Do-it-yourself Highlights
Permanent and Temporary Hair Coloring Remedies

Important things you should know before coloring your own hair!

        Keep in mind that porous hair will absorb the hair color faster and will stain the hair a deeper brighter shade.              
Lemon and peroxide are not strong enough to lift brown hair to a yellow-gold highlight on the first application. 
Most often the results of one application will be bright orange-gold highlights. Repeat for desired shade.   
Test samples are recommended on all coloring applications to determine if the technique will work with natural hair color.    

Blonde Highlights                                                                                                                                                                                                          

1. Lemon juice highlighting remedies works best on lighter colored hair. If your hair color is medium brown or darker it will take several applications to reach a blonde shade. 
2. Apply lemon juice to specific strands of your hair and sit out in the sun to lift hair color a couple of shades. 
3. To achieve an overall lightening effect apply lemon juice to your entire head and sit out in the sun. 

Permanent Fun Colored Highlights
The following highlight remedies works best on light brown and lighter hair colors. 

1. For a 'permanent' splash of fun colored highlights use food coloring. First, slip on a pair of gloves to prevent staining your hands then apply some food coloring to specific strands and wrap them up in aluminum foil. Leave on for about 10-20 minutes or until desired depth of color is achieved then shampoo and condition. Note: Porous hair will stain more quickly and darker than 
healthier hair

2. Add a few streaks of blue or purple to your hair with mashed blueberries. Apply to desired strands of hair then wrap in aluminum foil. Leave on until desired depth of color is reached then shampoo and condition.  

3. Use Kool-aid to add some fun colors into your hair. Mix a packet of powder Kool-aid with 2 tablespoons of peroxide and apply to desired strands of hair then wrap with foil. Depending on the depth of color and the porosity of your hair processing time will vary. Watch until the desired color is achieved then finish with a shampoo and conditioner.              


Henna Coloring for Brunettes
Brighten up your hair color with henna. Grind a 1/2 cup of henna leaves then add just enough water to make a fine paste. Apply the mixture to hair then cover with a plastic bag or wrap and leave on for up to three hours and finish with a shampoo and conditioner. Henna has been used for centuries to color hair, fabric, and other porous materials. 


Color Wash for Brunettes
Make a pot of strong black coffee and allow it to cool. Apply to shampooed hair and leave on for 5-10 minutes then finishing with a rinse of cool water. For light-brown hair color use a brew of strong tea to brighten the overall color. 

Avoid high heat and aggressive hair styling techniques that STRIP the HAIR of NATURAL OILS 
especially if your hair is thin,  fragile or damaged from chemicals such as coloring and perming.

Color Enhancer for R
ed Heads
Mix 1/2 cup beet juice with 1/2 cup carrot juice and apply to damp hair and cover with plastic cap leaving on for 15-20 minutes then finish by shampooing and condition your hair. Apply heat for a deeper coloring result. It's recommended to wear gloves for this coloring technique or the beet juice will turn your hands a deep purple-red. To protect skin from staining around hairline apply conditioner on the skin prior to applying the color mixture.  Health Benefits of Beets! 

Peroxide Highlights
Saturate a few strands of your hair with peroxide and leave for 15-20 minutes while sitting out in the sun to create a sun-kissed highlight effect. After achieving desired highlight coloring affect wash out with shampoo and then condition. Repeat if necessary. 

Red Highlights
Use a strong tea mixture and apply to hair leaving on while sitting out in the sun for 30-45 minutes for copper highlights on light-brown hair. 

Cinnamon Colored Highlights
Mix together 2 cups white vinegar with 1 cup honey, 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil, and 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon. Apply onto damp hair and cover with plastic bag or wrap and leave on overnight shampooing in the morning. 

Tone Down Brassy Highlights       
Easily tone down brassy highlights with blueberries. Mash a bowl of blueberries and add to shampoo. Massage shampoo mixture into hair and leave on for several minutes then rinse. If your hair is extremely porous do a test strip on an inconspicuous section of hair before applying to the whole head. To tone down, yellow-gold highlights try some blueberry juice as a quick rinse. 

Temporary Fun Color Highlights
  • Use colored chalk to add a temporary streak of color to your hair! Works best on blonde or light colored hair. 
  • Use eyes shadow to add some temporary streaks of color to your hair. Best results on blonde hair. 

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