I have salt and pepper hair; I wear a twa Searching for products that don't turn my white hair brown

my hair is 4a/4c

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You can use a toning shampoo and/or conditioner. You may not need to use the shampoo for washing all the time just periodically smooth and massage it into your hair gently leave it in for a few minutes (follow the directions) then rinse. If you use other cleansers the rest of the time, which I would recommend, please be sure that they are gentle moisturizing and don't have any sulfates.

Here is a table of sulfate-free shampoos to try when not using a purple shampoo:

Unless you are clarifying/deep cleaning your hair (no more that once a month), it would be best to stick to one of the cleansers in the two columns to the right that are more gentle as your regular cleanser. If you already have a regular use gentle cleanser that you like then that should be fine to keep using as long as it is sulfate-free.  

 Shimmer Lights conditioning purple shampoo and Tigi Catwalk Violet shampoo and conditioner are two toning shampoos that I am familiar with. I'm not sure of how the Tigi does for gray, but I know the Clairol Shimmer Lights works really well on gray. They use the same concept to work so any purple, violet shampoo for blonde, white, gray, non-pigmented hair, should work for this.

Other things to avoid in your products are drying alcohols and heavy hard to remove stuff like waxes or petrolatum/mineral oil. These should always be avoided anyway, but all the more to prevent dryness or the need to use clarifying cleansers often to remove heavy buildup.

A guide to ingredients to avoid and why

Article on Good/Bad alcohols

I hope that helps!

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