Dark brown hair, like mine, doesn’t readily accept color or tints well if they aren’t loaded with chemicals. Obviously, that’s against my policy. So I’m always on the lookout for fun ways to tint/shade my hair without the junk. I don’t understand tossing the relaxers, but still using toxic hair dyes. So here is one way that I add fun tints to my hair without harming it.
Fresh Beet Juice
If you’ve ever juiced a beet, you are well aware of the deep red/purple dye they produce. On chestnut hair, this makes beautiful, yet subtle highlights that show up in sunlight.
How to do it?
Juice one large beet in a blender. Put on plastic gloves (beet juice will stain anything it comes in contact with). Pour juice into large spray bottle. Divide damp, but not wet hair into small sections and spritz with beet juice. Once hair is covered with juice, apply a plastic bag and tie tightly. Allow it to sit on hair at least an hour. I find 2-3 works better. Speed up the process by sitting under a hair drier or a heat cap.
Rinse with cool water. You can use a natural non-SLS shampoo afterwards, if desired, but it’s best just to rinse.
This will produce a very soft hint of color. But if you repeat the process once a week, you’ll begin to get a truer burgundy tint to the hair.
Photo by Simon Howden