How to Make Natural Hair Dye Products

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Hair dying is a common method to refresh the appearance and create a new hair style. Commercial hair dyes with artificial ingredients were therefore invented for the adventurous person that wants to experience and have quick results. But why would you want to wash your hair with chemicals or risk getting crazy colours? If you only want to lighten or darken your hair, you can use natural hair dye products by following the tricks below.

To achieve a lighter look for a dark hair use the following natural hair dye tricks:


1. In a medium bowl, mix 3 cups of chamomile tea with 1 cup of fresh lemon juice. Pour the liquid to wet hair and massage it into the scalp for 5 minutes. Get out into the sun and let it finish the job. When hair is dry, you will get the desired result. No need to wash. If you want a lighter shade, repeat the process later this week. This is one way to dye your hair naturally. If you don’t want to use too many ingredients to dye your hair naturally, you can use lemon juice. Make half a cup of lemon juice and rub to your hair after shampooing it. Go out to the sun for about 20 minutes or until hair is dry and let gradual oxidation occur.

2. Place regular bowl with 4 tablespoons of cinnamon spice. Rub the mixture on wet hair and massage into hair roots for 4-5 minutes. Leave the mask for half an hour at least (you can cover your hair with a shower cap). Rinse the mask off your head and dry the hair. The result will appear gradually. In this way you will not need to use chemicals to dye your hair.


3. Mix honey and distilled water together (or apple cider vinegar to condition the hair). Use 4 parts honey and 1 part water (or ACV) to make the mixture work properly as honey is very sticky. Apply the mixture to your hair and scalp and let sit under a shower cap for at least 2 hours. Then rinse the mixture out of your hair and shampoo, condition and style as usual. The overall outcome of this process will have your hair looking a little bit lighter in a natural and subtle manner. This method takes time, and you may have to leave the treatment on longer, or do it multiple times to get your desired outcome.

Natural tricks to achieve darker look for a light hair:

1. Prepare 2-3 cups of black coffee, wait until it cools and pour on the head. Cover your hair with a towel or shower cap and leave the mask for at least 20 minutes. Rinse the mask. You can repeat the operation later this week to achieve a darker tone.

2. Prepare 2-3 cups of black tea, wait until it cools and then pour the liquid on the scalp. Cover your head for 20-30 minutes with a towel or shower cap. No need to wash.
The resulting colour will be darker. You can repeat the operation to achieve the desired results.

3. Add 1/2 cup of dried sage leaves in a bowl of boiling water. Wait until it cools. Pour the liquid over your head and wait for 30-35 minutes. No need to wash.

Hope you had successful results!

To complete the beautiful look of your hair click on the link below to find out how to make home made coconut shampoo that contains only 4 ingredients and is easy to make:

Home Made Coconut Shampoo

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29 Responses to How to Make Natural Hair Dye Products

  1. judy says:

    love all these natural home made remedies, so much healthier and better for the hair

    • KatieV says:

      You failed to mention henna which has been used for thousands of years to dye hair. You CANNOT mix the henna in a metal container or use anything metallic to mix it up. Not only is an excellent natural hair dye but it’s a great natural relaxer and conditioner for your hair,

      Carol I never had a problem with Henna turning my hair orange. Did you use anything metallic when preparing it?

      • Jenny says:

        Henna is indeed used for hair dye. The reason I didn’t mention it in the article is because the methods in the article are not a complete list, and there are more methods than what I’ve mentioned. The second reason is that many people have issues with applying henna and get strong red color whereas the article teaches how to achieve darker look for a light hair and vice versa and doesn’t talk about red colours. I believe that henna deserves a separate article that provides details about its application, as there are several types of henna which you can mix to get the desired color. I may write about it in the future.

        • Heather says:

          Use caution when using henna. It absolutely ruined my hair and didn’t even phase my grays. A lot of people have great results with it…I did not. The color was beautiful at first but faded very quickly…I’m talking two washes, and it made my hair feel very coarse and dry, similar to chemical damage. If you’re looking to try henna anyway but don’t want the orange tones, buy powdered indigo as well (available on Straight indigo will produce black/blue tones. Good luck! If I had it all to do over again, I wouldn’t try henna…I just had to have all my hair chopped off just to be able to brush through it.

    • Adel says:

      What is henna?

  2. Carol says:

    Does this work for covering grey hair? I’ve tried Henna and it turned my hair permanent orange! I’d rather not color , but my hair looks really mousy otherwise.

    • Lara says:

      I used a premixed henna-indigo blend on my medium brown hair, and it worked well. The trick was to use apple cider vinegar when I was ready to put it on my hair. My gray is now Dr Pepper-colored highlights. I’m not sure if I can give a brand name here, so I’ll just say I buy my jar of henna blend at any decent-sized natural foods store.

  3. admin says:

    I’m not sure how effective it is for grey hair. It’s all a matter of trial and error. With henna I heard that there is red and black henna, so you will probably need to mix them to avoid orangey colour. Check this article which speaks about grey hair and suggest more solutions:

    • Lara says:

      There is no true black henna. There is indigo, which is often used in natural hair colors to tone down the red in henna and darken hair. Some coffees and teas are used in henna preparation which can tone down the red as well. Some natural henna blends use other plant-based ingredients, but I’m not familiar with all of them.

      What is commonly referred to as “black henna” is actually something you don’t want near your skin and hair. It is actually a chemical compound that causes allergic reactions, and leaves scars if it is applied to the skin. It isn’t henna at all.

  4. Suzi Orem says:

    Which do I use to cover the gray the best? I have been going to the salon, she colors a dark blonde then puts in low lights and high lights. Roots are growing out, need to redo, but would love to try natural, vs. chemical.

  5. teresita bautista says:

    I love my gray hair, but if there is natural way of dark hair I will try.

  6. ZAHIDA says:

    Give extra care to your body,before using Henna either black or Brown test it on your arm (by mixing and using its make a small circle on front of arm).
    Leave it for at least for an hour. Some people are allergic to Henna.

  7. Tammy says:

    Where do you get alma paste or alma oil? Thank you! Looking forward to trying these natural remedies!

    • Jenny says:

      You can buy it online from Amazon or in some Indian shops (as the oil comes from the fruit of the amla tree, grown in India).

  8. Jasmin Diaz says:

    How helpful is honey as a hair dye &what r d results

  9. Karen says:

    “2. Place regular bowl with 4 tablespoons of cinnamon spice. Rub the mixture on wet hair and massage into hair roots for 4-5 minutes. Leave the mask for half an hour at least (you can cover your hair with a shower cap). Rinse the mask off your head and dry the hair. The result will appear gradually. In this way you will not need to use chemicals to dye your hair.”

    Is the first line complete? It says to rub the mixture but only gives one ingredient. And do you mean ground cinnamon, like one would use in cooking?

  10. Charlie says:

    As a Cosmetologist, I don’t recommend the cinnamon and conditioner lightner. The cinnamon burns the scalp. And I could only imagine the damage if you left it on for the full amount of time. I actually tried this just to see and only made it a couple mins before I was rinsing my hair out and then I had a burn mark around my hair line for a few days. I also don’t recommend henna, If you ever want to change your hair to a lighter color. Henna doesn’t come out. It’s good for people that want to keep their hair dark and don’t want to go to a lighter color. Henna is actually permanent! It can not be removed at a salon it needs to grow out of hair and be cut off.

  11. bobcat says:

    I do know if you want a beautiful auburn – dark red you can use Beet Juice . pour into hair and leave in for 20-30 minutes. Rinse out it may take more than a couple treatments to get the desired red.

  12. eliza paguio bernardo says:

    how about having white hair…even i’m dye my hair it’s easily to being white.what is the best way to have a permanent brown hair… pls help me to solve my problem soon thanx….

  13. Adee says:

    I’m not sure if this has been mentioned above- Natural Henna (as opposed to black henna which is unhealthy) only leaves white or grey a bright shade of orange. I am Indian and henna is a traditional method of dyeing or conditioning our hair naturally. What I did (when I had the time), was make a thick paste of the henna powder with water and leave it overnight in a cool place that is not the fridge. Leaving this henna paste to marinate allows the colour to develop a deeper and more long lasting shade and this method is often used for bride’s who decorate their hands in intricate patterns before their wedding- the henna or ‘mehndi’ is left on for 8-10 hrs and it leaves a gorgeous deep maroon shade on their hands! I’ve done it too, so I know the process well.

    The next morning before applying the henna to your scalp and hair, take a medium sized beetroot (for a deep auburn shade), cut it up and boil for 1-2 hrs, or boil coffee for a while (for a deep brown shade). Strain the liquid out, using about 1/2 a cup to 1 cup depending on the quantity of henna you are using, mix it in well with the henna paste and let it cool down to a temperature you are comfortable with when applying to your scalp and hair. Also add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to this paste (this helps in the colour fastness)and leave this mixture standing for a 1/2 hr. It will smell strange, especially if you’re using beetroot. Keep this on your hair for atleast 2-3 hrs with a shower cap and afterwards wash off with water without using a cleanser, but you can condition your hair to get rid of the henna smell. You should have a rich hair colour whether you are trying to cover gray or just enhance your existing hair colour.

    Henna is known to be drying to the hair if used more than 1-2 times a month, although it is a very good conditioner to the scalp when used occasionally. Another thing to make note of is that henna has cooling properties and should be avoided in the fall and winter as you might end up with a headache or a cold! Black henna contains metallic salts and chemicals that are very bad for your health- they are often used instead of natural henna as they give colour your hair/hands very quickly, but should be avoided at all costs! Hope this helped!

  14. Mercedes says:

    I’ve already dyed my hair and bleached it with a dye product, will it still work?

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