Girl Talk: Food Based Hair Color Boosters and Hair Treatments

As a male, in my "slowly but surely" evolution to the theme as pertains to body care of “Don’t Put on Your Skin or Hair What You Can’t Eat”, I am running across a lot of stuff for women as well, so I just wanted to get a some of that edible female body care into a blog post.

Although for women, there are many so called natural products out there, often you never know what you are really getting. As Merced Mannine of "Basic Luxuries For All Colors" Cosmetics Company says… “although many products advertise all natural products, if you take a closer look they still use unnecessary chemicals and fillers”

So for those women who want to start take total control of their ingredients for hair color boosters and hair treatments, check out this new segment of “Girl Talk”.

DIY Salt and Oil Treatment

2 teaspoons fine Pink Himalayan Salt (or alternately Celtic Sea Salt) AVOID TABLE SALT !!!!!

1 cup warm water

4 to 5 drops essential oil (such as grapefruit)

Directions for DIY Salt and Oil Treatment

Mix 2 teaspoons fine Pink Himalayan salt, 1 cup warm water, and 4 to 5 drops essential oil (such as grapefruit) in a reusable spray bottle. Shake well to dissolve salt. Spray on clean, well-conditioned damp hair. Run your fingers through to distribute, twisting sections of hair into ropes to further define waves.

Let dry naturally, and then run fingers through again to create loose, irregular ringlets. For extra hold, reapply lightly on dry hair. (Shake well before each use.)

How a Salt and Oil Treatment works

Both Pink Himalayan Salt and Celtic Sea Salt have 84 minerals together in perfect balance as nature meant it. These "real salts"  enhance and define natural waves, while fragrant essential oil helps lock in moisture and softness. Just a few spritzes make hair look as if you've been frolicking in the ocean all afternoon.

~end of Salt and Oil Treatment Recipe~

DIY Color Booster for Brown Hair

1/2 cup organic cacao powder

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 teaspoon organic raw wild honey

1 teaspoon organic apple-cider vinegar

Directions for DIY Brown Hair Color Booster

Whip ingredients into a paste. Shampoo hair, squeeze out the water, and apply the mask. Keep it on for 2 to 3 minutes. Drape a towel around your neck to prevent the mask from dripping, as it may stain skin temporarily. Rinse, then style as usual.

How the Brown Hair Color Booster works 

Cacao makes for a deeper, richer brown. Honey moisturizes while acids in the yogurt (lactic acid) and vinegar (acetic acid) penetrate the hair shaft, allowing the cacao's pigment to sink in. Natural acids open the cellular doors to the pigmented molecules and make the results more pronounced.

~end of recipe for brown hair~

DIY Color Booster for Blondes

juice from an organic lemon

1 raw organic potato

Add 1/2 cup room-temperature organic chamomile tea

Directions for DIY Blonde Hair Formula

Squeeze the juice from a lemon. Grate a raw potato and blend with the lemon to form a paste, and stir. Add 1/2 cup room-temperature chamomile tea and stir. Shampoo, then spread the mask throughout hair, massaging lightly. Cover your head with a PVC-free shower cap or plastic wrap, and then lightly heat with a hair dryer for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse, then style as usual.

How the Blonde Hair Color Booster works

Tea, lemon, and potato enhance sunny shades. The chamomile and lemon act as whitening agents, and the acidic lemon juice allows potato enzymes — which help brighten blonde hair — to break through the tough, keratinized outer layer of the hair.

~end of recipe for blonde hair~

DIY Color Booster for Redheads

3 medium-size raw organic carrots

1/2 cup organic cranberries (if you want copper undertones)

3 tablespoons yogurt

2 tablespoons organic raw wild honey

Directions for DIY formula for Redheads

Finely chop carrots in a food processor or blender (add cranberries if you want copper undertones), and make a coarse paste. Add yogurt  and honey, and then mix well. Shampoo, then spread the mask throughout hair, massaging lightly. Keep it on for 1 to 2 minutes and rinse. Style as usual.

How the Redhead Color Booster formula works

Carrots and berries boost red tresses. The yogurt's lactic acid helps the coloring antioxidants in the berries and carrots get past the surface of your locks — so they really seep in. Honey, a natural humectant (any natural substance that keeps things moist), hydrates the hair.

~end of recipe for redheads~

"Papaya Power" for Black Hair!!

If you read my blog, you know that the papaya is probably the most amazing, versatile fruit available, giving us much papaya power for health and wellness. I just found out from a reader named Amirah that you can use those "mysterious" black papaya seeds to enhance jet black hair

Amirah wrote me and said:  I have a jet black hair. In Indonesia, people traditionally use papaya seeds to boost the color of their natural jet black hair. I guess I can make use of your recipe by modifying the pigments and use papaya seeds instead. Anyway, to use the papaya seeds, first you stir fry the seeds on a hot pan (without oil!) to dry the seeds the ground them into fine powder.


~stay healthy~


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Thank you for the recipes! I have a jet black hair. In Indonesia, people traditionally use papaya seeds to boost the color of their natural jet black hair. I guess I can make use of your recipe by modifying the pigments and use papaya seeds instead. 
Anyway to use the papaya seeds, first you stir fry the seeds on a hot pan (without oil!) to dry the seeds the ground them into fine powder. 
Hope this helps!


Thanks for a great comment!!! as promised I added your formula for black hair to the article. It seems like every month I run across another use and benefit for papaya. ~stay healthy!


These are amazing! I've been looking for natural ways to color my hair for a while now as I'm so worried about how the harsh chemicals affect my health and the environment!



I’m glad you found some use for the article!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

~stay Healthy


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