Read on for simple instructions and tips on making your own.
To make your own colour depositing conditioner, you will need:
- Thick conditioner
- Semi-permanent vegetable based colourant
- Mixing pot
- Tint brush
- Shower cap (optional)
Choosing a Conditioner
You will need something that's fairly thick. If it's too thin, the resulting mix will drip off your hair, staining all and sundry. Something that's billed as an intensive conditioner or treatment works well. If it holds its shape when dolloped into your mixing pot, it's thick enough. As you'll be leaving it on your hair for fifteen minutes (or more), try to choose something that's suitable for your hair type; if your hair is oily, a super-thick super-moisturising conditioner is going to weigh your hair down unless you wash your hair after use.
Choosing a Colour
There are a fair few semi-permanent vegetable based colours on the market. Bear in mind that these products work mostly by staining the hair; they don't contain ammonia or hydrogen peroxide, so they can't lift your hair colour. I've personally used Fudge Paintbox (the colours are significantly less unnatural than other brands) and LaRiche Directions, and found both to be pretty good. HairCrazy is a good resource for comparing colours. If you can't find your perfect shade, you can mix colours to create it (within the same brand!).
Tie your hair out of the way (I put mine in a pineapple on top of my head) and rinse your bath/tiles/anything else you've accidentally splattered immediately.
If you want to, you can put a plastic shower cap on, and maybe wrap a towel around your head. Heat helps the vegetable colour to stain effectively. An added bonus is that unexpected drips are caught by the towel.
The result should be glossy, well conditioned hair with an injection of colour.