Philip Kingsley Pure Silver Shampoo and Conditioner

philip kingsley pure silver shampoo and conditionerMy hair has been looking a little ‘brassy’ recently, as it has a tendency to do every now and then. When my colour was done for the KMS campaign in New York before Christmas they used very warm tones, and warm tones can turn a bit yellow. My colour needs doing again, basically, but I haven’t had time to pop to Kennaland and see the wonderful Sophia!

I thought that I’d give Philip Kingsley’s Pure Silver range a try – Sophia did mention on my last visit that I could probably do with using a silver shampoo if my hair started to look a bit ‘warm’, but I hadn’t remembered that until now! I didn’t actually think that a silver shampoo and conditioner could make all that much of a difference.

I was quite wrong! The Pure Silver shampoo and conditioner really took the edge off the brassiness and toned down the ‘warmth’ in my hair. There was a proper, noticeable difference. I looked more blonde and my hair seemed to be a little more shiny! Hurrah! The shampoo was gentle on my scalp and didn’t make it feel itchy or tight, and the conditioner was a nice consistency and made detangling easy.

philip kingsley pure silver shampoo and conditioner

Overall an excellent result. You can also use this if you have grey hair. Sorry if that’s stating the obvious, but I like to point these things out. Grey hair can tend to be quite dull, and the violet tones in the shampoo help to bring it back to life and add depth and shine.

Pure Silver Shampoo is £14.30 and the Conditioner is £17.40 (250ml) both from Philip Kingsley.

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  1. Sylvia
    February 27, 2011 / 10:23 am

    Really stupid question – is this only for coloured hair, or for naturally warm blonde hair as well?

    • February 27, 2011 / 10:58 am

      Not a stupid question at all! I think that you could use this on naturally warm hair, absolutely. All it is really is a violet tint, so would work in the same way. I think! x

  2. Pia
    February 27, 2011 / 10:47 am

    Hey, i’ve used Loreal’s silver shampoo, but feel that its too “strong”. Also smells very strong. Have you tried the Loreal version, if so, can you compare? Thanks!!

    • February 27, 2011 / 10:58 am

      I haven’t – I’ll try to get hold of some! x

  3. February 27, 2011 / 11:55 am

    I use the L’Oreal version but it can be a bit strong in that if left on for too long, my hair can get a very noticeable blueish tinge. At 21, the blue rinse look is not something I want to work! That being said, it’s not too expensive and does do the job provided you use it properly. On the downside, I don’t think there’s a conditioner to accompany it, which is a shame because I find it to be a little drying on my hair and have to use quite a strong conditioner afterwards to counteract it. Definitely think it would be worth giving the Philip Kingsley a go now, thanks. x

  4. Pia
    February 27, 2011 / 1:44 pm

    yeah you are absolutely right Rachel about the Loreal product. It feels very strong and drying (and no conditioner in the same range). Im gonna have to get these Kingsley products next time i visit england. Where can i buy these products? thanks!x

  5. Kate
    March 1, 2011 / 4:11 pm

    John Lewis deliver internationally for £6 I think – will definitely be putting in an order as been looking for the L’Oréal one in France for ages and can’t find it! Thanks for the review :)

  6. evie
    March 9, 2011 / 3:04 am

    Thank you so much for this: a real life saver. Have just had the mother of all expensive hair disasters (and I’d saved up for the cut for a special event: I actually keep sobbing about it) and this has at least toned down the brassiness. Any ideas how to make hair look thicker and grow quicker though? As soon as I have enough hair to cut I shall attend Kennaland!

    • March 9, 2011 / 10:35 am

      Oh no! Well you’re in good company – we have loads of tales of hair disaster on here! x I take a daily strong multivitamin and that seems to help with nail growth, so pretty sure it’s doing my hair too! If you blowdry your hair then use something like Bumble and Bumble thickening spray (copiously!) blow-dried in to make hair look thicker, if you are a ‘leave to dry naturally’ kinda gal, use a dry shampoo on the roots after the first couple of days instead of washing it (sounds gross, I know) to get a bit more of a rock and roll thickness. Don’t use any shampoos that are for ‘warm blondes’ as they’ll make the hair brassier. Keep to silver shampoos – the Philip Kingsley won’t build up too much and look blue. XXXX

  7. Snezhinka
    March 24, 2011 / 10:47 am

    I love Phillip Kingsley, especially his ‘smooth cream’ – saves my life on bad hair days! Sorts out even the most unruly locks. But as far as silver shampoos go, the best one for me is probably John Frieda’s one from the Absolute Blonde range. I find it has the same effect as more expensive silver shampoos have, such as Loreal or Keune, so it helps keep the beauty budget down :-))) I also love ‘go blonder’ conditioner from the same range. :-)

  8. Joni
    June 2, 2011 / 9:32 am

    Ive left the Shwartzkop silver shampoo on way to long and my hair is blue! What can I do to grt the blue out? Will just shampooing with a different shampoo do it? :0( help please !

    • June 2, 2011 / 1:38 pm

      Luckily I’m at the salon having my colour done right now! Head colourist at Hari’s Mel says shampoo straight out with an antidandruff shampoo or clarifying shampoo. Head & shoulders should do the trick. Really work the shampoo in to the hair. You can also use a bit of tomato ketchup to neutralise the blue; apply like conditioner after the shampoo has been rinsed out. Leave for a few minutes, work into the hair then rinse. Works a treat apparently! Xx

  9. Jo Mahon
    October 17, 2011 / 1:55 pm

    I am 65 and my hair is going iron grey, just like my grans, I wear it short, I would love to have a shampoo that gives it luster and warmth with out having to use chemicals to dye it. Thanx Jo

    • admin
      October 17, 2011 / 11:17 pm

      @Jo, well this one will give it lustre but of the cool type rather than the warm! Warm, yellowish tones can make grey hair look a little odd, so be careful what you try to tint it with! This could actually be a good one to try – or if you want to experiment with something cheaper then L’Oreal do one too, just be careful not to leave it on too long! x

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