White Hair with a Yellow Tinge

Man with white hair
Q: I am a 55 year old male with virtually white hair. When I was younger, it was jet black. I don't use any dye or treatment (I like it white). Lately my hair has a yellow tinge. What's happening here?
A: This could be a result of anything from a vitamin deficiency in your diet, the effect of medications you may be taking, exposure to pollutants, or hard water deposits; plus countless other causes, like staining caused by other styling products. You would have to carefully evaluate the possible changes in your diet, routine, and health to know if there is a connection.
I can, however, recommend a way to combat the problem. I propose using a clarifying shampoo, followed by a "blueing" shampoo and conditioner like Clairol's "Shimmer Lights". The clarifying shampoo is designed to strip away build-up and residues on the hair, while the "Shimmer Lights" contains anti-yellowing and brightening compound which are meant to leave your hair sparkling white.
I propose using both shampoos to make sure that if the cause of the problem is a residue or build up of some kind, the clarifying shampoo can help remove the build-up so that the brightening agents can work better. I have a number of older clients who use Shimmer Lights and love it. Ageist attitudes aside, I personally think there is nothing more striking than a head full of white hair that is obviously well cared for.
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See also:
Hair problems caused by hard water
How medications can affect our hair
What can I use to remove the yellow from my gray hair?