Vibrant-coloured hair looks gorgeous and tempting. However, when the tints start losing their sheen, it does not always paint a pretty picture. Now, you can visit a hair care salon to get your tresses touched up but going to the hairdressers for colour maintenance may not always be budget-friendly.
What do you do when your hair starts to look like it could use a tiny bit of redoing? We bring you these effective DIY methods to maintain your hair colour at home while skipping the pricey salon sessions! - Home care for coloured hair.
Henna leaves are the most widely used organic hair dyeing ingredients. Henna is widely available in its powdered form and is the most long-lasting and brightest natural hair colouring option. It is usually mixed with water to make a paste, applied to the roots and allowed to stay for hours depending upon the intensity of colour preferred. To maintain your hair colour at home with henna:
- Mix half cup henna with 1/4 cup water.
- Stir to make a smooth paste. Let this mixture sit overnight and add more water if needed.
- Dampen your hair and put on a headband to avoid it dripping on your face.
- Section your hair and apply henna to the roots working through each section until the whole area is covered.
- Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the colour develop for up to 6 hours or more if you wish for deeper red tones.
- Wash thoroughly.
Coffee is a wonderful home care option to touch-up those burgundy hues. You may need to repeat hair treatments with coffee to get a deep-set colour. Coffee is also great to cover up stray greys. To whip up a coffee hair mask, you will have to:
- Brew a strong mug of dark roast coffee
- Mix half a cup of coffee and one cup of leave-in hair conditioner
- Dampen your hair and apply the mixture evenly, in sections to your roots.
- Let the hair pack stay for at least two hours and then wash thoroughly.
Coffee does not provide a drastic change, and it doesn't last long, but it does work pretty well when you need a quick and affordable natural redo.
Beetroot and Carrot juice
Beets and carrots give you much more than a scrumptious salad. These two root vegetables are often used to add natural red stains to your hair colour. Depending on the shade that you like, you may choose to mix both beets and carrots or use them separately. For a brighter strawberry red or auburn shade, add more beet juice. Carrot juice will produce a subtle reddish-orange colour.
- Juice the vegetables to get about 1 cup of the juice.
- Add a teaspoon of coconut or olive oil to act as a conditioner.
- Apply the juice to your hair evenly and throw on a shower cap.
- Leave in for at least two hours and rinse thoroughly once done.
- Rinse your hair with a diluted solution of Apple Cider Vinegar to seal in the colour.
- If you would like a deeper tinge, repeat the next day.
If you would like to darken up your greys, sage leaves are effective home care colourants too!
- Steep about a cup of dried sage in a litre of water and bring to a boil. Let the tea boil for about 30 minutes or longer.
- Once done, strain out the sage and let the tea cool.
- Soak your hair in the sage water for as long as you can.
- Wash, then dry your hair under the sun for maximum impact.
Lemon juice helps strip your hair of its pigments slowly. It is a natural way to achieve sun-kissed highlights.
- Extract lemon juice from about three large lemons.
- Using a comb, separate sections of your hair and apply the juice evenly whenever colour is desired.
- Sit in the sun and let it dry. This enhances the intensity of the colour.
- Wash your hair after an hour, and if required, repeat the process two to three times.
Calendula Flowers and Hibiscus Flowers
Flowers smell lovely and they also help impart colour and life to your lacklustre hair. While hibiscus flowers lend a red gloss to your tresses, calendula flowers lighten incoming blonde hair with golden highlights. It is also great for turning brown hair into a warm shade of red.
Make a simple herbal hibiscus concoction by brewing a cup of hibiscus flowers in boiling water for at least an hour. Blend this tea together with the flesh of aloe vera from a 10-centimetre-long stem. Apply the puree to your roots and ends and let the pack stay on for 1 hour before you wash it out. The antioxidants from the hibiscus will leave your locks healthy and fresh—similarly, steep calendula flowers in boiling water and make a strong tea. Add a teaspoon of honey to moisturise your scalp.
With some innovations and ingenuity, it is very easy to replicate and maintain your favourite salon colour at home and even strengthen your hair in the process!
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