We bring great news for people who love to experiment with their hair color! We all know how much hair dyes damage our hair and are a threat to our overall health. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), hair dyes contain over 5,000 different chemicals. That’s why today we present you seven natural ways to dye your hair without risking your health or losing your hair.
Coffee can be used to darken the hair achieving a chocolate color without any damage. For this, you will need to make strong organic coffee, we advise espresso (avoid non-organic coffee, because it contains chemicals and we want to avoid them). Let it cool down and then mix 2 cups of leave in all-natural conditioner with 2 tbsp. of organic coffee grounds and 1 cup of cold brewed coffee. Apply that as you would normally apply dye and leave it on for an hour.
After an hour, rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar to help it last longer. You can also shampoo your hair, pour coffee over it (make sure it’s cool!), leave it on 20 minutes and then rinse with apple cider vinegar to seal the color and then rinse with warm water.
Because it is not as strong as coffee, this trick will only work on natural undyed hair; you won’t be able to turn blonde into brunette. Black tea is an effective way to go darker and cover grey hairs, while lighter hair can use other teas, such as chamomile for blondes and rooibos for redheads.
Take 3-5 teabags for two cups of water. You can either directly apply the tea or ix it with a conditioner. In order to cover grays, mix in fresh or dried sage to help open up hair follicles. Leave on for at least one hour, or even overnight if you want more color. Rinse with warm water.
You can achieve various colors, depending which herb you will choose.
- For red color
Try calendula, marigold, rosehips and hibiscus to deepen the red or add highlights. Like others, the effects will stack up the more you use it.
- Simmer the herbs in water for 30 minutes
- Strain, cool and spray/pour onto your hair
- Allow it to sun-dry if possible, otherwise air dry
- For brunette/dark color
Try rosemary, nettle and sage.
- Simmer with water for 30 minutes
- Strain, cool and spray/brush through your hair
- Leave in for one hour
- Can also use be used after your daily shower for more color
- For blonde hair
Chamomile, calendula, marigold, saffron, and sunflower petals all work best here. Rhubarb root can also be added to fight grays more effectively. To help the color last longer, add black tea for darker colors and catnip for lighter.
- Simmer in water for 30 minutes
- Strain, cool and pour over your hair
Beet and carrot juice
This will add natural red tints. It can be used alone or mixed together. For more red use more beet juice (strawberry blonde, deeper red or auburn), and for a reddish-orange use more carrot. Be careful though, these juices can stain easily!
- Apply one cup of the juice to your hair, (coconut oil can be mixed in to condition at the same time)
- Work it through, wrap your hair, and leave on for at least one hour
- Rinse with water and seal with apple cider vinegar spray
- Repeat for darker color
In some cultures, henna is used as a natural dye for many years. Henna leaves have a natural coloring pigment that works great with hair. When used alone, henna creates a red-orange color, so redheads and brunettes are the best candidates. To soften the color add chamomile.
Start by mixing one cup of henna powder with two cups of lemon juice, (optional: add 1 tbsp of vinegar for better color release). Let it sit for 4-6 hours. Apply to hair and comb through. Wrap hair in plastic wrap and leave in for 2-3 hours before rinsing with water.
If you want natural looking highlights, then lemon juice is a great choice.
Spray and brush through your hair. Leave on for several hours. Sun drying will make it lighter, blondes can mix chamomile to enhance this effect. This procedure requires lots of patience because it works very slowly, so it will need to be repeated several times.
Great for creating a dark brown hair, but it stains easily so be very careful.
Crush the shells and boil them for 30 minutes. Cool, strain and apply to hair. Let it sit for one hour (longer for more color), then rinse with lukewarm water.
If your aim is more intense color, then return the strained juice to the heat and boil until it’s simmered down to about ¼ of original volume. Cool it in the fridge, strain if needed and pour through the hair. Walnut powder can also be substituted instead of shells.