Does the absolute best silver shampoo ever exist? I can tell you for sure that it does!

To all blondies:

This anti-yellow shampoo is the absolute best choice for the perfect cool blonde hair

Blonde hair is so sexy, considered to make you more feminine, and when listening to Rod Stewards song then “Blondes (even) have more fun” – sounds great, doesn´t it? I think the first two statements are a matter of opinion, but I clearly have to disagree with Rod´s statement. I´m blonde and can confirm that all the fun is gone when it comes to the efforts to keep your blond hair bright and clear without yellowish hue or brassiness. That is the most significant complication with blonde coloured hair: the unsightly yellow tinge.

But those times are over since I discovered the absolute best silver shampoo that clears the hair significant since the very first application. My all-time favourite, which was recommended by my hairdresser, is called Fanola – No Yellow Shampoo which is perfect for grey, silver, lightened and decoloured hair. You find it on Amazon. The bigger bottle has significantly more value for money, but if you want to make sure that this is the right product for you, I recommend to go with the smaller one first.

The before and after pictures I’ve found are impressive and the ratings on amazon speak for themselves: The shampoo has 4.5 of 5 stars with over 11,300 custom reviews. It is a real bestseller!

I personally want light blonde, clear but nevertheless natural-looking hair. I always became upset that two weeks after every hairdresser’s appointment, my hair turned brassy and became a yellowish hue due to my natural yellow/golden hair pigments. So, one day I realized that I would never keep the clear tone if I do not use a silver shampoo. I tried more shampoos than I could count that promised to clear and brighten the hair but were often more expensive than effective, and they damaged my hair a lot. So, you can imagine how happy I was, when I found the Fanola-shampoo, the one I´ll use for probably the rest of my life. It really keeps its promises. I´ve been using it for a while now and discovered it´s full potential. The result is just amazing, and it significantly lengthened the time between my dye appointments.

In the following, I will tell you more about the Fanola – no yellow shampoo and explain the general differences between blue and purple shampoo. You will learn how the Fanola shampoo works, its advantages and disadvantages and which alternative products are available.

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How blond shampoos, especially the Fanola – no yellow shampoo work

Our natural hair colour contains out of 3 different pigments that are withdrawn when bleaching our hair. The result often is a yellowish or warmth goldish hue, since the yellow and orange pigments are the last pigments that are removed. If we take a look at the colour wheel, shown below, you can see which colour you need to neutralize a yellowish or orangish hue. Since purple is on the opposite side from yellow, it helps to cancel out these tones that pop up in your hair. The combination of these two colours will lead to a white tint. If your hair has more warmth and orange tones, you need blue pigments to neutralize these tones to a whiter tone.

the traditional 12-spoke color

Silver shampoos contain violet pigments that help to neutralize the yellowish hue of natural blond, bleached blond, decoloured, super lightened, streaked or grey hair. The more violet pigments a shampoo has, the more yellow can be neutralized. The Fanola -no yellow shampoo is made with a high amount of violet pigments that neutralize the yellow reflections of the pigment residues left behind by the bleach. It also helps to keep the hair colour consistent, bright, vibrant and with an even reflection. Your hair will look more radiant, fresher and cooler.

If you need more blue pigments to neutralize an orange tone, then I recommend choosing the Fanola – no orange shampoo.  You´ll find more information about it in the section: What to use? – Comparison and alternative products

Features of the Fanola – no yellow shampoo

  • neutralize the yellowish hue of natural blond. bleached blond, decoloured, super lightened, streaked or grey hair
  • can cause a pure white effect on grey hair
  • gives the hair a bright, silver, cool and vibrant look
  • has a high concentration of violet pigments that neutralizes a high amount of yellow pigments
  • recommended to be diluted with a repairing conditioner or shampoo to add strength and shine and to avoid over-toning
  • can be applied on dry, unwashed hair for more cancellation of warmth – But keep attention: The shimmer of your hair turns out much bluer/violet, which is why I would not recommend doing it!

Here's why it's so popular

It’s super pigmented.

The colour of the shampoo is deep purple and therefore really effective. You will already see a result after one treatment. Keep attention to not using it next to white clothes, towels or your shower curtain, because it’ll probably leave a stain.

It holds for a long time.

You just need a little amount of shampoo each time you use it and only take it once a week or every two weeks. Use it as an addition to your regular shampoo and not as a substitute because of its intensive effect. Furthermore, are silver shampoos a chemical treatment to your hair that effects your hair structure and can cause damages and dull your shine when you are using it too often. Less is definitely more here!

It doesn’t dry your hair out.

Most purple shampoos I had were really drying, and my hair felt like straw afterwards. I never had these problems since I switched to the Fanola No Yellow shampoo – my hair feels light and healthy, no dullness at all. But please keep attention: Even if you have the feeling that it is not drying out your hair, the Fanola – no yellow shampoo has little to no protecting and nourishing additives. So make sure that you always use a hair mask or a conditioner afterwards. The shampoo has a thin consistency so you can also mix it with your conditioner directly to make it easier to apply. I newly tried the Fanola – no orange mask which gives my hair an even icier look. Due to the facts that beside neutralizing the yellowish hue through using the no yellow shampoo it additional neutralizes the rest of my golden/warmth yellow tones. So this combination is just perfect for me and gives me the result I was looking for.

How to use this silver shampoo

  1. Take a little amount of the shampoo, apply it to your damp hair, smooth it evenly onto your hair, shampoo and lather gently. 
  2. Leave it in for 2-5 minutes – the longer, the stronger the result. You have to try out by yourself which time works best for you to reach your desired result. If you only want to neutralise your yellow tinge than don´t exceed the 2 minutes; for more silver and cooler hair wait a bit longer. If It stays in for too long, it can cause a blue shimmer – but no worries, the shimmer will be gone after a few washes. So, keep it calm and slowly approach yourself to the right amount.
  3. Rinse the shampoo out thoroughly with lukewarm water.
  4. Use a hair mask or conditioner to take care of your hair afterwards.
Important: Due to its intense pigmentation, you will also see colour residues on your hands after use. If you want to avoid staining of your fingers, then I would recommend using a pair of gloves while applying the shampoo.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Benefits of the Fanola – no yellow shampoo:

  • Removes yellowish hue already after the first treatment
  • Ideal for grey, super-lightened, streaked or decoloured hair
  • The strong violet pigment tones down unwanted yellow hues effectively with a short exposure time.
  • simple applicability
  • good value for money, especially the 1-litre bottle

Disadvantages of the shampoo:

  • Ingredients like silicones can also have adverse effects, especially if you have allergies or intolerances. In that case, make sure that you take a look at the ingredients below.
  • If you are looking for a vegan, sulfate, parabens and silicone-free shampoo, then the Fanola – free no yellow shampoo is the better option for you. It is a new composition of the no yellow shampoo but leads to the same results in even less time. But it is also more expensive than the standard product. For more information, take a look below at the point: Comparison and alternative products.
  • Your fingers will be stained after the treatment due to the intense pigmentation. So, make sure to use gloves to avoid it.
  • It didn´t contain much to any nourishing ingredients, so your hair can dry out quickly. Make sure always to use a conditioner within the shampoo.
  • If you leave it in for too long, your hair can get a blue/violet shimmer.


Aqua/Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphocetate, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Citric Acid, Acid Violet 43, Parfum/Fragrance, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Wine Extract, Propylene Glycol, Benzyl, Alcohol, Triethlyene Glycol, Amyl Cinnamal, Hydrolyzed Slilk, Sodium Chloride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone Methylisothiazolinone, Magnesium Nitrate, Magnesium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Metabisulfate, Ethylexylglycerin, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate.

What to use? – Comparison and alternative products

There are other products in the Fanola series that might be more suitable for you. Here now my compilation:

No Yellow Shampoo:

  • the most amount of violet pigments
  • perfect for cancelling yellowish hue
  • recommended to be diluted with a repairing conditioner or shampoo to add strength and avoid over-toning
  • can be applied on dry, unwashed hair for more cancellation of warmth – But keep attention: The shimmer of your hair turns out much bluer/violet, which is why I don´t recommend doing it.

Free No Yellow Shampoo

  • vegan
  • free of sulfates, silicones and parabens which can be damaging to the hair
  • the new formulation of the Fanola – no yellow shampoo
  • is a bit stronger than the Fanola – no yellow shampoo.; You can leave it in for a shorter amount of time.
  • ideal for blonde, grey or bleached hair
  • neutralizes undesired yellow reflections
  • it is more expensive than the regular no yellow shampoo

No Yellow Mask:

  • should be used instead of the shampoo to tone blondes if your hair is too fragile and requires a repairing shampoo
  • can be used following a toning shampoo to cancel the most amount of warmth possible

No Orange Shampoo:

  • has more blue tones to cancel a light orange and golden warmth in your hair – if you have more orange hair, than I would go for this product instead of the no yellow shampoo
  • can be applied on dry, unwashed hair for more cancellation of warmth – But keep attention: the shimmer of your hair turns out much bluer/violet, which is why I don´t recommend doing it
  • great for natural icy results on platinum hair

No Orange Mask:

  • great for mild toning
  • will give an icier result when paired with no yellow shampoo

Open questions

What is the difference between Blonde-, silver-, purple- and blue shampoo?

  • Blonde and silver shampoos are the same. In the beginning, these shampoos were mainly used to neutralize the yellowish hue of blonde hair. Afterwards, they became also popular for brightening up white, light blonde and grey hair to achieve a more vibrant, silver shimmer look. Nowadays, these two meanings are used in the same context and are an over-category for the purple and blue shampoo. 
  • A purple shampoo has more or purely violet than blue pigments which neutralized yellow tones better than orange ones. If you have a more yellowish hue, then you should go for purple shampoo. 
  • Blue shampoo has more blue than violet pigments which neutralized orange and warm golden tones better than yellow tones. If you have a more orangish hue, then you should go for a blue shampoo.

Can you use the no yellow shampoo on natural blonde hair?

Yes, you can. There can also be a yellowish or golden warmth hue on your natural hair. The shampoo or masks will neutralize undesirable undertones.

When should you avoid using a blonde or silver shampoo?

If your hair already is dehydrated and damaged, then the violet colour will penetrate it even faster, and it may get violet stains. To avoid this, I recommend going for the no yellow mask or no orange mask.

Will the result last permanently?

If you´re not using the shampoo consistently, then your yellowish hue will come through again.

Does the shampoo make my hair brighter?​

No, the colour depth of your hair will stay the same. Because your hair will look cooler, you´ll have the impression that your hair colour got brighter.

Can I also use blonde/silver shampoos on brown hair?

Yes, you can also use these shampoos on brown/darker hair, but it will make your hair colder but not brighter! It works well with balayage coloured hair if you want to become cooler/more greyish hair tips.

That was my review about the absolute best silver shampoo. If you also use this product, leave a comment about your experiences. I would be happy to hear your feedback.

For more blonde hair colour inspiration, take a look at my Pinterest Board: Icy Blonde Hair.

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