If you’ve ever had your hair colored, you would be well-familiar with the problem of yellow/orange tones. Sometimes, getting the desired shade of white, grey, or blond in your hair is impossible. Maybe the color you originally aimed for is starting to fade, or your stylist didn’t get the hues quite right. Whatever the reason, you’re now left looking like Chuckie from Rugrats.
If you’re looking for a natural solution to rid of yellow or orange tones, you’ll be surprised to know it’s been around you all along - Apple cider vinegar. This simple ingredient is widely known for its hair benefits, but many don’t know that it works as a natural toner for your hair too.
Want to get rid of brassiness with apple cider vinegar? Read on to find out how.
Table of contents:
- Does vinegar fade hair color?
- Does apple cider vinegar get rid of yellow hair?
- Will apple cider vinegar take the orange out of my hair?
- Does apple cider vinegar whiten hair?
- How can I reduce the yellowness of my hair?
Does vinegar fade hair color?
You’re already familiar with the healthy hair benefits of apple cider vinegar. But you’re wondering – is it safe to use on my colored hair? The hesitance to use ACV on colored hair is understandable since most people think the acidic properties will end up stripping the hair of color. We’re here to tell you that it is safe to use on colored hair. It can enhance hair color and remove brassy, orange, and yellow undertones. Since it smooths down the cuticles, it prevents the hair color molecules from escaping the strands.
Does apple cider vinegar get rid of yellow hair?
Sometimes when you try to bleach or color your hair at home, it leaves you with a yellow or brassy mess. This is especially common with dark hair, as dark hair goes through several stages before getting to the desired hair color. Some yellow, brassy reds, and oranges are inevitable if you go from dark to light. But the good news is that you can correct these hair tones with apple cider vinegar, which is readily found in most homes. The natural bleaching agent in apple cider vinegar helps eliminate those harsh undertones.
Here is how you can use ACV to get rid of yellow hair –
- Mix 2 tablespoons of water with 4 tablespoons of ACV.
- Spray this mixture on the entire length of your hair. You can also spray it on the scalp. Leave it on for a few minutes.
- Rinse your hair with cool or lukewarm water.
If your scalp is particularly sensitive, you can use a more diluted version of the mixture. Using this mixture only once or twice a week is also advisable, as it might leave your hair dry with excessive use. If you’re looking for a daily treatment for your yellow hair, you can use the Wow Skin Science Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo. This is enriched with the goodness of sweet almond oil and argan oil, which leaves the hair hydrated and smooth even after application.
Will apple cider vinegar take the orange out of my hair?
So, your blonde tresses are starting to look more orange now, and you’re thinking – maybe it’s time to get it dyed again. Before you do that, why not try the apple cider vinegar treatment? Besides saving money on dyeing your hair, you wouldn’t have to be subject to chemical treatment again. Although it doesn’t smell the best, it is excellent for eliminating brassy and orange hair. And if you want to give your hair some extra TLC, you can consider making an apple cider vinegar hair mask with oil.
Here’s how you can use a nourishing ACV mask to tone your hair –
- Mix apple cider vinegar with the same water to make a diluted ACV solution.
Add a few drops of your favorite oil. It could be olive oil, almond oil, or even grapeseed oil.
- Shampoo your hair thoroughly.
- Apply the ACV hair mask throughout the lengths of your hair and leave it in for 10 minutes.
- Rinse your hair and apply shampoo if needed. Follow this up with conditioner, as per usual.
If your hair smells of vinegar even after washing, don’t worry too much about it. It usually goes away after drying. If you still don’t like the smell of vinegar in your hair, consider adding some essential oils to the ACV mask while making it. The WOW Skin Science Jasmine Essential Oil not only smells great but can also work wonders on your hair.
Does apple cider vinegar whiten hair?
Apple cider vinegar works as an excellent toning solution for grey hair too. It helps by lightening and refining your grey tresses, which are also suspectable to brassy tones from time to time. A common problem with grey hair is that it looks wiry and dry if not cared for properly. Grey hair is naturally drier, and when there is a build of oil and debris, you’re left with limp and wiry grey hair that doesn’t look good. Apple cider vinegar works in removing this build up too. It balances out the brassy and yellow tones and leaves your silver locks soft and shiny.
How can I reduce the yellowness of my hair?
We’ve already discussed how you can use apple cider vinegar solution and ACV-based products like shampoos and hair masks to eliminate yellowness and brassy tones in your hair. Let’s take a look at a few more tips for getting rid of unwanted undertones -
- Bleach more: If you want lighter hair, you would have to bleach again to lift more pigment out of your hair. While this can be a harsh treatment for your hair, it is the only way to go from dark to light. And it’s best to get it done by a professional who knows what they are doing.
Lemon juice: This is another natural ingredient that can lighten and tone your hair. You can make a solution of two-part water and one-part lemon juice to spritz on your hair.
- Protect hair from UV rays: The most common cause of brassy undertones is oxidation. Protecting your hair from the sun allows you to maintain your color for longer.
Apple cider vinegar is the holy grail of good hair health. Using it on your colored hair will help you get rid of any unwanted tones and leave your locks looking smooth and shiny. Found this article helpful? Share it with your friends and family.
Explore the WOW website for more natural hair care products. From our all natural sulfate, silicone and paraben-free hair care collection we recommend Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Red Onion Black Seed Oil Shampoo. And if you would like to learn more about apple cider vinegar's benefits or onion oil's benefits check out our ultimate guide on how to use them on your hair.
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