“Why does my hair always go yellow?” Seldom does a day go by in our salon with out this question being asked. So here are the answers:
We all have some yellow in us
Red, orange and yellow form the foundation of our hair color from black through to blonde. That’s why when we lift from dark to light it is easy to get different shades of orange and yellow. Even the lightest blondes will have a little it of yellow or warmth in them. Which you will cover up with a toner or a glaze.
As above to achieve your perfect blonde your hairdresser will often use a toner, glaze or possibly a coloured shampoo. This means avoiding the sun, sea, swimming pools or anything that can have a bleaching effect on your hair. As lightening the colours, your hairdresser uses to hide the warmth, will allow it to creep back.
Avoid smokers and smoky places.
Remember nicotine stains on heavy smokers. Well spend too much time around cigarette smoke and the same could happen to your hair. This also applies to areas with a high atmospheric pollution.
As the clip below shows too much heat, apart from damaging it, can also turn your hair yellow. Simply put your hair is held together by hydrogen and disulfide (sulphur) bonds. Heat breaks these bonds. It can then bond the hydrogen and sulphur together to form hydrogen sulphide. Which in turn reacts with other bits of your hair, which yes you guessed it, turn yellow. The same also goes for blow drying to often or using curling tongs or hot rollers.
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So to summarise unfortunately blonde hair turning yellow is an unavoidable fact of life. But you can minimise it by using a good shampoo and conditioner and trying to avoid things that will bleach your hair unneseccarily.
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