it: Fanola No Yellow Purple Shampoo, $12, amazon.com

Have you tried purple shampoo before? What did you think? Let us know below in the comments!

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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