7 Herbal Hair Dyes To Prepare At Home

Written by , BA Hons Indrani Karmakar BA Hons linkedin_icon Experience: 2.5 years
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Hair coloring has always been on the top shelf of our bucket list! The only thought that holds us back is probable after-effects of chemical colors that include damaged, frayed, and thinning hair. But all thanks to herbal hair dyes, these organic ingredients will only make your hair stronger and healthier! Hair dye is not something the millennials cooked up and has been applied through generations. Whether maintaining their original hair color, adding highlights, or bleaching them, herbal recipes can do all of that while keeping your hair shiny and glossy. Here are a few homemade dye recipes to add that perky look to your tresses that you had been waiting for.

1. Beetroot Dye For Natural Burgundy Color

Beetroot Dye For Natural Burgundy Color
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Burgundy hair color has been among the forever favorites of people who like coloring their hair but don’t want to make it look too obvious. Here is everything you need to make burgundy hair color at home.

You Will Need

  • Beetroot
  • Carrier Oil

Prep-Time

  • 4-5 minutes

Processing Time

  • 60 Minutes

How To Make

Take the grated beetroot and mix it in the carrier oil. Apply the mixture on your whole hair and cover your head with a plastic bag or shower cap. Let it rest for an hour, and then wash it away. Repeat it once a month to maintain the color.

2. Carrot Orange Dye

Carrot Orange Dye
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Carrot dye gives you an orange tinge that goes well with bleached hair.

You Will Need

  • Carrots
  • Carrier Oil

Prep-Time

  • 4-5 minutes

Processing Time

  • 60 Minutes

How To Make

Mix the grated carrot in a carrier oil and apply it all over your hair. Once your whole hair is colored, place a plastic cap over it and let it sit for an hour. Rinse it gently and dry your hair. Repeat it once every month.

3. Lemon Hair Bleach

Lemon Hair Bleach
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Lemon dye is a natural bleaching agent that removes your natural hair color to allow other colors to seep in.

You Will Need

  • 2 parts lemon juice
  • 1 part water
  • A spray bottle

Prep-Time

  • 2-3 minutes

Processing Time

  • 60 Minutes

How To Make

Mix 2 spoons of lemon juice in one spoon of water and fill it in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture all over your hair. Apply this once a week and see the natural color of your hair lighten away gradually. You let it sun dry or blow-dry your hair.

4. Coffee Brown Dye

Coffee Brown Dye
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If you are sulking over a bottle of coffee that no longer has the aroma, we can teach you how to make a brown hair dye with it!

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon coffee
  • 1 cup water

Prep-Time

  • 15-20 minutes

Processing Time

  • 5 minutes

How To Make

Mix the coffee powder in water and set it to boil until it is reduced to half. Let it cool, and keep the dye in a cup. Shampoo your hair as usual, and use the decoction to rinse your hair at last. Applying it twice a week will give a brown tinge to your hair and cover your browns.

5. Henna Dye

Henna Dye
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Henna is one of the most preferred options of hair dying that nourishes the hair and gives it a natural shine.

You Will Need

  • 1 cup henna
  • 1 cup water

Prep-Time

  • 5 minutes

Processing Time

  • 2 hours or more

How To Make

Mix the henna powder and water in a bowl till it becomes a paste. Apply the mixture from hair to tips and let it sit for more than an hour. It is ideal to wait until the henna dries up, but that could take 4 hours. Cover it with plastic to avoid the excess dripping, and then wash it out and condition your hair gently. You can use henna once a month to retain the color.

6. Cinnamon Red Dye

Cinnamon Red Dye
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Cinnamon dye lightens your natural hair color and gives it a reddish tinge. It is ideal for those with natural pitch-black hair who want to change their hair color.

You Will Need

  • Half a cup of cinnamon powder
  • Half cup conditioner

Prep-Time

  • 5 minutes

Processing Time

  • 60 minutes

How To Make

Mix cinnamon powder and your conditioner in a bowl and apply it to your hair. Let it rest for an hour, then wash it with tepid water. Using this twice a month will give your hair a reddish tinge.

7. Saffron Dye

Saffron Dye
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If you don’t want to use henna, this homemade black dye will help you cover your greys in no time.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon saffron
  • 2 cups water

Prep-Time

  • 20 minutes

Processing Time

  • 2 hours

How To Make

Start by boiling the saffron in water for 20 minutes. Let it cool, and then apply it all over your hair from root to scalp. Let it rest for up to 2 hours and then wash it with a gentle shampoo and condition your hair. You can use it once a week on your hair.

So now that you know how fun and easy making homemade dyes can be, coloring your hair is now as easy as making a face pack! A few pointers to keep in mind is, make sure you nourish your hair and give your hair a break from time to time. Some of these herbal ingredients can dry out your hair, so you need to make sure you use deep conditioners and oil your hair regularly.

Have you tried these herbal hair colors before? Let us know about your experience in the comments below!

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Indrani is a writer and artist who likes to add a dash of humor to everything she does. She has two years of experience in writing articles across beauty, health, and lifestyle genres. After graduating in Political Science from Calcutta University, she took a detour into the world of creativity and discovered her knack for social writing, advertising, designing, and...read full bio

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