15 Easy Ways To Make Natural Hair Dye At Home Without Harsh Chemicals

Natural Hair Dye At Home

Switching your hair color is a great way to revamp your look. You can have a lot of options like going for bombshell blonde, brown, and chestnut brown, but eventually dyeing your hair can cause a lot of damage. Therefore, opting for natural hair dye can save your luscious locks from chemically-infused dyes.

Dangers of Chemical Hair Dyes

  • Chemical hair dyes contain common ingredients like ammonia and PPDs and are considered dangerous. It is said to cause dermatitis, blisters, itching and swelling.
  • Few people might experience allergic reasons when dye comes in contact with skin. These reactions can be prevented by doing a patch test to check for skin sensitivity
  • Boxed dyes do not contain much nurturing ingredients. And therefore skin can react strangely to it
  • Women who color their hair a lot can run a great risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of lymph system cancer
  • Studies have shown there is an increased risk of developing asthma when applying commercially available hair dye
  • The presence of ingredients like PPDs can increase the chances of breast cancer

Herbal Tea Hair Dye

Natural Hair Dyes

Hair dyeing can be a completely safe process if you make use of natural ingredients. Therefore, always make use of natural hair dyes. You will get your desired hair color without any side effects. Here are 15 simple ways to make natural hair dye.

Natural Hair Dyes

1. Henna

What all you need?

  • 1 cup henna powder
  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • Plastic wrap

Directions:

  1. Add 2 cups of lemon juice and 1 tsp of vinegar to one cup of henna powder
  2. Mix to form a smooth paste
  3. Leave it aside to set for 4-6 hours
  4. Part the hair into sections, apply the henna, and comb it through
  5. After you are done, wrap your hair in a plastic wrap
  6. Leave it to dry for 2-3 hours before rinsing off

How it works:

  1. Henna dye is completely natural
  2. It leaves the hair with a gentle tint of color, while also giving strength to hair shaft, conditioning scalp and removing impurities from hair follicles
  3. It repairs dry scalp and removes dandruff
  4. Henna has a natural pigment known as lawsone. It fuses into your natural hair highlights beautifully

Tip: Follow the instructions thoroughly before using henna and only purchase a high quality brand.

2. Amla

What all you need?

  • 1 cup fresh henna paste
  • 3 tsp amla powder
  • 1 tsp coffee powder
  • Gloves
  • Applicator brush

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a plastic bowl to form a smooth paste. Add equal parts of water if the paste thickens
  2. Put on your gloves and apply the mixture into your hair using the applicator brush
  3. Leave it for an hour
  4. Rinse off the hair using a mild shampoo

How it works:

  1. Amla and henna can help to dye your hair naturally
  2. Both are great ingredients to nourish hair and add moisture

Tip: Try this remedy once a month.

3. Coffee

What all you need?

  • 1 cup coffee
  • 2 cups of leave-in-conditioner
  • 2 tsp coffee grounds

Directions:

  1. Brew a strong cup of coffee and set it off to cool
  2. Mix all the ingredients together and apply it onto clean hair
  3. Let it sit for 1 hour and rinse off

How it works:

  1. Your hair can go a shade darker or add dimensions to your dark hair
  2. Repeat this process to see noticeable results

Tip: Instead of using water to rinse off, try apple cider vinegar for lasting hair color. Do not use shampoo to rinse off.

4. Cinnamon powder and curd

What all you need?

  • 4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 8oz yogurt

Directions:

  1. Mix 4 tsp cinnamon powder and 8 oz yogurt
  2. Massage onto hair
  3. Set if off to dry for 30 minutes

How it works:

  1. This remedy can help lighten your hair naturally
  2. Yogurt can add natural sheen to dull looking hair

Tip: If you have dark hair, then you will need few applications to see results.

5. Black Tea

What all you need?

  • 2 tsp black tea
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Boil 2 tsp black tea in a cup of water
  2. Add salt
  3. Set it off to cool
  4. Rinse your hair with the mixture. For the last rinse, allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes
  5. Wash off using cold water

How it works:

  1. Black tea can help to darken hair naturally and add shine
  2. It revives dull hair

Tip: Try this remedy twice a week. Do not use shampoo to rinse off.

Black Tea Hair Dye

6. Lemon Juice

What all you need?

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 chamomile tea bags
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp almond or coconut oil
  • Spray bottle

Directions:

  1. Boil one cup of water in a vessel for few minutes. Set it aside to cool
  2. Pour lemon juice and brewed tea into spray bottle
  3. Mix in 1 tsp ground cinnamon and 1 tsp of coconut or almond oil
  4. Shake the spray bottle vigorously
  5. Spray to your hair

How it works:

  1. This is an excellent remedy for lightening hair
  2. Coconut oil conditions hair
  3. Cinnamon and chamomile reduces the acidity of lightening process

Tip: Slap on sunscreen and head outdoors to soak in some rays. The sunshine allows giving your hair natural highlights.

7. Spices

What all you need?

  1. 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  2. ½ tsp cloves
  3. 1 cup water

Directions:

  1. Dissolve all ingredients in 1 cup of water
  2. Strain the mixture
  3. Apply the mixture onto hair and keep for 5 minutes
  4. Rinse off

How it works:

  1. This natural dye can give your hair a natural brown tint.

Tip: Try out this remedy once or twice a week.

8. Food colors (Temporary Color)

What all you need?

  • Food color
  • 2-3 tsp hair conditioner

Directions:

  1. Pour food color and hair conditioner in a plastic bowl. Mix well
  2. Apply the mixture onto clean, dry hair
  3. Leave for 1 hour before rinsing off

How it works:

  1. One of the simplest remedy for temporary hair coloring
  2. Works especially for those with light hair

Tip: Try this remedy once in two weeks. Note the color can wash off when you shampoo your hair.

9. Light Hair Color (with Chamomile Tea)

What all you need?

  • 2 cups chamomile tea

Directions:

  1. Brew 2 cups chamomile tea and set it off to cool
  2. Transfer the tea into a cup
  3. Shampoo and condition hair as usual
  4. Pour chamomile tea onto hair as final rinse

How it works:

  1. Chamomile contains natural properties that can darken hair naturally
  2. It can mask off gray hair

Tip: Use this chamomile tea as last rinse. Do not rinse off hair further. You can try this remedy 2-3 times, or after every shampoo.

10. Red Hair Color (with Tomato Juice / Water, calendula flowers and hibiscus petals)

What all you need?

  1. 1 cup tomato juice or water
  2. Calendula flowers
  3. Hibiscus petals

Directions:

  1. Simmer the hibiscus and calendula flowers in 1 cup of hot water for 30 minutes
  2. Add 1 cup of tomato juice to the steeped mixture
  3. Strain and set it off to cool
  4. Pour into hair and dry off naturally

How it works:

  1. Massaging the tomato juice onto hair can give a natural red tint
  2. Its natural red pigments removes all traces of unwanted hair color
  3. Hibiscus and calendula flowers can help deepen red shade or add red highlights

Tip: Dry out your hair in the sun, if possible for best results.

11. Brown Hair Color (with Nettle Leaf, Rosemary Lea and Sage Leaf)

What all you need?

  1. Rosemary
  2. Nettle leaf
  3. Sage leaf

Directions:

  1. Simmer all three ingredients in hot water for 30 minutes
  2. Strain the mixture and set it off to cool
  3. Apply onto hair and allow to sit for 1 hour

How it works:

  1. These herbs allows to bring those brownish undertones to hair

Tip: You can also use this mixture as final rinse after washing your hair. You have to wait for several days to see noticeable results.

12. Reddish purple Color (with Pureed beets and carrot juice)

What all you need?

  • 1 cup beet juice
  • ½ cup carrot juice
  • Spray bottle

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients together and transfer into a spray bottle
  2. Spray the carrot-beet infused juice onto hair. Dry out your hair in the sun or use a blow dryer to add heat
  3. After an hour, wash off the rinse hair using mild shampoo and conditioner

How it works:

  1. This natural dye gives your hair natural red undertones
  2. There are no side effects and it keeps your hair looking vibrant

Tip: Try this natural dye two or three times a week. Remember that you won’t notice any visible results on first try.

Reddish purple Color

13. Black hair Color (with camphor / black walnut powder)

What all you need?

  • Camphor
  • 5 tsp Black walnut powder
  • 5 cups water

Directions:

  1. Place the camphor in a metal frame and burn on top of a flame
  2. Add 5 few tsp of walnut powder to the camphor mixture
  3. Pour 5 cups of hot water to the mixture
  4. Let the mixture steep for 1 hour
  5. Apply onto clean, dry hair and let it absorb for 15-20 minutes
  6. Set it off to dry in direct sunlight or dry heat using blow dryer

How it works:

  1. Both the camphor and walnut powder are effective remedies to darken hair naturally

Tip: You have the option to leave on this natural dye without rinsing off.

14. Rich Golden Tint (with Saffron & Lemon juice)

What all you need?

  • 1 tsp saffron
  • 1 tsp lemon
  • 2 cups water

Directions:

  1. Boil water in a vessel and add saffron to it. Lower the flame and bring it for boil for about 20 minutes
  2. Set it aside to cool.
  3. Add one tsp of lemon juice
  4. Apply this saffron infused water onto hair and scalp. Soak your hair completely using the mixture
  5. Leave this mixture for 2 hours or till it dries off
  6. Shampoo and condition your hair as usual

How it works:

  1. This saffron infused solution helps to give a rich golden-brown tint to your hair

Tip: Try this remedy once a week.

15. Hair lightening (with Honey and Coconut Oil / Vinegar and soy sauce)

What all you need?

  • ½ cup vinegar
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Combine ½ cup of vinegar and soy sauce each
  2. Add 1 tsp of honey and coconut oil each
  3. Shampoo and condition hair as normal
  4. Use the mixture as last rinse to your hair

Tip: Do not rinse your hair any further after using the vinegar-soy sauce mixture. Let it air-dry. Try this remedy once a week.

Hair lightening

Precautions:

  1. Do not try this hair dye if you have rash on your scalp or if your skin is inflamed
  2. Determine the natural color and structure of your hair before coloring
  3. Use equal observance of ingredients suggested for use
  4. Wear protective gloves
  5. Do not use metal container or steel comb
  6. It is not recommended immediately after permanent waving
  7. Do not apply henna if you are making use of artificial hair colors. It can cause a barrier and affect the natural color
  8. Leave a gap of six months between applying henna and hair color
  9. Make use of replenishing hair serum after coloring if you have dry hair
  10. If you are coloring hair to cover your greys, then apply it once a month

Natural Hair Color

Take a break from chemical hair treatments. Instead opt for these natural hair dyes and treatment.

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4 Comments

  1. Christine

    July 7, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    How long does henna stay in our hair?

    • Manisha

      July 18, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      Henna stays in your hair for about 4-6 weeks.

  2. Kyle

    July 27, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Is it safe to apply hair dye during pregnancy?

    • Lima Aier

      July 28, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      There hasn’t been any scientific studies on hair dye being harmful during pregnancy. Although a few precautionary measures like dyeing your hair in the trisemester, after the baby’s organs are developed is a safe choice.

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