The Best Products to Maintain Gray Hair

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Going gray is no longer a taboo subject or even a process to actively fight—in fact, some have started to embrace the idea long ahead of the natural timeline. Women are actually dyeing their hair before it turns on its own. Whether you have Father Time or the colorist at your favorite salon to thank for your gray, there's one major detail to keep in mind: Silver hair requires regular maintenance and upkeep to look its very best.

In a lot of ways, gray hair is very similar to blonde: Both shades are categorically "light" and are more prone to brassiness from the environment, pollution, and styling. This means that a hair care upgrade is a must—you will need to switch your home routine to include products that minimize those brassy yellow tones and offer protection from the sun. To help you overhaul your regimen and get your silver hair in the best possible place, we've rounded up the top products on the market to help you keep you glossy, shiny, and brass-free. We'll also tell you everything you need look for in a product, including the ingredients that are most beneficial for this particular hair color. Plus, there's a broad array of product types, from hydrating shampoos to color-enhancing masks, on this list, which means you can introduce a formula to help you maintain your gray hair at just about any point in your routine.

Ahead, your official maintenance guide to keeping your gray hair gorgeous.

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Fekkai Technician Color Shampoo
Courtesy of Target

This vegan and silicone-free shampoo formula contains antioxidants and fatty acids to protect gray color from fading–and leaves it naturally bouncy and shiny.

Shop Now: Fekkai Technician Color Shampoo, $19.99,

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Oribe Silverati Illuminating Treatment Masque
Courtesy of Dermstore

Whether your hair is naturally gray or professionally colored, apply this treatment to tone down yellowed tints and keep that silvery shade glossy.

Shop Now: Oribe Silverati Illuminating Treatment Masque, $63,

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Sachajuan Intensive Repair Shampoo
Courtesy of Sephora

Gray hair is often drier and more porous than other hair colors, so wash yours with this restorative cleanser to strengthen the follicles and protect against future damage.

Shop Now: Sachajuan Intensive Repair Shampoo, $29,

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Klorane Anti-Yellowing Shampoo with Centaury
Courtesy of Dermstore

Many shampoos for gray hair are purple, but this gentle formula uses botanical blue pigments to counteract brassiness and enhance the saturation of the color.

Shop Now: Klorane Anti-Yellowing Shampoo with Centaury, $20,

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Alterna Haircare Caviar Anti-Aging Infinite Color Hold Topcoat Spray
Courtesy of Sephora

Gray hair looks its best when it's glossy, so finish your hair routine with a few spritzes of this color-protecting hairspray to amplify shine and (bonus!) reduce UV damage.

Shop Now: Alterna Haircare Caviar Anti-Aging Infinite Color Hold Topcoat Spray, $32,

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Better Not Younger

Better Not Younger Silver Lining Purple Butter Masque
Courtesy of Sephora

Keep hair brass-free with this nourishing, plant-based butter mask, full of natural blends for extra softness and shine.

Shop Now: Better Not Younger Silver Lining Purple Butter Masque, $35,

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Kristin Ess

Kristin Ess Signature Gloss in Crystal Quartz
Courtesy of Target

Give your gray some extra oomph by adding this in-shower treatment to your routine. Its advanced technology works to strengthen damaged hair, while also protecting the color from looking dull.

Shop Now: Kristin Ess Signature Gloss in Crystal Quartz, $14,

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Color Wow

Color Wow Extra Mist-Ical Shine Spray
Courtesy of Dermstore

Keep this finishing mist at your desk or in your car to give your hair a midday glossy boost—it's super light so it won't leave a greasy finish.

Shop Now: Color Wow Extra Mist-Ical Shine Spray, $29,

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Pacifica Rosemary Purify Invigorating Shampoo
Courtesy of Ulta

Wash your hair once a week with this invigorating shampoo to get rid of congestion and product buildup, which dulls gray hair.

Shop Now: Pacifica Rosemary Purify Invigorating Shampoo, $10,

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L'Oréal Paris

L'Oréal Paris EverPure Brass Toning Purple Conditioner
Courtesy of Target

Sans parabens or sulfates, this purple conditioner works to neutralize those brassy yellow and orange tones that so easily overtake silver hair.

Shop Now: L'Oréal Paris EverPure Brass Toning Purple Conditioner, $7.99,

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