Hair Dye or Hair Die?! – Image Courtesy: Timothy Tolle
A growing number of Americans (and indeed people in most parts of the world) are increasingly using permanent hair dyes to get that perfect look for their hair. If you are also one of these increasing numbers, have you noticed the damage done to your hair by these chemicals-filled hair dyes? And what about the damage to your health due to the use of dyes?
Mother Nature the Beautician
Nature supplies us with various colorful foods and herbs that can easily replace the usual store-bought, chemical-laden colorants for natural hair dyes. There’s an economic benefit as well. Creating your own food and herb-based hair colors and rinses are not only healthier alternatives, but they’ll also save you some cash.
With a few simple ingredients from your kitchen, plus a little dedication and schedule adjustment, your hair will begin to glisten with a naturally enhanced glow. Use the following natural recipes to add highlights to blonde or red hair, or enrich or darken grey, brunette, or black hair. (Repeat each process once a week to reach and maintain your color choice.)
3 Ways to Color Your Hair Naturally
How to darken grey or enrich brown or black hair:
Simmer 1/2 cup dried sage & ½ cup dried rosemary in 2 cups water for 30 minutes, then steep for 2-3 hours. Double or triple the recipe as needed for your volume or texture of hair, or for the amount of grey you need to cover. Put this solution on your hair and leave it on until it’s dry. Style as usual (do not rinse).
How to brighten blond hair
Use Lemon Juice
Put 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice in 1 gallon of warm water. Pour over your hair 10 or more times in one rinsing. Keeping the solution in, style as usual. Repeat weekly or as needed to restore or maintain your color choice.
Or Use Chamomile Tea
Make a very strong chamomile tea – dilute in 1 gallon of warm water. Follow the above directions, same as for the lemon juice recipe.
Also, spraying your hair with a solution of 1 part lemon juice in 3 parts water, then sitting out in the sun will also brighten blond hair and add highlights.
How to add reddish highlights to, or deepen red/auburn or chestnut brown hair
Make a mixture of fresh carrot and beet juice (about 2 cups of carrot juice, and 1 cup of beet juice). Put mixture on hair, being sure to avoid or protect the skin around the hair line and back of neck. Cover hair and either sit under the dryer on medium heat for about 30 minutes, or out in the sun for an hour.
It may take more time using these time-tested natural rinses, but you’ll enjoy the many benefits of naturally (and safely) treating yourself to a more beautiful you!
Cassendre Xavier (aka Amethyste Rah & Amrita Waterfalls) is an award-winning multimedia artist, musician and author, working in Philadelphia. She writes on various subjects including Raw Vegan/Live Foods, Alternative Health and Recovery from Addiction and Abuse.