There are some at-home remedies that sound like more trouble than they’re worth. Mayonnaise on my face? No thanks. Smashed banana in my hair? I’ll pass.
But there’s something to be said for eco-friendly hair care routines that won’t break the bank. Which is why we were excited to hear that master stylist Philp Pelusi (who also owns an organic salon) had figured out a fool-proof way to dye your hair at home using nothing more than bags of tea. It’s good for the environment (have you ever thought about the chemicals used in traditional dyes?), good for your wallet, and good for your hair.
Read on for his step-by-step instructions:
Store-bought tea is a great DIY, natural coloring agent, shine booster and protecting product. For coloring, tea can stain the outer layers of the cuticle of the hair which enhances existing color and either darkens or lightens depending on the shade you choose.
For warmer tones, use teas that have a golden color, such as Chamomile, Orange or Mango.
For cooler tones, go with teas that have a lighter shade, such as Peppermint, Green or Black teas. These are a great, temporary way to change up your hair, but stay natural and soft.
Tea rinses also boost shine because they naturally lower the ph of the outer hair cuticle, which helps to seal the cuticle and keep the outer layer smooth and shiny. Plus, it seals in moisture for the under layers. Teas, especially organic varieties, also contain various degrees of antioxidants that help prevent hair color fading and decrease free radical damage.
Be careful when selecting a tea and possibly consult your colorist before applying it so as not to get the wring effects, such as too dark a tea on too porous hair.
At Tela Design Studio, Philip Pelusi’s organic salon and tea room in NYC’s Meatpacking District, stylists actually apply teas as a conditioning treatment and color booster – a great way for clients to save money from frequent coloring visits. But, anyone can do this at home for the same great effect.
How to Use:
1. First, boil the tea of your choice. Let it cool to room temperature or below while you shampoo and rinse hair.
2. Then, working on clean, wet hair, pour tea over hair strands and work in for a few minutes with fingers.
3. The longer you leave the tea on your hair and the more frequently you apply it, the more staining the effect, so be careful not to over do it.
4. Rinse and apply conditioner for detangling.
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