Homemade Hair Dye – How Can I Color My Hair Naturally?

Hair coloring is a technique used by many folks to change their hair color. People color their hair for the following Reasons:

  • To patch the grey or white hair.
  • For catching up the fashion trend, or
  • restoration of the original hair color due to fashion mishaps.

Disadvantages of Chemical Hair Colors

Dyes available in the market are chemically enriched. When these colors are exposed to the skin at high concentrations they are known to cause skin and respiratory infections, immune system suppression and in rare cases cancer. Frequent use of these chemical colors on the scalp not only hits hard on the pocket but also on the health. Hence the alternative approach for hair coloring is by the use of environmental color enhancers; these natural colors do not damage the hair, retain the hair structure, condition the hair, and is safe to use during pregnancy.

Natural Hair Dyes

A lot of natural ingredients mother nature offers us can be used to alter the hair color. These ingredients are easy to access as they are found in the kitchens of every home. The constituents that need to be selected depends on the hair color an individual decides to have and the time a person can set aside for the process.

Homemade Color Enhancers:

  1. Coffee

Coffee an energy booster for most can also be used to alter hair color. Coffee can be used by people opting for dark shade choices, gray hair coverage, and to add an aspect to dark tresses.

How to apply:

  • Prepare a decoction of a strong coffee and let it cool. Espresso suits the best.
  • To one cup of this infusion mix two cups of a leave-in conditioner with two tablespoons of coffee grounds.
  • A leave-in conditioner hydrates and detangles the hair without many tangles resulting to give a soft and easily manageable hair.  
  • With the aid of a brush apply this mixture on a clean hair and allow to stand for about an hour and rinse
  • Repeat the process for several times till the desired color is obtained.
  1.  Chamomile tea

Like coffee, tea can be used not only for a darker hair shade but also for a lighter shade too. A point to be noted here is that this ingredient cannot completely change the natural hair color, it can only lighten or darken the existing hair shade.

  • Chamomile tea is known to have much health benefits.
  • In addition to this, the herb is used as a light hair dye.

How to utilize:

  • Brew a strong chamomile tea by using two tea bags in two cups of water and allow to cool.
  • Pour or spray this infusion on the hair and leave it for several a minimum of one hour.
  • Taking a sunbath helps in color enhancing.
  • The tea herb can also be made into a paste with water and applied with aid of a brush to the roots of the hair and cover with a damp towel or shower cap.
  • The tea infusion can also be mixed with a conditioner for hair application.
  • Rinse the hair post an hour and to keep the color, reapply a few times per month or more.
  • For covering up grays add fresh or dried sage to the tea infusion for fruitful outcomes as these open up hair follicles.
  • A chamomile tea rinse at the end of every shower produces smooth, silky, and a light hair naturally over the time.
  1. Calendula Tea + Chamomile tea+ Lemon juice

To produce natural hair highlights and increase golden tone to the hair use a spray mixture of chamomile tea, half cup fresh lemon juice, and calendula tea.

How to apply:

  • Take two cups of strong chamomile tea, half cup fresh lemon juice, and half a cup of strong calendula tea and mix well.
  • Transfer this to spray bottle, shake well before applying it to the hair.
  • With the help of the brush apply this mixture evenly on to the scalp in sun exposure and allow to stand for two hours.
  • Repeat the process till the desired color is reached.
  1. Beetroot + Carrot juice

The juices of beetroot and carrot help to add a red tinge to the current hair color. the juices can be used alone or in combination with fruitful outcomes. For an increased reddish tinge like auburn, strawberry blonde or deeper red, use more volumes of beetroot juice. The carrot juice produces an orange-reddish tinge.

How to utilize:

  • Take equal volumes of the cup to make an infusion. The quantity required depends on the hair length and the color tinge required.
  • Work it through the hair, wrap and leave for an hour.
  • These juices have an ability to leave stains so cover the skin and clothes.
  • After the standing time, rinse the juice out and seal it with an apple cider vinegar spray.
  • If the color is light, repeat the process for color enhancing.
  1. Herbs

For the craved hair color a variety of herbs play a beneficial role.

Depending on your natural hair color here are a few suggestions:

Red hair

To get a red or dark strawberry tinge on lighter hair and Auburn tint in darker hair calendula or marigold and hibiscus petals play a pivotal role as dyes.

How to apply:

  • To two cups of boiling add half a cup of calendula or marigold petals and two or more tablespoons of hibiscus petals depending on the red tint u crave for.
  • Simmer it for half an hour. Cool and strain the extract. Store the filtrate in the refrigerator.
  • Use this filtrate and the end of each hair wash for a final rinse. Dry your hair under direct sun for color enhancing.
  • Use regularly till the expected tint is obtained, then repeat the use three days once for color maintenance.

Brown hair

Rosemary, sage and nettle leaves are excellent constituents to darken the hair tinge. This infusion helps to not only cover the gray hair but also darkens them over time. The more the usage the better color can be achieved.  These herbs are pivotal for hair growth and dandruff removal.

How to utilize:

  • To 2.5 cups of water add 1/4 cup of each nettle, rosemary and sage leaves. Allow this mixture to boil and simmer for 30 minutes, cool and filter.
  • The resultant extract can be stored in the fridge until further use.
  • Spray or apply the extract about an hour before showering and shampoo as normal.
  • Can also be used for last hair rinse during hair wash.
  • Repeat for the desired outcome.
  • Initial washes with the extract will not show much color differentiation, color enhances with increased usage.

Blonde hair

In addition to chamomile tea usage, sunflower, calendula, marigold, and saffron petals also help in blonde tint. To patch up grays try rhubarb root in two cups of water, boil, simmer,  strain, and pour over hair.

Note: To increase the shelf life of the hair colors through herbs usage, use black tea to darker colors and catnip for lighter shades.

  1. Henna

A yesteryear natural hair color enhancer obtained from the henna plants. The powdered dried henna leaves are used to color hair, nails, and skin. Natural henna creates a red-orange color. Products offering other hair colors of henna are available in the market, these contain henna as the main ingredient with certain other constituents to yield various color tints.

How to apply:

  • Mix one cup of henna powder with two cups of lemon juice. One tablespoon of vinegar addition enhances the color release.
  • Leave this mixture to thicken which takes about 4- 6 hours.
  • Apply to hair and comb for even distribution,, cover the hair with a shower cap.
  • Rinse after resting for  1-2 hours.

Note: To tame the orange tinge chamomile addition is recommended to the henna mixture.

  1. Walnut shells

To secure the dark brown hair shade walnut shells or powder are used.

How to utilize:

  • Boil the crushed walnut shells for half an hour. Cool, strain and use to apply to the hair.
  • To cover grays use a cotton ball for application to the affected areas only.
  • For a darker brown tint take the strained mixture and re-boil till it is reduced to 1/4 of the original volume. Cool and store in the fridge until further use.
  • Allow standing for an hour before warm water rinse.

Note:  Take necessary precautions as this is a staining hair color.   Hot water rinse is not recommended as it will lead to hair color discoloration.

  1. Lemon juice + Chamomile tea + Honey

Lighter shades are the most preferred hair tints. The combination of chamomile tea, lemon juice, and honey will enhance the buttery lock for blonde hairs with a touch of hydration.

How to apply:

  • Combine the juice of one lemon with half a cup of chamomile tea and one teaspoon of honey in a spray bottle.
  • Apply on to the hair sections that need to be glossed and stand for an hour before rinsing.
  • This treatment is effective if the hair is exposed to sunlight or excessive heat before rinsing as the citric acid content in lemon juice opens the hair cuticles aiding in better absorption.
  • Can also be used for darker hair shades for natural highlights.
  • For subtle and beautiful results leave in the application without water rinse.
  1. Cacao powder + Plain Yoghurt + Honey + Apple cider vinegar  hair dye

This naturally available hair color mixture is excellent for brunettes. The cacao powder provides richness to the brown hair tone with the aids of acids from yogurt and apple cider vinegar.

How to apply:

  • Take 1/2 cup of cacao powder and plain yogurt with 1 teaspoon of honey and apple cider vinegar in a cup. Mix the ingredients into a paste.
  • Apply the paste to clean damp hair from the roots to the tips. Leave for 15-30 minutes.Rinse for a glossy and buttery hair.
  1. Carrot + Cranberries+ Plain yoghurt + Honey

These ingredients enhance the red color tint on natural red hair.

But can also be used to a red hair tone. Carrots nourish the hair and cranberries help to develop the red tinge. The acids in yogurt and honey aids in the penetration of the fruit pigments into the strands.

How to utilize:

  • Chop three carrots and grind to a gritty paste. To this paste add half a cup of cranberries, two tablespoons of honey, and three tablespoons of unflavored yogurt and blend well.
  • Apply the paste to damp hair, wrap and leave for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse, condition and style as craved.
  1. Tomato juice + Vinegar

To give your hair red color naturally the simplest and best natural product is tomato juice. Gently apply the tomato juice on the scalp and squeeze any excess out of it lightly. Cover the hair with a plastic bag or shower cap and rest for 30 minutes before rinsing with water. Rinsing the hair with vinegar aids the red shaded hair to pick up highlights.

  1. Henna + Indigo

Indigo gives a bluish black tinge to the hair. It’s always used in combination with henna. Indigo can be used with or after henna usage.

  1. Alder bark

This is a botanical substance available in a health food store which is used to darken naturally blond hair or cover up grays. Simmer an ounce of the chips in a quart of aqua for about an hour. Cool and filter and use the resultant mixture for application.

  1. Spices

Spices aid in creating a medium to dark brown tint on the strands. Dissolve half a teaspoon of cloves and one teaspoon of all spices and cinnamon to 250 ml of water. Pour the mixture over the hair and rinse.

  1. Soya Sauce + Vinegar

Soya sauce enhances your hair color and apple cider vinegar cleanses the hair. This mixture can be easily washed out and Regular use enhances the hair color. Mix half a cup of each of the elements in a jar and set it aside. While normal shampooing of the hair, after conditioner usage pour this solution through your hair during the final rinse and allow to dry. Repeat the process 2-4 times a month for favorable outcomes.

Pointers to keep in mind

  • Most of the natural dyes are stain dyes, so always use gloves during application.
  • For thyroid sufferers, the usage of walnut is not advised.
  • The infusion or paste that used to apply on the scalp should always be in the cold state, hot solutions damages the scalp.
  • Avoid the hair color to come in contact with eyes or mouth.
  • Do a strand test to check for the carved color, patience is the keyword to get the desired color as these dyes are not fast acting like chemical dyes.

Enhancing the hair color can be fun, using these environmental products increases the excitement, but always bear in mind to give a break from time to time.  


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