Sun-drenched days, salt water swims, and dips in the pool—all activities that make for a summer well spent. Unfortunately, the aforementioned sources of joy do little to make your hair color happy. A good summer can zap the life and luminosity right out of your beautifully highlighted, lowlighted, ombréd, or sombréd strands. Luckily, the solution to dulling color is right in your kitchen.
Blondes, brunettes, redheads, and anyone just looking for an overall vibrancy boost, flip through the slideshow for our no-appointment-necessary hair color savers!
Redheads: you can revive faded locks or enhance your natural color with a cranberry juice rinse. For an instant boost, shampoo and condition hair, wring out excess water, and then rinse your hair with highly concentrated cranberry juice. Comb through and let it sit for 5-15 minutes, before rinsing thoroughly. The longer you leave it on, the deeper the tint will be. If you have dark red hair, aim for the full 15 minutes. A cherry Kool-Aid rinse will also return vibrancy to red hair.
Brunettes: use a coffee rinse to neutralize orange tones and restore dimensional color. Simply brew some strong, black coffee and let it cool. Pour it over clean hair, massage it in, leave it on for up to 20 minutes, and then rinse well. Dark brunettes can also banish brassiness with a grape Kool-Aid rinse—the purple solution counteracts the orange in hair.
Blondies: add warmth back to blonde that’s turned ashy with a chamomile tea rinse. To brighten all over and get your highlights to pop, make a large pot of chamomile tea (use at least four tea bags to make it stronger than you normally would), and allow the tea to cool before applying it to your freshly washed and conditioned hair. Let your blonde tresses soak up the tea for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse.
Golden blondes and “brondes,” try a champagne rinse. Champagne enhances golden tones and brings out golden highlights. Just be sure to mix equal parts warm water with your bottle of Veuve (actually, save the Veuve for sipping and use the cheap stuff for rinsing) before drenching your head in chilled bubbly.
All hair colors lose their luster thanks to product buildup. Apple cider vinegar is an easy at-home fix. Apple cider vinegar removes hair color-dulling residue and closes the hair’s cuticle to make it blindingly shiny. Combine equal parts water and apple cider vinegar, massage the mixture into your hair, let it sit for about five minutes, and then rinse away all remnants of dull, lifeless locks. Brunettes may also get a little boost of highlights from this DIY hair-reviver.
Have you tried any of these DIY hair rinses? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.