If you’ve ever wanted to lighten or highlight your hair you know that salons can be extremely expensive and can leave harsh chemical residues in your hair. Or if you happen to be pregnant, some of the chemicals aren’t even safe for your unborn baby! Here are some simple highlights for brunettes and blondes…
Homemade Hair Highlights
First and foremost, If you have recently used any type of commercial dyes, color rinses, or straighteners on your hair, you’d be wise to test any herbal mixture before applying it to your hair, since chemical residues left in your locks make it impossible to predict the outcome of the natural treatment and could result in unwanted effects. (Such as streaking, weird coloration, etc).
Highlights for Brunettes
1 potato, unpeeled, cut into chunks
1) Cook an unpeeled potato in boiling water. Cool slightly. Dip a pastry brush or cotton ball in the cooking water, cover and saturate hair, being careful not to get any on skin. Leave on hair for 20 minutes, while it’s on your hair, make an infusion, and let it set.
2) Make a strong infusion of any of the following herbs and teas then use as a rinse:
Black Tea (for chestnut highlights)
Highlights for Blondes
1 cup chamomile tea
Steep chamomile tea in one quart of boiling water. Strain and cool until room temperature. Shampoo hair until oil-free, then rinse with the tea infusion.
Super Lightening Blend for Blondes
If you want a super lightening blend, combine 1 unpeeled potato- cut into chunks, the juice of 1 lemon (freshly squeezed), and 1 cup of chamomile tea into a blender, pulsing until well combined and formed into a thick paste. Apply the paste to Dry Blonde hair until thoroughly saturated, Wrap hair in a warm damp towel or shower cap and let set 20 minutes. Rinse out thoroughly, then wash normally. This lightens hair considerably, but should not be used on color-treated hair.
Here are 5 simple options for adding natural highlights to red hair.
1) Use strong black coffee as a final rinse
2) Use a strong rosehips tea
3) Make an infusion of red hibiscus tea, use as a rinse
4) Make a strong rinse from calendula flowers.
5) Use an infusion of saffron for a rinse.
For Grey Hair
Potatoes: Scrub an unpeeled potato, cut it into chunks, boil in water, strain, and cool. Use the strained water as an after-shampoo rinse to darken grey hair
Sage covers the grey when used consistently over a period of time. To make an infusion, simmer 1/2 cup dried sage in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes over low heat, remove from heat, cover, and Steep for 2-3 hours. Strain, use as a rinse on clean hair. Leave on until hair has dried, then rinse out.
- Mix 1 oz. sage, 1oz. rosemary and 1 pint of water. Simmer for 30 minutes and strain. Massage into the scalp and grey hair.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with one gallon of warm water, use as final rinse.
- Use an infusion of hollyhock (blue-purple flowers) to remove the yellow cast from grey hair.
- Use betony as a rinse to cover yellow in grey hair.
For darkening or for Gray hair
Again, use the leftover water that potatoes have been boiled in for a rinse, add a handful of Sage into the pot and cover with 1 cup of boiling water. Add a teaspoonful of borax, stir and cool. Dip a brush in the “tea” and apply to the hair, or spritz it onto Dry hair.
For All Hair Colors
Make a strong infusion of any of the following herbs for color, conditioning, highlights, and shine:
Catnip: Make a rinse of catnip and water to promote hair growth and shine.
Nettle, Parsley, Rosemary: Combine equal parts of each herb, infuse, this mixture is great for an overall hair tonic for thinning hair and dandruff and to stimulate hair growth.
Thyme: makes a great stimulating shampoo.
Yarrow: Use a yarrow rinse for mild cases of dandruff.
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