If white hair is very popular, it is more fragile and requires special maintenance. Whether you opted for this color or it is the color that your hair has acquired with age, your hair can quickly turn yellow and take on unwanted highlights. Fortunately, that can be fixed with these few easy tips to take care of your hair.
Silver hair is trendy! Jamie Lee Curtis, Françoise Hardy, and even Kate Middleton, many women accept their white hair without taboo. Better yet, the polar white dye was seen on all the catwalks. On short or long hair, blond or brown, white hair is on the rise.
However, this color can quickly turn yellow and leave unsightly reflections. Whether you’re taking a natural approach, or just wanting to avoid using chemicals, the natural tips we show you help maintain your mane color and reduce glare.
Why does white hair turn yellow?
Gray hair isn’t just a thing of age. Very fashionable, this shade is essential in all the parades but also in the street. However, having white hair can be overwhelming. For good reason, some strands tend to turn yellow leaving unwanted reflections to appear. The reason? The hair is weakened by the loss of melanin and becomes porous, in particular after repetitive discolorations and colorings. Whether you have platinum blonde, dark blonde, light blonde, or completely white hair, the hair fiber oxidizes more quickly resulting in those yellow or copper highlights depending on the undertones of your hair color.
In order to slow down the yellowing process of gray hair, it is essential to maintain it on a daily basis. A special yellow hair routine can help you keep white hair looking shiny for longer.
1) Protect your hair from external aggressions
White hair becomes drier and brittle due to oxidation. It is therefore necessary to start taking care of it from the shower. Repeated silicone shampoos and the lime present in the water weaken the material and make the hair even more brittle. Pollution and tobacco also increase the oxidation of the color and accelerate yellowing. It is therefore essential to adopt a routine to maintain and revive the color. After your shampoo, opt for a hydrating mask that suits your hair type. After showering, avoid the heat of hairdryers and other hair straighteners and prefer to dry in the open air. Finally, avoid exposing your hair to the sun which promotes yellowing, and otherwise, applies protective sun care.
2) Apply moisturizing masks regularly
If the mask after shampoo is a must, it is advisable to apply masks before the shower to hydrate your hair. This is the secret to glowing hair. Because it is drier and brittle, depigmented hair is often rebellious. It is therefore important to nourish them in-depth to better tame them. For this, opt for natural masks. For silky soft hair, a yogurt mask that you leave on for an hour before rinsing is ideal.
3) Revive the shine of your hair
Bleached hair is porous and tends to become dull. To revive the shine of your gray hair, do not hesitate to use a special shine treatment after the shower. Just steep a few sprigs of rosemary in hot water. Wait for your preparation to cool and pour it into a spray bottle. Use this spray on wet hair.
4) Use a blonde anti-yellowing shampoo
To de-yellowing white hair, apply an anti-yellowing shampoo once a month. The latter is composed of blue or purple reflections and will neutralize the yellow reflections. Be careful not to use it too often as this may dry out your hair. You can make your own purple shampoo by adding 2 or 3 drops of gentian violet to your regular shampoo and shaking vigorously. This homemade blue shampoo is very pigmented and should also be used in moderation otherwise you end up with blue reflections.
This is one of the most effective homemade hair removal tips. In addition to bringing shine and radiance to your mane, the vinegar will patina the hair and eliminate unwanted highlights. For this, prefer apple cider vinegar, an essential ingredient for hair beauty. Just dilute a tablespoon of vinegar in a quart of water. After shampooing, rinse your hair with this preparation and let it act for a few minutes before washing it thoroughly in cold water. Bonus: vinegar helps regulate excess sebum and fight oily hair. So much for using this trick after every wash.
Lemon is a fruit with multiple health benefits, and this citrus fruit is also unstoppable for self-care. To fight acne, eliminate dark spots or revive the radiance of your skin, lemon is an essential part of your beauty routine. Like vinegar, lemon also brings shine to your hair. In addition, this fruit helps detoxify the scalp and remove residues responsible for yellowing hair. After shampooing, pour the juice of a lemon on your hair and let sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Tip: This tip is only recommended for people with completely white hair. For good reason, citrus has bleaching properties that can cause the color to bleed if you have a balayage for example.
3) Marticarian Chamomile
Chamomile Marticaire contains chamazulene, a blue molecule that will revive the color of your white hair and fight against yellow reflections. This solution is also ideal for people who have gray hair. For this, prepare your anti-yellowing shampoo. In a bowl, add 2 tablespoons of green clay, 10 ml of Marticarian Chamomile Hydrosol, 5 drops of Coconut Oil, 10 drops of Marticarian Chamomile essential oil, and 8 drops of Vitamin E. Mix all and use this shampoo once or twice a month at most. To boost its action, you can also apply a yellowing mask after your shampoo.
A recipe for a homemade anti-yellowing mask
To prepare a homemade anti-yellowing mask you will need 3% hydrogen peroxide, 50 grams of baking soda, and 200 ml of vinegar. In a bowl, mix the baking soda with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide and mix until you get a pasty mixture. Apply to damp hair and leave on for 1 minute. Then pour the vinegar on your hair, then rinse immediately and thoroughly with clean water. Be careful not to use this mask more than once a month as it can dry out the hair. It is therefore important to specify that you do not use this mask if you are allergic to hydrogen peroxide.