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Does anyone know of a homemade natural product rinse for white/gray hair to keep it lightened? I've been afraid to try lemon juice without knowing whether it would be okay for use on white hair. I don't want it to look blue either. Thanks.

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Does anyone know of a homemade natural product rinse for white/gray hair to keep it lightened? I've been afraid to try lemon juice without knowing whether it would be okay for use on white hair. I don't want it to look blue either. Thanks.

 

For what it's worth my light brown hair went silver and white when I got sick a few years ago and started an oral chemo drug that I will always have to take. I wasn;t real happy about it at first but all I did was start using one of those hair "shine" products. They are verry thick and clear like glycerin and they only take a few drops rubbed on your palms and then rubbed in your hair after normal wash and rinse. I just diidn't want to get into that whole dyeing my hair thing. Too much work!!

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betty, I'm not clear on what you mean by "lightened" -- is it becoming dingy or yellow?

 

Not sure if this will help, but it may be worth a try. I found this online.

 

Gray to Light Blonde Catnip Rinse- Gives a light blonde color to gray or white hair.

1 level tsp organic cut and sifted catnip

250 mL ( ~ little more than 1 C) water

Put catnip into a heat resistant large mug and add boiling water. Cover and steep for 30 mins. Deactivate it by straining it into a second large mug and always tap the condensation from the cover - I use a saucer, into the cup or mug - it contains the volatile oils and cover again. When cooled strain into plastic bottle - if made in advance will keep up to a week or longer in the fridge. Wash your hair then work the catnip through and cover with a plastic bag or shower cap. Leave on 30 minutes then rinse. If you like condition afterwards - I do not - it is not necessary - catnip conditions as well. I do my hair twice sort of - I wash with my hair forward in the shower so I do the back, sides and length, pin it up, cover 30 minutes. Then take down and do the front, top and sides and cover for another 30 min. with the length out of the bag. Then I take the bag off and let it "cool" down and use some more on my extra grey parts for another 10 min or so before rinsing it all out. Result - no grey/white showing at all. Color - light blonde - catnip produces a light yellow dye or stain. Does not stain tub, shower, hands, scalp or fingernails. I do this every time I wash my hair - time consuming but extremely worth it.

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Thanks for the info. I have not had any problems yet but was looking ahead to when water might not be of great quality and maybe not shampoo either. Just thinking ahead. The only thing I ever remembered was ladies using laundry bluing, which left a blue tint.

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