Woman, 38, who ‘embraced’ grey hair on DIY tip to turn ‘yellow tones’ into shiny silver
Randi Honeycutt started noticing her first gray hair at 17, but it wasn’t until she was 38 that she finally started to “embrace” her natural hair color. However, once she started growing her hair and taking care of it, she said she noticed her confidence increasing.
“Increased confidence when you grow your grey, I’ve really experienced that,” she told her TikTok audience of 25.5k followers on the @randihoneycutt_ account. In order to keep her hair healthy while growing it, Randi uses a number of hair care products.
However, she has discovered an all-natural DIY method that can remove the “yellow tones” from her hair to create a shiny, silvery look.
“I love a good DIY. I saw this simple apple cider vinegar rinse used to tone gray, and I had to try it,” she explained.
One of Randi’s favorite things about the hack is that it means using less product on her hair, and buying less product also means saving money in the long run.
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“Less stuff in my arsenal equals more cabinet space and less waste. Win, win, win,” she said.
Putting the hack to the test, Randi mixed two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with about 500ml of water in a jar, then mixed the two together. She then poured the mixture on her hair and let it sit for between five and 10 minutes.
However, after her first attempt at hacking, she recommends adding the mixture to a spray bottle instead, as this will make it easier to apply evenly all over your head.
“It helped neutralize a lot of the yellowness I had,” she explained. “It also helps balance the pH of the scalp and removes product buildup. Lots of wins.
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Apple cider vinegar is an acid, which means it can help lighten and refine color. Because gray or white hair has little or no pigment, its color can be easily affected by pigments in the environment, such as the shampoo or conditioner you use.
However, apple cider vinegar can help neutralize these tones. Apple cider vinegar, given its acidity, has a pH of two to three. The human scalp has an acidity of around 5.5, however those who use a lot of products may find that their scalp is slightly more acidic.
Apple cider vinegar can therefore help neutralize the scalp, which will aid in the production of the natural oils that keep your hair shiny and healthy.
Randi says she always makes sure to rinse her hair after using the apple cider treatment so she can apply conditioner afterwards to keep her hair silky and soft.
The mum was applauded by her followers for the tip, with many complimenting her on her “beautiful” braids. One commenter said, “You look so pretty! I love your hair!” Another wrote: “I regularly use apple cider vinegar as a rinse. Love it and how soft my hair feels afterwards. It also helps with my scalp psoriasis.”
If you prefer not to use apple cider vinegar, some reviewers recommend using a purple shampoo, or Randi suggests opting for a clarifying shampoo as part of your routine.