By BR Amelia
If you’re a regular at hair colouring you no doubt know that to ensure the longevity of the colour you have to take care of your locks. That means choosing the correct shampoo and conditioner, doing conditioning treatments, avoiding heat and sun, and not smothering your hair in water every time you step into the shower. Of course, sometimes time or money gets in the way of buying the products you need to keep your hair colour at its best, so we checked out some weird, wacky and downright edible (and drinkable) ways people use to keep their coloured mops looking tip top.
Put down the cup of joe and rinse it through your hair! No, I’m not kidding – using coffee as a rinse is one method of keeping brunette locks as brown as can be. Those who do it recommend brewing up a strong cuppa, letting it cool, then steeping your hair in the product for a good fifteen or so minutes before rinsing it out. The trick is to make it strong, so perhaps a trip to your local barista for a triple shot long black would be in order?
Made the mistake of going swimming in chlorinated water and now your blonde do has gone greenish? Smother it in ketchup and leave it for twenty to thirty minutes before rinsing it out in the shower. The red will neutralise the green and the blonde will be back.
Yes, good old carrot juice when applied to the auburn hair, wrapped in plastic wrap, left for an hour or so, and then rinsed out is said to add a colourific boost. A couple of tips - the darker your red hair is the longer you leave it, and make sure you’ve towels or paper down when you’re applying the juice because as tasty and hair-handy carrot juice may be it can also be quite the stainer.
One last trick people reach for to keep their colour looking beautifully shiny is beer. Yup, good old ale. Rinsing your hair in beer and leaving it for three to five minutes before rinsing it out with cold water leaves it shinier and softer due to the vitamins and minerals in the brew. Apparently though it works better when flat, so you need to let it sit out for a bit.