Changing the color of your hair every so often will make for a more exciting “you”. Just think of how your officemates will come over and ask you where you had it done. And, imagine the look on their faces when they find out that you did it yourself with natural ingredients.
Yes, anybody can change the color of their hair with the most common kitchen ingredients. But as a fore warning, it will take a lot of patience.
Here are some of the best natural hair dyes and how to prepare them.
1. Coffee to Turn Light Hair to Brown or Black
If you are aiming to change the color of your hair to black or rich brown, you can make a homemade natural dye out of coffee.
To start your hair coloring, brew a few cups of coffee. When it is cool enough, pour it on your hair and let it sit for 30 minutes.
Repeat this process twice a week until you get the desired results.
2. Lemon Juice to Lighten your Hair Color
Lightening your hair is a very slow process so it requires a lot of patience.
To make a hair lightening dye, mix one cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice with 3 cups of strong chamomile tea. Soak your hair with this solution and let it dry under the sun before rinsing it out.
Repeat this 2 to 3 times a week for best results.
3. Henna Dye for Hair Color
Henna is a very interesting herbal dye because it does not only offer good dying but it makes your hair softer as well.
You have to brew natural henna powder into a thick, muddy paste. When you apply this paste to your hair, you have to leave it there for a long time. We are talking about 3 to 4 hours or better yet, overnight.
You may add essential oils, vinegar and even eggs to make the henna paste even more potent.
4. Hibiscus for Redder than Red Hair
If you have red hair and you want to even make it more red, hibiscus herbs can help you achieve this.
Boil 3 bags of hibiscus tea in two cups of water. Let the mixture cool down then strain. After straining, massage the tea into your hair. If possible, don’t rinse it and just let it stay to dry.
Apply hibiscus to your red hair 3 times a week and see how much more red it becomes week, after week, after week.
5. Cherry Tree Bark and Black Tea for Graying Hair
If you want to cover your graying hair, steep some cherry tree bark and black tea leaves until you get a very dark and strong liquid.
Apply this liquid to your hair and massage it into your tresses.
Repeat the process as often as possible until you reach the desired shade. There is no harm in continuing this process for color maintenance.
6. Rhubarb Root Dye for Graying Blonde Hair
Rhubarb root is a very potent dye which you can use to restore that golden sheen of your graying blonde strands.
Boil 3 tablespoons of rhubarb root in two cups of water and let the mixture simmer for 15 minutes. Leave it to cool down overnight. Strain and pour it over your hair the next day.
7. Sage and Rosemary Dye for Restoring Natural Color
Sage and rosemary are natural dyes that are not only easy to make but are cheap and eco-friendly as well. These ingredients can restore your natural hair color and literally wipe off those unwanted gray hair.
Brew a strong a strong rosemary and sage tea and apply them to your gray patches every day. Massage it thoroughly in your scalp and hair with the use of your fingers.
Don’t rinse it out and apply at least 3 times a week. Be patient and this tea remedy will show you wonders.
8. Vegetable Juice for Red Hair
Combine equal parts of beet juice and carrot juice then, massage the mixture into your hair and cover your head with a shower cap. Apply some heat with the use of a blow dryer for a few minutes to set the color.
9. Walnut Hulls for Highlights
This is the easiest way to naturally put highlights to your hair. Simple rub the walnut hulls in the desired places where you want to put the highlights.
10. Herbs for Brunettes
Steep rosemary, nettles and sage in very hot water. When it cools, strain the herbs and place the solution in a spray bottle. Spray it evenly on your hair and let it soak for 30 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
11. Spices for Brown Hair
If you want to create medium to dark brown shades on your strands, mix 1 teaspoon of allspice, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and ½ teaspoon cloves. Dissolve the mixture in a cup of water. Strain the spices before pouring the solution over your hair. Leave it on for 30 minute before rinsing.
These homemade dyes have been proven effective but if you want to change your hair color within the hour, you can have it done in a hair salon, such as Avid Salon or Salon Lofts. The main advantage of having a professional do it for you is that you’ll get exactly what you want in the shortest possible time.