10 reasons why white hair may turn yellow and what to do about it.

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

Although we say we have silver hair, there are actually many strands of white hair in the mix.  These white hairs can turn a brassy yellow tinge.  At times from within the hair shaft and other times from outside of the hair shaft.    What causes white hair to turn yellow?  Here is a short post that gets to the point.


10 reasons why white hair may turn yellow.

  1. Nutrition

  2. Health conditions

  3. Medication

  4. Carotene: I just found out that eating a lot of food high in carotene (like carrots) can make your skin and your hair yellowish.

  5. Mineral deposits: high iron content in water used to wash your hair

  6. Chlorine from a swimming pool

  7. Environment: Pollutants in the air, car exhaust, cigarette smoke, even the sun

  8. Chemical buildup from hair products and shampoo

  9. Shampoo residue

How do I determine which one of these is causing my hair to turn yellow?

The best way to find out what is causing your hair to turn yellow is to make one small change at a time and see if that changes anything.  If not, try the next thing and see if that helps.


9 things you can do to keep your beautiful white hair from yellowing.

  1. Get a check-up to rule out any concerns for disease.

  2. Ask your doctor about any medication you may be taking. Ask for alternatives.

  3. Get a “purple” shampoo for silver hair. They have blue undertone that will cancel out the yellow.

  4. Change your shower head with one that will filter out some of the iron from the water.

  5. Prior to swimming in a pool, rinse and put conditioner in your hair.Wear a swimming cap.  It is also good to invest in a shampoo and conditioner or swimmers like Ultra Swim.

  6. Change the environment you put yourself in. Wear a hat when out in the sun.

  7. Get a clarifying shampoo to remove chemical buildup and shampoo residue. My favorite is by

  8. Lower the heat on your hairdryer and use “heat protector” when using a hair iron. High heat can damage and burn your silvers causing it to yellow.

  9. Stop using dandruff shampoo. It may contain selenium sulfide, which can cause your white hair to yellow.

Yours in health, happiness and success, Nancy Shimmy

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