NATURAL ways to bring out red?

So I have natural red tones, streaks, whatnot in my hair. I was a strawberry blond with freckles & blue eyes as a youngster. I still have the fair skin, but my eyes are more green than anything now.

I believe it was puberty that changed the hair on my head to a dishwater blond, somewhat, for lack of a better color term.

In my early to mid 20s I tried bringing out the red with a temporary dye, but I got called Peg Bundy for months until it washed out.

So I asked a stylist about this mishap & she said the red in the dye clung to the natural red in my hair, & what was supposed to be a temporary dye ended up being a semi-permanent dye due to the red clinging so long.

She said that next time I tried dying to use something with an "ash" in it so I wouldn't end up with bright auburn hair.

It's been YEARS (20?) & I'm still too scared to dye my hair for fear of another bright or dark red mishap, even if I follow the "ash" directions.

So I don't want to use a boxed or bottled dye.

I'm looking for natural ways to bring out the red, but not henna, now that I've made up my mind that I don't want to look like Lucille Ball forever & a day until my hair grows long enough to cut it all out.

Is there anything I can use?

Last edited by lazy loops; 02-14-2008 at 07:20 PM.
Would be the way to go, I've seen some beautiful red hair that doesn't leave you looking like Lucy. Go here and read and research www.hennaforhair. You can also ask questions. They have great mixes that keep your hair from being very brassy and believe me henna is great for your hair. HTH
OK so I went on-line & did some research last evening. I'm finding concoctions involving one or two of the following: beet juice, cranberry juice, red hibiscus tea or carrot juice.

I'll continue my search.

Thanks, but I'm set against henna for now.
OK so I went on-line & did some research last evening. I'm finding concoctions involving one or two of the following: beet juice, cranberry juice, red hibiscus tea or carrot juice.

I'll continue my search.

Thanks, but I'm set against henna for now.
Originally Posted by lazy loops
I don't know if you've found it already, but there's a great thread in the Long Hair Community on herbs and other natural things (other than henna) to add subtle colour. They've tested lots of different rinses and glosses and somewhere in the thread is a list of websites detailing natural dyes. Unfortunately the LHC site is still down. I do have the link to the thread somewhere, but you'd have to find a cached version. Let me now if you'd like the details though.
OK so I went on-line & did some research last evening. I'm finding concoctions involving one or two of the following: beet juice, cranberry juice, red hibiscus tea or carrot juice.

I'll continue my search.

Thanks, but I'm set against henna for now.
Originally Posted by lazy loops
I have red in my hair and everytime i use a red dye it stays forever. I would use a semi on your hair and have it streaked in placed you want it first. DON"T do an all over thing until you see you would like it.
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Yes, I'd like the link & hope the site is back up soon. Thanks!

Kaisercurls

I'd be scared to use a semi-perm containing any red for fear it'd turn into a perm.
Chrysovyi

Yes, I'd like the link & hope the site is back up soon. Thanks!
Originally Posted by lazy loops
I think the site's going to be down for several weeks yet, but try this link for a cached version: http://64.233.183.104/search?q=cache...n&ct=clnk&cd=1

A few people reported that the rinses for blonde highlights made their hair redder too. Mine goes very coppery and I've been thinking of trying the molasses. I'll have to test it first because sugar scrubs do crazy things to my scalp.
Wow! Thanks for that link, it has a great bit of information!

Here's something I found there & thought I'd mention because of all the people who like to use honey...

honey when diluted releases hydrogen peroxide & will lighten hair gently!
Well crap. I went to the grocery store today for regular items & to look for the ingredients. I forgot them.

ETA: I forgot again.

Last edited by lazy loops; 02-18-2008 at 10:49 PM.
I have a few natural ways to enhance red highlights that I have heard of. Keep in mind, I have never personally used these.

1 - mash up some strawberries, raspberries (berries that are red) and apply them to hair like a DT, leave on for 20ish minutes, rinse, condition & style as usual. This is also really good as they have a lot of antioxidants and vitamins good for your hair.
2 - Dilute 1 cup raspberry vinegar in 2 cups water and rinse through hair. Let sit for a few minutes and rinse, apply conditioner, style as usual.

For the berry solution, you can use frozen and it works surprisingly well, since they tend to be slightly mashed already. Beware the ones with sugar added, it can throw your hair into a tizzy.

If you have colored hair, the vinegar solution will *not* fade or strip haircolor in this ratio.

Hope this helps someone!
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
Cool info, thanks! I think we might have a mix of those berries in the freezer. I'll check. If not I'll have to get a bag at the store, which we can use the unused portion of in a smoothie. Yum!

I finally remembered to look for some things yesterday at our grocery store. The cranberry juice isn't 100% even if it says it is. It has apple & I think grape, & other juices in it, but thankfully no sugar. And they didn't have red hibiscus tea or carrot juice. I'd only be using a little of any of those anyhow & the rest would probably be thrown away or poured down the drain. I forgot to look for beet juice.
I just read somewhere that cherry spritzer water is supposed to bring out red. It was in a beauty book I was reading. I will double check that again when I get home to make sure that's what it said, but I know it was cherry water. Just not sure about the spritzer part although I don't know if that would make a difference.

ETA: I went back and read it again and it is about making red hair shine, not bringing red out. Its supposed to help it look glossy.
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Last edited by Rednaturalcurls; 02-22-2008 at 05:35 PM.
I'll take glossy for the amount of red tones my hair has. When in the sun or bright fluorescent light it's a light strawberry blond.

I guess a spritzer would be cherry juice with that bubbly water?

Last edited by lazy loops; 02-23-2008 at 09:44 AM.
Sometimes I put a tsp of paprika in about 5 squirts of conditioner and leave it in for about 5 mins. When I rinse it out all the red tones in my hair are highlighted.
I just want to do what I want to do when I want to do it.
My Honey Child has a Natural Tea Rinse for red hair. I remember my grandmother telling me that when she was young she used a white vinegar rinse to give her hair a red tint or highlights. I would dilute it though (with water) just to be safe.

Last edited by curlygirlyme; 02-23-2008 at 08:14 PM.
midgi,

That's very intriguing, seeing as how I have that readily available & all the other stuff I'd have to go to a big grocery store to find. I'm striking out with the one I "have to" use. Thanks for the tip. I think I'll try that this evening.

curlygirly,

Do you think apple cider vinegar would work? It has a nice 'reddish' tint to it. We have that in the house too.
I found a box of Rosehip and Hibiscus Flowers tea bags! They were in the Germany section of the Air Force Base Commissary. I don't know why I didn't look in the "ethnic" food sections before for these things! Now I must go back & scour those areas for the Red Raspberry Vinegar!

My question is this, how many teabags do you think I should use according to the following recipes I found?

Rosehip recipe calls for 1/2 to 1 c rosehips boiled with 2 c water until reduced by half.

Hibiscus recipe calls for 5 to 10 tbsp hibiscus tea in 2 c water until reduced by half.

Hubby already stole one of the 20 teabags! I looked at the brewed tea & it was quite bright!

ETA: OK, nobody has responded so I think I'll start with 5 tea bags, which is probably around 5 tbsp. And I bought a bottle of Cranberry Raspberry (with apple & grape) 100% juice. Wish me luck!

Last edited by lazy loops; 03-01-2008 at 09:31 PM.
I would try using 2-3 teabags of the hibiscus. It can impart a really deep color, especially if you reduce the tea.

Since you've probably already tried this...how did it turn out?
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
Thanks for the reply.

I haven't tried it yet because the instructions I found requires sitting in the sun afterwards to dry it. It's still too cold outside.
LOL. Yes, it is still a might too cold to do outside. Now, you could always try going to a tanning bed to assist in the drying process! The tanning bed I go to is called a high-pressure tanning bed and I'm in there for 24 minutes (I'm totally a white girl, too), 12 on each side. That might help to "dry in the sun."
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.

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