Hair Color

How to Get Rid of Yellow Hair

Not all people are happy with their hair color, which is why they bleach their hair. Bleaching is fine, but if not done properly, there’s danger to your face. Your attempt to bleach your black hair may not work for you the way it does for others, so your hair ends up being brassy yellow or rusty orange.

You call your damaged hair “yellow hair” and here are the tips to get rid of the damage you never saw coming.

The Mystery Behind Yellow Hair

Yellow hair is an interesting hair color, isn’t it? What causes this color is iron. If you want to get rid of yellow hair, should you get rid of iron, too? Now, before you start putting your health at risk, you need to understand why your hair naturally turns yellow.

The human body needs iron in a redox reaction, which changes oxygenation numbers in all the other elements and minerals that enter your body. Redox reactions are so important that almost all biological processes depend on them. One process that isn’t possible without iron is the dictation of hair color. When iron dictates the color of your hair, the pigment melanin comes out. Meanwhile, melanin has two forms. The first form of melanin is called eumelanin, which gives a wide range of color from light blonde to black hair, and the second one is called phaeomelanin, which can be found in reddish brown and red hair. Phaeomelanin is also responsible for yellow tones. While eumelanin cannot be found in red hair, phaeomelanin can be found in varying amounts in all hair colors.

Scientists haven’t figured out how, exactly, melanin production happens, but it is safe to assume that iron is largely responsible for it because of its role in redox reactions. According to the Scientific American magazine in its March 2001, the different colors of hair during the hair cycle are all brought about by the alleles of the MC1R gene. Essentially, the more iron there is in your hair, the more alleles there are to determine the color of hair. It doesn’t end there yet, because the more melanin your hair has, the darker your hair color ultimately becomes.

Going yellow to golden blonde, then, is possible only with a miracle. You have processes and tips to follow, some of which maybe to risky to try. Consulting a hair stylist or letting a hairdresser do the dyeing for you is the best way to avoid having brassy and rusty yellow hair.

Toning Out

Toners are widely available but are not as common as hair dyes. The easiest to use are the ones made by the same companies that make hair dyes with unnatural colors, such as blue. Other toners are sold in liquid form and are dabbed onto the hair with cotton buds.

Toners work by replacing the existing color of your hair. They give your hair a more neutral appearance, compared to bleached hair, which still has some yellow tones. In the color wheel, the opposite color to yellow is violet, and right next to violet is blue. Both dye colors will cancel out the yellow in the hair, leaving a pale shade of blonde.

Purple-based toning dyes make your hair look whiter, while blue-based toners create a silvery or platinum look.

The first thing you have to do to tone out is to bleach the hair again. This time, you will have to let the bleach formula stay longer on your hair to make sure that the chemicals will strip out all the brown or black pigment of your hair. After this, soak your hair in a toner with either a violet or blue base for at least five minutes. After rinsing to remove the toner, you may dye your hair with your chosen shade of blonde.

If you think bleaching is plain torture to your hair, you can skip this by using a cleanser to remove any hard water and minerals on your hair. After this, go straight to using blue-based or violet-based toner on your hair. You can leave these toners on your hair for a few hours for best results, but one hour can do wonders. It’s always best to follow the development time indicated on the pack as strictly as possible just in case your hair begins to turn blue or violet. If your hair is pale blond, this technique is perfect for you.

For the most part, the purple and blue bases in toners are very weak dyes that create visible results on very light hair. Remember that you must be careful, because if you get the mix wrong, you can end up with noticeably blue or purple hair. Another tip is that you should not use a stronger violet or stronger silver to dye yellow hair, because the outcome might take some time for even the most skilled hairdresser to fix.

Experimenting With Toners

If you are brave and you don’t mind sporting blue or purple hair for a few weeks, you can make silver and white toning dyes based on recipes. While this may be tricky to master, but making your own toner from colors and developers at beauty supply shops is relatively cheaper than using the ones available at salons.

To whip up a pale silvery hair color mixture, combine six parts of platinum and one part anti-orange concentrate with 30-volume peroxide (though you can use 10 or 20 volume if your hair is weak). If you prefer a darker metallic color, combine two parts parts platinum, one part light ash blond and a gram of blue concentrate.

When using hair dye, you must do a strand test first, as results can vary depending on your hair. To keep hair looking blond at its best, use shampoos and conditioners with violet or blue base dyes. If you can’t find any, try adding a spoonful of semi-permanent violet dye to your conditioner for white hair, and a spoonful of blue (preferably blues with a hint of purple rather than turquoise) to your conditioner for silver hair. Keep in mind that hair grease gives a yellow sheen to your hair, so it’s necessary to wash your hair at least once every seven days.

Do It The Natural Way

The last method for getting rid of yellow hair is another do-it-yourself trick that should be cheaper because it uses all-natural products. You will need a mixture of three portions of white vinegar, and one portion of water in a clean, empty shampoo bottle. Use this on your hair right after washing and before conditioning. Wrap your wet hair up in a towel and leave the mixture on your hair for at least 15 minutes, or longer, if desired.

Next, wash your hair once more with shampoo and lather with conditioner afterward. The vinegar mixture strips the pigment out of your hair because the acidic properties of vinegar corrode most metals, like iron. Now, getting rid of yellow hair with nature’s way makes sense, doesn’t it?

Of course, you will have to tolerate the smell of vinegar. The smell on your hair shouldn’t be a problem, though, because shampooing again after applying the vinegar-based mixture is recommended. If you don’t shampoo after applying vinegar-based mixture, your hair will smell awful.

If, in case, the iron still hasn’t been rinsed out completely, repeat the above process the next day. Remember, you are using organic materials in this technique, so bear with the methods you may do over and over again. To keep iron from building up in the future, use the same mixture as a rinse after you shampoo and before you condition, or even every other time you shampoo. Let it set for the same amount of time you would normally leave your conditioner on while in the shower.

Getting rid of yellow hair is possible with all the tips mentioned above. Let this be a lesson learned: next time, you should know what dangers bleaching and grooming techniques bring to your hair so you won’t have to exert effort on something that you may not have acquired had you been more careful .

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