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How To Remove Yellow and Whiten White Hair?

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Published by Aida Turner

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Most people with a dark hair shade will need to bleach their hair when they want to go for a lighter and more vibrant hue.

Without this pre-lightening process, those beautiful brilliant colors cannot generate correctly on your dark hair.

Bleaching might be harmful, but with some ways, you can diminish the damage.

In the meanwhile, a certain group of people possesses natural white hair.

Do you think that bleaching will also work on their hair? And what will be the most frequent problem that people with white hair usually face?

The answers to these questions will be revealed in the article below.

Can white hair be bleached?

Any hair can be bleached, but it seems to be implausible to bleach white hair.

A bleaching agent works by removing any pigment on our hair to make it lighter and absorbs other colors.

While white hair has no pigment cell to produce melanin, so bleaching white hair will be an unnecessary task.

See also: How to fade hair color without bleach?

Why is my white hair going yellow?

As already mentioned, there is just a little or no pigment in white hair. Thereby, it is easy to collect other tints from the surroundings.

Your white hair can be yellowed by many existing things in the environment, such as chlorinated water, sunlight, air pollution, or hair products.

Over time, these factors build up yellow tresses on your gorgeous white hair, making it look like having dull golden stains.

How do you get the yellow out of white hair?

Although these yellow strokes are annoying, it’s not too hard to get rid of them and bring back your beautiful white hair.

At home, you could treat your hair well with some homade remedies. Below is one of the typical ways to take the yellow out of your hair – whiten gray hair with peroxide.

Things you’ll need:

  1. Baking soda
  2. 3% Hydrogen peroxide
  3. Shampoo
  4. Conditioner
  5. Water
  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)
  3. Leave it for 15 minutes
  4. Rinse with warm water then shampoo and condition your hair as usual

See also: How to lighten hair with peroxide and shampoo?

Does vinegar take yellow out of white hair?

Yes, vinegar can also work on the yellow strands on your white hair.

Besides baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, rinsing your hair with the apple cider vinegar mix can help take the yellow away.

Remember to dilute vinegar with water, and don’t overuse it. Otherwise, it can backfire and make your hair look dull and dry.

Related: What Happens If You Put Vinegar In Your Hair?

Will lemon juice remove yellow from white hair?

Using lemon juice is a great way to lighten your blonde or white hair. It will remove the buildup chemicals and pollutants that cause your white hair yellow.

You can either rinse your hair with diluted lemon juice, or sprinkle it using a spray bottle. Lemon juice also helps your hair brighter and look shiny.

What is the best shampoo for white hair?

While white hair looks special and charming, it also requires good care to maintain its healthy and shiny state.

The best shampoo for white hair is considered the one that keeps your hair away from the yellow strands, retaining its smooth and soft texture.

Below, we would like to introduce some kinds of shampoo that will work effectively on your white hair.

L’Oréal Serie Expert Magnesium Silver Neutralizing Shampoo

This purple shampoo will help maintain your white hair without the appearance of yellow strokes. It makes your hair look brighter and shiner, too.

This product from L’Oréal will be perfect for white or gray hair.

See also: How to use purple shampoo to get white hair?

Shiny Silver Ultra Conditioning Shampoo

As the name implies, this shampoo will deeply condition your hair. Therefore, you never have to worry about moisture loss or dull hair.

Being made from natural ingredients, it will nourish your hair from inside without adding too many chemicals on your head.

The only minus is it is sold at a very high price.

OGX Hydrate and Color Reviving Lavender Luminescent Platinum Shampoo

This shampoo from OGX will be ideal for those who love lavender perfume. It will keep the white locks and get rid of yellow tint on your hair.

Jhirmack Silver Brightening Ageless Shampoo

The Jhirmack shampoo will neutralize the yellowish that potentially appears on your white hair.

The macadamia nut oil in this product will help moisture and nourish your hair from root to top.

This makes the shampoo not really suitable for oily hair.  

Joico Color Endure Violet Shampoo

Joico provides different kinds of shampoo for different hair colors. This one is perfect for white or gray hair because of the purple tones it contains.

This will help remove the annoying yellow or brassy undertones on your light hair. However, it’s not recommended using this product daily as it might dry your hair.


In conclusion, white hair doesn’t require a bleaching process, but a hair care routine.

It is easy to get yellow tint from the environment, so you need to treat your light hair with some best aforementioned shampoo, or choose among our suggested home remedies to fix once the yellowish appears on your hair.

We hope you will achieve gorgeous and beautiful white hair without any discoloration.

aida turner


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!