The colour of hair changes with time at some point in our lives as a result of a couple of reasons. Some of these reasons may include; Stress, Hot Heat from blow dryers and hot styling tools, usage of Chemical Treatments, Genetics, Aging, Medical Conditions and Illness. Uneven hair colour can be quite worrying and sometimes embarrassing. Natural remedies are most advisable because chemical products like dye actually do worse to your hair than good. Here are a few DIY (Do It Yourself) age old natural remedies for a shiny darker hair.
Use Coffee for a darker hair
Coffee is a good natural remedy for a darker hair. Before applying the coffee, shampoo your hair first. Brew a strong pot of coffee. Make sure to add double the amount of the coffee you’d normally drink when making the pot of coffee. After ensuring the temperature of the coffee has cooled down, rinse your hair with the coffee. The darker the hair you want, the more times you have to repeat the process. Leave it for 20 minutes and then use apple cider vinegar to rinse your hair.
Curry leaves and coconut oil
Amongst the many benefits of Curry leaves to the hair, it can also be used as a hair darkener. An application of a mix of curry leaves and coconut oil is one of the best organic ways for growing a fleecy darker hair. To achieve this, put some curry leaves in a bowl along with some coconut oil. Place a pot of water on the stove, then place the bowl with the curry leaves and oil in the pot of water, and make sure it floats on the water. Switch on the stove to heat the water and allow it to boil until the oil in the bowl gets heated. When the oil changes colour, take the bowl from the pot and separate the leaves from the oil. Allow it cool off for a bit; then apply it on your scalp and on your hair. Leave it on for about an hour; then rinse the hair with shampoo. Repeating this procedure at least twice in a month will help you maintain a darker hair and will also stimulate hair growth.
Henna is a classic natural way of darkening the hair and has been used as a natural hair dye for centuries. Before employing the help of henna as a natural remedy for a darker hair, it is important to note that pure henna powder will dye your hair a reddish brown colour. For a darker colour like black, the manufacturers may add another ingredient to the henna to achieve that colour. Now, to the hair dying process; first you’ll need to gather your materials.
- A bowl and a stirring spoon or whisk: you’ll need the bowl to put your henna powder and a whisk, to mix the powder with hot water when creating the henna paste which will be applied to the hair.
- Rubber Gloves: it gets really messy so you’ll need a pair of gloves for handling the henna mix.
- Towel or a garbage bag: it gets messier during application so you’ll need to protect your clothes. You can wrap your shoulders with a dark towel or create a head hole on a garbage bag and wear it over your clothes for protection.
- Vaseline or balm: it stains, so it’ll be wise to apply some balm as a shield around the face before applying the henna.
- Old newspapers: use old newspapers to protect your work area. Another alternative is for you to carry out the process in your shower or outside the house.
- Shower cap or scarf: henna takes a long time to set, so after application, you’ll have to wrap your hair. The wrap keeps the dye warm, and therefore, more effective. The longer you leave the henna on the hair, higher the colour vibrancy you’ll achieve. It can take between 2-4 hours.
- Clips: used to section your hair.
How to use:
To ensure satisfaction with the results, always carry out a strand test.Complete the henna application process on a few strands of your hair. If you are satisfied with the colour after 24 hours, apply the henna to the rest of the hair.
Select a desired colour of henna and mix it with hot water in a bowl using your stirring spoon. Section your hair with the hair clips then using your gloved hands, start applying the henna from the root to the tip of your hair. After application, wrap the hair with your shower cap or a scarf to keep it warm. Leave the henna in your hair for 2-4 hours, and then rinse the hair with shampoo; and you’re ready to go.