One of the most embarrassing looks after a home bleaching job is banana-colored hair. The reason this happens is because bleach lightens hair, effectively bringing out the natural pigment of your color. Natural pigments can range from red to orange to pale yellow depending on how dark your natural shade is. The darker your hair, the more lightening stages your hair will go through. One of the most difficult things to remove after bleaching is the yellowish or brassy tint left over from the peroxide. Blue-tinted toners can be purchased in stores to counteract the yellow tones. However, an all-natural hair toning rinse can be created from items found in your own kitchen, as well as a blue-tinted herb called hollyhock.
Things You'll Need
- Medium-sized pot
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 oz. hollyhock herbs
Boil 2 cups of water over the stove. If you have hard water, purchase distilled water. Hard water is often the cause of brassiness in hair due to rust deposits.
Add the hollyhock and the vinegar to the water.
Cover the pot and turn down the heat to simmer the infusion, allowing the herbs to steep in the water for at least 15 minutes.
Turn off the heat and allow the herbs to steep for at least 30 minutes. Let cool.
Shampoo your hair, then pour the vinegar rinse on your hair. Massage the infusion into your scalp and hair with your fingers. For very long hair, dip the ends the rinse first.
Rinse the vinegar infusion from your hair, or leave it in your hair and let air dry. The vinegar smell will diminish once your hair is dry.
Tips & Warnings
- Avoid getting the vinegar rinse in your eyes. Herbs can stain towels and the inside of showers. Avoid using more than 1 oz. of hollyhock. This can give your hair a bluish tint.
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