Looking to change up your hair color but worried about the harmful chemicals in store-bought hair dyes? Fear not!
There are plenty of simple ingredients that can be used to dye your hair at home, and they’re just as effective as conventional hair dyes.
In this blog post, I’ll look into 12 homemade hair dyes and removers to try, incorporating lemon, beetroot, henna, and much more.
So why not give one of them a try? Your hair will thank you for it!
How do I prepare my hair for hair dye?
The average woman will use 12 boxes of hair color in her lifetime. This can release many harmful chemicals on your scalp and into the environment.
I recommend healthy alternatives, like natural hair dyes to conventional hair dyes.
My advice is to use ingredients like lemon, beetroots, henna, tea, all known to be hair-friendly.
Preparation is key
Preparation of your hair is important for homemade hair dyes to work.
Before you start applying the homemade dye, make sure your hair is clean and free of any oil or product residue.
This will help the homemade dye penetrate deeply into your hair shafts and give a better result.
Natural hair dyes safety precaution
When using any natural hair dye, it is important to take some safety precautions.
First, always do a patch test to ensure you are not allergic to the ingredients in the dye.
Second, keep all ingredients away from your eyes. And third, avoid swallowing any of the ingredients.
By following these simple safety precautions, you can dye your hair with confidence using herbal and fresh ingredients.
Now that you know how to safely dye your hair, it’s time to get creative!
How to make natural hair dye?
You may begin with the most rudimentary concept of creating your hue by using vegetables like red cabbage, beetroot, and turmeric.
Essentially, the natural homemade hair dye is created through the boiling of certain vegetables and herbs.
The boiled water is used as a rinse to color your hair. Unlike chemical-based colors, these home hair colors are gentle on your hair.
These recipes for homemade hair dye can give you some soft highlights or cover up some of your greys.
But if you want more drastic results, you can try stronger recipes further down in this article.
Here Are the 12 Recipes For Homemade Hair Dyes
1. Carrot juice – for that reddish or orange tint.
Use carrot juice, olive oil and thyme essential oil for that reddish or orange tint.
Mix all the ingredients, then apply or spray it onto your hair.
Cover your hair with a plastic cover or shower cap, and leave it on for an hour or so.
Finally, rinse with apple cider vinegar afterwards (or just water if you don’t have ACV). For stronger colour, dye the hair the next day.
2. Lemon juice – to bleach your hair blonde
This is permanent, compared with the other colours mentioned. The liquid extract of lemon fruit can make your hair lighter, but be careful!
However, too much can damage your hair. To lighten dark brown or black hair, mix lemon juice with chamomile tea prepared from two tea bags.
Strawberry blonde recipe
For strawberry blonde, mix lemon juice with beetroot juice.
Put half of a lemon in a spray bottle and fill it with water, then spray it onto your hair and leave for about fifteen minutes. Do it daily until you achieve the desired colour.
You can use this on any hair colour to lighten or brighten it.
3.Black tea – to darken brown or black hair
This homemade dye works best on natural brunettes.
Just brew up some black tea (a tablespoon per cup of boiled water) and pour over your dampened washed hair while still warm.
Wrap your head in plastic wrap or put on a shower cap if necessary, and let sit for an hour before rinsing clean.
4.Beetroot – to get a redhead look
Another homemade dye to give you a beautiful deep redhead look. All you need is some fresh beetroot (peeled), apple cider vinegar and water.
Blend the beetroot until smooth, then add ACV and water until you have the desired consistency. Next, apply to your hair and leave it in for an hour or two, then rinse off with cold water.
You can also use this dye on previously dyed blonde hair to get a nice deep redhead shade – ensure the lemon juice doesn’t lighten your hair too much first!
5. Blackberry – for a dark purple look
Do you want to create a lovely deep purple color with this natural dye?
All you need is some fresh blackberries, apple cider vinegar and water. Blend the blackberries until smooth, then add ACV and water until you have the desired consistency.
Apply to your hair and leave it in for an hour or two, then rinse off with cold water.
If you want to dye your hair purple, you can use this dye. However, be cautious not to make your hair too lightened with lemon juice.
6. Henna – for a red/brown look
To get a beautiful deep redhead look, mix henna, apple cider vinegar and water together.
Blend the henna until smooth, then add ACV and water until you have the desired consistency.
Use it on your hair and leave it in for an hour or two, then wash off with cold water.
You can also use lemon juice on blonde hair that has been dyed a deep brown. Just make sure the lemon juice doesn’t lighten your hair too much!
7. Sage – for grey hair coverage (or silver)
Grey hair can be one of the most difficult colors to cover up, without harsh chemicals like peroxide.
But with this homemade sage dye, you can achieve beautiful silver or grey coverage without any nasty side effects.
All you need is some fresh sage leaves, apple cider vinegar and water. Blend the sage until smooth, then add ACV and water until you have the desired consistency.
Apply to your hair and leave it for an hour or two, then rinse off with cold water.
8. Chamomile – for light brown hair
Chamomile is a natural herb used to dye hair blonde or light brown for centuries. It is similar to a brown hair dye.
It’s simple to make – just steep chamomile tea bags in hot water, then let cool. Apply the tea directly to your hair, leave it for an hour or two, and rinse off with cold water.
You can also use this method on previously dyed brown colour or black hair to achieve a lighter shade.
9. Saffron – for light brown or orange hair
Saffron is a natural dye that can be used to treat grey hair. Take 1 tsp saffron strands and boil in 2 cups of water for 20 minutes.
Let the mixture cool, then strain. and apply to your hair, leave it for an hour or two.
Next, rinse off with mild shampoo, and condition as usual.
Saffron with henna
You can also mix saffron with other natural ingredients like henna to achieve different shades of orange or brown hair.
For example, you can mix a small pinch of saffron with henna to treat red hair and get an orange shade.
Mixing it with lemon juice will give you a light brown shade.
You can also use pure saffron on previously dyed dark brown or black hair to achieve lighter shades of brown, such as caramel blonde.
10.Soy Sauce and Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Dye
This natural hair dye is dark brown and can be used on light or dark hair.
You Will Need: use ½ cup soy sauce, and ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, and boil them together in a pot.
Processing Time: 30 minutes
How To Make: Mix the soy sauce and apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Boil water in a pot and pour over the mixture. Stir well to combine, and let cool.
Apply the dye all over your hair, leave it for 30 minutes, then rinse off with cold water or shampoo and condition as usual.
Does Amla darken the hair?
Amla powder is made from Indian gooseberry and is known for its high vitamin content.
Some people believe this homemade hair dye can help darken hair over time, but there is no concrete evidence to support this claim.
Amla powder has many other benefits for the hair, such as strengthening and conditioning it.
So, even if it doesn’t dye your hair, it can still improve its overall health.
11. Amla hair mask
Mix amla powder with a carrier oil, such as olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil, until you have a thick amla paste.
You will need two tablespoons of amla powder and the same amount of oil.
Apply to your hair, leave it for an hour or two, then wash off with cold water.
You can also use this mask once a week as a deep conditioner to keep your hair healthy and shiny.
12.Henna Hair Dye – for grey hair
Henna is a natural hair dye made from the Lawsonia inermis plant. It is a reddish-brown color and can be used to cover grey hair.
The freshly squeezed juice of lemons is a popular dye-releasing henna acid. It’s inexpensive, readily available, and quite acidic, making it ideal for producing a good dye release.
Many individuals swear by it, while others claim they can’t use it. This is because the juice of lemons might be drying and irritating to some people.
Recipe for greys
You Will Need: 100 grams henna powder, 250 ml water, 20 drops lemon juice
Processing Time: Two hours
How To Make:Mix the henna powder and water in a bowl until you have a thick paste. Add the lemon juice and stir well to combine.
Apply the dye all over your hair, leave it for two hours, then wash off with cold water or shampoo, and condition as usual.
Henna can also be mixed with other natural ingredients like coffee or tea to create different shades of brown hair.
How to remove natural hair dye color?
This is a question that many people have. If you are unhappy with the results of your natural hair dye, there are ways to remove the color.
One way to remove natural hair dye is to use baking soda and water. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with one cup of water.
Use the mixture to your hair and let it sit for 15 minutes. Wash your hair with cool water and shampoo it.
Vinegar or hydrogen peroxide
Another way to remove natural hair dye is to use vinegar and water.
Mix one cup of vinegar with two cups of water. Apply the mixture to your hair and let it sit for 15 minutes. Shampoo with cold water.
Spray a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water to your hair and let it sit for five minutes. Shampoo with cold water.
How to remove hair dyes on clothes
You should also remember that homemade natural hair dyes don’t have any chemicals, they can still stain fabrics. So, wear an old shirt while applying them.
If you do get stains on any clothes, washing them with vinegar will remove those stains easily.
There are different ways to dye your hair using all-natural compounds.
You can try one of the methods or recipes mentioned in this post, or experiment with your combinations to find the perfect hue for you.
Just be sure to test any new mixtures on a small section of your hair before applying them all over. And, most importantly, have fun!
Try out different colors and combinations to find the perfect one for you.
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