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.

    • Phyllis Wynne
      September 17, 2018 / 2:50 pm

      My white Caucasian hair turns yellow after relaxing. I wait a week, then use a clarifying shampoo by Dove, and it eventually goes back to normal.

  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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    • Denise
      October 6, 2018 / 8:22 pm

      Hi did you fine out how to fix the problem of the yellowish on the ends
      As I’m having the same problem

  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?

    • Temika Bradford
      June 25, 2018 / 1:10 am

      The Purple shampoo turns my gray purple!! That’s why I’m here looking for other remedies

  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

  21. Terry Alexander
    March 10, 2018 / 1:19 am

    Hi Ty, thank you! I’m a 54 yr. old African American woman, I have short, natural, thick coarse hair that tends to be dry but not brttle. I began greying early to mid 30’s, I have a white streak front middle and a patch at each temple. I’m noticing the front has a hue. I’m gonna try the vinegar mixture. Thanks again!

  22. May 15, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    I have been dying my hair, with a copper penny rinse now 60, I was wondering what kind of style I can wear really not trying to get anymore perms my edges look really bad also my hair 3 colors gray at the roots, red highlights, and blonde seem what did I need to do its only been about 4weeks since I made this decision.

  23. May 16, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    I normally keep my hair short so it is trimmed about every four weeks. I am now trying to let it grow. It has begun to pick up a yellow cast. My mother’s hair did the same thing and she started using the purple rinse and had ‘blue’ hair. I saw your peroxide remedy after using the shampoos for silver hair, which did nothing. I am thrilled to report the peroxide mixture did the trick. Thank you!!!!

  24. July 19, 2018 / 1:18 am

    Well described. I have a dry hair and I heard from my sister that egg mask effects on me. But can I replace olive oil with castor oil? Please help me out. Thank you in advance.

  25. lana
    August 22, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    what is the mixture for getting the yellow out of grey hair?

  26. Cheryl
    September 6, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge…my mother will be 95 in November & I just noticed the yellow tinge in the bottom half of her beautiful grey and black hair.
    And to add to what everyone else is consensus is… Your hair is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!😊🙋

  27. September 13, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    Will the vinegar or the peroxide work on a white persons hair and which would be the safest?

  28. Carty
    September 15, 2018 / 2:37 am

    I have been reading the remarks about grey hair that has yellow tinge after washing and shampooing. I also experience the same problem. I am transiting from perm to natural hair and last shampooing and conditioning, tinge was there. I will try the vinegar recipe and hope for the best. Do you have any advice on how to help my hair grow during transitioning. I keep hair moisturized see little growth.

  29. Ayse
    October 10, 2018 / 11:03 am

    Hi, you really have wonderful hair! I want to try the peroxide rinse, but as I also have some black hair between my white hair I was wondering if it will also bleach my black hair??? Thanks !!

    • October 10, 2018 / 1:07 pm

      Peroxide isn’t bleach so it will not change the color of your hair. It will clarify your hair which might make your hair dry. This is why I deep condition afterwards.

    • Cheryl
      January 23, 2019 / 1:43 am

      If you follow the Author’s recipe and leave it on for no more than 20 minutes, you should be fine. However, peroxide will bleach your hair, it turned my black hair to an unattractive brown color. Be careful.

  30. nancy
    October 18, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    I use started using organic shampoo over a year ago & the blond is gone. No chemicals shampoo worked for me. My hair never looked better/grey.

  31. Linda
    October 24, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    Oh my gosh! So simple! Love the peroxide trick! I used bottled water to rinse. Worked like a charm the first time! Thank you so very much for the info! I absolutely LOVE you!

  32. Lyn Web
    October 24, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    Will def try apple cider vinegar need to get rid of this aweful yellow streak hope it works

  33. Mary
    January 8, 2019 / 11:47 pm

    I am 63 years of age and I’ve been dying my hair since l was in my thirties and now I have been natural for about a year now. I would also like to stop dying my hair. I haven’t used any color for about four weeks now. My hair have about three colors a little bit of gray at the root next a brownish green and a little black on the end tip. I’m a black women. I need help ASAP.

  34. January 17, 2019 / 11:29 am

    I have hair that’s white in front, salt n pepper sides, and gets darker as it moves to the back. Problem is it gets a yellow/green tint. Looks cool from back in a ponytail. (dark grey middle w/ white stripes on each side… What’s not so cool is after it grows about 3″ to 4″s it turns a very blond/yellow/green tint. But only on the sides (very strange). Ive tried EVERYTHING! (home & pro remedies) … Tried crushed vitamin C, powdered stripper, vinagar, peroxide, peroxide/w bakiing soda, Purple shampoo (OTC and Pro), straight purple drabber, 3 bottles of purple drabber added to pro purple shampoo… So desparate, Ive even tried home cleaning products like Awesume Cleaner, LimeAway even CLR (I kno, I’m CRAZY). I recently read about a non-permanent purple hair dye, mixed with conditioner. I’ll try this, and let u know if it works. But I’m open to any other ideas if anyone has em…? Im also curious if anyone else has had this much trouble getting rid of the yelliow/green tint?

  35. Rene'
    March 5, 2019 / 10:08 pm

    I was planning to naturally go gray after retiring, but this awful yellow hair is what I’ve got. I’ve tried everything, nothing seems to work for me. My hair is white on the sides, but the top near my forehead is yellow. I’ve even tired to dye it gray, that didn’t work either. I’ll try anything.

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