I don't know about you, but I get bored pretty quickly with my natural hair color.

If you liked my tutorial on how to lighten your hair naturally, you will like this one too! It is super simple, everyone can do it. I have two versions, one is really for the laziest out there, the other is for the DIY lovers.  When coloring my hair, I normally opt for a color gloss because it gives my hair more color depth, adds shine, it won't change the color of my hair completely and it normally lasts only 3 to 6 weeks.  It is also a good treatment to do in between salon visits to refresh the color!  

The Lazy Gloss

Ingredients:

  • your favorite hair mask
  • temporary hair color in any color (like Bigen or Sebastian's Cellophanes)

Mix in a ratio 1:1 and apply to your hair for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on how strong you want the color to show. You may be thinking "what is the difference between applying a toner alone?" First, you are killing two birds with one stone--you will have a nice color and super soft hair. Second, I always find that applying those toners can be quite difficult: it gets messy and I always have problems distributing the color through my hair. Mixing it with a mask that has a lot of slip helps a lot with the application. Just be sure to wear gloves and an old T-shirt!

The Expert DIYer

Ingredients for brunettes:

  • Your favorite hair mask
  • Black walnut shell powder

Black walnut shell is one of the best temporary natural stain for brunette hair: it has a cool undertone and gives you beautiful deep reflexes, without brassiness involved. The powder has a big staining power, so be sure to use old towels, T-shirts and gloves! If it gets on your skin, it can takes up to a couple of days to wash off. Mix it with some water until you get a mashed potatoes texture, and leave it to rest overnight. This will ensure a stronger staining power.

The next day, simply mix your wet powder with the hair mask, stir well and apply. Leave it on for 2 to 3 hours, or even more if you have time, and then carefully wash it off till the water runs "clear".

If you have red hair or you want red reflexes, proceed as above but substitute the Black walnut shell powder with natural henna powder.

Did you already try other way to give your hair a nice gloss? Do you prefers the natural hair dyes or the synthetic hair dyes?