How to brighten salt and pepper hair? Learn the top 3 natural remedies to try at home!

Written by Kristiyana Burdeva

Every day, our hair is exposed to harmful chemicals brought out by the outside world. This can result in excess oil in hair, product build-up in the scalp and lengths, and colour discolouration. If you have dark and gray hair, or just gray/white hair all throughout, colour discolouration can mean that your lighter strands of hair are starting to resemble a yellowish colour. This is no good if you want to keep your hairstyle well-maintained and stylish as it should be! However, there are things that you can do to make your silver hairs bright and shiny again. Do you want to know what they are? Let’s then find out how to brighten salt and pepper hair!

How to brighten salt and pepper hair ?

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There are a couple of ways on how to brighten salt and pepper hair. Personally, I think that the best and safest option is having a trip to the hair salon and asking your colourist to do this for you. You might have to spend a little more money, but at least you will be more certain that your salt and pepper hairstyle will look good, and will achieve the results you seek. However, if you want to brighten your hair by yourself, or give a try at a more natural brightening approach, then I have just what you are looking for! Keep on reading to discover the top 3 natural remedies for brightening salt and pepper hair!

1. Use kaolin clay for brightening hair

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Kaolin clay is a valuable ingredient in a lot of popular cosmetics. When it comes to hair, it is most often used as a hair mask to help with dryness. Specifically, kaolin clay is a great exfoliator and detoxifier, as it absorbs leftover dirt and residue caused by products and the outside world. The natural remedy has a neutral pH 6, hence it is safe to be used on hair, as hair itself has a pH of 5.5. Kaolin clay will brighten your hair gently, give it a detox and bring back its natural shine and volume.

Brightening salt and pepper hair with kaolin clay:

Brightening discoloured gray hairs with this kaolin clay remedy should be used once a week. To make the mask, simply take a glass bowl and put 2-3 tablespoons of kaolin clay. Mix the clay with water and 2 teaspoons of a hair oil of your choosing. The oil will help if you have dry hair, like I do. I personally add coconut or cocoa oil, as these are the ones I have at home. Aloe vera or argan oil also works great here. The consistency of the mixture must be creamy, not too thick. If it is thick, you will have difficulty getting it off from your hair. Before you apply the clay mix, wet the hair. Then evenly spread it and leave for around 15 minutes. Wash off with a mild shampoo. Check your hair if you have rinsed off all the clay. After you are done, apply a deep conditioner.

2. Brighten hair with fuller’s earth

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Fuller’s earth is also widely used in hair and skin cosmetics. Alternatively known as whitening clay, the natural ingredient is considered to be a great alternative for chemical shampoo. Fuller’s earth possess cleansing and antiseptic properties. It is effective when it comes to removing dead skin, excess oil and dirt from the hair. A natural option for helping with hair discolouration, fuller’s earth will brighten your salt and pepper hairs, while also keeping the hair hydrated and conditioned.

Brightening salt and pepper hair with fuller’s earth:

The natural brightening remedy with fuller’s earth can be done on a weekly basis. To brighten salt and pepper hair with this ingredient, first take a glass bowl. Put 2-3 tablespoons of fuller’s earth powder. Mix the powder with water until you get a creamy consistency, it shouldn’t be too thick. Wet your hair and apply the fuller’s earth mix to your scalp and hair lengths. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse with water. It is not required to use a shampoo after you do this cleanse.

3. Apple cider vinegar brightening rinse

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The apple cider vinegar rinse is a great option for brightening salt and pepper hair, as the natural remedy has cleansing properties and successfully detoxifies the hair. It is also very effective when it comes to fighting off harmful bacteria in the hair that can cause scalp infections.  The vinegar can ensure better hair health and growth. As gray hair is naturally dry, apple cider vinegar can help with making and preserving it smooth and shiny.

Brightening salt and pepper hair with apple cider vinegar:

Use the apple cider vinegar rinse twice a week to twice a month, depending on how your hair reacts to it. Make a mixture of 1-4 tablespoons of vinegar with 1-2 cups of water. Before applying it, shampoo and condition your hair. Then, gently pour the rinse over your scalp and soak all your hair. Leave it in for 2-3 minutes. Rinse off the vinegar with cold water. You can apply conditioner again if you wish. When drying your hair, wrap it in a cotton t-shirt instead of a towel. Leave your hair to naturally dry. To help with any excess vinegar smell in the hair, apply a few drops of essential oil to the ends.

I hope these 3 natural remedies did wonders for your salt and pepper hair, and now it looks bright and shiny! This hairstyle is considered to be one of the trendiest and most stylish in the last few years. Hence, if you are looking for ideas on how to style your own salt and pepper locks, check out our 11 fabulous hairstyles for ages from 20 to 60! Enjoy!




Kristiyana Burdeva is a content writer interested in the latest trends when it comes to hairstyles, fashion, makeup, interior design and tattoos. She loves to travel, and often embarks on road trips with her friends. Kristiyana likes to spend time in nature, going on hikes and camping trips. Ever since she can remember, she has loved to share her personal thoughts and opinions through writing and enjoys reading classical literature works.   Experience 
  • Author at since 2022, Kristiyana has written over 300 articles on various topics related to hairstyles, fashion, makeup, interior design, tattoo art, healthy lifestyle and kitchen recipes.
  • Prior to working at, Kristiyana worked as a freelance writer for various projects.
  • Her interest in hairstyles started back in late 2016 when she first started experimenting with hair dyes, and has been dyeing her own hair and that of close acquaintances ever since
  • Kristiyana has experience in working for a beauty company that sells luxurious cosmetics, which sparked her interest in learning about and establishing a quality skincare routine.
  • When it comes to cooking, she loves trying out new recipes, especially ones with various kinds of spices and herbs, and enjoys cooking for her family and friends.
  • In her yearly years, Kristiyana was very fond of drawing and painting and went on to study Arts for a brief period, and follows many artists on social media till date, tattoo artists included.
Education  Kristiyana went on to study in a specialized high school for English and German, and her love for the languages continues to date. She obtained a bachelor's degree in English and American studies. During her studies, she wrote numerous essays, poetry works, short stories and translated different texts. She was also involved in many volunteering programs, where she helped to educate children that came from unstable communities, or projects connected with the European Solidarity Corps.

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