9 Natural Hair Dyes For Hair Coloring
Be it brown, blonde, red, black, blue or grey hair, you can color your hair naturally using natural dyes. The use of natural dyes can leave your hair more beautiful, stylish and healthy without the use of any chemicals. By the way, you may also be able to use these natural dyes to color Easter eggs, although I don't have any instructions on how to do it.
If you want to use natural ingredients to color your hair, please understand that the use of these may not result in a very bold and bright color just like the store bought artificial hair dyes. The natural dyes leave a subtle, natural and beautiful tint of color to your hair and it enhances the look and health of your hair naturally. The good thing is that these are completely natural ingredients you find in nature, so they usually don't have any adverse effects unless you are allergic to anything specific.
To decide whether you want to use a natural hair dye or a store bought one that has chemicals, think when you are going to use it. If you want to color your hair really bright for an occasion, the natural hair dyes may not be the right option for you.
If you are concerned about the chemicals in the artificial dyes and if you plan to use the hair dyes on a regular basis, natural hair colouring using the natural hair dyes may be the right option for you.
So if you are convinced that you want to try out the natural hair dyes in to color your hair, here is a list of natural hair dyes that can help you to find out the right dye for you.
Disclaimer: This article is meant for sharing information only. If you are using any natural products be sure that you don't have any allergic reactions to the ingredients in it. If you have any illness or if you are taking any medication including medications for your hair, please check with your doctor before trying any new products even if they are natural products. Any decision you make based on the information shared here will be solely your own responsibility.
1. Henna for reddish brown colour
Most probably you have already used henna or had at least heard about it before, because henna is one of the most popular natural hair dyes available. When used alone, it can leave a reddish brown natural color to your hair, and the depth of color will depend on your natural hair color.
If you want a more reddish look, you can add half of a lemon to your henna dye mixture.
Henna might stain your tub or sink, so make sure you wash the stains immediately.
2. Dried Red Hibiscus Powder for burgundy or mild red colour
Dried red hibiscus powder can be either applied alone or mixed with henna powder. Even though you are using red hibiscus powder, it will result in a reddish purple shade, so it will be best if you expect to see a burgundy hair color.
DIY Hair Coloring Guide | Step By Step Instructions To Color Your Hair At Home
A good set of tools including brushes and mixing bowl is necessary to help yourself if you dye your hair at home
3. Dried Amla Powder for dark black hair
Amla is the fruit known as the Indian gooseberry, and it has amazing health benefits. They are especially known for their use in Ayurvedic medicines as a herbal ingredient, and also for their use in natural ayurvedic hair care products.
Amla is especially good if you are looking to darken your hair to black. Adding the amla powder to henna will darken your hair to a great extent. If you have natural black or dark brown hair, you can make it look perfect black with the help of amla powder.
Amla or the Indian gooseberry has many health benefits and applying amla powder can promote the growth of healthy hair naturally.
4. Ground Coffee Powder
Brew the coffee using ground coffee powder and allow it cool. When the coffee is at room temperature, shampoo your hair, rinse well and then pour the coffee. Make sure the hair is completely washed off with your favourite coffee. Wear the shower cap and let the coffee in your hair for about half an hour before you rinse it out.
Coffee powder can help your hair dye naturally to a chocolate brown shade. Apply it more often if you want a more deep brown colour.
5. Black Tea
Just like coffee, you can use filtered black tea to dye your hair naturally. Washing your hair with black tea can help you achieve natural beautiful, brown hair.
Till now we have read about the natural dyes that can colour your hair to dark brown, black or mild reddish burgundy shades. Now let us see some natural dyes that will result in some exotic colours like light orange, purple or even blue shades.
6. Natural Purple Hair Dye From Beetroot Juice And Carrot Juice
Beetroot juice alone can give a purple shade to blonde hairs, while carrot juice can impart a light orange tone to the blonde coloured hairs. You can either use pure filtered beetroot juice or carrot juice or use an equal mixture of both to get reddish purple tones in your hair.
The reason why I have entered this together is that they are often used together to dye the hair. If you want a stronger color that lasts long, you can boil the juice for sometime, cool off the mixture to room temperature and then use this liquid to rinse your hair.
7. Natural Purple Blue Hair Dye From Red Cabbage Juice
Red cabbage is an edible food dye which can also dye your hair naturally. Boil the shredded red cabbage in little water for sometime, then filter the boiled liquid and use it to wash your hair for a purple blue shade.
When you use vegetable juices, the colours will be more stronger and lasts long if you boil the juices for a longer time. The colour will also depend on how long you allow the natural dye to stay in your hair. You can wash off with pure water after allowing the dye to stay in your hair for at least half an hour.
If you want to shampoo your hair afterwards, try to stick with a mild shampoo.
8. Blue Clitoria Flowers Or Butterfly Pea Flowers
Blue butterfly pea flowers also known as clitoria flowers are natural herbs with wonderful health benefits. These tropical flowers are produced in climbers, the roots and leaves of which are also known to have many health benefits. They are actually used in many ayurvedic medicines. The use of this herb is believed to prevent Alzheimer's and studies are going on to find out the possibilities in this matter.
Whatever the health benefits of this amazing herb, the beautiful blue flowers are excellent natural dyes. Just like the red cabbage, you can boil them in water and then filter the water and use it to rinse your hair to produce a purple blue tone in your hair.
These flowers are also used in many Asian countries to add blue colour to certain drinks. So the dye from these flowers is actually an edible food dye too.
9. Natural Indigo Plant Leaves Dye
Most of the indigo dyes you find in the market are the artificial dyes made of chemicals. However, all natural indigo dye can be extracted from the indigo plants' leaves. If you are using natural products and would love to use the natural indigo dye, it is important to make sure you are buying the right indigo dye made of plant leaves.
The dye has a deep blue shade, and if you wish, you can use this along with the Henna powder for a darker shade of hair.
Note: The indigo leaves dye is suggested by a reader of the hub, which I appreciate very much!
Apparently, you can use sage tea and chamomile tea to lighten the colours. You can also use citrus juices like lemon juice or orange juice to lighten the highlights, even if you have dyed your hair using artificial hair dyes. If you want darker shades of the colours, don't use the citrus juices.
To get a deeper color that lasts long, prepare the natural hair dye mixture and keep it overnight before applying to your hair hair.
Since the natural hair dyes usually result in subtle shades of colours, you can apply the dye twice a week or more until the desired color is achieved.
While all these natural dyes have their own unique shades of colour, the colour of your hair after applying these will also depend on your natural hair colour. For example, there will be slight differences when you apply these dyes to naturally dark hair types like black or brown hair and light coloured hair types like blonde hair.
See the below YouTube video which shows how to apply henna to your hair by yourself.
HD video from YouTube that shows how to apply henna on hair
If you know any natural dyes that are not in this list, please feel free to mention those in the comment section!