Wash your hair with one of the following rinses. Pour the selected rinse through your hair 15 times, re-rinsing with the same liquid. On the final rinse, wring hair, and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing with clear water.
Blonde: Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice in 1 gallon warm water.
Brunette: Rinse hair with a strong black tea, or black coffee.
Red: Make a strong tea of rose hips or cloves, or use strong black coffee.
Covering Gray: Simmer 1/2 cup dried sage in 2 cups water for 30 minutes, then steep for several hours. Apply to hair and leave on until dried. Then rinse and dry. Repeat weekly, until desired shade, then monthly to maintain color.
Herb, Fruit & Vegetable Rinses for Color and Highlights These rinses work over a period of time to subtlety color and add highlights to the hair. First wash and rinse hair, then pour any of these rinses over the hair 15 times catching the excess in a bowl or the bathroom basin as it runs off the hair, then pouring it over the hair again.
1) Cook an UN-peeled potato in boiling water. Cool slightly. Dip a pastry brush or cotton ball in the cooking water, cover and saturate hair, being careful not to get any on skin. Leave on hair for 20 minutes then rinse out.
2) Make an strong infusion of any of the following herbs and teas then use as a rinse:
Black Tea (for chestnut highlights)
1) Marigold gives golden highlights to light hair and brings out red and gold highlights in light brown and red hair. Saffron, turmeric, calendula, mullein, privet and yellow broom in addition to any yellow blossomed herb or flower also add color and highlights for blondes.
2) Rinse hair with a solution of 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to one gallon of water after shampooing.
3) To restore hair that was once blonde, mix 10 grams of licorice root with 10 grams of oat straw, add a pinch of saffron. Cover with water and boil to make an infusion. Strain and use a s a rinse after shampooing. It should be allowed to soak into the hair and NOT rinsed out.
4) To bring out highlights and lighten blonde hair, steep 1/2 cup of chamomile tea in one quart of boiling water. Strain and cool slightly. Shampoo hair until oil free, then rinse with the tea infusion.
5) Add 4 tablespoons of chopped rhubarb to 3 cups of hot water, simmer for 15 minutes. Strain, cool, then use as a rinse after shampooing.
1) Use strong black coffee as a final rinse
2) Use a strong rose hips tea
3) Make a decoction of red hibiscus tea, use as a rinse
4) Make a rinse from calendula
5) Use an infusion of saffron for a rinse.
For Grey Hair
1) Potatoes: Boil potato peels in water, strain, and cool. Use the strained water as an after-shampoo rinse to darken Grey hair
2) Sage covers the Grey when used consistently over a period of time. Simmer 1/2 cup dried sage in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. Steep for 2-3 hours. Strain, use as rinse on clean hair. Leave on until hair has dried, then rinse out.
3) Mix 1 oz. sage, 1 oz. rosemary and 1 pint of water. Simmer for 30 minutes and strain. Massage into the scalp and gray hair.
4) Mix 1 tablespoon of apple-cider vinegar with one gallon of warm water, use as final rinse.
5) Use an infusion of hollyhock (blue-purple flowers) to remove the yellow cast from Grey hair.
6) Use botany as a rinse to cover yellow in gray hair.
For All Hair Colors
Make an infusion of any of the following for color, conditioning, highlights and shine:
Catnip: Make a rinse of catnip and water to promote hair growth and shine.
Rosemary: good as a hair tonic for thinning hair and dandruff and to stimulate hair growth.
Thyme: makes a great stimulating shampoo.
Yarrow: Use a yarrow rinse for mild cases of dandruff.