Ditch The Hair Chemicals
Homemade hair dye is easier than you think. If you’re looking to ditch chemical salon solutions to do it yourself naturally, this is the article for you!
Here’s the basic method. Chop or mash your herbal material. You can use fresh or dried for most applications, though specifics are noted with certain herbs. The smaller the material is, the more surface area can be exposed to hair, and therefore, creates a stronger and darker dye.
Make a paste by mixing the herbs with some hot water. Add a small amount of water at a time until you get a thick paste the consistency of toothpaste. Hot water will open the pores of the herbs and allow more color to be released.
For colors that require making a tea, use a large amount of herbs – ½ cup of herbs to 2 cups water. Use hot water and steep as long as it takes to cool off. Strain herbs out and transfer tea to a squirt bottle to make application easier.
If you’re using a tea, squirt onto scalp and hair, repeating until tea is gone. Twist hair, secure on top of the head and cover with a damp towel or shower cap. If using a paste, apply the paste to the roots and cover with a damp towel or shower cap.
For both types of preparation, leave on for a half hour or so and rinse out. I suggest doing it in the shower or over a bathtub because it can make quite a mess.
If possible, dry your hair in the sun. It will give it more natural highlights.
Most of these dyes are semi-permanent. They will last a few weeks. Hair usually grows out faster than color fades. To keep the color, reapply a few times per month or more.
For brown hair, use a strong black tea or coffee solution.
You can also make a tea from nettle, rosemary, and sage. Sage has long been used to cover gray hair. Use it weekly to get better coverage on gray that keeps coming back.
For red hair, nothing beats tomato juice. Massage a generous amount into hair, lightly squeeze out any excess and then pile on top of the head. Cover with a plastic bag or shower cap, and leave on for at least 30 minutes.
Looking for a few highlights? Try fresh-squeezed lemon juice sprayed and brushed through hair. Leave on for several hours. If you sit in the sun, you’ll notice more lightening. Blondes can enjoy even more lightening by mixing with chamomile tea. Lemon juice works slowly, so expect to repeat applications several times before seeing results.