Natural Methods To Color Your Hair
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on September 11, 2009 by Paulina Nelega, RH
However, walk down the hair dye aisle in any store and you will be met with a myriad of choices for hair color from just as many hair dye companies.
This multi-million dollar hair color enhancement market continues to grow despite the fact that the effects of a boxed hair dye only lasts up to 6 weeks.
There are, however, other methods to more naturally color your hair; all you have to do is look in your own kitchen.
Every sun lover knows that using lemon juice on their blonde hair will make it lighter in minutes. Lemon juice also works great for hair that is oily; it also removes unsightly dandruff.
Lemon juice is best used when two parts are mixed with one part water in a spray bottle which can then be sprayed onto your hair. Allow your hair to dry under direct sunlight in order to get the full lightening benefit; after an hour be sure to rinse all the lemon juice out of your hair.
This lemon juice mixture is best suited to lighten light and medium blonde hair.
Other natural options for blond hair include using chamomile and saffron. These help to brighten dark blonde and light brunette hair.
Chamomile is one of the most commonly found ingredients in shampoos and conditioners, as it a popular natural colorant for blonde hair.
To reap the benefits of chamomile you will need to prepare a rinse by adding one cup of lemon juice to 3 cups of chamomile tea. The rinse should then be poured through hair that has been towel dried, and then re-rinsed a second time. The mixture can be left on the hair for 30 minutes before being rinsed out with water.
An easy way to enhance brown hair is to use black tea and coffee. Both will add shine, whilst intensifying brunette shades and covering up all visible gray hair.
To use coffee as a natural hair dye, brew 2 to 4 cups of strong coffee, such as espresso, and allow it to cool. Stay away from instant coffee as there far too many additives that can wreak havoc on your hair.
Next shampoo and conditioner you hair as normal and then pour the coffee through your hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it out with either apple cider vinegar or beer. Both of these liquids will help to seal in the gloss. You should then rinse your hair out with lukewarm water.
If coffee is not your cup of tea, try using black tea instead. Rinsing your hair with black tea will add chestnut highlights to your brown hair. Simply prepare 2 cups of black tea using 6 tea bags. Once it has cooled down, pour the tea over your clean hair, and then rinse it off after 20 minutes.
Another trick is to use rosemary that has been steeped in water for at least 5 minutes. Throw the rosemary out and pour the remaining water over your clean hair.
Next, run cold water over your hair to rinse the rosemary water out. This will help in adding new life to your limp, brown hair.
If you have strawberry blonde hair, you can use the water from carrots that have been steeped for five minutes, but if you have darker red hair then using the water from steeped beets will be better for you.
Another option is to use rose hip tea or cranberry juice as both add brightness to red hair to help it look more vibrant.
Prepare rose hip tea by adding 1 cup of rose hips to 2 cups of boiling water. Once cool, pour the tea over hair that has been towel dried. After one hour you
should rinse it off with lukewarm water.
If you want to add more of a reddish tint to your hair then pouring cranberry juice over your clean hair will do the trick! Remember to wash and conditioner your hair first and then to massage the cranberry juice into your scalp before you rinse. This can be repeated as often as you need to achieve the color that you desire.
Since these natural alternatives are great for people who are allergic to the chemicals or ammonia found in commercial hair dyes and they will not alter the natural structure of your hair, you can use them as often as you like. However, it is not advised to use them in the bath as the natural colors may stain the tub.
Photo Credit: House of Stims
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan