5 Natural Products to Dye Your Hair

5 Natural Products to Dye Your HairModern dyes allow to dye your hair almost any color you could imagine, but everything comes with a price. Chemical hair dyes usually contain p-Phenylenediamine, ammonia, resorcinol, hydrogen peroxide, ethanolamine, and other ingredients that may cause irritation, contact dermatitis, brittle hair and other problems. Luckily, there are natural alternatives to permanent hair dyes that you can try.


Henna is an herbal hair dye prepared from the dried leaves of the henna tree (Lawsonia inermis). It has long been used as a hair/eyebrow dye and for body art in parts of Asia and North Africa. The color that results from dyeing your hair with henna can range from orange to burgundy. It depends on a combination of factors, including the original color and condition of your hair, the quality of the henna powder, etc. In addition, henna can be mixed with other dyeing herbs for lighter or darker shades.

To dye your hair with henna, mix some henna powder with hot water to obtain a thick, smooth paste. Add some vinegar or lemon juice to help release the dye molecules in the henna powder. Let the mixture sit until lukewarm. Put on a pair of rubber gloves, evenly apply the mixture to your hair, section by section, and comb it to distribute the dye. Put on a shower cap and wait for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Rinse your hair thoroughly and let it air dry.

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The indigo dye is derived from the plant Indigofera tinctoria (true indigo). It has a deep and rich blue color with a greenish tint. Due to this, pure indigo powder is almost never used as a hair dye. Indigo powder is usually combined with henna powder to achieve dark brown or black shades. The resulting color will depend on the original color of your hair and the proportions of henna and indigo.

You will probably have to experiment a little before you achieve the exact shade you want, but at least your hair won’t suffer since herbal hair dyes are safe. The process of dyeing your hair with a mixture of henna and indigo is identical to what we described in the previous paragraph.

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Coffee or Sage for Dark Hair

Coffee and sage won’t change the color of your hair completely, but they will make dark brown or black hair a shade or two darker. They can also cover up gray hairs if you don’t have too many. The effect of these products won’t last for long, but they’re a good option when your hair needs a quick color boost.

To darken your hair with coffee, brew half a cup of strong coffee. Mix it with 1 cup of leave-in hair conditioner and 2 tbsp coffee grounds. Apply the mixture to freshly washed, damp hair, leave it for at last 1 hour, then rinse it off.

To deepen the shade of your hair with sage, pour a liter of boiling water over a cup of dried sage and let it steep for at least half an hour. Strain the infusion and pour it all over your hair after washing. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes, then wash your hair once more without shampooing.

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Chamomile for Blond Hair

Chamomile tea is a great hair rinse that enhances the natural blond color of the hair. Pour a liter of boiling water over a cup of dried chamomile flowers (you can use regular teabags, but whole dried flowers are better). Let the tea steep for half an hour, then strain. Shampoo your hair as your normally would, soak it in chamomile tea and put on a shower cap. Let the tea sit for at least 30 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water.

Other products that can help lighten blond hair a couple of shades are lemon juice, honey mixed with apple cider vinegar, baking soda, cinnamon, rhubarb, calendula (pot marigold), saffron, and turmeric.

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