Natural Ways to Lighten or Add Color to Hair
How To Use Cinnamon To Lighten Hair
1-cup deep conditioner (moisturizing)
1-cup honey (optional)
1 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp. Cinnamon (organic)
Mix together all the ingredients and apply to damp hair, concentrate on the areas that you want highlights or just apply all over. Cover the hair with a plastic cap and leave on hair for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.
Wash out thoroughly; little cinnamon granules can be caught in the hair so washing will take a while. After three to four applications the hair will be noticeably lighter.
Honey is optional because without using it, the hair is still lightened, however, honey adds moisture and it hastens the lightening process.
For Burgundy Highlights
This will involve the use of Beets. Beets are rich in antioxidants, iron, folates, Vitamin B’s and C. Very useful vegetable to have around both internally and externally. To use as a dye for hair the process is simple.
1/2 Tbsp water
1-cup deep conditioner (moisturizing
Directions: If you have a juicer, run the beets through the juicer. You will get pure rich red liquid. Add liquid to conditioner slowly. Do not let it become too runny. On damp hair, preferably after a shampoo, massage the mixture from the root of the hair to the tip. Leave on for 3 to four hours under a plastic cap or overnight for a deeper richer color. After three to four applications the color should be more obvious.
Variation: If you don’t have a juicer, you can use a blender, heat up the water and add to chopped beets in blender. Make sure you blend the beets as smooth as you can, strain and then proceed as above.
For Red Highlights
This will involve the use of hibiscus or Jamaica sorrel. This is
sold dried in health food stores or ethnic stores. In October to
March, persons living n tropical countries can get this flower fresh.
The color is a rich red and it can give you beautiful red highlights
when used in hair. Jamaican sorrel prevents hair loss, enhances hair growth, discourages split ends and thickens hair.
2 cups Jamaican sorrel (dried or fresh)
2 cups water
2 Tbsp honey
Directions: In a small saucepan bring the water to a boil pour it over the sorrel and cover the container (preferably non-aluminum). Let it soak for three or more hours or overnight.
Strain off the water, it should be a rich red color. Add the honey to the water. After shampooing hair, pour the liquid over the hair, massage in the scalp ensuring that all areas are covered. Wrap with a plastic cap and leave in hair for an hour or more.
Variation: Add a tablespoon of cinnamon to the mixture, for quicker red highlights.
Caution: This mixture can stain your counter tops or clothes so make the necessary preparation to avoid this.