There is nothing as good as stepping out of a beauty salon with good styled hair and a color that you cherish so much. I doesn’t matter whether it is a new style or color, it gives a new look and fun to your physical appearance, thereby matching with your complexion and the season.
If you have any hair color like black, red, yellow, chocolate, green color, you need to give it special attention if actually you want it to last long without the color fading out after you must have spent a lot of money on it.
You can dye your hair in different ways, either by getting done at the salon, using some temporary hair color product at home or using hair spray. But you must be careful because some of these hair dye products contain some toxic chemical such as ammonia with can damage your natural hair.
To avoid this harm, you can try the following natural dye which you may already have some of their ingredient around us.
If you already have a dark brown or black hair and you wish to make it darker, considering sage is a wonderful option. Sage can go as long as covering traces of gray hair.
- Add 1cup of dried sage in a liter of boiling water, allow it for 30 minutes (the longer it stays the darker the effect).
- Allow the solution cool and sieve out the sage.
- Pour the solution on your clean and damp hair as long as you can.
- Allow it to take full effect for about 20 minutes before washing it off.
ii. Beet juice
If you desire a superb red tint with cooler undertone, then you have to go for beet juice.
- Blend beet juice with a carrier oil
- Apply the blend generously to your hair, afterward wrap your hair.
- Allow it to set for about 2 – 3 hours before washing it off.
iii. Carrot juice
If you desire a reddish-orange tint for your hair then consider using carrot juice. Depending on the original color of your hair, this can last for few weeks.
- Mix carrot juice with a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil
- Apply the mixture generously to your hair, afterwards wrap your hair in a plastic and allow it to set for 1-2 hours.
- Wash your hair with apple cider vinegar. You can repeat the process to get a desired tint.
Henna is a plant-based dye that was originally used to tattoo the skin. Over the time, it was also used to dye the hair giving it a lasting red tint, normally lasting for about four to six weeks as the case may be.
Henna can be said to be the most vibrant natural hair dye because of its lasting effect when applied to the hair. It comes normally in powder form.
- Add ½ cup of the solute (Henna) to ¼ cup of the solvent (this time water).
- Stir rigorously until the solution mixes up perfectly, add more water if necessary.
- Wrap the solution with plastic and allow it to set for 12 hours.
- Hash the hair with cold or lukewarm water without any conditioner
- Dry your hair with a towel.
- Wear a head band and apply oil around your hairline so to avoid the Henna staining your skin.
- Apply the solution bit by bit until it spreads evenly across your hair.
- Cover your hair with a plastic wrap and allow it to develop for about 4-6 hours, afterwards you can wash it off.
v. Lemon juice
Want to lighten up your hair? Lemon juice can help you do just that in a short time by stripping of the pigment of your hair and giving it that perfect sun-kissed effect.
This process is permanent unlike every other processes discussed above and you can only get rid of it by shaving off the hair.
- Get lemon juice into a spray bottle.
- Spray generously unto the hair.
- Use either comb or your fingers to get the juice spread out evenly across your hair.
- Sit under the sun to achieve maximum effect.
- Allow the juice on the hair for few hours at least an hour, afterwards you can wash it off.
How to take care of your colored hair
i. Stay away from uv rays
The sun can cause harm to your hair. The sun makes the hair light and also break the chemical bond on it. It makes your hair color fade away. In other to prevent the sun from that you can make use of hat, or products that contain uv protectant ingredient.
ii. Restrain from heat
Colored hair is fragile and brittle after it must have been processed and dyed, so making use of hot tools such as flat iron on the hair may result to extra and unnecessary damage.
During the summer when it is hot out there, the heat may be somewhat harmful and can cause damage on your hair. I would recommend choosing some no heat style that works for you! Try to keep your hair natural, allow it air dry as long as it can take and reduce or avoid the use of hot tools at most twice a week.
iii. Stay away from chlorine
It’s important that you avoid contact (your colored hair) with chlorine, most especially if you are blonde! Chlorine is a harsh substance that can leave your colored hair very dry, brittle and dull looking. More so, chlorine can turn blonde hair green, and it is very difficult to restore the change in the hair discoloration once the damage is done.
If it happens that you get into the pool often, I will advise your hair wet before diving into the pool and applying a leave in conditioner! This will go a long way to restrain chlorine from getting into your colored hair.
iv. Wash with cold water
A lot of people don’t fancy cold shower, but washing your hair with cold or lukewarm water is the perfect way of maintaining your hair color, giving it extra shine and avoiding washing out. Hot water loosed up the hair strand surface area and facilitate rapid color loss.