Looking for a good hair color to match your luscious locks and enhance your personal style? But do you know a chemical hair dye is made up of different combinations of about 5000 hazardous chemicals? Well, that doesn’t mean you need to compromise with your looks. Herbal hair dyes are easy to make and they do not contain ammonia or carcinogens like paraphenylenediamine or PPA. So if you are looking to ditch chemical hair dye and switch to a safer and natural option, keep reading!
1. Blonde Hair
Rhubarb root: 3-4 teaspoons
Water: 4 cups
Rhubarb root is one of the best choice when you need to restore the golden honey tone of your graying blonde strands. Boil about 4 tsp rhubarb root in 3-4 cups of water. After the root has boiled allow it to steep on low flame for 5 minutes. Let it cool. Strain and pour over head. Allow the solution to sit on hair for 5 –10 minutes and then rinse with plain water. For darker blonde you may also try tea made from calendula and chamomile. Alternatively you may also try Oregon grape root in similar way.
2. Brown Hair
Tea or Coffee: 4-5 teaspoons
Water: 4-5 cups
Although there are a number of herbs such as rosemary, sage and nettle that can be used to cover grey strands for those having brown hair but the most preferred options are that of tea and coffee as they offer strong and dark brown color. For dark brown color you just need to make sure that the liquid tea or coffee that you are using is sufficiently concentrated.
Just make a strong tea or black coffee decoction by boiling either one of them on sim flame for 10-15 minutes. Let the liquid cool. Strain and soak your hair in decoction for 20 minutes to half hour. Alternatively, you can mix coffee granules with your hair conditioner and apply to hair. Outer hard shells of walnut when boiled in water also offer dark brown color.
3. Red Hair
Pureed beets: 1 cup
Carrot juice: 1 cup
Vinegar: 2 tablespoons
Red hair isn’t very common but fortunately it is possible to mimic reddish hue with some vegetable juice. Just mix equal quantities of carrot juice and pureed beet. Apply on the hair and cover your hair with a shower cap. Allow it to work on hair for 1 – 2 hours. Wash first with plain water and then give a vinegar rinse. Enjoy the deep rich red shade on your hair. Alternatively you may puree tomato and apply generously on hair. Cover with a shower cap and wash after ½ hour.
Mixed Herbs (Rosemary, sage and nettles)
A light brown shade of hair can be easily be achieved by steeping mixed herbs such as nettles, rosemary and sage in boiling hot water. After the water has cooled strain and pour the water in a spray bottle. Spray this water evenly on hair and allow it to soak for an hour. Rinse with plain water.
5. Black Hair
Henna: 1 cup
Black walnut powder: 2 –3 teaspoons
Henna can be used to cover grey strands but it offers dark brown color. To achieve dark black shade mix 2-3 teaspoons of black walnut powder in henna and make a paste using water. Leave it overnight. Next morning apply this paste on hair and cover your hair with a shower cap. For best results you may also apply heat treatment. Wash your hair with plain water after 1 hour.
Apart from coloring hair, henna is also used as a conditioning agent. It makes hair strong and imparts shine to hair.
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