Studies show that a whopping 46% of all women dye their hair; some because they want to spice things up and others to cover their grays. Hair dyes are highly used by many people and quite regularly as well, despite the fact that they’re pumped with chemicals and all kinds of toxic materials.
The National Cancer Institute reports that there are more than 5000 different chemicals in a tube of hair dye. All of these substances can have a damaging effect on your overall health and should be avoided if possible. But is it possible? Can you dye your hair in a more natural way? If you didn’t know, yes you can and we’re here to offer you the best natural solutions to dye your hair without exposing yourself to toxic substances.
If you want to dye your hair in a dark brown shade walnut shells are your best choice. Just crush some walnut shells, boils them in some water for 30 minutes and set it aside to cool off. Strain the liquid and rinse your hair with it. Leave it in for an hour and rinse with water.
For a more intense color bring the strained liquid to a boil once more and reduce it to a quarter of the original amount. Cool it off again and rinse your hair.
If you want to highlight your hair lemon juice is your best natural option. Squeeze the juice all over your hair and comb it. Leave it to dry off, for a few hours and rinse. If you want an even lighter shade you can go out in the sun with the lemon juice on your hair. Repeat it a couple of times until you get the desired results.
You can use different herbs for different hair colors:
For shades of red you can use marigold, hibiscus, rosehip or calendula. Put the herbs in a pot of water, bring it to a boil and let it boil for half an hour. Cool it off, stain it and rinse your hair with it. Let it dry off under the sun and repeat the process a few times for a more intense color.
For shades of brown sage, nettle and rosemary are your best options. Method of preparation is the same like with the previous herbs.
For blonde hair you can use chamomile, saffron and sunflower petals. If you have gray strands use Rhubarb root and if you want lighter shades you can use catnip while for darker colors add some black tea. Same procedure as before – boil it, strain it, let it cool off and rinse your hair.
If you want a chocolate brown shade you can use coffee and have excellent results. Brew a batch of strong organic coffee, let it cool down and mix the coffee grounds with some leave in natural conditioner. Apply this mixture on your hair and leave it on for 50-60 minutes. Rinse with some ACV.
Or you can apply the coffee directly on your hair after you wash it and leave it in for 20 minutes or so and finally rinse with some ACV and warm water.
If you just want to intensify your own hair color and cover some grays, tea is your best choice. If your hair is dark you can use black tea, if you’re blond use chamomile while if your hair color is red use rooibos tea. You need to prepare a stronger batch of tea, add 3-5 bags of tea for 2 cups of water. Apply it on your entire hair length and leave it on for a few hours or better yet leave it on overnight. Rinse it in the morning.
Beets and Carrot Juice
Beets and carrot juice can be used on their own or combined. They can be used to add some reddish strands of hair or dye your entire hair, whichever you prefer it. If your goal is a more reddish shade add more beets while if you want a more orange color add more carrots.
Prepare some fresh carrot-beets juice, apply it on your hair, rub it in, cover your hair with a cap to prevent staining and leave it on for one hour. Rinse with lukewarm water and apply some ACV in the end to add some healthy glow.
And finally we got to henna, a product you probably know can be used for hair coloring. The product is made from henna plant leaves, and has coloring effects on the hair. If you use it on its own your hair will have a reddish-orange color. But you can mix it with something else, like chamomile, you can soften the color a bit. Apply it according to the instructions on the package.