Gray hair can add years to your appearance and using a hair color treatment can make you look younger very quickly. However, while periodic use of commercial hair dye and color treatments can be good for your hair, repeated use can fry your hair making it look very damaged and unhealthy. Unfortunately, gray hair tends to return long before it’s advisable to use another commercial hair color rinse or treatment.
Luckily, there are natural ways to color your hair while moisturizing and cleansing it. Commercial hair dye and color treatment products can also be expensive; making and using a natural hair coloring rinse recipe can save you money.
I developed the following hair color rinse recipe to darken my gray hair and enhance my natural brunette hair color while simultaneously removing build-up, increasing shine and moisturizing my hair. This hair color rinse recipe is natural, easy to make and inexpensive.
You will need the following containers and implements to prepare this natural hair color rinse recipe: 1 large mixing bowl; coffee maker; coffee filters; small saucepan; measuring cup and a large wooden spoon.
You will need these ingredients to prepare this natural hair color rinse recipe: enough coffee grounds to brew 2 cups of TRIPLE STRENGTH coffee; 1 small bag of green tea; 4 tablespoons of crushed sage.
You will also need these items to use this natural hair color rinse recipe: 1 large towel; 1 pair of plastic gloves and hair clips.
Begin preparing the hair color rinse recipe by brewing the three cups of triple strength coffee. The resulting coffee will be very thick. Once the coffee has brewed, turn off the coffee maker and remove the coffee pot from the heating element so it can cool down before you add it to the mixing bowl.
Coffee is a rich, natural source of vitamin E and color compounds called melanoidins. Coffee’s presence in the hair color rinse recipe will moisturize your hair while naturally coloring it.
While the coffee is cooling pour 1 cup of water into the small saucepan and then heat the water to a rolling boil. Once the water is boiling remove the pan from the heat. Add the bag of green tea and the 4 tablespoons of crushed sage to the water and stir it carefully. Cover the pan and allow the green tea and sage to steep for about ten minutes.
Green tea is excellent for your hair. It is a natural source of anti-oxidants and acids; use of it in the hair color rinse recipe will remove buildup from your hair and leave it soft and shiny.
Sage is also excellent for hair. Sage has long been used to darken hair and provide gray coverage. Sage’s natural caffic and tannic acid content when used in the hair color rinse treatment will also help remove buildup from your hair while leaving it soft and shiny.
After the green tea and sage mixture has cooled, strain the sage out of the brew and remove the green tea bag.
Once the coffee has cooled and the green tea and sage mixture has steeped you are ready to blend your hair color rinse recipe.
Pour the coffee into the mixing bowl first then pour one cup of the green tea and sage brew into the mixing bowl. Stir the ingredients for a couple of minutes until the hair color rinse is well mixed.
For best results apply the hair color rinse to your hair while it is still warm but make sure that it is not hot or you will risk burning your scalp.
Apply the hair color rinse to your hair just as you would commercial hair dye and be sure to use gloves to avoid staining your hands. Start applying the hair color rinse to your roots first since that is where most people’s most stubborn gray hair is.
After applying the hair color rinse to your hair, wrap your hair in a towel and allow the hair color rinse to set for about 25 minutes.
Once the hair color rinse has set remove it using warm water until the water runs clear. If the hair color rinse treatment is sticky or difficult to remove after several minutes of washing with warm water you can use a small, dime sized amount of shampoo to remove the rest.
This natural hair color rinse treatment is gentle enough to use on a weekly basis. If after the first time you use it, the color is not dark enough you may repeat the treatment once immediately with no ill effects.