Hair colour is slowly becoming a national obsession. From our moms to our younger sisters, everybody seems to be up for hair colour (for different reasons, obviously). At the same time, environmental warriors are also obsessed with hair colour and are always ready to lecture you about the adverse effect of chemicals on your hair and skin. Unfortunately, they are all right. But hey, that doesn’t mean you should stop colouring your hair. Just change your approach!
Here are 4 natural ways to colour your hair naturally.
1. Henna : You have heard this innumerable times but hear it properly now. Henna has compounds that basically stain your hair and give a burgundy-like tinge to the strands. To do it well is a bit of an art, though. Take some sesame oil (til oil) and heat it up. To the oil, add some curry leaves. Once they start turning black, strain them and keep the oil aside. Add some henna powder to the oil and warm it. Ensure that there are no lumps found. Once the solution has settled at room temperature, apply the pack on your hair and let it stay. Wash it later (preferably with shikakai) and you will love your new tinge. Not to forget how soft the hair will become. (Click here to know how to darken your mehendi.)
2. Walnut Shells: They are hard to buy and even harder to break. Once you do take out the walnut, don’t let the shell go waste. Collect a handful them and put them in boiling water. Boil it for half an hour till it becomes a thickened solution. This concoction will give your hair a striking dark-brown tinge. Just use a cotton ball and use it wisely over your hair. If you wish to create streaks, use it only on those strands. The solution is really strong and can stain anything it comes in contact with. Leave it on your hair for about an hour or so. Post that, wash it off with cold water (not warm or even lukewarm) and admire the new shade. (Walnuts can cure spilt ends too. Click here to know how else to deal with split ends.)
3. Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is a simple and brilliant way to add a reddish hue to your hair. The process is extremely simple too. Just mix apple cider vinegar with distilled water in 1:1 proportion. Dab a cotton ball on it and apply on your hair. Repeat a few times and leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash with cold water. You will see a subtle reddish tinge on the hair and we are sure you’ll love it. (Click here to know homemade remedies to remove unwanted body hair.)
4. Lemon: Love lightening your hair? Lemon can be the perfect aid. Laden with citric acid, lemon has the potential to decolour your hair and add a light blondish touch. Rub lemon juice on your strands in sunlight. Sun and lemon will together lighten the hair colour and would add ‘highlights’ as streaks. Do this regularly till you get your desired result. (Lemon is great for treating dandruff too. Click here for other natural dandruff solutions.)