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Welcome to our big silver shampoo test 2023. Here we present all the silver shampoos we have tested. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best silver shampoo for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy silver shampoo.


  • Silver shampoo works against the yellow tint of bleached hair
  • Particularly highly concentrated silver shampoo can “dye” the hair white if the original hair is white enough
  • The shampoo neutralises the yellow tinge of the hair due to the purple colour pigments it contains

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying silver shampoo

What can silver shampoo be used for?

There are several reasons for using silver shampoo.

Mostly it is used after bleaching the hair. As the hair often has a yellow tinge afterwards, the shampoo is used to neutralise the yellow tone.

The shampoo should not only be used directly after bleaching, but also at regular intervals afterwards, otherwise the yellow tint can quickly return.

Blonde Frau mit geflochtenem Zopf von hinten

Silver shampoo is not only suitable for bleached hair. You can also use the shampoo to make your natural blonde hair look more ashy. (Image: / Pexels)

The shampoo can also be used on grey or white hair. In this case, the shampoo creates a silver shine effect in the hair.

Use Purpose Use
After bleaching The initial strong yellow cast of freshly coloured hair is neutralised Directly after colouring, you can wash your hair with silver shampoo and leave it on for about 5 minutes or more. This should make the initial strong yellow tint disappear. Later, you can use the silver shampoo every other time you wash your hair.
In case of strong sun exposure Silver shampoo can prevent or remove a slight yellow tinge caused by sun exposure before or after sunbathing, leave it on once during shampooing for about 2-5 minutes and then rinse again.
Natural blonde hair Provides shading and a cooler shade Massage the shampoo thoroughly into the hair during normal shampooing and leave in for at least 2 to 3 minutes. The darker the blonde, the longer you need to leave the shampoo on to see an effect.
Grey/white hair The hair is given a silver shine effect or a possible yellow tinge is reduced Leave the shampoo on for at least 2-3 minutes when washing the hair. The stronger the yellow tinge, the more often the shampoo can be applied, but never more often than every second hair wash.

How does silver shampoo work?

Silver shampoo is a shampoo that contains violet colour pigments. This is also the reason for the bluish colour of the shampoo, because of which it is also called “blue shampoo”.

The purple pigments in the shampoo cause the hair to appear ashy.

Since purple is the complementary colour to yellow, the purple pigments can neutralise the yellow tint in the hair.

What are the alternatives to silver shampoo?

There are also some alternatives that you can use instead of silver shampoo.

Alternative Description
Silver hair conditioner There are also silver hair conditioners. These not only neutralise the yellow tinge in the hair, but also care for it. Especially with blond hair, you should pay attention to a rich care, because it is often very stressed and dry.
Decolouriser/Lightener Decolouriser reverses the colouration of hair. It takes the colour pigments off the hair and thus brings back the natural hair colour. However, this does not work with bleaching. In many cases, decolourisers also do not fully return to the natural hair colour and because the product is aggressive, the hair can be damaged in the process
Matting Matting is a colour enhancement of the hair. The matting draws certain colour pigments out of the hair and thus gives it a certain undertone. However, the effect wears off relatively quickly, which is why the matting must be renewed regularly.

How much does silver shampoo cost?

The prices for silver products can vary greatly. You can get some products in the drugstore for as little as 1-2 euros. But there are also products that cost up to 40 euros.

However, you should always pay attention to how much product is included, as in some cases this puts the price into perspective.

Decision: What types of silver shampoo are there and which one is right for you?

If you want to buy silver shampoo, there are two basic types to choose from:

  • Highly concentrated silver shampoo
  • Low concentration silver shampoo

The different types come with different advantages and disadvantages. Depending on what you want from your silver shampoo, a different one is recommended for you.

The following section is designed to help you decide.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of highly concentrated silver shampoo?

Highly concentrated silver shampoo is particularly convincing because of its strong effect. You can achieve very good results after only a few applications with a small amount.

Thus, the high price of highly concentrated shampoos is often put into perspective, as they are usually very productive. You can also use a normal shampoo for the hair in addition to the highly concentrated silver shampoo.

In addition, in most cases a few applications are sufficient to achieve and maintain the desired effect.

However, it is difficult to dose the shampoo and the exposure time correctly, especially during the first application, because the high concentration can quickly produce stronger results than intended.

In addition, highly concentrated silver shampoos are often not available in drugstores, but only in hair salons or on the internet.

  • Very effective
  • Very economical
  • Rare applications are sufficient
  • Expensive
  • Difficult to dose
  • Not available everywhere

What are the characteristics of low-concentration silver shampoo and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Low-concentration silver shampoo is very easy and very cheap to buy. You can get it not only online and in hairdressing salons, but also in drugstores and sometimes in supermarkets.

However, the shampoo is less effective due to the lower concentration. This means that you have to use the shampoo more often and leave it on your hair longer for a strong effect.

This makes the shampoo less effective in many cases.

However, the low concentration silver shampoo is also easier to use because you can’t overdose it as quickly. This gives you the opportunity to find the right amount and application for you.

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to use
  • Readily available
  • Less effective
  • Less economical
  • Regular use/long application times required

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate silver shampoo

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many silver shampoos.

The criteria you can use to compare the shampoos with each other include:

  • Ingredients
  • Price
  • Quantity
  • Application time


When buying silver shampoo, you should pay attention to the ingredients.

First of all, it makes sense to get a general overview of which ingredients are contained in the shampoo.

You can also see from the list of ingredients how concentrated the silver shampoo is.


Since there are very big price differences in silver shampoos, you should also pay attention to this when buying a shampoo.

You should always put the price in relation to the amount and concentration of the silver shampoo.

It is important to think about how you would like to use the shampoo and how often you would like to use it, so that you can find the best price-performance ratio for you.


Another purchase criterion is the amount of shampoo contained. Silver shampoo and other silver products come in a variety of sizes.

Before buying, you should consider whether you want to use the product only a few times, for example to remove a slight colour cast from your hair after a holiday, or whether you will use it regularly, for example to bleach your hair.

Depending on the amount you need, you can then choose a product.

Blonde Frau mit langen Haaren von hinten

When buying a silver shampoo, you should consider how you want to use it and what you hope to get out of the product. You should always consider your original hair colour. (Image: / Pexels)

For example, there are silver cures in the drugstore that last for 1-2 applications. These are very suitable for single applications.

However, if you want to use the silver shampoo regularly, it is often cheaper to buy a large pack.

Application time

The duration of use of different silver shampoos can vary greatly. This usually depends on the concentration of the shampoo. There is a note in the instructions for use that can serve as a guideline.

When buying the product, you can already pay attention to the exposure time and thus find a reference to the concentration as well as select a product according to your usage preference.

Facts worth knowing about silver shampoo

How long can I leave silver shampoo on?

Normally, you leave the silver shampoo on for 1-5 minutes.

The exact time depends on many factors. These include the original colour of your hair, the desired result and the concentration of the shampoo.

Generally, the shampoos have instructions for use that include the exposure time. You can adjust this to your needs.

However, you should note that the bluish or grey effect in the hair increases as the exposure time of the shampoo increases.

So do not leave the shampoo on for too long. If necessary, you can always repeat the process.

Where does the yellow tinge come from?

From a chemical point of view, the hair first lightens via a red tone and then via a yellow tone.

Since every hair contains a different proportion of these pigments, it is difficult to choose the right colouring and exposure time.

If the wrong colouration or exposure time is chosen, or if your natural hair contains too many red pigments, it is difficult to achieve a beautiful, even shade of blonde.

Will silver shampoo damage my hair in the long run?

Silver shampoo does not damage your hair. It only works through the colour pigments it contains, which surround your hair.

These colour pigments are gradually washed off, which means that a single application is not sufficient in most cases.

The hair is not damaged by the shampoo, but it dries it out. Therefore, when buying silver shampoo, make sure that you buy a shampoo with nourishing ingredients.

If you tend to have dry hair, or if you straighten your hair with a straightening iron, a silver conditioner or a silver cure can be an alternative for you.

Did you know that silver shampoo can turn your hair grey?

But that only happens if you use it too often.

Another option for extra care is to use a hair mask every now and then to repair your damaged hair

Does silver shampoo work on brown hair?

Silver shampoo is a product for blonde hair.

As it does not change the colour in a long-lasting way, but neutralises the colour by means of colour pigments that are deposited around the hair, it is not possible to “dye” dark hair blonde with the shampoo.

There are testimonials in which it was found that the silver shampoo can minimise a red cast in dark hair.

However, these testimonials are not confirmed. If you still want to try using a silver shampoo to minimise your red tint, you should choose a silver shampoo with blue pigments, as these are complementary to the red pigments and therefore more likely to neutralise the red tint.

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Silver shampoo contains colour pigments that neutralise a yellow cast on blonde hair. If you want to try using the shampoo on your brown hair to neutralise a red cast, you should go for a shampoo with blue pigments. (Image: / stux)

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