So there are plenty of natural-ingredient hair care products on the shelves these days, but you’ll know exactly what you’re putting in your hair if you whip up your own treatments made mostly from things you can find around the kitchen.
Booster for Brunettes– 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.
Booster for Blondes– Tea, lemon, and potato enhance sunny shades. The chamomile and lemon act as whitening agents, and the acidic lemon juice allows potato enzymes — which help brighten blonde hair — to break through the tough, keratinized outer layer of the hair.
Squeeze the juice from a lemon. Grate a raw potato and blend with the lemon to form a paste. Add 1/2 cup room-temperature chamomile tea and stir. Shampoo, then spread the mask throughout hair, massaging lightly. Cover your head with a PVC-free shower cap or plastic wrap, then lightly heat with a hair dryer for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse, then style as usual
Booster for Redheads- 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.