Getting your hair coloured is a task. From choosing the hair colour to getting your hair pre-lightened, the application of the colour to waiting for hours for the colour to show up on your hair to the final result - it takes up 3-5 hours of our precious time and cost a lot of money too! Don't get me wrong, I love getting my hair coloured but it's the entire tedious process that I'm not a fan of. And what if the end result is not what was expected? It's a huge waste of money and time!
When it comes to colouring your hair, there are a lot of pointers to be kept in mind:
- The results are permanent (unless you use a temporary hair colour).
- It is expensive, so be prepared to spend upwards of Rs 2,000.
- It WILL damage your hair, all hair colours use some sort of chemicals to tint your hair.
- The only way to get rid of the colour is to get a haircut or get it coloured to your natural colour again (which means more damage).
- You might get a burn from the chemical dye or some other type of reaction (if you have sensitive skin and if the colour is applied too close to the scalp.)
Time to look for a more natural approach, don't you think?
Time to give your hair a break and opt for more natural ways to add colour to your life hair.
PS: These ingredients will only add a tinge of colour and the results will last for a shorter duration. And since they're all-natural, it means less hair damage!
Who knew that our beloved cuppa can be used to cover up greys or add more dimension to your natural hair colour?
All you need to do is:
- Brew a strong, black coffee and let it cool down.
- Mix it with two big blobs of leave-in hair conditioner.
- Add two tablespoons of coffee grounds and your hair colour is ready to be applied.
- Apply the mixture on your entire head and let it sit for an hour or so. Do not wash your hair with shampoo, use apple cider vinegar instead to make your colour last longer.
Henna is a natural plant-based dye that’s probably used by everyone across India to cover their greys or to add a tinge of red colour to their fabulous black locks. You can purchase henna from any local dukaan and the results can last as long as six weeks, depending on how often you wash your hair.
Here's how you can use the henna powder to dye your hair naturally:
- Mix half a cup of henna powder with 1/4 cup of water.
- Keep on stirring the mixture till the mixture feels similar to that of mashed potatoes and its smell makes you gag a little. 😂
- Using a hair colour brush, start applying the mixture from your roots all the way to the ends.
- Once done, cover your head with a shower cap and bask in the glory of the sun for 4-6 hours.
- Wash your hair using just water and apply conditioner once you've rinsed out the henna.
Pointers to be kept in mind:
- Henna is a strong dye, make sure you're wearing gloves otherwise it will stain your hands.
- Before you apply henna, apply a generous layer of conditioner along your hairline, your ears, neck and shoulders so that it doesn't stain your skin.
- If you have a few henna stains, use lemon juice to remove the colour from the skin.
If you have naturally light hair, this at-home hair colour hack will give you a nice red tinge that's perfect for summers 🌞
All you need to do is:
- In a bowl, mix a glass of carrot and beet juice.
- Apply the juice to your hair and keep your hair covered for at least 3-4 hours.
- Rinse off using water.
You have to repeat this exercise at least 2 times before your hair starts showing a reddish hue.
Did you know that the acidic nature of the lemon can help lighten up hair and the results are more on a permanent side?
All you gotta do is:
- Squeeze out the juice from two lemons.
- Pour the juice in a spray bottle and spray the entire liquid on your hair. Add more juice if you feel it's inadequate.
- After your hair is completely drenched, wrap it up in a shower cap and sit in the sun for at least an hour.
- Wash your mane using only water and apply some leave-in conditioner to make up for the moisture loss.
Repeat this once a week and you'll start noticing a change in your natural hair colour. Just make sure you condition your hair well because lemon can make it dry and frizzy.
Want to lighten up your hair, while nourishing it? Chamomile tea it is!
- Boil 5 tea bags of chamomile tea and let it brew for 30 minutes.
- Add the brewed tea(cool it down first) in a cup of plain yogurt and mix well.
- Apply the mixture to damp hair and let it sit for an hour.
- Wash off the mixture using cold water and flaunt your new hair.
You can also boil a few chamomile flowers in the tea mix to make this recipe more effective!
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