Most people have tried hair color and thus there is a huge market for hair dye. But if you are one of those people who believes in natural products and doesn’t like to burden her hair with chemicals which can have nasty side effects then this article is for you.
There are lots of ways that you can make use of natural ingredients which are not that hard to find, to make your own hair dye at home.Depending on the natural color of your hair you can decide which recipe to use. There are different ones for blonds, brunettes etc as well as for covering grey and giving tints or bleaching hair to make it a tone lighter. In fact once you have started using these hair dye recipes you might not want to go back to your salon for a color job!
For Grey Hair
To cover grey hair, you can make a hair dye using rosemary and sage. Take both of them in equal quantities and put them in a bowl with water and boil for about thirty minutes. Let it cool down and then apply to hair. Once it has dried up you can rinse it off with shampoo. You can also take husks of walnuts and boil in water for half an hour. Remove from heat and cool it and apply to hair, Rinse after some time when it has dried up. Indigo and castor bean hair dye can be used for getting a black colour.
For Red Hair
You can boil hibiscus with water and apply the mixture to hair for a reddish hair colour. Alternatively you can boil a mixture of carrots and beet and use this to apply to your hair. But these options are viable only if your natural colour is light. For brunettes you would have to lighten your original hair colour and then apply the above to get reddish tones. Henna leaves can be ground and boiled and applied to get orange colour. Marigold petals or rose hips can also be used for getting nice reddish-orange to your hair. Herbs like saffron and paprika can also be used for enhancing red colour of hair.
For Bright Blonde Hair
For bright blond hair you can use a hair dye of chamomile or calendula. For the chamomile recipe, take chamomile tea bags and boil in water. Toss the bags away and add yogurt and a few drops of lavender oil to the chamomile tea. Apply to hair and rinse after it has dried.
For Dark Brown Hair
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You can use black tea or coffee or boil walnut husks in water and use it on hair to get darker brown hair. You can also combine tea and cherry bark and let it simmer in boiling water. Use it to get a dark tone. You can also try a mixture of indigo and crushed henna and put it in water. Leave it overnight and use it the day after. Take olive oil and heat it and add crushed cloves to it. Warm the mixture for a few minutes and then cool it off. Use it like oil to scalp and hair. Leave for half an hour and rinse off with shampoo.
For Lightening Dark Hair
A number of natural ingredients starting from lemon juice and chamomile tea mixture to organic rhubarb mixed with pineapple juice can be used. Apply it to hair and let it dry naturally. You can also try cinnamon and yogurt paste as a hair dye to be applied. A few drops of honey mixed with dahi can also be used. The lactic acid of dahi and the bleaching properties of honey both help to lighten hair colour. This will not have an immediate effect but if used regularly will help in lightening the hair colour.
The best thing about using natural ingredients is that a number of them have conditioning and hair repairing properties as well. So they treat your hair while at the same time coloring them. Unlike chemicals which have nasty effects and if used time and again have nasty irreparable effects on it. Natural hair dyes like henna for example give a shiny sheen to hair. Honey softens hair as well.
There are a few precautions to be followed before you apply your hair dye. Ensure that your hair is clean and dry and properly conditioned for better application. Do a patch test on your scalp or skin to see whether you will have any allergic reactions to it. Also this will help you in deciding whether it complements your complexion. Always wear an apron or clothes which can be cast off when applying hair dye and use gloved for hands. Also apply Vaseline or oil to your ears and face and hairline to avoid staining. Do not try to dye your eyebrows or eyelashes with dye and rinse thoroughly if it gets inside the eyes.
The good part of natural hair dyes are that they coat the hair strands rather than penetrating the cuticle. Thus though they fade earlier than artificial dyes, it fades over a period of time thus giving a natural look.