According to some studies, about 65% of women dye their hair, so hair dyes can be bought in drug stores. However, these products contain a lot of harsh chemicals.
Hair dyes contain more than 5000 different chemicals, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Because of this, it is much safer and wiser to use some natural alternatives, like the following ones:
The henna powder from the henna plant leaves contains a natural coloring pigment which offers great results. When used alone, it gives a red-orange color, and when you mix it with some chamomile, you can soften the color a little bit. Here, we are going to show you how to prepare the paste:
First, mix a cup of henna powder with 2 cups of lemon juice. Then, leave it to sit for about 4 to 6 hours, and apply it on the hair. Then, comb and wrap the hair in a plastic wrap, and leave it for about 2 to 3 hours. Rinse the hair with water.
Using coffee can effectively darken your hair, as well as give it a chocolate color without causing some damage to it. You should brew a strong organic coffee (preferably espresso), then leave it to cool and mix 2 tablespoons of it with 2 cups of leave- in all-natural conditioner.
After you prepare the mixture, apply it on your hair and leave it to act for an hour. Then, rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar for more permanent effects. You can also prepare some coffee rinse.
Shampoo your hair and pour some coffee on it, and leave it for about 20 minutes. First, rinse it with apple cider vinegar and then with warm water. Repeat this procedure for a few days in a row, until you get the wanted color.
There are a lot of herbs which you can use for naturally dying your hair.
For red color, or to add reddish highlight, try calendula, marigold, rosehips and hibiscus. All you need to do is to simmer the herbs in water for half an hour and then strain cool it and pour it on the hair. If it is possible, leave the hair to dry on the sun.
For dark hair color, you should try nettle, sage, or rosemary. Simmer the herb in water for half an hour, strain, cool, and spray/brush through your hair. Leave it to act for an hour and then rinse.
For a blonde nuance, you should try saffron, chamomile, calendula, marigold, and sunflower petals. You may also use rhubarb root for the gray hairs. For some darker colors, add black tea, and for brighter add catnip.
Simmer for half an hour in water, strain, leave it to cool, and pour it over the hair. Then leave it to act for some time, and rinse.
The tea is the best with your natural hair color. If you have lighter hair, use chamomile tea for blondes and rooibos for redheads. In order to go darker and cover your greys, try black tea.
All you need to do is put 3 to 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 your gray hairs, mix in fresh or dried sage open up the hair follicles.
You should leave the tea to act for about an hour, or maybe overnight, and then rinse with warm water.
5. Beet and carrot juice
You can use the juices from these vegetables alone or mixed together. If you want a more red hair, you should add more beet juice. In this way you will get a strawberry blonde, deeper red or auburn. Use more carrot juice if you want a reddish-orange.
All you need to do is apply the juice on your 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 some darker color, you may need to repeat the procedure for a few times.
6. Walnut shells
These are ideal for a dark brown color. You should crush the shells and boil them for half an hour.
Then, strain and cool the liquid and apply it on your hair. After an hour, you should rinse your hair with lukewarm water.
If you want more intense color, boil the strained juice once again, until you get about ¼ of the original volume. After that, put it in the fridge to cool, strain once again and pour it through your hair.
7. Lemon juice
The juice from the lemon is perfect for highlight. You just need to spray it on your hair and then brush it. Leave it like that for a few hours. If you dry your hair on the sun, you will make it lighter, and if you are blonde, you can mix the lemon juice with chamomile for even better results. You will need to repeat this procedure for several times.
So, the next time you plan to make some small change in the color of your hair, head to the pantry instead of the store.