Sunday, 16 September 2018

Silver shampoos Reviewed: Bleach London Silver shampoo and Smoky Shampoo vs Pro:voke touch of silver vs Lush Daddy O vs Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes

silver haired girl with paisley shirt

I've been bleaching my hair for years now so I've tried my fair share of silver shampoos, as well as making my own DIY silver shampoo, to help maintain the colour. A good silver shampoo is an important tool in your arsenal if you have grey hair (notorious for washing out quickly), or if you want to keep blonde or white hair from going brassy. So here's a roundup and comparison of the ones I've used so far:
Bleach London silver shampoo and smoky shampoo with pothos plant

Bleach London Silver Shampoo//

This was my first silver shampoo and for me, it's the one to beat. It's nice smelling, with a thick formula that's really pigmented. It's a blue toned purple, and you do have to be careful with staining as it's so pigmented (I've had bluish fingers a couple of times). It doesn't lather as nicely as some of the other shampoos, which is something to remember, but for colour and price- £6.50 for 250ml- I think it's a good deal. I usually mix it in with a normal white shampoo if I want to get more bubbles and a 'cleaner' feeling. You also don't need to use it every time you wash your hair as it's so pigmented, a slight blue tinge can build up if you're not careful. I also use this as a toner after I've bleached my roots if my hair is looking a bit yellow. I've bought this one like 4 or 5 times now.

Bleach London silver shampoo result- silver white hair

Bleach London's smoky shampoo//

This one is's like a purplier version of the silver shampoo. I'm really enjoying this one too, like Bleach's silver shampoo, it's super pigmented so a little goes a long way. It also doesn't lather amazingly well, which is the only downside I've found so far. Again, you don't need to use this every time you wash your hair and if you do use it a lot, it does make white hair have a pink/purplish tint, which is cute but something to bear in mind.

pastel lilac haired girl with ocean in background


Pro:voke touch of silver silver shampoo//

The next shampoo I tried was also the cheapest, at about £3 for 150ml. It's not so pigmented, and has quite a thin formula so I got through this fairly quickly. It does lather really nicely though. I'd recommend this if you're looking to maintain blonde hair rather than silver or white hair. I tried this quite a long time ago, so I don't have any pictures, and it also might have been reformulated or improved in the last couple of years, but I don't think it's particularly what I'm looking for right now.

Lush Daddy O//

This one was a little pricier at £6 for 100g. It smells gorgeous, and it lathered really well too. It's a more pink toned purple- did leave a slight pink hue to my hair (which was actually dead cute but it's something to keep in mind. Because it's more pink toned, I don't think it worked as well in getting the brassiness out of my roots.  If I was made of money, I'd probably buy this one a lot but for now I need to stick to things which last a little longer.

Lush Daddy O silver shampoo

girl with long white hair

Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes Shampoo//

I think this was a great purple shampoo. At £6-7 for 250ml it's good value for money, and it lathers pretty nicely too. It is quite pigmented, and like the Lush one it is more of a pinkish purple than a bluish one. It's actually more pigmented than Daddy O, and I definitely noticed a pink tint to my hair after using this over Christmas (even more so in artificial light). It does say on the packaging that it's not supposed to be used every time you wash your hair though. It looks really cute but didn't do too much to help my brassy roots.

Slight pink tint to white blonde hair after using Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes

Overall, I keep one blue toned one (Bleach London's silver shampoo) and one pinker toned one to balance each other out and keep my hair from going too pink or too blue. I also think it's a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo every once in a while, as the pigments can build up in your hair and leave it feeling less than squeaky clean. Another thing to remember is that silver shampoos can be pretty drying on your hair, so if you notice more drying than usual, it's worth giving your hair a little break.

Of course, there are still a tonne of silver shampoos on the market that I haven't tried yet- next on my list to try is the Fudge one and the  L'Oreal Pro expert silver shampoo. I'll probably update this post if and when I try a new one! Do you guys have any product recommendations for silver hair? Whats your favourite silver shampoo?
Thanks for reading!

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