Why Does Grey Hair Turn Yellow + 4 Home Remedies To Remove That Yellow Tinge From Your Hair

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Everyone thinks that having natural grey hair is so freaking cool. But no one talks about that moment you go to curl your hair and you notice that you’ve put a little too much heat on your hair and now you’re staring at dingy yellowish brown strands of hair. Yuck!


In some cases, medication, food, and health conditions can also turn your grey hair yellow from inside the hair shaft. Did you know that eating an abundance of carrots or other foods that are high in carotene, an orange compound, can make skin and hair yellowish? The water that you use to wash your hair could have a high iron content and could be causing your grey hair to be yellow. And if you’re a smoker or a swimmer, you are doomed!

Because NO ONE wants to be #TeamYellow, here’s a few tips to remove that yellow tinge from your grey hair.

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4 Home Remedies To Remove Yellow from Grey Hair

  • Vinegar: Make a rinse from a small amount of vinegar and water (1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon of water) to remove yellow from your hair. Make sure you rinse thoroughly to remove all of the vinegar. After the vinegar rinse, you may condition your hair as usual with a conditioner that does not yellow your hair.
  • Infusion of Betony: Make a “tea” (infusion) of purple Betony flowers with hot water. Let the flowers steep in the water until the desired color is obtained. The more concentrated the infusion, the stronger the purple color.
  • Infusion of Hollyhocks: Make a “tea” (infusion) of purple Hollyhock flowers with hot water. Let the flowers steep in the water until the desired color is obtained. The more concentrated the infusion, the stronger the purple color.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide mix: I got this recipe from L’Oreal hairstylist, Johnny Lavoy years ago and I’ve been hooked. I swear it works.

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Products you can purchase

There are a handful of hair-coloring products that are designed to remove yellow from gray hair. Shop a few of the most common ones below.

Once you determine why your grey hair has a yellow tinge, you can decide on how to treat it. But be careful and don’t overdo it. You don’t want to turn your hair blue or purple! But with a little bit of experimentation, you can find the right product and the right amount to apply to take out the yellow without inheriting a new, unwanted hue!

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  1. bernice chisolm
    April 25, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Thank you so much!

  2. Kelly
    April 30, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    Thanks form the information. Will try the peroxide recipe.

  3. May 11, 2016 / 10:54 am


    i have tried the home remedies – vinegar – bicarb- perioxide.. toners silver shampoos…. so i have come to the conclusion that my yellowing at the ends could be because of the hairstraigtners… is there any way of remedying this??

    • May 11, 2016 / 12:33 pm

      Stop using them so much! It could also be something you are eating. Dip a little deeper.

  4. May 18, 2016 / 8:41 am


    i have noticed that the discoloration is on the top layer of my hair.. the underneath seems to be ok. I have also noticed that my natural dark bits are lighter at the bottom than on the top? i really dont know what to be doing. I really dont want to be colouring my hair again.
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  5. CATHY
    August 2, 2016 / 12:12 am

    Thank you for your suggestions. Will try peroxide recipe. Have also had grey hair sent 20s.

  6. August 16, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    I use a relaxer every 4-5 weeks that’s the only thing I can pinpoint why my hair is still yellow but my roots are not. It takes several application to get my hair back to silver grey then after 2days it’s yellow again. Please help. I now look like I have blond hair.

    • August 18, 2016 / 9:36 am

      Yep! I stopped putting a relaxer in my hair years ago.

  7. September 4, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    My gray hair is turning yellow and have no idea why. I have not changed my diet except I have been taking Turmeric tablets which are gold in color. Could this be the cause? My hair is short in the neckline and it is gray there with very dark color under the gray which i guess is natural for me but not the yellow. Do you think I curl my hair with a curling iron and maybe it is too hot??? What is the peroxide recipe?

  8. Karen
    September 20, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    How often can you use this mixture to primarily get rid of the yellow, and then for maintenance? Thank you!

    • September 22, 2016 / 12:07 pm

      I use it about every 3 weeks. Just make sure that you condition well

  9. October 5, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    I would have never guessed vinegar in a million years – seriously cool! Thanks for sharing

  10. Tamara Worthy
    March 3, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    I’ve decided to stop dying my hair. I just retired, I’m 64 and my roots are more Grey and white than I ever noticed. I’m excited about the transition and I am so happy to have found you. I am a black American, your complexion.
    You are my new inspiration!!
    Thank you!!!

  11. Montie Schutz
    March 17, 2017 / 6:37 am

    Thank you sooo much!!! My grey was looking dull!! The peroxide mix beought back the healthy shine!!!!=)

  12. G A
    April 1, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    How often should the vinegar be used?
    Or the peroxide?
    Which one is less harming??
    Thank you

  13. Beverly
    April 8, 2017 / 10:39 am

    What if you don’t have apple cider vinegar?Can you use regular vinegar

  14. nancy clingan
    April 28, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    why are all the models under 40 years old? i know grey and silver are popular among younger people, but, seriously what about us with natural grey hair?? take my picture!! 🙂

  15. Tina
    September 4, 2017 / 11:22 am

    The (purple-blue shampoos make my scalp break out. Does anyone know what they contain that makes this happen?

  16. Michael S Dersch
    September 27, 2017 / 11:37 am

    Just surfing the internet and came across this article. Really not a subject of interest to me, so was about to surf on when I happened to catch a glimpse of the author, Ty Alexander. What a gorgeous woman! Went on to read the article after admiring her beauty. Great article. Well written and logically laid out.
    Beauty AND brains. Way to be.

  17. November 5, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    I have been doing this for a while, but I leave it in all night. I have fine hair and am always looking for more volume. The next morning, I wash twice and my hair is much more voluminous and the curl holds better too. I haven’t tried applying heat, though. Will do!

  18. Helen Williams
    December 30, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Hi Ty, I just joined your blog. I’ve had gray hair in the front of my head since my late teens. I’m the baby of the family and I wasn’t ready to accept my gift. I’m in my late 60’s now and I ALWAYS get complements on my hair, wether its braided, cornrolled, curls etc. When I wore perms it became too expensive for the upkeep of color, condition and cut, etc. Now I only get heat in my hair, good blow outs and flat ironed for special occasions. I need your Hydrogen perxoide recipe for my hair.

  19. Karen Williams
    January 15, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    I need the least harsh method for removing yellow from my grey hair. My hair is thinning due to high blood pressure medicine so I need to be very gentle with my hair.

  20. Cheryl Smith
    February 8, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    Hi I use a curling iron once a week on my thin fine white hair and ends are yellow. I’m 63 and Caucasian .What’s the peroxide recipe? Thanks

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