There are plenty of natural-ingredient hair care products on the shelves these days, but you'll know exactly what you're putting on your head if you whip up your own treatments made mostly from things you can find around the kitchen.
Whether you embrace your locks' natural hue or color-treat them, there's always room for more vibrance and shine. But don't rely on a fumy, bottled enhancer for results. Instead, restore your shade with nourishing foods from the pantry.
With these these temporary color-intensifying glosses for blondes, redheads, and brunettes, you'll get similar effects to using store-bought products, but without the fragrances, dyes, or chemicals. All it takes is a few minutes once a week -- and a few key ingredients.
Cocoa makes for a deeper, richer brown. How it works: Honey moisturizes while acids in the yogurt (lactic) and vinegar (acetic) penetrate the hair shaft, allowing the cocoa's pigment to sink in. Natural acids open the cellular doors to the pigmented molecules and make the results more pronounced.
Whip 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1 teaspoon honey, and 1 teaspoon apple-cider vinegar into a paste. Shampoo hair, squeeze out the water, and apply the mask. Keep it on for 2 to 3 minutes. Drape a towel around your neck to prevent the mask from dripping, as it may stain skin temporarily. Rinse, then style as usual.
Carrots and berries boost red tresses. The yogurt's lactic acid helps the coloring antioxidants in the berries and carrots get past the surface of your locks -- so they really seep in. Honey, a natural humectant, hydrates the hair.
Finely chop 3 medium-size raw carrots in a food processor or blender (add 1/2 cup cranberries if you want copper undertones), and make a coarse paste. Add 3 tablespoons yogurt and 2 tablespoons honey, then mix well. Shampoo, then spread the mask throughout hair, massaging lightly. Keep it on for 1 to 2 minutes and rinse. Style as usual.
Sea salt enhances and defines natural waves, while fragrant essential oil helps lock in moisture and softness. Just a few spritzes make hair look as if you've been frolicking in the ocean all afternoon.
Mix 2 teaspoons fine sea salt, 1 cup warm water, and 4 to 5 drops essential oil (such as grapefruit) in a reusable spray bottle. Shake well to dissolve salt. Spray on clean, well-conditioned damp hair. Run your fingers through to distribute, twisting sections of hair into ropes to further define waves. Let dry naturally, then run fingers through again to create loose, irregular ringlets. For extra hold, reapply lightly on dry hair. (Shake well before each use.)
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