So.. you have white hair. You’ve probably accepted it at this point.
But what you didn’t plan on was it all of a sudden turning yellow! What gives?
Well in this article, we’re going to help you understand why white hair turns yellow and what you can do to turn it back to an acceptable color.
Why do we get white/gray hair?
The reason we get white or gray hair is because our hair follicles produce less and less melanin, which is the pigment that gives us our hair color. As we age, our hair follicles slowly die, which is why our hair gets thinner and turns gray or white.
In other words: lack of melanin = gray hair. And if you have no melanin, you’ll have white hair.
Can anything be done to prevent white hair?
At this point, there is no surefire way to prevent white hair. However, there are a few things you can do to help slow down the process:
- Stay out of the sun: The sun causes our hair follicles to produce less melanin, which in turn causes our hair to gray or white prematurely.
- Use a good hair dye: If you’re not happy with your natural hair color, using a good hair dye can help camouflage the white hairs.
- Use a supplement: There are a few supplements on the market that claim to help prevent gray hair. However, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims.
When does gray hair turn white?
Generally, gray hair starts to turn white in our late 40s or early 50s. However, there are some people who start to lose their hair color as early as their 20s or 30s.
Why does white hair turn yellow?
Usually, white hair turns yellow when it is exposed to intense heat. For example, if you try to use a flat iron at 450 degrees on white hair, chances are it will turn yellow.
So, what can be done to prevent this?
Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to prevent white hair from turning yellow. However, using a good quality heat protectant before using any type of heating tool on your hair can help minimize the damage.
How to get yellow tones out of white hair
If your white hair has turned yellow, there are a few things you can do to get the tones back to an acceptable color:
Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
Did you know that you can use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to remove yellow from white or gray hair?
The process is very simple:
Mix together 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Rub the mixture into your hair and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and shampoo your hair.
This mixture will help lighten up your yellow hair.
Use lemon juice and sun
Who would have thought that the combination of lemon juice and the sun would remove yellow from hair?
But apparently, it’s an effective (and natural) way to get that yellow color out of your white or gray hair.
Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a cup of water and soak your hair in it for about 15 minutes. Then, stand in the sun for about 30 minutes. shampoo your hair and condition it as usual.
This method will help bleach your yellow hair, causing it to go back to whatever it was before (white or gray hair).
Use a purple shampoo (great for yellow hair!)
There are a few purple shampoos on the market that can help get rid of the yellow tones in your white or gray hair.
These work by adding a purple pigment to your hair. Since purple is opposite yellow on the color wheel, this purple pigment will remove yellow color from the hair – balancing it out.
Just be sure to read the instructions carefully to make sure you are using them correctly. And despite what you see on TikTok, make sure to always apply purple shampoo to wet hair! The last thing you want is to end up with purple hair.
Apply some apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a natural way to whiten yellow hair. Just mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water and rinse your hair with it after shampooing. Leave it in for a few minutes before rinsing it out.
Be sure to condition your hair afterward, as apple cider vinegar can be a bit harsh on the hair.
This works well on gray hair as well. And if you like the smell of salad dressing, you’re in luck!
Wash with a clarifying shampoo
If all else fails, you can try using a clarifying shampoo to get rid of the yellow tinge in your hair. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle carefully and avoid over-use, as this can strip your hair of its natural oils.
Condition with a deep conditioner
After using any of the methods listed above, be sure to condition your hair with a deep conditioner. If you’ve never used a deep conditioner before, these are extremely powerful conditioning agents that help to lock moisture in your hair shaft.
Sometimes, white hair can turn yellow because of lack of moisture – this is what happens when you use a flat iron on white hair, which is naturally extremely dry.
This will help restore the natural oils that may have been stripped away and will help keep your hair healthy and shiny.
Lay off the heat styling for a bit
Try using hot rollers or air-drying your hair instead – both of these methods use natural heat, which is much gentler on the hair.
As we get older, our hair naturally starts to lose its pigment and turn white. This is most common in people over the age of 50, but can occur in people of all ages.
In fact, stop using all styling tools
Try this for a month and see if the hair color changes.
White hair can affect a yellow color because of a lack of moisture, which can be caused by using a flat iron on white hair.
Protect your hair from air pollution
Another cause of yellow tones in white hair can be air pollution. Protect your hair from the pollutants in the air by using a good quality heat protectant before using any type of heating tool on your hair.
Stay out of the chlorinated pool
Swimming in chlorinated pool water can also cause your hair to develop a yellow color. If you swim in a chlorinated pool often, try to limit the amount of time you spend in the water and rinse your hair with fresh water as soon as possible after getting out.
Drink plenty of water
Water is essential for healthy hair – drink plenty of it every day to help keep your hair looking its best.
There are a few things you can do to help prevent white hair from turning yellow, such as using a good quality heat protectant before using any type of heating tool on your hair, using a purple shampoo, and applying apple cider vinegar.
However, when it comes to preventing white hair from turning yellow, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
Hopefully, this article has helped you understand why white hair turns yellow and what you can do to prevent it.