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By Jelena

Home-made natural dye can help you get the desired shade without the use of chemicals which makes it absolutely perfect for all women interested in natural products that do not cause damage to hair, health or environment. A herbal dye, of course, isn’t as potent as a real one but it conditions hair as well and can be applied every day until a desired shade is reached! Doesn’t that sound great? Well, here are a few home-made natural dyes for you to try out:

1 Natural Dye for Dark Hair

If rich brown, almost black happens to be your desired shade, you’ll get it by mixing a home-made natural dye out of coffee or black tea. Simply prepare a few cups of either one of these liquids (brew a strong potion, though), let it cool down then pour over your clean hair, cover with a shower cap and let it sit for about 20-30 minutes. Repeat the process twice a week until you get the desired shade then follow up every week or two to freshen up the color.

2 Henna Dye

Available in a range of natural colors as well as clear, colorless version that nourishes and conditions hair, henna is actually a very interesting herbal dye to try out! I’ve used both the black and the brown-reddish one and the results were absolutely amazing! My hair felt softer, there was no damage and I got to enjoy a perfect color that also happens to be absolutely natural. Now, in case you want to give it a try yourself, you’ll need to buy natural henna powder and brew it into a thick, muddy paste which you’ll apply to your hair and leave on for as long as possible (3-4 hours or even over night). Some people like to add essential oils, vinegar and even eggs to make their henna mixtures even more potent – I’ve personally never tried this but, in case you have a recipe that requires these ingredients don’t hesitate to give it a try.


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3 Herbal Lightener

Lightening your hair naturally is a very slow process so try it only if patience is one of your virtues and if you have light hair to begin with. I’m not trying to discourage you, of course, but you must know that there is no natural hair colorant able to make your dark brown tresses turn platinum blonde. Okay, so now that we’ve got that covered it’s time to focus on mixing a concoction that can give all of you light-haired ladies a few highlights. Simply mix one cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice with three cups of strong chamomile tea, soak your hair with this mixture, let it dry on the sun then rinse out and condition well. Repeat this 2-3 times per week for best results.

4 Home-Made Natural Dye for Red Hair

If you already have red hair that you’d like to make even redder of would love a few red highlights, Hibiscus or Rosehips are the herbs for you! Decide which one of them you want to use and boil either one cup of Rosehips or 3 bags of Hibiscus tea in two cups of water, let the mixture cool down then strain and massage well into your hair. This natural dye works best if you do not rinse it and it is advised to apply it two or three times per week.

5 Natural Hair Colorant for Gray Hair

There is a lot of wonderful, totally natural stuff you can use to cover your grays or give your light hair a couple of darker highlights. I’ve already discussed these and even gave you a recipe or two so hope you’re ready for another one! Get some cherry tree bark and black tea leaves and steep them together until you get a very dark, very strong liquid. Don’t worry though – you’re not going to be drinking it but applying it to your hair instead! Massage it into your tresses or individual sections you want to lowlight and do not rinse out. Repeat the process as often as possible (even every day) until you reach the desired shade, then apply weekly for color maintenance.

6 Rhubarb Root Dye for Graying Blonde Hair

Rhubarb root is actually a very potent dye which you can use to restore that golden sheen of your graying blonde strands. Simply boil 3 tablespoons of rhubarb root in two cups of water, let the mixture simmer for about 15 minutes, leave it to cool down overnight then strain and pour over your hair the next day.

7 Sage and Rosemary Dye for Restoring Natural Color

This great, easy to make and surprisingly both budget and eco friendly home-made natural dye will help you restore your natural hair color and literally wipe off that unwanted grays! All you have to do is brew a strong Sage and Rosemary tea which you will use on your gray patches every day. Spritz the liquid or massage it in using your fingers, don’t rinse out and be patient as it takes a few weeks for this treatment to work its magic.

8 Juice for Red Hair

Red hair is so beautiful, but it certainly isn't the most common shade around. Fortunately, you can mimic the hue of your dreams with some vegetable juice. Combine equal parts beet juice and carrot juice. Massage the mixture into your hair and cover it with a shower cap. Apply heat for a few minutes to set the color. You'll love the deep, rich shade you end up with.

9 Walnut Hulls

If you've ever worked with walnuts, you know how they color your hands. You can translate that to your hair with very little effort. This is a great option for adding highlights to your hair, rather than coloring all of it. It's as easy as rubbing the walnut hulls in the desired place.

10 Spices

Chances are you have a rack full of spices in your kitchen, which means you have everything you need to create a medium to dark brown shade on your strands. Mix together 1 teaspoon each allspice and cinnamon. Add a 1/2 teaspoon cloves and dissolve the mixture in a cup of water. Strain the spices, pour the mixture over hair, then rinse.

11 Herbs for Brunettes

A simple mixture of herbs and water are all you need for a light brown shade of hair. Start with rosemwary, nettles and sage. Steep the herbs in very hot water until it cools off. Then, strain the herbs and put the water in a squirt bottle. Spray it evenly over your hair, let it soak for 30 minutes, then rinse.

Have you ever used a home-made natural dye before and what is your opinion of them? I’m definitely going to give a red herbal dye a shot and I’m hoping it’s going to help bring out those reddish undertones I already have and love so much!

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