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For all of you natural red heads/auburns out there...

How do you keep your hair from getting dingy and dull? My hair is naturally auburn, and I noticed it is getting really dingy, dull and looks more brown than it should. I've been looking for ways to lighten it up, preferably natural ways.

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:07 PM on Jul. 27, 2010 in Beauty & Style

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  • Sounds crazy but use shampoo for gray hair. I use the one made by Pantene Pro-v. I think it works so well because hair gets a red tint before it goes gray.

    Answer by treynlisa at 11:10 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Lemon juice! Squeeze half a lemon over your head while you're in the shower (after your usual shampoo/conditioner routine), let it sit a minute or two and then rinse. It strips the shampoo/conditioner build up off the hair (which dulls it's shine) and is a natural way to help lighten it subtly.

    Answer by Ati_13 at 11:11 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • sun light

    Answer by marchar2002 at 11:14 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • I make a paste of baking soda and water and rub it into wet hair. I let it sit for about 5 minutes then rinse and wash as usual. The baking soda gets rid of the build up of hairspray, gels and conditioners. I do this once a month. If you rinse your hair with cool water after washing, it makes the hair shine. I also brew up a few cups of chamomile tea and use it as a final rinse. That makes my strawberry blonde hair sparkle.


    Answer by Joeygoat at 11:17 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • I'm a natural redhead and I've never had a problem with my hair looking dull or dingy...????? Is this supposedly a trait with redheads?

    Answer by AllAboutKeeley at 11:22 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • use shampoo for colored hair?

    Answer by mmyers81 at 7:48 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • I'm a natural red and have never looked dingy either. Though I have noticed in the summertime I get blond highlights from the sun. Maybe your water is hard or the ph balance is off. I would definately switch shampoos. Herbal Essences is always good. Also maybe your hormones are off, that's what causes a lot of hair color change, even for babies. Speaking of, maybe you're preggers?!

    Answer by SweetLoveofMine at 1:23 AM on Jul. 29, 2010

  • No, I'm not preggers, lol. I have extremely hard water, I was just wondering if anyone else had this issue, and what they did about it. =P

    Answer by lalalabanana at 1:04 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

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