The onset of October is not only the start of the winter months and chillier days, it is also an invite for the festive season. No matter what part of the world you are in, the festive season is upon us all. Today, we’re discussing some at-home DIY natural hair coloring hacks that can be used to color those luscious locks of hair with some good old fashioned coloring-cum-conditioning techniques.
Most of us keep finding ways to naturally modify or alter the color of our hair, which can be used without the fear of damaging hair strands. Fortunately, Mother Nature has given us enough magical ingredients that can be used to fulfill our hair coloring goals without using chemical treatments.
For Lustrous Blonde Hair:
For those of us who love a nice blonde color or light brown shade, there are a number of easy hacks at your disposal.
- Lemon Juice
Ingredients like lemon juice collectively work with the mighty sun itself to give you shinier and lighter hair color and it is the easiest play in the book. Just mix lemon juice with water and any carrier oil (coconut, olive, or almond) and use a spray bottle to spray it all over your hair, evenly and uniformly before stepping out in the sun. You will see visibly lighter hair color in just 2-3 weeks with regular and continued use.
- Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is known to be used to attain an overall blonde tint to your hair and can work even if you have somewhat darker hair as it leaves the hair shinier with a hint of golden color. Brew some chamomile tea and apply it evenly and thoroughly on your hair strands. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash.
For Red/Ginger Hair:
- Carrot Juice
Carrot is a natural coloring agent and can be used if you want to add a light reddish tint to your hair. However, the color which surfaces will depend largely on the color of your hair and will also last accordingly.
All you have to do is mix some carrot juice with a carrier oil (you can take any depending on your hair type) and apply it thoroughly all over your hair strands. Wrap it in a plastic and leave it on for 90 minutes. Rinse with water or apple cider vinegar.
Similar process can be done with beetroot extract if a darker shade of red is desired.
Henna (or Mehendi) is the most commonly used natural hair color and is found in a powder form. The henna powder which is green in color is used for several other hair conditioning and scalp treating purposes as well. Soak the henna powder in water overnight and add some olive oil or coconut oil to the paste. Apply it on your hair evenly by separating the hair into sections. Keep it on for 2-3 hours and rinse thoroughly with water. You will get an orangish-red tint on your light-colored hair.
For a Blue Tone:
Indigo is used in its powdered form as a natural hair color by itself as well as with other complementary ingredients depending upon the shade of the color desired. Indigo naturally leaves a blueish stain on any surface. Botanical indigo leaf powder is used by firstly soaking it overnight in water and then applying the paste evenly on the hair with the help of an applicator brush. Keep it on overnight if you can by wrapping it up in plastic and rinse it the following day.
For Black Hair:
- Indigo and Henna
If you want to achieve a rich black color, simply apply henna first as told above and then use indigo powder paste. It will leave you with a deep black color.
Pro Tip: Henna can be used with multiple ingredients. Depending on your hair and skin type, you can add Chamomile, Coconut Oil, Coffee, Amla-Shikhakai, Manjishtha Root powder, or any other ingredient, or to just achieve their nurturing benefits.