Organic hair dye is a natural way to enliven your hair color by using beet juice. You can do this yourself with a few simple supplies and instructions. The final result will depend on your natural hair color.
How to Dye Hair Using Beet Juice
You will need a few simple supplies before you can start. Once you've collected everything, you need to protect your clothing or wear old clothing before you begin since beet juice easily stains fabrics. Be sure your items are certified organic.
Gather Your Supplies
Before you set out juicing or food processing raw beets, you want to take stock and make sure you have the right supplies on hand. Make sure that you use only organic ingredients. The foodstuffs in the supply list should be organic:
- 3 raw beets
- 1 - 2 medium size raw carrots
- 1 - 2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon ground fresh ginger (optional)
- ½ cup fresh brewed black tea (optional)
- Fine mesh strainer
- Juicer or food processor
- 2 medium size bowls
- 1 deep medium size bowl
- Vegetable peeler
- Measuring spoons and cups
- Paring knife
- Plastic sheeting or old towel (protect countertop)
- Wide makeup or craft brush
- Hair clips (to divide hair)
- Plastic shower cap
- Old towel and clothing
Instructions for Dying Hair with Organic Beet Juice
The optional ingredients in the supply list can be added to increase the length of time the dye remains in your hair. On the average a good dye process should last at least 10 - 12 shampoos before you need to repeat the process.
- Don old clothes (beet juice stains).
- Place plastic sheeting or old towel onto countertop to protect countertop from staining.
- Wash raw carrots and beets.
- Use a vegetable peeler or paring knife to peel beets and carrots.
- Discard peeling in compost pail.
- Separately slice beets and carrots and place in individual bowls.
- Add beet pieces to juicer or food processor.
- Process beets until juiced or in food processor until pulp becomes a paste.
- Pour juice through the strainer or place pulp in the strainer and press juice out into bowl using the spoon.
- You want a 1:1 ratio of beet juice and carrot juice. The ideal is ½ cup of each.
- Mix the beet juice and carrot juice together in the larger bowl.
- If you wish to prolong the life your dye job, add ½ cup of freshly brewed black tea.
- You can mix 2 tbs of coconut or olive oil to thicken the mixture for easier application. The dye will saturate your hair better without any oil.
- Drape an old towel around your shoulders to prevent beet juice from staining clothes and immediate area.
- Apply coconut oil around your hairline along your face and ears to prevent accidental skin stains.
- Use hair clips to divide your hair into sections, depending on length and style.
- Dab the makeup or craft wide brush into the beet/carrot mixture.
- Brush the mixture onto each section of hair. Start at the roots and pull the dye through the length of your hair.
- Repeat until your hair is completely saturated.
- If you're focused on adding highlights, then apply accordingly.
- Once you're satisfied you've covered your hair with the dye, gather your hair underneath a plastic show cap.
- You will need to leave the dye on for a minimum of four hours. The shower cap will assist in your body heat to help cook the dye.
A Few Easy Tips for Best Results
For best results, you can sit outside in the sun to ensure the dye matures to a deeper or more vivid color. The heat will further activate the beet properties responsible for the discoloration associated with beets. Many people leave the beet juice dye on their hair overnight to ensure greater color saturation. The shower cap will ensure your linens are protected. You will allow your hair to dry naturally and not wash it for at least 24 hours. Y
Color Results for Natural Organic Hair Dye Using Beet Juice
When you use organic beet juice on your hair, the result will be a red color. Everyone's hair is different, so there's no exact rule of what you can expect. However, if you follow the instructions, you should have good results.
Natural Red Hair
If your natural hair color is red, then a beet juice dye should be good choice. This is especially true if your natural color has begun to fade over the years. The beet juice will give your hair a more vibrant, possibly deeper red value.
Natural Blonde Hair
A natural blonde will find the beet juice dye reveals a strawberry hue. A light blonde may find a higher color saturation with a pinker result. You can always reapply if you need a different shade.
Natural Dark Brown to Black Hair
Depending on the intensity of your brown or black hair color, beet juice will add some striking highlights to your mane. You can typically expect a darker hue with a purple tinge that changes with lighting.
Natural White Hair
If you have a few white hairs peppered among gray hairs, you can expect to have some pink tinges. You will have a nice pink tinge to your hair.
Natural Gray Hair
If your hair has begun to turn gray, you can use organic beet juice hair dye. The color will most likely be a rich maroon color, depending on how much gray hair you have.
Does Beet Juice Hair Dye Work on Chemically Dyed Hair?
If you've been using a permanent chemical hair dye, you may not have as good results as natural hair colors. Any roots that haven't been chemically dyed should respond favorably to the beet juice dye.
Overall Outcome for Chemically Dyed Hair
It is difficult to determine the results you'll have with chemically dyed hair. You can always do a test patch underneath your hair to avoid any possible mishaps. If the beet juice dye only takes on the roots, you may decide to let your hair grow out and continue to dye the roots with your beet juice hair dye.
Reasons to Choose Organic Hair Dye
Chemical hair dye products can be harsh. The chemicals used to change your hair color can cause it to become dry and brittle, especially when the product is used repeatedly.
- Chemical dyes can have an offensive smell.
- Some people experience watery eyes from the strong chemicals.
- Allergic reactions to the chemicals can occur.
- Some chemicals are suspected carcinogens.
Reasons for Using Organic Beet Juice Hair Dye
There are many health benefits to using hair dyes made from organic beet juice. The nutritious values of organic beets can give your hair new luster. You can use beet juice hair dye repeatedly without concerns about causing hair damage or being exposed to harmful chemicals. You can repeat immediately without any harm should your first application fails to give you the desire color. The cost of organic beet juice hair dye is much less than commercial chemical ones.
Healthy Organic Hair Dye Using Beet Juice
There are many positives to making your own organic hair dye using beet juice. You can control the final result through experimentation without any concerns of damaging your hair or any harmful side effects.