Organic Homemade Hair Dye Is Gentle
If you are looking for a gentle way to dye your hair and you don't want a drastic change, organic homemade hair dye may be a great option for you. Natural herbs, fruit, and other items can be used to enhance, highlight, and even cover gray. While these homemade dyes won't change your brown hair to golden blonde, they will allow you subtle highlights and interesting depth of color.
Use Lemon to Lighten and Highlight
Lemon is a great way to add highlights to brown and blond hair, or lighten blond hair. Just use freshly squeezed lemon juice and either rinse your hair in it to lighten your hair or dab on a few stands to add highlights. Once you have the lemon juice in your hair, sit in the sun until it dries.
Chamomile Adds Golden Color to Blond Hair
Chamomile is a fragrant herb that can add a golden color to your blond hair. Just add one cup dried chamomile to two cups of boiling water and allow to steep overnight. Strain the liquid and use it to rinse your hair after you have washed and conditioned it. Do not rinse the tea out of your hair and try to make sure it soaks your hair evenly. Do this every time you shampoo for bright, shiny hair.
If you want to lighten your hair even more, try a mixture of one cup of lemon juice to three cups of chamomile tea. Soak freshly washed hair in the mixture and spend the afternoon in the sun. Rinse thoroughly and condition.
Saffron for Golden Blond Hair
Saffron is a very expensive spice, but you don't need very much of it to do the job. It can cover gray roots in blond hair, add golden to reddish gold highlights, and make your hair vibrant and shiny. It is best used on blond, strawberry blond, and light red hair.
Put a large pinch of saffron in a jar with two cups of boiling water. Allow to steep overnight. The next day, strain the saffron out of the liquid and use the liquid to rinse your hair after shampooing. Leave the saffron tea in your hair for several hours before rinsing it out with cool water.
Beet and Carrot Juice for Auburn and Red Hair
You can use equal parts beet and carrot juices as an organic homemade hair dye . It will add a subtle red color to your hair. Just rinse your hair in the combined juice and allow it to soak in for about two hours. Rinse thoroughly.
Just remember that you need to buy organic items if you want organic dye.
Use Coffee for Dark Auburn, Brown, and Black Hair
A couple of cups of triple strength coffee can darken and add reddish brown highlights to auburn and brunette hair. Just use it to rinse your hair after every shampoo and don't rinse it out. Over a period of time, it will darken your hair.
Darken Your Brunette Hair with Walnut Husks
This takes a little more effort than some of the other dyes, but the result is excellent.
Gather about one pound of walnuts in the husk. Black walnuts work the best.
- Remove the husk from the walnut. This is difficult, you will need to hit them with a hammer.
- Cover the husks with one quart of water in a non reactive pan.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Let the mixture steep overnight.
- Filter the hulls and pieces out of the liquid.
- Add half walnut liquid and half hair conditioner to a squeeze bottle and mix well.
- Use this mixture to cover your hair and allow it to soak in for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing out.
Sage to Cover Gray
Sage is perfect for covering gray hair in a slow, natural way.
Simmer 1/2 cup dried organic sage leaves in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. Put the mixture in a covered jar and allow to stand overnight. Strain and apply the tea to clean, damp hair. Leave it on until it dries then rinse it out. Repeat with every shampoo until you have the color you want and then use it once or twice a month as maintenance.
Elderberries Create a Fun Blue Color
Elderberries can add a fun, blue color to your blond hair or bluish highlights to dark brown or black hair. Just add one cup of elderberries to one cup of water and 1/2 cup of vinegar and bring to a boil. Boil for about five minutes and then allow to cool overnight. Strain the liquid and use it to saturate your hair. Allow your hair to absorb your homemade dye for up to an hour before shampooing.
Homemade dyes will not make drastic or long lasting changes, but they can be a healthy alternative to commercial dyes and they are much less expensive than purchased organic hair dyes.