Making Your Hair Shine

  • Brighten a blonde: Steep 2 tablespoons dried chamomile and 2 tablespoons dried marigold in 1 quart boiled water for half an hour. Make certain the temperature is comfortable, then pour through wet hair.
  • Burnish a brunette: Substitute sage and rosemary for the herbs above. For extra luster, add 1 tablespoon cider vinegar.
  • Rev up a red: Mix 1 tablespoon honey with 2 tablespoons saffron and add 1 quart boiled water. Allow to steep for half an hour, check the temperature, and pour slowly through wet hair as a final rinse.

Homemade Hair Aids

Everyone gets excited by new hair-care products, but you can save money and get good results from these homemade products. Give them a try.

  • Repair damaged hair by treating it with oil and egg yolk. Massage olive oil into hair. Then beat the yolk of 1 egg and massage it into hair, working from the ends up. Leave on for 10 minutes, then shampoo as usual. Do this once a week for a month, and hair should begin to feel healthier.
  • Condition your hair by applying mayonnaise before shampooing. Apply to dry hair and let sit for 1/2 hour, then rinse and shampoo as usual.
  • For a lemon rinse, blend 1/2 cup of strained lemon juice and 1 cup of distilled water in a bottle. Comb the liquid through your hair after each shampoo.
  • For a quick, dry shampoo, rub baby powder into your hair and then brush it out thoroughly
  • Whether you have artificial hair color that needs refreshing or you just want to enhance your own shade naturally, customized herbal rinses add highlights or depth and are gentle on your budget. If you want to experiment with customizing herbal rinses, there's no real risk because their effect is subtle. However, avoid acidic fruits and vegetable colors. Do not use lemons or beet juice, for example. These are very unpredictable over time and are greatly affected by sun exposure. Lemon juice and the sun might make you blonder the first time you try it, but after several treatments, your hair color will look like the rings of a tree trunk -- in several shades.

Those should be enough hair-care tips to keep you busy -- and looking good -- for some time. Good luck.