How to Get Yellow Out of Silver Hair

by Tracy Moore ; Updated September 28, 2017

Whether you have naturally aged silver hair or have just dyed your hair, it needs extra care. As one ages, the silver, white and gray hair can begin to take on yellow tones. Using a toner with a purple or blue base will help to rid this problem and give back luster to any shade of silver. Toner can be found at most beauty supply stores, is easy to use at home and takes little time.

Mix 2 ounces of developer with 2 ounces of any brand of toner in a plastic applicator bottle. Shake well. The toner should have a purple or blue base. Both base colors counteract yellow tones as they are opposite ends of the color wheel.

Put on a pair of rubber or latex gloves. Apply the mixture all over the head, paying special attention to the yellow sections. The hair will absorb the color best when damp or towel dried. Leave on for no more than 10 minutes or the base color will begin to turn hair a lighter shade of purple or blue.

Rinse out hair with warm water. The water will run clear when all the toner has been removed. Apply a deep conditioner, and leave on for 3 to 5 minutes before rinsing out.


  • There are specialty shampoos and conditioners that contain a purple base for blonde, silver and gray hair. They can be used once or twice a week in between coloring and toning to get rid of the yellow shades in hair.

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Tracy Moore holds a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in graphic design. She has extensive experience using graphics software in her professional and personal life. She also writes a column for a local newspaper on the latest technology developments.