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Take a cup or two of water and bring it to a boil on the stove.
(Add less rather than more because you can always adjust it later) You can use distilled water which is said to have a better affect but either way should work fine.
Add a berry tea.
Basically any tea that turns a maroon or red when added. Hibiscus is a very good option because it turns red when added to water and its very healthy for hair. You want to add nearly a third as much tea powder or mix as you have water. You’re trying to make it as concentrated as possible.
Take a few cinnamon sticks and crush them in a spice grinder.
You can also use cinnamon powder, but using the sticks makes the dye stronger and fresher. So just add some extra cinnamon powder if that is what you will be using. Cinnamon makes the hair lighter.
Remember, the stronger that you make the tea the more effective it will be.
You may also add chamomile to the mixture.
Leave the cinnamon and the hibiscus/berry tea on the stove at a boil for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Set your stove on the lowest setting and add a few large tablespoons of raw honey.
You may also use pure organic honey, but its a little less affective.
Check the water content of the mixture at this point.
You will most likely have to add a little bit of water. But, add no more than half a cup.
Let the solution simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
Take it off the stove if you see that the tea mix is sticking to the sides or the water is running out.
Turn off the stove and let the mixture cool for 10 or 15 minutes.
Then select the container that you want to store the mixture in. Glass or steel is preferable because the solution may be still very hot.
Get your hands on a strainer and place it over the container (for this try and go for a narrower container, or strain the mixture into a cup and then pour into your chosen container).
Then throw away the tea pulp and your dye is ready!
If you don’t have a strainer, it may also work with coffee filter paper but it might be messy to make sure that you do it in the sink. This solution will stain heavily.
For added effect, add a spoon of lemon juice. But this will try out hair so don’t do it if you have dry hair. The solution will work perfectly fine without lemon juice.
This solution will keep so store in the fridge for a week or two if you need to.
But, bring to room temperature before applying.
Understand that this dye stains.
Make sure that you are not wearing or standing near anything that could destroy your life if stained. Preferably apply in the shower or the bathtub. This may even stain sinks, bathtubs or countertops, so just pour some water, or keep water running just in case.
Part your hair in half horizontally and put the top half up.
Then scoop some of the dye and apply it from root to tip. Try not to apply too liberally to the scalp.
Most good hair stylists do not recommend ombres because it dries out the ends of your hair so if you’re looking for a natural way to ombre your hair just apply the dye from wherever you want the hair color to change.
It’s perfectly alright to have some dye leftover. You can use it if you want to further lighten/amber your hair in the next application or you can throw it away.
Let down the rest of your hair and part vertically applying each one at a time.
You may need to use larger or smaller sections depending on the thickness of your hair.
Let it dry slightly so that the mixture isn’t dripping.
If it is still dripping after 10 or so minutes, squeeze out the excess and wait for another 5 minutes. Then bunch up the hair at the top of your head and secure with a hair band.
Take a plastic cover and cover your head with it and use the ends to tie it securely.
If its not staying, use another hair band to tie the ends together. For an extra lock, take some saran wrap and wrap around your head.
Take a thin towel, or an old large t-shirt (both should be alright to stain) and secure on top of the plastic bag.
If need be take another hair band and use it to secure the towel or t-shirt.
The reason that you are wrapping twice is because it helps keep the moisture in. Also, makes sure that you’re not staining other people and things. For at least the first few hours, the heat from your scalp will help make the dye work into your hair follicles. If you are sleeping with this dye in your hair.
Place an old t-shirt or towel (that can be stained) over your pillow incase the wrap falls off in the middle of the night.
If it does, don’t worry. As long as you have left it on for a couple of hours it’s fine.
If you don’t want to keep sleep with the dye in your hair, just leave the wrap on during the day. For the best results, leave the dye in your hair for at least 8 hours. The longer you leave the dye in, the better it will work.
Remove the plastic wrap, t-shirt/towel and rinse out your hair.
Moisturize well and use some coconut oil once the hair is dry.
Continue with your usual hair routine.