Dye Healthy

Unfortunately, hair-damaging ways of styling are commonplace, more so than safe and healthy strategies. These methods can leave your hair looking stringy and feeling lifeless. Here’s a list of ways we commonly damage our hair AND some suggestions to repair the damage.

 

  • Bleaching! The chemicals you use to bleach your hair are more damaging than you’d think. According to WebMD, by bleaching your hair, you are changing its structure and making it more susceptible to damage. Your hair becomes weaker! To fix the damage done by bleach, don't shampooing for a week!1 Let your hair restore its natural oils. Use deep-moisturizing conditioners, and avoid heat-styling devices!
  • Ponytails and braids! This one seems surprising, doesn’t it? While braids and ponytails are effective hairstyles when trying to avoid styling your hair with heat, they can still be damaging if you pull your hair too tightly! To avoid damage caused by ponytails or braids, do not put your hair up when it is wet and don’t pull your hair too tightly!
  • Putting in hair extensions! The damage done by hair extensions is very reminiscent of the damage done by ponytails and braids. Over time, hair extensions can make your hair weak and brittle. The damage is done at the roots- making getting a hair cut not the most viable option. Avoid hair extensions and take vitamins to achieve long locks the healthy way!
  • Over-shampooing! Wait, this is a thing? We were surprised too! Over-washing can wash away your hair’s natural moisture. Try shampooing your hair every two days, or every other day if possible!
  • Over-brushing! Sometimes, your hair simply can’t handle the constant friction of hair-brushing. It can cause split ends and breakage. Avoid brushing your hair and trying to separate and tame your unmanageable strands with your fingers when possible!

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With celebrities like Rihanna, Jayma Mays, Julianne Moore, and Hayley Williams sporting different versions of red hair, it’s hard not to want to try it out too! Here are a few healthy options to achieve the edgy-red look you’ve always dreamed of!

 

  • If you’re unsure about fully committing to red hair and are looking to get a red tint without using hair dye, an effective option is going for some natural red highlights. According to hubpages.com, the way to achieve this is by mixing two cups of Jamaican sorrel (dried or fresh), two cups of water and two tablespoons of honey in a small saucepan. Then, let the water boil and allow the sorrel to soak for two to four hours. By straining the liquid, stirring in the honey and adding one tablespoon of cinnamon, you are creating the perfect mixture to pour all over your hair to create beautiful red highlights- after you shampoo of course! Wrap your hair with a cap and leave the mixture in your hair for at least sixty minutes before rinsing out.
  • To achieve some burgundy highlights, another suggestion is to use beets. Mix beets, half a tablespoon of water, and one cup of conditioner. Create a liquid out of this mixture by using a juicer or food processor. Shampoo your hair before application, then rub the mixture in your hair from root to tip. Wrap your hair in plastic to allow this method to work effectively- and leave in for three to four hours or more, depending on how deep and rich of a color you desire! 
  • Ready to go all in? I think I might be. Love Your Color offers a non-permanent Auburn dye that lasts 6-12 shampoos! Including a revitalizing conditioner and excluding ammonia, peroxide or PPD, Love Your Color is a healthy and effective option to achieve a beautiful red tint! It’s easy- takes twenty minutes and comes in one bottle (there’s no mixing!).For a shiny and healthy-looking option, Love Your Color can be purchased here. ​

 

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If you don’t have the time to make a trip to the salon or drug store, don’t fret. Summer is the perfect time to try some at-home highlighting methods! Check out a few of these natural everyday products that you just may already have in your house!

 

  • Let’s begin with the obvious, lemons. Using lemon juice to highlight your hair is the oldest trick in the book- and it actually works! By cutting up a few lemons and squeezing them on your hair before you go out into the sun, you will achieve beautiful and natural-looking highlights effortlessly!
  • OrganicAuthority.com has a few highlighting tricks for us, too. The first is to use Chamomile Tea. It will make your hair a slightly lighter shade and it even works for brunettes! Brew your tea- and don’t forget to let it cool before applying it to the pieces of hair you’d like to highlight. Use a spray bottle for application and grab a towel and lay out in the sun to let the tea do its magic! 
  • Apparently, honey isn’t just for bees. Honey can also give you HONEY-colored locks! You can either apply honey directly to wet hair and let it sit for two hours OR you could mix honey, lemon and warm water in a spray bottle and apply it to your wet hair. Not only will this method help bring out your natural highlights, it will also leave your hair looking glossy and full of volume!
  • According to hubpages.com, olive oil can also help highlight your hair.  By adding two tablespoons of olive oil and a tablespoon of lemon juice to a cup of water, you can create the perfect mixture to not only highlight, but also to help moisturize your hair. Rub this mixture into your hair and leave it on for thirty minutes before using a mild shampoo to rinse out extra olive oil. 
  • You ever think of rubbing ground cinnamon into your scalp? By mixing three tablespoons of ground cinnamon into hair conditioner, you can create a paste that can help create beautiful highlights. After applying the paste and brushing through your hair with a wide-toothed comb, cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave your hair like that for several hours. After doing this- remember to rinse your hair well!

 

If you want a quick and easy change, trying one of these methods of natural highlighting might be the key! And, really, is there even a better way to highlight your hair other than squeezing a few lemons on your scalp and then lying outside by the pool? I think not!

 

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