In addition to making your hair soft and healthy, you can also use some of these kitchen fixes to boost your color. "When using organic, natural ingredients you have less burning, itching, or other scalp irritation of chemical coloring," says White. "Without the strong chemicals that are in synthetic dyes, there is less risk of drying out the hair or causing irreparable damage. Other than the most obvious mistakes — say, a red cranberry rinse on a blonde highlights — natural at-home treatments are far less damaging or risky, and much more easily reversed than strong professional dyes could ever be."
One DIY color treatment that White loves is using cranberry to add subtle, temporary auburn tones to your hair. Start by washing and drying your hair to remove oil and build-up on the strands, then thoroughly dry your hair and brush out any knots. Tilt your head upside down over the sink and carefully pour 1/2 cup of all-natural cranberry juice — not the "cocktail" stuff — onto your locks. Work the juice in using your fingers, twist all of your hair up on top of your head, and secure it in place using a hair clip. Blow-dry your hair on the lowest heat setting until all of the cranberry juice is dry and then rinse the cranberry juice out of your hair using warm water. White advises repeating this process on a daily basis to maintain the tint for as long as you would like.
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