Caring for White Hair

As we all age our hair begins to gray. Eventually it moves on to white. Keeping your white hair looking its best is easy to do. This is a guide about caring for white hair.

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December 17, 2014 Flag
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I am 69 and was dyeing my hair since I was 27. My hair is pure white and it is loosing the pigment and getting invisible. It makes me look like I am going bald. I haven't been able to locate any white dye. Is there any?

By Claire A

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December 17, 20140 found this helpful

Suggest you make an apointment with a dermatologist to answer your concerns. She or he will be able to clarify any possible medical problem and recommend treatment to improve your hair's condition.

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December 19, 20140 found this helpful

There is a mousse product called Roux that is sold by Sally Beauty. It comes in all types of shades. My hair is also white and I put in a bit of mousse everyday which makes my hair a nice white/gray silvery shade. The cost is about $10.00 a bottle and you only have to use a little bit.

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December 19, 20140 found this helpful

I use vinegar for a hair rinse to "brighten" my white hair. Gives it some volume too! If you try it make sure you keep eyes closed until all the vinegar is rinsed off otherwise you get some burning in your eyes. Only did it once. LOL

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December 21, 20140 found this helpful

I have never heard of white hair losing its colour. Do you mean it is becoming clear? I have just googled some info regarding hair, and there is no mention of this anywhere. I would suggest that your hair is, in fact, getting thinner. My mom, who is in her 80's, does have much thinner hair now than she did when she was younger. If you don't think this is the problem, why don't you try dying your hair blond. I have many friends in their 70's who go blond, no matter what their natural colour was, as blond goes well with older skin tones.

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November 10, 2009 Flag
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My hair is nearly 100% white in front with streaks of dirty blonde throughout the crown and back. I don't mind grey, but the white around the front makes me look tired and washed out.

I've been dying blonde for years and I want to stop. What would you do about the white in front? My hairdresser suggested lowlights, but I also cannot afford the cost. What are the other senior ladies doing with their hair?

By Betty from Lubbock, TX

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November 16, 20090 found this helpful

I would not dye your beautiful hair. I used to pay for expensive frosting, but quit when I developed a problem with my scalp. It was the best thing I have ever done!

Please remember that it is in the best interest of your hairdresser if you dye your hair as that is how she makes her money. Treat yourself to a chic haircut instead. A wonderful cut allows the hair to lay well.

Also, I'd like you to think about your "white" hair as silver instead. There are shampoos available to remove any yellow from the white in grey hair. I believe this yellow is actually a deposit from water in your home or from hair products you are using.

Keep your hair healthy and shiny. Make that a priority. Eat well. Improve your diet as we all should continually try to do. Drink milk and eat vegetables and fruits. Use whole grains. Massage your scalp with the balls or tips of your fingers rather than your fingernails. Massage increases the blood flow to the roots of your hair.

Perhaps most important of all is wearing a flattering color of clothing near your face. With white or silver hair, those shades are usually softer. Rather than bright red, you may want to use raspberry or strawberry... which are more pinky and less harsh. dont forget its not only your hair that is changing but also your skin tone. Stay away from black near your face as that is too harsh a color for you right now. Try charcoal grey instead. These little adjustments make all the difference in the world!

Don't forget the saying, "You can't fool Mother Nature." Mother Nature always knows best even with hair coloring imho. I think you will find your coloring "suits you." Think positively about it and learn you love yourself as you are.

I care. Best wishes always.

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November 16, 20090 found this helpful

I must add something to my previous post.

I live in an area of the country where there are a lot of mature women. We are 2nd only to retirement counties of Florida in this regard. Women here tend to color their grey hair in a shade I refer to as "old lady blonde." Please, please, please do not dye your hair old-lady blonde. Its not flattering and its not appropriate for you or any other mature woman.

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November 16, 20090 found this helpful

I have white hair and color it light ash blonde, then apply streaks of Goldwell Colorance in a copper color, just to add highlights. The streaks fade over a couple of weeks as it is a foam-in temporary color, but it is a color no-one else has, and it isn't hard or expensive. The container lasts about a year. I just spray some on to my finger tips and "paint" it through my hair in streaks, let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse it out. If it's too dark, you just wash it a couple of times with shampoo and it lightens up.

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October 6, 20100 found this helpful

"Accept what you cannot change; white hair, natural curls. Acceptance is the key."

Are you kidding me ? I love having naturally curly hair and would not trade it! Regarding the white, I like to sparkle mine up with unnatural color streaks, mostly ruby-colored.

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March 15, 2014 Flag
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Last October I started using Kenra shampoo, conditioner, and curl spray. In only six months my hair has become so yellow it blends right into my beige sweater. I haven't made any dietary or medication changes. What can I do to get my beautiful white hair back, short of having my head shaved?

By cori_lahn

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March 15, 20140 found this helpful

I use Shimmer Lights shampoo, once a week, to keep the yellow out of my hair. All other times, I use Pantene shampoo & conditioner.

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March 16, 20140 found this helpful

When I was a hairdresser, there were times when hair needed to be stripped of buildup due to over conditioning, taking medication, and chlorine from swimming. Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with enough nail polish remover to make a paste and work it through damp hair. Rinse and shampoo after 15 or 20 minutes. Mix a cup of water with 1/4 cup of vinegar for a final rinse. Vinegar is a grease cutter and is acidic which helps equalize the pH of hair. Repeat this treatment if needed.

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March 18, 20140 found this helpful

I rinse my hair daily with apple cider vinegar. It will strip everything off your hair and leaves it squeaky clean. We have very hard water and it used to give me orange colored hair. I have used the vinegar for years now and have hot had the orange hair since.

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May 17, 2010 Flag
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I have all white hair and would really like to get it back to salt and pepper. I am 49 years old and it ages me. Has anybody ever done this? Thanks.

By Murph from Hanover, MA

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May 18, 20100 found this helpful

Could you get highlights of color on your white hair so it looks naturally colored and white mixed? If you try it, use temporary hair coloring, or go to a salon at least for the first time. You could also try streaking if the colors go with your coloring and eyebrows and lashes. Google how to streak hair or how to highlight hair for help if you want to do it at home.

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May 18, 20100 found this helpful

I'm in a similar pickle. I'd go to a real, old fashioned hair salon with many years in business. The one I go to has stylists who have 30 years of experience with cut, color, etc. That's what I did - I'm 54. We're still working out a decision, but I wouldn't experiment on myself. White hair is hard to work with and I would not take a chance on any self coloring. My opinion. I can believe it ages you. It ages me. My hairdresser said that if I do keep gray hair, my makeup has to be really, really, natural.

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May 19, 20100 found this helpful

I was in a similiar situation and grayed early. In my 40's I looked like 70 with gray hair. I decided to try color and had it done at my salon where I trust my hairdresser to come up with the right shade. After a few tries we came up with a pretty brown color that I call my "Hershey Chocolate" brown lol. I love it and feel so much younger with the improvement of color. I found the problem with gray hair also was that it wouldn't hold a perm. The only recommendation I have is to have a professional do it first. If you want to do it yourself later with the dyes available in the stores you will have a reference color to go with. You won't regret going with color.

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May 19, 20100 found this helpful

It's called a reverse frosting/highlight. Have a professional do it and choose a warm dark brown which would look more natural than a black pepper.

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August 4, 2010 Flag
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Does the chlorine in pools turn white hair yellow?

By Gloria from Sarasota, FL

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August 4, 20100 found this helpful

I've seen little kids with really light blonde hair that had turned greenish from chlorine in pools.

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August 6, 20100 found this helpful

Chlorine is not the only chemical in the pool. Bromine can be used instead of clorine.

I included a paragraph taking from:

http://www.ehow.com/list_5951582_ch ... swimming-pools-besides-chlorine.html

Balanced pool chemistry is essential for keeping swimming pool water clear and healthy for swimmers. Chlorine is the most commonly thought of chemical that is used in pool water. It is used for the elimination of bacteria and other harmful organisms. Chlorine is only one of many chemicals necessary to maintain swimming pools. There are a number of chemicals required to take care of algae content, hard water, cloudy or murky water and pH levels.

Cyanuric Acid

Cyanuric acid is typically sold as a product called stabilizer. When chlorine is added to a swimming pool and sunlight strikes the water, chlorine is often destroyed by ultraviolet rays from the sun. Cyanuric acid protects chlorine from the ultraviolet rays and allows it to continue doing its job of sanitizing even in direct sunlight. Most chlorine tablets contain a trace amount of cyanuric acid, but not enough to completely protect it.

Algaecide

Algaecide is added to swimming pool water as it is needed. The purpose, as the name indicates, is to kill algae growing in the water. Algae can cloud water and turn it to a murky green, yellow or even black color. Algaecide is usually found in liquid form or it can be bought as a granular formula. Killing algae with algaecide is contingent upon knowing the type of algae in a pool. Certain types of algaecide are only good for ridding your pool of one type of algae. Overuse of this product can cause foaming.

Clarifier

Pool water clarifier is a chemical that is used when pool water becomes cloudy. When particles are too small to be caught by the pool's filtration system, they are suspended in the water and cause it to take on a white appearance. Often the problem is so bad that a person cannot see the bottom of the pool from the deck.

Clarifiers cause the suspended debris in the water to clump together to form larger particles that the filtration system will pick up and remove from the water. The result is a return to clear water. Clarifiers are often used along with super chlorination or "shock" chemicals to restore clarity.

Bromine

Bromine is a chlorine alternative that kills bacteria and other harmful microorganisms in pool water. Bromine is more expensive than chlorine and is most commonly sold in tablet form. The advantage of bromine over chlorine is its ability to remain effective and stable in higher temperature waters. This is the main reason bromine is more common in hot tubs, where temperatures are often higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sodium Bisulfate and Carbonate

Sodium bisulfate is a chemical usually referred to as "pH Decreaser" or "pH Minus." This chemical is used to lower the alkalinity of pool water when pH readings are high. Sodium carbonate works in the opposite way and is known as "pH Plus." The chemical raises pH and alkalinity and is interchangeable for pool usage with the additive known as soda ash.

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August 6, 20100 found this helpful

Chlorine causes green not yellow. Yellow is caused by things like pollutants (such as smoking), medications, diet, and even some hair products.

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August 7, 20100 found this helpful

On another note, my own son, when he had blond hair, got the most beautiful streaks in his hair from the pool and the sun! Bleached blond, no green at all. Since Chlorine removes the color from things (i.e. faded suits from use in the pool!) I wouldn't think it was the chlorine that was making hair yellow.

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February 9, 2010 Flag

My hair is the salt and pepper, gray color. Is there a way to make it all white?

By Linda from Bloomington, IL

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February 9, 20100 found this helpful

If you are looking for a cheap and easy way to make your hair that bright blonde or to bring out your once subtle natural highlights, "bleaching" your hair with Hydrogen Peroxide might be the best option for you!

Find a new spray bottle. You want to make sure the bottle is as clean as possible (a brand new bottle is the best!) because you don't know how the previous chemical's residue will react with the Hydrogen Peroxide, and this isn't chemistry class.

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Fill the bottle with at least 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Spray the parts of your hair you want lighter. If you want all of your hair lighter, spray thoroughly.

If you are looking only to bring out your natural highlights, pour some of the Hydrogen Peroxide on a cotton ball and rub the cotton ball in one direction on the pieces of your hair that you would like lighter.

Most people want to leave the Hydrogen Peroxide in their hair for about 60 minutes before rinsing, but depending on how dark your hair is, how light you want it, and how much irritation the chemical may cause, you will want to experiment and play around with it. When you are comfortable with the color, go rinse your hair with cool water.

The cool water will add shine and help strengthen your hair. Since the Peroxide isn't the healthiest thing in the world, you will probably want to add a deep conditioner to your hair. Be sure to massage your scalp as the chemical might have dried out or irritated it. Again, rinse with cool water.

Don't expect immediate results. Your hair will become much lighter if you repeat this process in smaller doses every day for a week than if you use a whole bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide on your hair one night.good luck.

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Anonymous Flag
February 10, 20100 found this helpful

You can make your hair white by dying it at your local hair salon.

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February 13, 20100 found this helpful

If you mean white as in naturally having turned white type of white there is no way to do it. The difference between white or silver is genetically predisposed and there's also no way to hurry up the transition from salt and pepper to white or silver.

You could bleach it or color it blonde but do not attempt this on your own without professional advice first if you decide to do so! I was a hairstylist for over thirty years, as were also my parents, and I can't begin to tell you the horrors I've seen from people trying to attempt such a change on their own.

I would be happy to help you if you would like me to. Just contact me here via the contact button. I will gladly share my credentials and email address and then, if you send me a photo of yourself so I can see exactly what color and amount of salt and pepper, I can give you safe options.

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June 1, 20110 found this helpful

The hydrogen peroxide technique works! I was born with very dark brown hair and when it started to gray I didn't like the salt and pepper look so I would use dark brown hair coloring which many times was too dark and made me look dead so I moved to Santa Monica and went totally blonde for about ten years (had it done at a salon for a high price). Recently I decided to try this technique with HP after finding out about it at BeyondJane.com. a full forum on this. Using a 6 percent developer recommended by Sally Beauty Supply and applying it two different times it has lightened the pepper in my salt and pepper hair (which is what I don't like) and brought out the salt which made my hair look naturally platinum blonde (just what I have always loved and wanted). My hair is as silky and healthy as ever so the HP did not harm it like salon lightening with ammonia does. I will keep doing this as my S & P roots come in. The people who warn against doing this are salon workers who don't want it known that this can be done without paying high prices for hair coloring while harming your self as well.

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September 10, 2009 Flag
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I read an old request for taking the yellow color from white hair and one person recommended using peroxide mixed into conditioner. Has anyone tried this and what amount should I use? Thanks.

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