Colouring hair is on every woman’s wish list. It is a beautiful way to change one’s appearance that will not only change the way we perceive ourselves, but it will also change the way other’s look at us but then, the very thought of slathering all those chemicals on our tresses is nothing less than a nightmare. We not only allow our tresses to be battered with harsh chemicals such as ammonia, peroxide, parabens, etc. used in the hair colours but we also end up paying an obnoxious amount of money for the same.
According to the US, National Cancer Institute, over 5000 chemicals are used in the commercial hair dye products. Some of these chemicals have been found to cause cancer in animals.
Why run behind these chemical- laden dyes when you can achieve the same or much better result at home naturally using the everyday ingredients in your kitchen? The icing on the cake is, you don’t even have to shell out the obscene amount of money to achieve the same if not better result.
Firstly, if you have already been colouring your hair in a salon, you will need to wait until the effect of the old dye wears off. So, here are the homemade colouring options:
- Coffee with darker coloured hair: If you are looking at sporting a dark coloured hair, then coffee is your ingredient. Brew a strong coffee and allow it to cool. Mix it with two tablespoons of good conditioner and add in two tablespoons of coffee grounds to it. Apply this mix to your hair and cover your hair and leave it on for around one hour before washing the mixture away.
- Lemon: If you want to lighten your hair, then lemon is your ingredient. Mix lemon juice extracted from 3 lemons with two teabags of chamomile tea extracted, one teaspoon of ground cinnamon and one tablespoon of almond or coconut oil. Apply this mixture to the hair parts you wish to lighten. You can add one or two teaspoons of honey, as it is also a natural ingredient to lighten your hair colour.
- Beetroot: If you are looking at adding reddish tinge to your hair, then you should opt for beetroot. Mix the juice of two beetroots with one tablespoon of ginger juice along with two teaspoons of olive oil. While the beetroot is apparently used for the reddish tinge, it is always a good idea to use ginger and olive oil for adding moisture and shine to your hair.
- Hibiscus: It is another natural ingredient to darken your hair. The dark dye released by hibiscus is very beneficial in dyeing grey hair.
- Henna: If you have few tinges of grey and want to cover the same, henna is the best choice. Along with being a good colouring agent, henna is also an excellent conditioner and will nourish your hair.
- Food Colours: If you are looking at a completely different colour, you could always use some food colours for the same. Food colours are less harsh than the chemical hair dyes. Mix in a few drops of food colour into your conditioner; you can adjust the food colour until you achieve the desired shade. Apply the same to your hair and leave it on for few hours and rinse it with water after that. You can avoid washing your hair for some days to allow the colour to set.
These hair dyes prepared at home would not give you the immediate effect as the chemical ones, but with continued use, they will increase your hair colour gradually. So next time when you have the urge to dye your hair, turn to your kitchen for the colouring ingredients.
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- Homemade hair dye – Accessed on March 21, 2018 – http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/15610/1/Homemade-Hair-Dye.html
- Hair Dyes and Cancer Risk. National Cancer Institute.ccessed on March 21, 2018 – https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/myths/hair-dyes-fact-sheet