How Can I Naturally Darken My Hair?

Darken your hair naturally with coffee.

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If you're ready to darken up your light locks, but don't want to put the harsh chemicals of hair dye into your strands, do it naturally. You can darken your hair right at home in no time. Not only is this homemade hair dye natural, it's cheap, too. After all, wouldn't it be nice to get a hair makeover for under $10? Well, head to your kitchen, girl, and grab some coffee. No, it's not time for your morning cup of Joe; you can use coffee to naturally (and inexpensively) make your mane darker.

1.

Brew a pot of java. Now you don't want the coffee to be the strength you would use if you were drinking it. Instead, make it about triple the strength you normally would, and brew enough so you have 1 gallon of coffee. Be prepared if you decide to sneak a cup -- you'll be flying high on caffeine!

2.

Chill out for a while and let the coffee cool down, then transfer it to a gallon-sized container. You definitely don't want to pour hot coffee over your head. While the coffee is cooling, set up your work station. Put a large basin or bowl into the sink or bathtub. Grab another large bowl, basin or container and keep it handy. Make sure both bowls/basins/containers are large enough to hold the entire gallon of coffee.

3.

Detangle your hair with a comb so there are no knots and the coffee can run through smoothly. Flip your head upside down so your hair is hanging over the container in the tub or sink.

4.

Dip a cup into the gallon of coffee and slowly pour it into your hair, letting the excess drip through to the container below. Pour the whole container of coffee into your hair, one cup at a time. Use your free hand to massage your hair and work the coffee into your strands.

5.

Push the full container of coffee to the side and situate the empty one under your hair. Do the same thing you did before, pouring a cup of coffee through your hair and working it in with your hands, until the container is empty. Repeat this process 15 times.

6.

Wring your hair out to remove any excess coffee. Make a pile of hair on top of your head and secure it with a clip.

7.

Leave the coffee in your strands for at least 15 minutes before rinsing out your hair with warm water. You don't need to shampoo your hair. In fact, it's best to wait at least 24 hours before shampooing so the coffee has a chance to set into your hair.

Things You'll Need

 

1.Coffee pot

3.3 gallon-sized containers (bowls/basins, etc)

5.Cup

2.Coffee

4.Comb

6.Hair clip

 

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