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Adding Beet Juice to Shampoo

author image Mimi Bullock
Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.
Adding Beet Juice to Shampoo
Enhance your naturally red hair with bright-colored beet juice. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

Beets provide the body with antioxidant benefits, but this vegetable also contains natural food pigments that make a good hair dye. When you extract the juice from this root vegetable, you can add it to your shampoo for a temporary hair coloring. Depending on your natural hair color, beet juice can give your hair a reddish or purple hue. You can darken the color by regularly washing your hair with a beet juice and shampoo mixture. Since you are using the beet juice as a shampoo additive instead of as a dye treatment or rinse, the tint only lasts from shampoo to shampoo.

Step 1

Pull on a pair of plastic or rubber gloves. Beet pigment can stain your skin. If you do get stains on your skin, use lemon juice to remove it.

Step 2

Place the beets on a cutting board. Trim away the stems with a sharp knife. Cut away any stringy root tips.

Step 3

Chop large beets into pieces. Put the pieces in a blender or a food processor. Blend the beet to extract the juice. For a bolder color, add more beets.

Step 4

Put a large measuring cup in a sink. Position a strainer on top of the bowl. Carefully pour the beet juice into the measuring cup.

Step 5

Open the shampoo bottle. Pour off enough shampoo to make room for the beet juice.

Step 6

Poke a funnel into the shampoo bottle. Tilt the measuring cup, pouring the beet juice into the shampoo. Screw the lid on the shampoo bottle.

Step 7

Take the shampoo bottle to the shower. Shake it to mix the shampoo and beet juice together. Test the mixture on a small section of hair. You may have to adjust the color by adding shampoo back for a lighter color, or more beet juice for a darker color. Leave the shampoo dye on your hair for 15 minutes to let the color set. For more intense color, let the shampoo dye set longer.

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