Lightening and dyeing hair with chamomile
Against the backdrop of the popularity of natural cosmetics, many girls are looking for sparing natural hair coloring products. They come to the aid of old recipes, preserved in the Iranian, Indian, Slavic culture.
Women of the East, in an effort to give the hair a shade of «crow wing», traditionally used Basma. Ginger color was obtained due to henna. Different shades of brown were dyed with spices — cloves and cinnamon. Slavyans to brown hair acquired copper shine, rinsed them with infusion of onion peel. For blondes, chamomile decoction was considered the best way to care for the scythe.
The composition and benefits of chamomile hair
Perennial herbaceous plants of the Astra family, called chamomiles, grow everywhere in Eurasia and America. In Africa, these flowers are now found only in the south. Chamomile used to grow in the central part of the continent, but superstitious local residents destroyed it, suspecting collusion with evil spirits. The situation is different in Australia: the immigrants brought and planted a plant that was not there initially.
For medicine and cosmetology, chamomile inflorescences are of particular value. They are harvested at the beginning of flowering — at the turn of May and June, stored in dried form. In addition to the dry extract, essential oil is also used — an aromatic liquid obtained by steam distillation. Chamomile of different types is used as a raw material: Moroccan, Roman or pharmacy. The last, the most familiar to us, is also called Hungarian, German or blue.
The main active ingredient in chamomile is chamazulene, a terpenoid with anti-inflammatory and healing properties. The inflorescences are rich in bisabolol — a compound that soothes irritated skin, eliminating itching and scaling. In addition, chamomile has organic acids, coumarins, polysaccharides, flavonoids. The plant contains vitamin C, carotene, choline.
Hair care products based on chamomile can improve the condition of the scalp, remove inflammation. Substances contained in the inflorescences add shine and softness to the hair. After rinsing, the curls fit easier, they smell good. The smell of chamomile is grassy. It has subtle apple notes. Chamomile masks and tinctures are natural tinting agents: they give the hair a straw shade.
As for the lightening and coloring properties of the plant, the result determines a number of factors:
- original color of the hair. In natural blondes, chamomile can lighten hair in tone, in brown-haired women — just a little bit. With such a natural red, chestnut, black pigment, such a weak dye will not cope — the maximum will appear golden tint.
- frequency of use of the tool. Chamomile decoctions, infusions and masks are slightly lightened and tinted, if they are used often — 2-3 times a week. The effect of the procedures will be noticeable after 6–8 weeks.
- additional ingredients. Chamomile hair dyeing gives the best result if honey, spices, lemon, kefir are added to the compositions, in addition to colors. Curls will lighten faster if the mask is warm.
Chamomile decoctions and infusions for hair tinting
A light lightening of the hair with chamomile will occur if every time after washing you rinse the hair with decoction. It is prepared as follows: 30–40 g of dried flowers are thrown into a liter of boiling water, boiled on low heat for a quarter of an hour. After cooling, the broth is filtered and adjusted to the desired volume with boiled water.
Not only brightens, but also strengthens the decoction of hair based on chamomile and nettle. Per liter of water take a tablespoon of each extract. After 10 minutes of languor, the broth is removed from the plate and filtered. When it cools down to a comfortable temperature, the hair is moistened over the entire length and placed under a plastic cap. After 20 minutes, already dried curls are treated with a solution of chamomile essence (the agent and water are taken in equal parts). An hour later, the hair is rinsed with ordinary chamomile decoction.
If you have to grapple with gray hair, you can take more chamomile for brightening. In the liter thermos fall asleep a glass of dried flowers. There also pour 600-700 ml of boiling water. In a closed container, the chamomile is brewed for 4 hours. Ready infusion gradually, strand by strand, process all the hair. Over the hair, put on a cellophane cap. Head wrapped with a towel. An hour later, the hair can be rinsed with plain water.
For dyeing blond hair in golden brown, you can use chamomile infusion with the addition of citric acid. 35 g of dried flowers poured boiling water (1.5 cups). Chamomile brewed a quarter of an hour. In the filtered infusion, pour in the juice of half a lemon and 30 ml of olive oil. A brush for coloring composition is applied to the hair along the entire length. Further, after combing, give the hair a natural dry. At the end of the head wash with shampoo.
Chamomile masks for lightening and dyeing hair
- How to lighten curls with chamomile and calendula flowers?
In a saucepan, pour a glass of grape or apple cider vinegar. Add 70–80 ml of fresh lemon juice. Pour in dry extracts: rhubarb root (20 g), calendula flowers (30 g) and chamomile (50 g). Put the saucepan on the fire. After boiling simmer the herbs for half an hour. When the decoction has cooled, strain it. 1–2 hours before shampooing, pour a glass of boiled water and 50 ml of the obtained product into the spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the hair. Treat the treated hair under polyethylene and insulate. At the expiration of time, wash your hair as usual.
- The way to lighten hair with chamomile and lemon
Pour 50 g of dried flowers with 400 ml of boiling water. Give the chamomile half an hour to infuse. Strain the grass. In the infusion, add the juice of one lemon and honey heated in a water bath (3 tables. L.). Apply the mask on a clean head of hair. Wash off after 2 hours. You can repeat the procedure in a week.
- Hair coloring with chamomile and turmeric in a golden-red color
In a thermos pour 15 g of dried flowers, chopped lemon peel of one citrus, 5 g of turmeric. Mix the mixture with a liter of boiling water and close. After two hours, strain the infusion. Apply to hair daily. Store unused compound in the refrigerator door.
- Cinnamon and chamomile for lightening hair
2-3 tablespoons of cinnamon powder dilute with strong chamomile infusion. If you have dry scalp, add 15 ml of olive, almond or burdock oil to the mixture. The composition should stand for a third of an hour. Then heat it in a water bath and apply it on your hair. Warm up the treated head. Half an hour later, wash the hair. Remember that cinnamon is not suitable for those who have skin sensitivity and allergies.
- Brightening hair with chamomile and honey
Prepare a decoction of 30 g of dried flowers and 100 ml of water. Strain the cooled composition, add a dessert spoonful of warm honey. Apply honey-chamomile mask on clean hair. Wash off the product in half an hour. Use it at least three times a week. If desired, the composition can be enriched with vegetable oils and «ethers»: ylang-ylang, lavender, rose. Such a mask will not only gently brighten, but also care for the hair: nourish, soften, moisturize and strengthen.