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How To Whiten Gray Hair With Peroxide At Home: 4 Easy Steps

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When it comes to gray hair, it can be natural hair or an aging symptom.

You might want to get rid of these annoying gray strands because they look like some white stains on your darker-based hair.

However, when your hair has about 70 percent of gray or more, you would change your opinion.

Lightening the entire hair will be a better choice in this case. This is also an ideal way for some people with natural white or gray hair, which is likely to get yellow tints from the environment.

Solid ray hair will give you a special and charming look if you treat it with proper care.

In this article, we will enlighten you with some remedies to whiten your gray hair naturally, or with hair care products. Let’s check it out!

How can I lighten my gray hair at home?

Lightening gray or white hair isn’t a big trick. You can actually achieve it with numerous methods.

We would like to guide you with a home remedy that can save your gray hair from discoloration and lighten your tresses to make them look shiny and smooth.

Things you’ll need

  1. Apple cider vinegar
  2. Water
  3. White conditioner
  4. A bowl
  5. An applicator brush


  1. In a bowl, mix about a tbsp of apple cider vinegar with a gallon of water
  2. After shampooing your hair, rinse it thoroughly with the prepared vinegar mixture
  3. Rinse well again with clean water
  4. Condition your hair as regular with a white or transparent conditioner

Diluted vinegar or another acidic liquid like lemon juice will be helpful in removing the buildup chemicals or pollutants that made your white hair yellow.

Thereby, rinsing your hair with these mixtures will bring back the natural gray color and help enhance the light tone.

What does hydrogen peroxide do to gray hair?

Hydrogen peroxide is commonly used in bleaching or lightening hair. It can be used alone or with other ingredients to create a mixture that removes any pigment on your hair.

This chemical can work on any type or color of hair. It goes through the hair cuticle to penetrate the deepest layer of hair, turning our natural hair pigment into a lighter tone.

Therefore, when your gray or white hair tends to appear yellowish, hydrogen peroxide will be great for lightening hair.   

What peroxide should I use on gray hair?

Despite the amazing lightening use, peroxide can pose some risks on our hair and skin.

In general, it is safe for our hair, but a wrong step in the product selection or applying process can damage your hair.

Hair loss, skin irritation, or moisture loss are some typical symptoms that hydrogen peroxide can cause.

Therefore, you should be careful in choosing the proper peroxide type for your gray hair.

If you want to lighten your hair at home, then stick with 3% hydrogen peroxide (10 volume), mixing it with baking soda for a better result. Always dilute it with water to diminish the damage on your hair.

The safest choice will be visiting a salon, so your hair specialist can help you choose the correct peroxide for your gray hair.

How to whiten gray hair with peroxide?

Now you know that peroxide will be a great supportive partner to lighten your gray hair.

So we will guide you the step-by-step instruction to whiten your hair with hydrogen peroxide.

Things you’ll need

  1. 3% hydrogen peroxide
  2. Baking soda
  3. Water
  4. Shampoo
  5. Conditioner
  6. A bowl
  7. An applicator brush


  1. In a bowl, mix about ¼ cup of baking soda with 2 tbsp of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 2 tbsp of water
  2. Use an applicator brush to apply the paste into your hair evenly (you can just apply to the section of hair with yellow that you want to lighten)
  3. Leave it for 15 minutes
  4. Rinse with warm water then shampoo and condition your hair as usual

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How can I enhance my gray hair naturally?

Gray hair can be great, but it will look dull and dry, and even a bit creepy without a proper treatment.

Keeping your hair moist from inside and making it look shiny will help enhance your gray hair naturally.

Use moisturizer products

A hydrating shampoo and deep conditioner will be perfect to keep your gray hair from being dull and brittle.

You don’t need to deep moisturize your hair every day, just an occasional routine like once a week is enough.

Other natural oils like olive or avocado oil also work effectively on your hair.

Get rid of yellow tints

Gray hair can easily absorb chemicals or pollutants from the environment and hair products, causing some yellow and brassy traces on your hair.

You should avoid this problem by using purple or blue shampoos to neutralize these undertones, or stick with other home remedies like using vinegar and lemon juice.


Use specialized hair products

Silver shampoo will be ideal for gray hair. It keeps your gray strands locked and gets the discoloration out of your hair.                                                                                                                                          

What vitamins can reverse gray hair?

If your natural hair is already gray, what you need to do is to maintain its healthy and shiny state. However, if your gray hair is a sign of aging, you need to give it some treats.

Unfortunately, you cannot reverse hair that already turns gray without dying it.

But you can slow down the graying process from inside by applying a healthy diet with sufficient nutrients and vitamins.

Belows are some essential vitamins that help you get rid of new gray hair for a while.

Vitamin B-5

Vitamin B-5 is known for its ability to reduce stress, which is one of the factors that affect your hair’s health and color.

It can be found in different kinds of fish, beef liver, and yogurt.

Vitamin B-6

Vitamin B-6 will help improve your immunity and metabolism. It is good for any type of hair, especially hair which is facing aging symptoms.

Your skin will also be better when your body is packed with a sufficiency of this vitamin.

Vitamin B-9

Leafy green vegetables and citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin B-9.

By adding these foods to your diet, your hair and skin can cope with the aging process and become healthier.

Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B12 is crucial for graying hair. It helps ease your stress and promotes red blood cells, which also stimulate hair growth.

Vitamin D

Your gray hair problem can be controlled by eating food loaded with vitamin D. It provides your body and hair with calcium, which is one of the essential nutrients for healthy hair.

It can be supplemented orally, or absorb through your skin from sun exposure.

Besides vitamins, you also need to ensure that your diet is filled with other nutrients like zinc, iron, and biotin to maintain your hair as healthy as possible.

If you luckily possess natural gray hair, don’t forget to take care of it with our suggested methods above to enhance the gorgeous silver.

Hydrogen peroxide will help a lot in lightening your gray hair when it is stained by yellow tints.

In case you want to reverse your gray hair, there is no way to do instead of dying it. But a healthy diet with B vitamins will help reduce the speed of the graying process.

See also: How Can I Hide My Gray Hair Without Dying It?

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Founder & Hair Beauty Specialist

I’m Aida and this is my blog where I write mostly about beauty and make up related stuff, but I like to spice it up a bit with lifestyle and photography posts. Or with whatever that comes to my mind. Hope you will enjoy the reading enough that we will ‘see’ each other more often!