Hair is the crowning glory of a woman, for certain. That’s why most girls spend enormous amounts of money to keep their hair healthy, shiny, plainly beautiful. At the same time, most women are also adventurous and creative with their hair. Girls love to change its color and style quite frequently because it’s fun! Especially nowadays that bright-colored hair is on trend. The downfall, often exposure to hair chemicals mostly leads to hair disaster. As oxalates and bleach (and other harmful chemicals) take away the natural oil and nutrients of the hair; leaving it dull, frizzy, and lifeless. But chin up! There are actual ways to achieve that stunning dyed hair without risking its every strand to die. The key: use organic, chemical-free products that you can even prepare at home. Cheap, easy, and safe!
Use awesome organic hair dyes
The initial step of saving your hair from whack is preventing it from encountering the harsh chemicals of hair dyes. Fulfill your desired hair color by utilizing what you can find in your kitchen or the grocery store. Some herbs, tea or food can be used as natural hair dyes. But keep in mind that we have varying hair types that may cause variations in results as well. Some hair types may also take more time absorbing the color. Be patient, in case you won’t get your desired tone at first try, you can always repeat the procedure until you achieve the color that you want. Here’s the list of organic options for different hair tones:
- Lemons – Mix two parts of lemon to 1 part of water. Leave for 20 minutes to 1 hour, and then rinse after applying conditioner. Repeat the procedure on a different day until the desired hair tone is achieved.
- Chamomile tea – Brew chamomile tea for 30 minutes in a pot, and let cool. Mix 5 tablespoons of conditioner and enough chamomile tea to an average-sized shampoo bottle. Use the chamomile mixture every time you wash your hair after shampoo and conditioner. The effect isn’t usually noticed after one use. So patience is a bit required with this one.
- Cinnamon – Mix three tablespoons of grounded cinnamon, and enough amount of conditioner for your hair. Massage the mixture unto your scalp down to the roots of your hair. Cover with head cap, leave for 4 hours, then rinse.
- Black tea or black coffee – Use strong organic tea or black coffee to have a deep, darker brown hair. Mix 3 parts of tea or coffee granules with 1 part of conditioner. Continue blending until the conditioner completely changes its color. Leave for 1 hour, and then rinse with water only.
- Tomato – Squeeze fresh tomatoes and mix with a little amount of water until it becomes gel-like in consistency. Apply unto the hair generously and evenly, cover with head cap, and leave for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Hibiscus flowers tea –Add 1 cup of dried hibiscus flowers (or 3-5 tea bags) to 2 cups of hot water. Let the water cool, and then strain the herbs. Pour the mixture into a spritzer container, and spray evenly to the hair. Comb your hair as you spray the mixture. When done, leave for 1 hour, and rinse.
- Black walnut powder – Boil a pot of water and add 5 tablespoons of black walnut powder. Let the mixture sit for few minutes until cool, and apply unto the hair when ready. Leave the mixture for 15-30 minutes, or until dry. You can begin styling your hair without rinsing, or rinse with water only if you don’t feel comfortable.
How about some boost?
If you are not satisfied with your new hair color, if you feel like it lacks vibrancy, maybe what it needs is a little boost. Some very cheap and organic products could deepen, evenly tone, and add richness to your hair color:
For dark brown hair, cocoa powder is the best option for an effective boost. Add cocoa powder with plain yogurt, honey and apple cider vinegar to give your hair a deeper brown. Apply the mixture before shampoo and conditioner, and leave it for 10-20 minutes. You can do the procedure twice a week to maintain your hair’s rich color.
Brassiness usually happens after bleaching hair to blonde; and it is annoying. The ugly patches of orange are just unbearable. Thank goodness kool-aid juices exist. Aside from its nostalgic effect, what’s more awesome fact about kool-aid is it can also be a hair toner. Just add 3-5 packets of kool-aid to enough amount of conditioner for your hair, mix thoroughly, and apply evenly unto hair. Cover it with a head cap, and leave for 3-4 hours (or overnight). Wash with shampoo and a bit of conditioner, and ta-dah! Your brassy hair days are over.
Make it suave-smooth
Avocado is one of the high fats containing fruits that have tons of oils in it. Apart from fats, it is also rich in protein, and other necessary vitamins that are good for hair health. It can moisturize the hair, and also protect it from damages. Make the hair mask by mashing up avocados, and adding up a couple of peppermint oil. Apply the mask after washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner. Leave it for 15-30 minutes, and the rinse thoroughly. You can expect your hair to be super soft and bouncy after the procedure.
Coconut oil has been used ever since, even by our earliest ancestors to have smooth and shiny hair. It has lauric acid and protein that could repair the damages of hair, and provide nutrients deeply into the shaft. Just heat the coconut oil over the stove or in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Let it cool, and apply to damp hair evenly. If you have split ends, it is suggested you’d focus on your hair ends. Leave the oil for 4 hours (or overnight for better absorption), and then wash with shampoo after.
Pumpkin and honey
Pumpkins are the not the most wanted veggies on Earth, but you should give them a try to be your hair’s most caring best friend. Pumpkin has the list of nutrients that your hair would ever need. It is rich in proteins, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, and zinc. And when you add it with honey, which is a natural humectant, they would be like Batman and Robin fighting for your stunning crown. Just mix one cup of pumpkin puree to 1-2 tablespoons of honey, mix well, and massage on scalp down to your hair ends. Cover your hair with a head cap or saran wrap, and leave for 15-30 minutes before rinse.
Aspirin isn’t only effective for hangovers; it might also be the one you need during bad hair days. Aspirin has salicylic acid that untangles frizz build-ups, and could also make your hair shine. You just have to crush a couple of aspirin tablets, and mix it with few drops of shampoo. Rub unto your hair make it lather, and rinse. You can also add some oil (could be coconut or argan oil) while your hair is damp. When it dries, you’ll be amazed how useful aspirin tablets could be.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is perfect for your everyday salad. Also, it is an amazing solution to get rid of frizz. It might smell a bit weird, but the result after use is gratifying! It will leave your hair shiny, tangle-free, and flawlessly smooth. It also repairs damages of your hair cuticles, and brings back its natural health. Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a half cup of water. You can also add some drops of your preferred essential oil to reduce the odor. Apply to damp hair, and leave for 5 minutes before rinsing. Apple cider vinegar also coats and protects your hair to prevent from further damages.