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Friday, May 30

How to: Boost your hair colour, naturally!

Sometimes we want to just give our hair colour a boost without having to dye it or completely change the colour. I have tried the majority of these methods to refresh my hair colour and they really do work.


You can use coffee granules or cocoa powder to deepen the colour of dark hair; it can be any old cheap brand it doesn't have to be fancy. First, you're going to make a strong coffee or cocoa and wait for it to cool down. Once it's cooled, pour it over your hair, making sure it is entirely soaked through and pop on a shower cap to hold it all in place and stop any dripping (coffee will stain so this step is important). Leave it for about 20-30 minutes and then rinse it out, washing with shampoo and conditioner as usual.


Squeeze lemons into a bottle with a spray nozzle and spray the juice onto your hair. This will naturally lighten your hair and going out in the sun can help to speed up this process; however I wouldn't recommend sitting in the sun all day with lemon juice on your hair otherwise you may end up attracting bees. Lemon is, however, a great repellent for mosquitos. Perhaps you could spray the lemon around your garden to help 'Save the Bees!'.

If you're looking to go a darker shade of blonde, you can use the same method as the coffee and cocoa colour boost (for brunette & black hair, above), but you don't want to completely soak your hair. I actually used both coffee and cocoa and added a bit of water hot to enough to dissolve everything, but cool enough to use immediately. Dab the mixture onto the areas you want to make darker and leave for about 10 minutes. Your hair will feel like it's instantly in the most terrible condition ever, but don't panic; once you have washed it out and conditioned, your hair will be as good as new.


For a red colour boost, try mixing paprika with water (about the amount you would use to make a strong coffee) and soak your hair for 10-20 minutes, before washing and conditioning. This is the only one of these methods I have never personally tried, but I have heard great things about it from friends and I would never recommend it to you unless I didn't trust their judgement.

No matter what colour your hair is, you can always keep your hair colour at your desired shade by turning the temperature down in your shower. Red hot showers can strip colour from colour treated hair and dull natural colours, so try having a warm shower and give yourself a blast of ice cold water (or as cold as you can manage) at the end to close pores, give your hair an amazing shine and wake you up in the morning. I love an icy blast in the shower, try it and tell me you don't love it!

If you have any other tried and tested tips for boosting your hair colour, please share them with us in the comments section below.

Kayleigh x

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