DIY hair colour booster

I have had my hair ombre/ balayage for a while now and I have gotten a bit bored with it. I also find that it looks more damaged than if it were just one colour. 

I am sick of commercial hair dyes and the damage that they do to my hair, therefore I thought that I might as well try a homemade solution to try and darken my locks a little. 

Ingredients 

15 black tea bags 

2-3 shots of coffee or 2-3 tablespoons instant coffee 

4 springs of rosemary 

1 tablespoon honey 

3 tablespoons dutch cocoa powder 

1 tablespoon black food colouring 

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 

10 tablespoons plain yoghurt 

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 

pinch of ground cloves 

Method 

1. The evening before boil the coffee, tea bags and rosemary in 1 cup of water, and reduce till only 3-4 tablespoons of liquid remain.

2. Strain out the rosemary and takeout the tea bags.

3. Add the 1 tablespoon honey to the liquid mixture. Mix and leave overnight. 

4. Place the mixture in the fridge overnight.

5. The next morning add yoghurt, black food colouring, apple cider vinegar, cocoa powder, ground cloves, olive oil and coconut oil to the mixture. Mix to combine.

6. Put the mixture on to your hair until saturated and wrap in cling film or alternatively place a shower cap over your hair. Leave on hair for 3-4 hours. 

 

Result

This hair colour booster does make the hair feel a lot healthier and I do feel like a little colour has been deposited on my hair, I feel like my hair has redder undertones than it did before as well as darken up some of the blonder sections of my hair. I think the results might be better the more times that I do this so I will do it for the next month once a week to see if it makes a real difference. Otherwise I might have to go back to traditional hair dye, on the plus side even if this does not deposit any colour on to your hair it does make the hair feel silky soft and smell like a chocolate brownie. 

 

 

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                  Before                                                       After 

The photos do not really do the colour booster any justice especially since the first one was taken after a run when my hair was all sweaty and a little gross. Overall I am pretty pleased with the results, I am surprised that it did anything to be honest. 

 

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Macadamia Natural Oil, hair care review.

The beauty world has been buzzing about this brand for a couple of years now so I finally gave in and tired it out. The macadamia and argan oil sounded super nourishing for my crispy dry hair plus they claim that they don’t test on animals, which is a super duper plus in my book.

The masque, shampoo, oil and no tangle-pre styler in a set on beauty bay. Its cheaper buying it in a set and I didn’t want to invest more money in it than I needed to for something that I might not like.

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The review

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The masque: The first thing that I noticed with these products is that they smell amazing, as soon as i opened the box the smell filled the entire room. I got this in the 100ml size, this is packaged in a tube rather than the tub which the 250 and the 500ml sizes come in. I always prefer tubes to tubs because I always seem to get water into the tub and its always so hard to close when your hand is slimy from the mask. So it was already winning on the packaging front. When I first used it I was shocked at how thick it was, but it melted like butter once it came into contact with my hair. I left it in for about 5mins then washed it out. Once dry my hair was slightly softer than usual but I didn’t find it the miracle product that everyone thinks it to be.

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The hair oil: I hate the smell of this hair oil, it smells like Angel by Thierry Mugler, I hate that scent so much! Thankfully once absorbed by the hair the scent disappears completely. It is absorbed well by the hair, it performs best on damp hair but I use it on dry as well, just to prevent it from drying out too much, it is great to use before the beach or the pool as well to protect it from the elements and chlorine. It leaves my hair soft and deeply nourished. It is a great product and performs much better than something bought at the drug store. When this is used after the masque it makes a noticeable difference to the hair.

The shampoo: It smells nice, like the masque. I don’t find that it performs any better than other shampoos with out sulphates. It froths nicely but other than the scent its no better than the $3 bottle that I buy at the supermarket which doesn’t contain sulphates either.

Tangle pre styler: Again it smells nice, its a good heat protectant but like the shampoo it is no better than other much cheaper products on the market.

Final verdict: The masque and the oil are the 2 best products of this set. Save yourself the money and only try them, the other two products are very disappointing for the price, they do what they need to but nothing more than that.

I bought the set here:

http://www.beautybay.com/haircare/macadamianaturaloil/luxerepairset/

All images courtesy of beautybay.com