DIY- Hair Color!

IMG_6010IMG_5994 My auburn hair tint after Henna treatment (& I’m a brunette, naturally.)

This may seem like a risky thing to categorize as a “DIY project,” but here’s a few tried & true tips about hair color & dying I’ve found out along the way. My current obsession is auburn hair, but I haven’t wanted to go in & get it done professionally since discovering I was pregnant. (Just to be on the safer side for my unborn baby, & because I’m not a fan of using harsh chemicals on my hair anyway.)  I found out that the original auburn color I had put in by the hairstylist a few months ago can be preserved & still look great, by using this Henna Persian Mahogany or Medium Auburn product (available on Amazon.com.)

https://www.amazon.com/Rainbow-Research-Conditioner-Persian-Burgundy/dp/B013ABONZI/ref=sr_1_14_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1470352720&sr=8-14&keywords=Rainbow+Henna+powder+for+hair

You first need to make a Henna paste (use 2-3 tablespoons of the powder & mix with either water or milk; I add lemon juice, & jojoba oil for smoothness) & then coat it through your clean and brushed hair. (I like coating my hair strands with a small paintbrush made for hair styling.) The powder & water mixture can be made & then stored (even overnight.) Just whip it back up to make a thick paste when you’re ready to use it. Start at your roots, & then apply it to about a 2-3 inch strand of your hair; pull the product all the way to the bottom of the strand & rub it in until the whole strand is covered & sticky. Then wrap it around a bun at the back of your head each time. (p.s. Henna powder is rather stinky in my opinion. If you have some essential oils such as lavender or citrus, add those to the Henna paste blend & it will smell less or not bad at all.

Basically the Henna powder product can be treated as a conditioner or a dye agent. If you want to use it as a conditioner, you rinse it out of your hair in the shower; in that case, you only need to leave it on your head for about 40 minutes. You don’t want to wash the Henna product out with shampoo though for at least 30 hours (so the color will be darker & last longer.) You can use it pretty frequently, though the color from the powder tends to last at least 3-6 weeks, especially if you apply it for up to 2-3 hours each time. (Just wear an old t-shirt you don’t care much about, wrap your head in something so you can lie down & read/relax while you’re waiting. Have fun!

p.s. Keep in mind that Henna powder is also used to make Henna tattoos, & therefore has quite a staining capability! 😉 Using disposable gloves while you treat your hair with Henna paste is totally worth it!

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For those of you wanting to sport a lighter look (a.k.a. blonde streaks), one of the oldest tricks in the book is using lemon juice in your hair. A little more complete and thorough recipe for the hair lightening (based on Elle Hair & Fashion) is this:

Things You’ll Need:

-a spray bottle

-lemons

-chamomile tea bags

-cinnamon

  • Boil 1 cup of water & add tea bags (I don’t know that a flavor matters, since you’re doing your hair!) Set the bags aside to steep for a few minutes.
  • Cut lemons in half & squeeze the juice out of them until you get about 1/3 a cup. Pour that juice & brewed tea into the spray bottle.
  • Measure out a tablespoon of cinnamon & pour it in the bottle with the lemon juice.
  • Measure out a tablespoon and a half of almond oil (1 ½) & add it to the spray bottle.
  • Spray your hair wherever you want it lightened. (If you want an hombre look, than just spray the bottom half of your head. If you’re wanting highlights, use a comb to help you separate your hair into chunks or parts for the highlights & then spray from the root down to the tip of your hair.)
  • Don’t forget to go get some Vitamin D by soaking up the sun! You can sit out in the sun with this mix on your head for 1-2 hours & then come inside & rinse it out.

Much of this information about hair lightening as well as other natural ingredients-based tricks/hacks can be found at:

http://www.teen.com/2016/06/02/style/diy-hair-lightening-hacks-how-to-naturally-bleach-blonde-locks/

 

-Katie

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