So many things can make your hair dull and listless— heat, sun, hair products, chemical treatments or damage. Whether your hair is natural or colored, when it begins to look mousey it’s time to perk it up a little bit.

You can give your color a little lift by making a concoction with organic herbs or vegetables. An organic treatment gives your hair color more luster and lift, without harming your hair.

Choosing Your Herbs

The products you choose for your rinse depend on your hair color. You’ll need a good four tablespoons (about ¼ cup) of chopped, fresh herbs or shredded vegetables.

An organic treatment gives your hair color more luster and lift, without harming your hair.

For light to medium blonde hair: chamomile

For darker blonde to light brown hair: sage

For medium to dark brunettes: rosemary

For ‘orange’ or brassy redheads: shredded carrots

For ‘cherry’ or auburn redheads: shredded beets

For blue-black hair: equal amounts of henna and indigo

Note, if you wish to bring out reddish highlights in blonde, light brown or medium brown hair, you can add a tablespoon of calendula to your herbal concoction. Beets or carrots are a little strong for just highlights.

Add a few drops of tea tree oil if you suffer from dandruff, or about a tablespoon of stinging nettle if you have a problem with dry hair. If you have a problem with oily hair, add a couple of tablespoons of yarrow to your mixture.

Organic herbs are ideal, but if you grow herbs with fertilizers or purchase them from a regular grocery store it will still work as well. The only thing you want to be sure to avoid are herbs that have been treated with chemicals like pesticides—so avoid getting herbs from florists or gardens unless you are completely sure they are grown pesticide-free.

Making the Rinse

No matter which herbs you are using for your rinse, the process is the same. Roughly chop the herbs or shred the vegetables. Place them in a bowl. Add about 1 cup of boiling water and let it steep until the water cools to room temperature.

Strain the herbal water and mix it into a quart of clear water. Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.

You can prepare it ahead of time, but it should be covered and refrigerated. If you prefer, you can use it immediately.

Applying the Herb Rinse

Apply the rinse to clean, dry hair for best results. The reason you don’t want to apply it in the shower after washing your hair will already be saturated and will only be able to soak in a minimum of the rinse. Dry hair will more readily sop it up.

Place a large bowl in the sink. Put a towel around your shoulders and lean over the bowl in the sink. Pour the herbal rinse over your head. Scoop more out of the bowl and pour it over again until the hair is completely saturated.

Wring out the hair and towel dry it, and let it finish air drying. Your hair will be soft and you’ll notice a nice shine and livelier color.

If you prefer you can do this rinse in the evening before you go to bed, then wake up and wash your hair and style as usual.

Upkeep your hair by performing this treatment once every six weeks or so.