Women pay more attention to their hair. In case it becomes grey, they immediately want to cover it up as they think it doesn’t look good. Almost 75% of women color their hair nowadays. It is a very expensive habit if you do it in a professional salon. The first grey hair usually appears from 34 to 50 years of age. Premature greying can appear because of genetics, stress, poor diet as well as smoking.
Unfortunately, dying the hair can be extremely dangerous as the dyes are abundant in carcinogenic chemicals.
According to a study from Yale University, women who color their hair for years are at an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma e.g. a cancer of the lymph system which is very deadly.
Numerous men also dye their hair these days. According to a study performed by Xavier University, gradual hair dyes like for example, Grecian Formula are full of lead acetate which the researchers couldn’t wash it off their hands! This is a chemical which is cumulative. If we’re exposed to it even on smallest levels, it can cause depression, muscle weakness, brain damage and cancer.
You can find natural hair coloring products that aren’t toxic and are very safe. Still, don’t be fooled by the clever labeling on some dyes. For example, Garnier sells hair dyes with avocado oil that offers a healthy shine, but it still contains various toxic chemicals that aren’t written.
Try To Use Real Plant Extracts And Herbs
People who like to dye their hair regularly can also find help in natural products. In this article, we’re going to offer you some of the best natural concoctions that will save your hair from chemicals. You just have to put some of the mixture on a piece of hair and make sure it dries in the sunlight so that you see how it will look like before you use it on your whole hair.
List of Herbs: Calendula, turmeric, chamomile, saffron and mullein
Prepare a weekly rinse as tea with any of them. When you wash your hair with it, it will have vibrant blonde tones.
Take ¼ or ½ of a cup of any herb and boil it in 2 cups of water for half an hour.
After this, strain the tea and leave it to cool down.
Shampoo your hair as you do it regularly. Dry your hair a bit using a towel.
Rinse it using the tea, but make sure you catch the rinse so that you can reuse it.
Pour this prepared rinse for 10 times through your whole hair.
The excess of moisture should be squeezed out. Let the hair stay like that for 20 minutes. Then, use clean water to eliminate it.
If it’s possible for you, let your hair dry in the sun.
You can also use citrus fruits to lighten your hair.
Light Brown Hair
Light brown hair will obtain gold tones with the help of rhubarb root.
Chop 4 tablespoons of rhubarb root and cover it with three cups of hot water.
Simmer this for 15 or 20 minutes.
After this, strain it. Pour it over your hair that you’ll shampoo previously.
Rinse it away after a while and let it dry in direct sunlight.
Many people use henna products as a method of hair dyeing. Make sure you avoid henna if your hair is color-treated. It can last for 6 weeks. Buy it from any health food store. It’s a healthy way of dyeing that will help you have thicker hair. If you only use henna, it will give you an orange-red shade, so try to combine it with a herb that’s “lighter” like chamomile, for example. People who have light blond, gray or white hair shouldn’t use henna.
Combine from 2 to 4 tablespoons of henna in a bowl which is nonmetal. If your hair is longer, you might want to use more.
The amount of boiling water you’ll add should be enough to prepare a thick paste.
Put 1 tablespoon of vinegar and stir well.
It should cool down for several minutes.
Use rubber gloves for your hands and apply the lukewarm paste on your clean and wet hair.
Use a wider comb to apply the henna over your hair completely.
Pile it up and cover it with a plastic bag. Then, use an old towel that you’ll wrap around your head.
Stay like that from half an hour up to 2 hours.
Rinse your hair until the water becomes clean. Let your hair air-dry.
Remove any leftover dye from your hairline or your hands with lemon juice.
Potatoes Can Also Rejuvenate Your Hair Color
Potato skin are full of starch that colors your hair naturally. People have used it to dye fabrics with it for centuries.
- 6 potatoes
- 4 cups of hot water
- Essential oil (optional)
- Clean bowl
- Mesh strainer
Process of preparation:
Boil 4 cups of water.
Add the skin of 6 peeled potatoes into this pot with water. Leave it to boil for 25 minutes. Remove it from the stove and let it stay like that for 15 minutes.
Strain the liquid with the mesh. The peels should be thrown away.
Add several drops of any essential oil so that it can smell good.
After you’ve washed your hair regularly, use the potato juice on your hair.
Use massaging circular movements. Leave it to rest for 3 minutes. Use cool water to rinse it away.
Optional: If you want it to stay on your hair longer, put a shower hair over it. Before you go to bed, rinse the mixture away.
Note: In case your hair is darker, you’ll have to wait more so that it has a good effect.
You can use sage leaves for deeper brown or brunet shades. It can cover any dark or gray hair effectively. Take 1 handful of this dried herb. Combine it with a quart of boiling water for half an hour. If you want it to be darker, wait more. Strain the mixture and cool it down a bit. Apply it on your hair for 10 times. Leave it to rest for 10 minutes. Then, eliminate it with some clear water. You can repeat the procedure every week until you obtain the desired shade. Then, repeat the process once a month.
You can also use tag alder bark for hair darkening. It will give you a lighter tone than sage does. It will cover medium brown or lighter hair color. Take a quart of water and boil 1 ounce of bark chips in it for half an hour. Cool it and use it like the previous recipes.
Try all of them and discover what would be the most suitable for you. It will be healthier for your hair and better for your pocket, since it isn’t an expensive way.