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Color Your Hair Without Hair Dye

Updated on February 28, 2012
Create fun new temporary hair colors without chemical dyes.
Create fun new temporary hair colors without chemical dyes. | Source

Many people look to color their hair, but can’t afford an expensive beauty salon visit or are allergic to chemical lighteners and hair coloring products. Coloring hair can enhance your eyes or bring out other facial features. It may make you feel younger by covering grays or just give you a boost from something different. So, without the use of commercially available hair coloring or trips to a salon, how can you color your hair? Actually, pretty easily with products you may already have in your house. You won’t be able to change your hair from a dark brown to beach blonde, but you will be able to enhance or subtly change your hair color or create dramatic highlights.


If you have light colored hair or even if your blonde hair seems brassy or a little reddish or orangey try a blonde wash. This also works well as a remedy for blonde hair that has turned green from a pool.

Pour ¼ cup of powdered, sugar free lemon flavored drink mix such a Kool-Aid or a powdered lemonade mix.

Stir in water until it forms a watery paste.

Apply the paste to your hair and let it sit for five to 10 minutes.

Rinse the powdered drink mix out of your hair with plain water.

Shampoo and condition as usual.

Want to Have Bright Rainbow Colored Hair?

Choose a sugar free Kool-Aid or powder sugar free Jell-O flavor in the color of your choice. Choose Grape flavoring for purple hair or maybe Cherry for bright red hair or Orange for bright orange hair.

Make a paste of the Kool-Aid or Jell-O and water and apply it to your hair for 10 minutes or so.

Rinse the Kool-Aid or Jell-O from your hair.

Wash and condition your new brightly colored hair.

The color will last for between two and four shampoos if you have medium colored hair.

If your hair is dark brown you may just get a cast of color that will last one to three shampoos.

If you have blonde hair the color can last anywhere between three to 10 shampoos depending on the color blonde and the intensity of Kool-Aid or Jell-O color.

Become a Redhead or Have Red Highlights

Get a can of tomato paste, it doesn’t have to be expensive, the store brand is fine.

Apply the tomato paste to strands of hair or all over.

Let the tomato paste remain on your hair for 20 to 30 minutes.

Rinse your hair lightly and test out your new redhead status.

Want to make Your Light Gray Hair White?

Add laundry bluing to the rinse water after shampooing and conditioning your hair.

Be careful to keep the bluing out of your eyes.

Deepening Medium or Mousey Brown Hair

Add ½ cup of instant coffee to a bowl.

Stir in enough warm water to make the coffee crystals until they dissolve.

Apply the coffee paste to your hair and pull through from scalp to ends.

Leave the coffee paste on your hair for 10 to 20 minutes and rinse lightly to reveal a rich deep brown.

Hair Coloring Tip

Apply a layer of petroleum jelly around your entire hairline to prevent dyeing your skin.


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    • TNSabrina profile image

      TNSabrina 5 years ago

      Cool! My daughter has tried this technique.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      More unique information from you! Neat stuff. :)

    • Escapes profile image

      Escapes 5 years ago

      Thanks alipuckett -- its a good way for kids to experiment or adults for that matter with fun and funky hair colors without the commitment.

    • alipuckett profile image

      alipuckett 5 years ago

      Good ideas! I also recently read about 'chalking' your hair for temporary color streaks.