The other day I walked by a mirror and the lighting was just right, WHOA- where did all that grey hair come from! It hit me- I’m finally getting getting grey- I guess I’m lucky that the first grey hairs are showing up at 54 years. Normally I wouldn’t much care- but I went on a job interview the other day and I was old enough to be the mother of everyone who worked there. Unfortunately our society favors youth- and when you are in the job market- you don’t want them thinking you are about to retire!
For me personally, coloring your hair is expensive and a hassle to take care of. I don’t want to look in the mirror and freak out because the roots are showing- don’t want to have to make that quick run to hairdresser or store to buy products. Plus, everything in my house has to have a dual purpose, which is why natural and homemade hair dyes can work for me. The ingredients are readily available and can be used for other things like cooking!
Check out the below recipes for homemade hair dyes:
Before you start- It may take some time for anything to take effect. Always use gloves. You might have to experiment with colors to get the desired look. It would be best if you experimented with a small test sample first
Wash your hair with one of the following rinses. Pour the selected rinse through your hair 15 times, re-rinsing with the same liquid. On the final rinse, wring hair, and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing with clear water.
Lemon and Water- Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice in 1 gallon warm water.
Tea, Yogurt and Oil-6 chamomile tea bags, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, lavender oil
- Bring one cup of water to boil and steep tea bags for 15 minutes. Discard teabags. Combine yogurt and 7 drops of lavender oil with chamomile tea, mix thoroughly. Apply the mixture to dry hair, working through to ends. Cover head in plastic wrap and condition for thirty minutes. Shampoo hair.
Blonde Highlights- 1 cup lemon juice, 3 cups chamomile tea (brewed and cooled)
Lemons, and Flowers
- 2 whole uncut fresh lemons (squeezed & strained for juice)
- 2/3 ounces or 20 grams of marigold flowers (you can buy at health food store)
- 2/3 ounces or 20 grams of chamomile flowers (buy at health food store)
- 1 – 1 1/4 ounces or 30 grams of finely chopped or powdered rhubarb root ((grocery store or heath food store)
- 2 ounces or 50 grams of acacia honey (health food store)
- 1 pint or 1/2 liter cider vinegar
- 2 ounces or 50 grams of 95% proof liqueur alcohol (liquor store).
Flowers and herbs with yellow blossoms are almost all viable options for blond dyes, though chamomile is probably the most widely used. Other examples include yellow broom flowers, calendula, turmeric and saffron. Lemon juice is another popular natural lightening agent, while rhubarb root creates a rich, honey tint.
Walnut Husk and Water
Walnut Husk, Water and Spices: To prepare the dark juice, first crush the hulls in a mortar, cover them with boiling water and a pinch of salt, and let them “soak” for three days. Then add three cups of boiling water and simmer the hulls, in a nonmetal container, for five hours (replacing the water as it steams away). Strain off the liquid, place the walnut hulls in a cloth sack, and twist it tightly to wring out all remaining juice. Finally, return the expressed liquid to the pot and reduce it, by boiling, to about a quarter of its original volume. The resulting brew can then be used to whip up a rich walnut dye, as follows.
Add a teaspoon of ground cloves or allspice to the prepared extract. Allow the dye mixture to steep in the refrigerator for about a week (shaking it frequently during that time). When it’s ready for use, strain the liquid (using a piece of cheesecloth) and pour it at least 15 times through freshly shampooed hair before rinsing it out thoroughly.
Rosehips and Cloves Make a strong tea of rosehips or cloves, or use strong black coffee.
Beet and Carrot Juice –1/2 cup beet juice, 1/2 cup carrot juice.
Kool Aid -Mix the powder with a little water and apply to the hair. Allow the mixture to sit on the hair. The timing will depend on how bright you want the color. You can reapply this mixture if you want the red to be darker.
Sage-Simmer 1/2 cup dried sage in 2 cups water for 30 minutes, then steep for several hours. Apply to hair and leave on until dried. Then rinse and dry. Repeat weekly, until desired shade, then monthly to maintain color.
Sage and Rosemary –
Sage- here is a great and natural way to dye hair: Simmer 1/2 cup dried sage in 2 cups water for 30 minutes, then steep for several hours. Apply to hair and leave on until dried. Then rinse and dry. Repeat weekly, until desired shade, then monthly to maintain color.
Tag Alder Bark- hair darkening botanical, but it generally produces a lighter tone than sage, so it’s best when used to darken blond hair or to cover gray in locks that are light to medium brown. To make a tag alder rinse, simmer an ounce of bark chips (your health food store can likely order them from an herb supply firm) in a quart of water for about half an hour, then cool and use it exactly as you would the sage rinse
Henna Powder: Take henna powder, around 4-5 tbsp if you want to apply it only around the area which has gray hair and more if you want to apply to your entire scalp. Make a thin paste of henna powder by adding juice of lemon, a tbsp of curd, a tsp of coffee powder (optional), the water of tea leaves and amla mixture which you prepared earlier. Add ½ tsp of mustard oil in this mixture to avoid dryness. Leave this mixture in an iron vessel for about 2 hours. During winter season you add a finely grounded paste of 2 cloves to elude cold. Apply the mixture on the hair carefully, cover gray hair completely. Leave this on for about 3-4 hours. (Some prefer to keep it overnight.) Then rinse off with water.
Saffron Hair Dye-Saffron 1 pinch Boiling water 500 ml- Soak saffron in water for 10 minutes. Strain and use it on the hair. Grey hair will acquire a rich golden tint.
Henna and Indigo
Coffee, Henna, Egg- Mix coffee powder (1 tsp) in the water and make a paste of henna (200 gm) with the water. Beat the 1 egg yolk and mix this into henna. Also add brandy (1 tsp) to it. Apply the paste and leave it on for 3-4 hours before washing it with lukewarm water.
Mix coffee powder in the water and make a paste of henna with the water. Beat the egg yolk and mix this into henna. Also add brandy to it. Apply the paste and leave it on for 3-4 hours before washing it with lukewarm water.