Studies indicate that about 65% of women dye their hair, so hair dyes can be bought in drug stores. However, these products are high in harsh chemicals.
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), hair dyes contain more than 5,000 different chemicals.
Therefore, it is much safer and wiser to use some natural alternatives, as follows:
The henna powder from the henna plant leaves contains a natural coloring pigment that offers great results. If used alone, it gives a red-orange color, and if you mix it with some chamomile, you can soften the color a bit. Here is how to prepare the paste:
Mix a cup of henna powder with 2 cups of lemon juice, leave it to sit for 4-6 hours, and apply it on the hair. Comb, and wrap the hair in a plastic wrap, and leave it for 2-3 hours. Rinse with water.
Coffee can effectively darken your hair and give it a chocolate color without damaging it. You should brew a strong organic coffee (preferably espresso), leave it to cool, and mix 2 tablespoons of it with 2 cups of leave- in all-natural conditioner.
Apply it on the hair, and leave it to act for an hour. Then, rinse with apple cider vinegar for more permanent effects. You can also prepare a coffee rinse.
Shampoo the hair and pour some coffee on it, leave it for 20 minutes, and rinse first with apple cider vinegar, and then with warm water. Repeat for a few days in a row until you get the wanted color.
There are numerous herbs you can use to naturally dye your hair.
For a red color, or to add reddish highlight, try calendula, marigold, rosehips and hibiscus. Simmer the herbs in water for half an hour. Then, strain, cool it and pour it on the hair. If possible, leave the hair to dry in the sun.
For a dark hair color, try nettle, sage, or rosemary. Simmer the herb in water for half an hour, strain, cool, and spray/brush through your hair. Leave it for an hour, and rinse.
For a blonde nuance, try saffron, chamomile, calendula, marigold, and sunflower petals. You can also use rhubarb root for the gray hairs. Add black tea for darker colors and catnip for lighter.
Simmer for half an hour in water, strain, leave it to cool, and pour it over the hair. Leave it to act and then rinse.
Tea is best with your natural hair color; and if you have lighter hair, use chamomile tea for blondes, and rooibos for redheads. To go darker and cover the gray hairs, try black tea.
You need to put 3-5 teabags in two cups of water, leave the tea to cool, and apply it on the hair. You can add a bit of conditioner to it. If you want to cover the grays, mix in fresh or dried sage open up the hair follicles.
Leave the tea to act for an hour, or overnight, and rinse with warm water.
- Beet and Carrot Juice
You can use the juices alone or mixed together. If your goal is a more red color, add more beet juice, and you will get a strawberry blonde, deeper red or auburn. If you want a reddish-orange, use more carrot juice.
Apply the juice on the hair, wrap the hair in a plastic foil, and leave it to act for an hour. Add coconut oil to condition the hair. Then, just rinse with water and apple cider vinegar.
For a darker color, you might need to repeat a few times more.
- Walnut Shells
Walnut shells are ideal for a dark brown color. You should crush the shells and boil them for half an hour. Then, strain, cool, and apply the liquid to the hair. After an hour, rinse with lukewarm water.
If you want your color more intense, boil the strained juice once more until you get about ¼ of the original volume. Then, leave it in the fridge to cool, strain again, and pour through the hair.
- Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is perfect for highlight. Just spray it on the hair and brush it. Leave it for several hours. You will make it lighter if you dry the hair in the sun, and if you are blonde, you can mix the lemon juice with chamomile for even better effects. You will need to repeat this several times.
Hence, next time you plan to make a small change in your hair color, head to the pantry instead of the store!