Natural Hair Dye Methods – How to Dye Your Hair All Naturally

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Natural Hair Dye Methods:

Looking for all natural hair dyes and safe ways to color your hair? Then you are going to love this post! All of the methods for using natural hair dye listed below are 100% natural and all of them are using edible ingredients and herbs!

Many people want to change their hair color to achieve a new look or to cover gray or white hair. But they do not want to use dangerous chemicals that can be hazardous to their health. These are great alternatives to chemical dyes and all of these natural hair dye methods are very effective. I have tried almost all of them myself and they really do work!

Why You Should Use Natural Hair Dye

Chemicals in hair dye have been linked to a variety of very harmful effects. The use of hair dye has been linked to cancer, allergic reactions, and respiratory disorders. You also have to be careful of hair dyes marked as “natural” because they even contain hazardous chemicals such as resorcinol, ammonia or peroxide, and PPD, even if it is a reduced amount. PPD damages the DNA of human cells and often causes allergic reactions. Evidence has shown that those who use hair dye are at an increased risk of developing Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and leukemia.


How Natural Hair Dye Works:

Most of these natural hair dyes work progressively, although some of them have immediate results. The progressive hair dyes typically require being used more than once or repetitively to reach your desired color. Although, even with the natural hair dyes that work progressively, immediate results can still occur even from just one use.

Natural hair dye, such as the black walnut powder is one of the more potent and powerful natural hair dyes. With this natural hair dye the change in color can be quite drastic, if that is your desired result. Coffee is another one of the natural hair dyes that can be observed to make a great difference from just one use also.


How to Test Natural Hair Dye 

Before using these natural hair dye methods you may want to test the natural hair dye you choose on a test strand to see how it will affect your hair color. This may be of particular importance if you have recently used any chemical hair dyes or rinses to test how the natural hair dye will react when applied.



Natural Hair Dye Options:

1. Using lemons

The method of using lemons to lighten or add highlights to hair has been known of for a long time. This all natural hair dye works more slowly over several uses.  The lemon juice acts as a natural bleach and its lightening affects can be intensified by exposing the lemon treated hair to sunlight.

2. Walnuts and black walnuts

The method of black walnut natural hair dye is one of the more powerful ways to color your hair. Black walnuts darken your hair when you use walnut hulls. The dye from black walnuts is very powerful and outer casings tend to stain everything they touch. You can use either the walnut hulls or walnut powder. For the hulls, you would need to crush them and then cover them with boiling water and let them “soak” for three days. Or if you are using black walnut powder, boil water and pour a couple tablespoons of the powder in the water. Let the mixture steep from for a few hours or  longer if you are looking to achieve a darker color. (the longer the mixture soaks and steeps the darker the color will become). I tried this natural hair dye method and it worked great. You can see my before and after pictures. I also wrote down the steps I did for the using black walnut powder.

 3. Coffee

Strongly brewed black coffee can act as a darkening  hair rinse. Let the coffee steep for a longer period of time and then pour the coffee on hair or dip you hair into the coffee mixture.

4. Beet Juice, Carrot Juice

These natural hair dyes can be used to add red tints to your current color. They can be used separately or together.  For natural redheads, this method can boost their color. For those with blonde hair beet juice hair dye can create more of a strawberry blonde shade. This natural hair dye mixture of beet juice  can be used as often as you like to reach your  desired color. Apply the beet and carrot juice mixture to the hair and work it through the hair. The beet juice mixture should be left on the hair for at least 60 minutes.

 5. Sage Tea

Sage tea  is one the oldest techniques for coloring darker hair. The rinse can be made from sage leaves or sage tea bags. The sage tea darkens and deepens brunet hair. This natural hair dye can also be used to cover gray hair. This rinse can be made by steeping the dried herbs in boiling water for one hour or longer depending on your desired shade. You can continue to apply the rinse weekly to also reach your desired color.

6. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is effective for lightening your hair color. Steep the tea bags in boiling water for at least half an hour. After shampooing your hair and towel drying pour the tea over your hair. This can be reapplied to reach your desired color.

7. Black Tea

Black tea acts as a stain to darken your hair color. Brew a strong mixture of black tea from one or a couple of tea bags with boiling water. Let the tea steep for at least half an hour. After you shampoo your hair and towel dry, pour the tea over and through your hair. Some rinse the mixture out and others leave the tea in their hair. To reach your desired shade you can reapply black tea several times.


You can check out my results with black walnut hair dye and our discussion posts about the natural hair dye methods that have worked for others.

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    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Thanks for the comment. I just posted my link on your blog’s link up! Thanks for the invite, love your page!

  1. Susan C says

    Thanks. So when you did your whole head, how long did you leave it on for before rinsing it off? DId you use 5 tablespoons to do your whole head?

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      After I put my hair in a bun I didn’t rinse it for about 12 hours (I did it in the morning and then rinsed it at night). I used the 5 tablespoons to do my whole head, the powder really is quite powerful. To get a darker color you could use more of the powder or just let the mixture steep longer, I saw a few people mentioned online that they let the powder soak in water for 3 days to get a darker shade.

        • Lori, Health Extremist says

          Hi Marly, after I dipped my hair into the mixture, I squeezed it out and just put it up in a bun. It air dried pretty quickly so it didn’t drip on my face at all. But it is probably not necessary to leave it in like I did.

    • Aarti says

      Hi, I was wondering how long does the effect (color) of the walnut stained hair remain. I use henna to cover my greys. I need to appy henna again after about 1 1/2 months when the roots have grown. But since the color of the henna is still there for the rest of the hair length, I just need to color the roots. I am hoping to do the same for walnut.


  2. Susan C says

    I ordered some and am going to try it soon- will report back on how it worked for me. How long did this last for you? Did it gradually wash out or?? Anyone try this on any grey hair?

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Hi Susan,
      Looking forward to finding out how it works for you! Let us know what method you use too. I was just reading that someone let the mixture steep/soak for three days to achieve a darker color! I am surprised I got such a great result from only having it steep for a short time. After about a week it had lightened a little and after that it remained the same. It has now been a couple of months and my hair is still darker than my natural color. Be careful with the mixture as it can dye anything it comes into contact with (such as towels).

      • linda chua says

        I love this black walnut idea, where can I order walnut powder? Can you buy ay whole foods market. If it gets to the skin or face, how I can get rid of the stain???
        If I leave the dye in my hair, can I cover the hair while I am working or cleaning dishes, or leave it open to air.
        I guess you said I do not even have to wash or shampoo. Will the stain in the towel I will used go away after washing??? How about my hands
        After this walnut dye, can I spray my hair with black tea to keep it black every now and then.
        I appreciate your time to answer my questions

        • Lori Klein says

          So far, I haven’t been able to find it in any stores. I ordered it online. When I used it, it didn’t stain my skin at all. Since it is all natural, I left it in while doing other jobs around the house. It may stain your towel. Some use black walnut powder to dye clothing and sheets. You can use a combination of natural hair dye methods, so using the black tea too, shouldn’t be a problem.

  3. says

    im looking for the comment about using coffee for a darker color naturally. i cant find it though ? can you please help me . my hair is blonde and i want to mae it darker……

  4. BarbaraZ says

    I have a lot of pecans and wondering if anyone has tried using pecan hulls for a hair dye. I would love to try it to see if it covers gray. My hair is medium brown.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I haven’t tried it, but that sounds like a great option! I wonder if it would work?, I have seen pecans used as a natural dye for clothing with excellent results. If you do decide to give it a try, we would love to hear your results :)

  5. bubblth says

    Hi Lori,

    I have very very dark brown hair – practically black, but in the sun you can see dark brown shimmer in it. Do you know of a natural substance that can be used as a hair dye that would colour hair black, like pure black, with more of blue or cool overtones as opposed to warm brown?


    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Hi, that’s a great question! Most of the natural hair dyes I have found will darken hair to a medium brown color, such as the coffee, tea, and black walnut hair dye. I don’t know of one that would be able to dye hair black, wish I did! If I come across any other ones I will definitely do a post on it. Henna is another option though, I haven’t tried it myself.

    • Anonymous says

      @bubbith Indigo will get your hair black. You have to use henna first though because indigo won’t stick without the henna first.

    • Lindsay M. says

      I have seen online that some people use indigo to increase the cool tones in their hair. To acuire a deep brown/black, they use a mix of henna and indigo. Some call this mix “hennigo”, or “hendigo.” The more indigo, the darker and cooler the tone. Good luck!

    • Geni says

      Black henna or indigo will turn the hair black completely – IF 100% natural – simple powder. Even over grey hair (I’ve seen my mother do indigo over her completely gray hair) – I’ve bought the box at the indian store where I buy my henna. I’ve been using henna for over 10 years – love the color but more so love that it gives hair a health boost( that was my prime reason to using henna – my hair started to fall like mad and only henna saved it).
      HOWEVER, anyone trying either indigo or henna should know that results will depend on the initial coloring of your hair and color will evolve with repeated use ( I went from dark strawberry blond to cherry wood to deep brown-red color). The indigo after single use did the black with blue tint on box died light-brown – with gray roots. Also warning these dyes do not wash out like box color and after couple of repeated dying box color will not take (I’ve tried to do lowlights on my red and after 1.5 hours of sitting with the box color in it just washed off and my henna color remained intact.
      Also a friendly advice – do not believe hair professionals who will promise to “strip” the henna or indigo out of your hair – all you will have is fried dead hair worse than after bad perm and color will still be in – dull but there. That is also based on experience (indigo).
      My hair dresser refused strip the hair of henna when I asked, she honestly said that she will only kill the hair and it won’t do anything. Perm by the way doesn’t take on henna-ed hair either.
      If you want an excellent coverage, and after trying on a small strand don’t mind the color that henna or indigo gives you that’s the best choice you can make for your hair in terms of dying it. If, however, you don’t like the color after testing, please don’t try it.
      Hope this helps.

    • Nashmah Mamoon says

      You could also try using oils like mustard or coconut oil. My dad had brown hair as a child & he kept using oils to make it darker cuz he didn’t like it. Now it’s pure black! But if you have blonde or red hair (any light color) then I don’t think it will work for you. Hope I could help!😃

      • Anonymous says

        Nashmah Mamoon, how did your father use the oils? Directly on the scalp or on the entire hair? I have so much white hair (70-75%) and the rest is deep brown, almost black anda i would lime to stop coloring. How long did your father use the oils to get natural hair color back? And wuch oil (mustard or coconut) gave him the best results?
        Thanks a lot!

        • Nashmah says

          Both coconut & mustard oil is good but I suggest coconut oil since it smells nice as opposed to mustard oil which I don’t like the smell of. You should apply on entire hair, then all of it will darken not just the roots. I’m not sure how long he did it but try applying until you get visible results. That’s why you’ll see most Asians (Indian, Bengali, etc.) have nice long black hair since they use coconut oil a lot. Also it’s better than coloring since oils HELP your hair. Hope I helped 😊

  6. says

    I have used tea as I add it to powdered henna. I add a few drops of essential oils and/or argan oil with hot water or hot spiced tea to the powder. It was a bit messy the first few times but now its easy-peasy. Smells great depending on the oil I add…like tee tree- very potent and it tingles. Thanks for the other suggestions :)

  7. says

    These are great suggestions, but it’s important to note that natural and vegetable dyes like henna and the others listed above alter the hair and should not be used with professional or boxed hair dyes. While this will not be an issue for most people who are remaining natural, those who are experimenting and do not like the results should know that they should not use box color over natural dyes if they find they don’t like the results. When using professional or box color over natural dyes, you could get an extreme variety of results with the color instead of the predicted colors. If your henna is not 100% natural and you put professional or box color over it, you could also cause serious damage to the hair.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Thanks for sharing that’s a great point! It’s always best to do a strand test first too.

    • Anonymous says

      U r totally right .
      I have been using henna “red” for years and everytime i want to lighten my hair the red color is always there !!
      I do regret sing henna.

  8. Erin says

    I have been wanting to try something natural! I’m so glad I found this :) If you try one and you don’t like it or it doesn’t give you the results you want, how long should you wait to try something else? Thanks!

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      For these, I tried a couple of them one right after the other by trying one each day just washing my hair in between. Although, some of them work better when used consistently until the desired color is reached, so you may want to give it a week or two before determining how it worked. :)

  9. Annelise says

    I have bleached, blonde hair, and just tried the beet juice technique, but I came out of the shower with blonde hair again! I bought 4 small beets, and for lack of a juicer (maybe a problem), processed them with lemon juice (which I was thinking would help it soak in, but may have done something else or nothing). The paste was applied to all of my hair and wrapped up for at least 4hrs. Before the shower, it was a pale magenta, and after, blonde. Why?!
    Thank you

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      How did you process them, in a food processor or blender, maybe it wasn’t as strong as it is with a juicer? I juiced the carrots and beets together, I also don’t have color treated hair though, so not sure if that can be influencing it.

  10. Nomit Rawat says

    I have black hair…I wanted to know wether i could use beetor carrot juice for shades other than black!

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      The beet and carrot juice may add a slight tint to black hair, but I think the color change is most noticeable on those with lighter hair color. I have medium brown hair and it did add a nice reddish tone.

  11. Victoria says

    I recently bought some black walnut hull powder and some beet powder from the bulk section of my food co-op. While looking online for coloring techniques, I found this great post. One suggestion I’d make for those of us with grey (or silver in my case) hair is to follow the PH rule. Hair is naturally acidic to fight bacteria, etc. Hair dye usually employs ammonia to force color in, but it’s really bad for the hair. What I read was this:

    “The second, more natural method is to suspend the hair in a substance that acts as a moisturizer. This softens the cuticle and, because it does not take the hair as far from its natural pH, causes it to open rather than swell.”

    I think the solution is to use coconut oil as the base. It is highly moisturizing, and it’s viscosity will make it easier to apply to the hair using a color brush (you can pick them up cheap from beauty supply stores or online). I am going to try melting down some oil, then adding in the powder and letting it steep overnight. I’ll then put the oil on my hair, wrap it in plastic and keep it on for a while. If this covers my grays, I think I will then apply beet powder with coconut oil for a bright red sheen on top. Here’s hoping!!!

  12. Anonymous says

    If you use henna ,then you can’t use box color again until you strip your hair.that’s just a warning.i would love to try natural dye,but for how long will the color last?

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      The color lasted about a few months. After the first month the color started lightening.

  13. Alissa says

    I googled black walnut tree and found a study done about toxicity of this tree.Just look up juglone,it is the name of the toxic component,so be careful not all herbs and plants are safe.

  14. Yoli says

    Hi Lori, I tried this for the second time. I let it steep over night and put it in a spray bottle. I sprayed my hair till wet, then went outside and let it dry.

    My question is, do you think you can add natural gelatin to make it more of a paste?

    Sad to say, it still did not cover my gray hairs on my bangs.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Sorry to hear it didn’t work. I have heard mixed results of it being able to cover greys. That sounds like a great idea to try. I have also read of some adding salt to the mixture, but I haven’t tried it and I’m not sure how this would change the results.

  15. Ivana says

    Thank you so much for this article! After living in Florida, my naturally brown hair got this ugly reddish-faded color. Today I poured a black coffee over my hair for several times and it did wonders!! So happy :)

  16. Donna Edmonds says

    At what point in using the black tea/sage rinse do you apply conditioner? Is it safe for the hair and scalp to leave the tea rinse and not wash it out?

  17. Erin says

    Hi! I have light blonde hair and I wan to dye it just a little darker. Like dirty blonde. Which natural dye should I use? I have some chamomile laying around the house but I don’t want to risk going too dark!

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I don’t think that would make it too dark, you could put it in and leave it in for a shorter time only 10 minutes.

  18. Fariba says

    My name is fariba,I am using the contents.
    I am an Iranian,I remember that our grand mothers used those herbs and may aunt used
    specially of water lemon put on hair overnight,she had Idea strengthens the hairs .

    • Anonymous says

      Hi Fariba..
      I’m Persian too and wondering if there is any kind of “old school ” recipes for grey hair

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I have read that as well. I should have mentioned that for very light hair it can have a darkening effect.

  19. whittney says

    I’m dark headed with red tint but I have grey. Can I still achieve that color. I just hate the damage my scalp gets from all the chemicals in the store stuff.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I have medium brown hair and I was able to darken mine. But, for those with very dark hair (almost black), I don’t think these colors would be dark enough.

  20. says

    I’ve used chammomile tea to add highlights for years. It definitely does not make the hair darker, it makes it lighter. I steeped the tea (2 bags to 1 cup water) until it was cool enough to pour on my head. Pour it over a big bowl or stopped sink so you can be sure all the hair is soaked. I suppose you could use a brush to paint streaks. Then let dry. Doesn’t smell bad. Or add conditioner, coconut oil or honey and then wash it.

  21. Jamee says

    I use Light Mountain hair color and love the results! I always put about 3 tbsp of distilled white vinegar and a tbsp of nutmeg (adds to the effects). I know some people don’t care for the smell but I love that as well…smells like walking through a field of fresh cut hay :) It is a bit messy, but I’ve got it down to an art now, so to speak. I’d take the smell of hay and messiness over harsh chemicals any day!

  22. says

    Chamomile will not darken your hair. (unless it’s white) I’ve been using chamomile tea for years to give it a sort of sun-kissed look. It brings out the highlights and lightens it a tad. I put 4 bags in 4 cups of boiling water, then let it steep until it was cool enough to pour on my head. Pour in on over the sink with the plug in, so you can be sure your whole head gets wetted. Or you could pain it on as highlights. Let it dry, et voila! Or you could add conditioner, coconut oil, or honey and rinse it after a half an hour or so.

  23. Nicola Prosch says

    I like the idea for using beet juice to die your hair. It would be really nice if you could post a how-to video of you dieing your hair.


  24. T says

    Hi there,

    I’m New to this hair dyeing game. I have hair slightly darker then u had originally, and just starting see a few white/grey hairs. Tried using chamomile nd lemon juice, but it didn’t seem tdo anything. Thiking about using henna owalnut powder in spottle,
    A. Convenience , with 2 little one around

    B. Pregnancy safe. (Heard to avoid sage)

    Would I use this weekly or daily or what would u recommend.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      The teas are pretty easy to use and not too messy. I would only use those that are say to eat while pregnant. I used them weekly because it helped the color rich a darker tone.

    • Lori Klein says

      I’ve had a few comments on my post that the black walnut hair dye has helped to cover greys and white hair.

  25. Tammy Bogdane says

    Hello, I have used henna twice to achieve a natural medium/dark brown colour which I absolutely love. I am debating trying beets with my henna to try achieve a burgundy colour. I absolutely would not want the orangey reddish colour but am hoping for a dark burgundy-red colour. Do you think I would be able to achieve this with beet? (if you google burgundy hair, you will see the colour i am trying to achieve, though I understand with a natural source it likely would not be so vibrant.) Do you think this colour is possible or would you have any suggestions to get this colour? currently the henna I use is called Caca Noir by a company called Lush. Please let me know your thoughts!! Thanks!!

    • Lori Klein says

      I’ve never tried using henna before so, I’m not sure how the two will react, but let us know if you give it a try. :)

  26. lamara says

    question what type of dye would you reccomend to use on coarse kinky curly african american dark hair? trying to go to a honey blonde or burnt orange c olor.

    I ve had my hair dyed before a year ago but trying to stay natural.

  27. Anonymous says

    i have a lot of grays witch im try to grow out and not use box hair dye witch have thin out my hair now i look like a skunk lol so i want to use some thing natural my hair is brown well some of it lol what do u sugest

    • Lori Klein says

      Some have seen good results using the black walnut powder. You can check out their comments above. :)

  28. suki says

    I have read all the comments of using natural stuff to lighten hair. I have heard that henna is safe for the hair but I am kind of leery of which henna is best. I have heard and read to make sure that you get 100 percent henna and there are many companies who sell it and are not USDA organic. I have looked online for henna but there are so many to choose from. I don’t anyone who has used henna and can recommend a company who sells it. I would like to use henna but am kinda afraid to use it since I have sensitive skin, can you recommend a henna company that is really safe.

    I would really appreciate it, thanks :)

    • Lori Klein says

      I have never used henna before, but it does seem like another great option for a natural hair dye. Hopeful someone that has tried henna will be able to share a brand they like. :)

      • Anne marie says

        I used to use a brand of Henna called Henna Colora. I used their colour RED SUNSET to get a bright shimmery copper orange colour. The only thing I found is that henna does not lighten or fade – AT ALL. If you are the type that likes to experiment and change their hair colour a lot, I would avoid henna. You cannot dye over it with commercial dyes unless you want wicked witch of the west green hair and it takes several bleaches to get it to a banana yellow shade that can be dyed over.

        However the good thing is that if you have a problem with split ends, henna strengthens the hair and fills in the “cracks” in your hair, essentially gluing your hair follicle in place and preventing split ends.

        Also henna Colora makes a clear shade that does not add colour but still strengthens the hair.

        henna colora can be hard to find but I have also seen a very good henna hair colouring product for sale at the Body Shop in Canada.

        • Lori Klein says

          Very interesting! Thanks for sharing all that helpful info about henna! I’ve always wondered about trying it.

  29. Vicki says

    I have had some success using herbs and about 1/2 cup of cheap conditioner. I mixed 3 capsules of ginger, some paprika to hopefully add in missing red pigments to gray hair, and some turmeric. I’m not sure if the paprika helped it look blonde or not, but the gray was subtly stained a blonde. Too much turmeric looks too yellow though. It’s fun to just experiment since it washes out after a couple washings. Some of the grays look blonder than others. I also washed hair first then applied the herbal conditioner, and sat under a plastic cap about 30 minutes, then rinsed. A leave in might work better, so I intend to do that next with water.

  30. Lorna Wright says

    Very informative piece of information for me . I have been searching for the real natural way to die my grays for sometimes now, and I think I finally found the answer. I surley going to try the coffee method and as time goes by I will try the rest
    Thank you my problem have been solve.

  31. ajne says

    Hey I have a question…

    If you were to mix black walnut powder into conditioner – without soaking it in boiling water first just powder and conditioner – woudl that dye your hair or do you have to mix the powder with boiling water to release the dye? I have been looking for something to dye my dark blonde hair a dark brown but want to stick with a natural product. I have found that rince type dyes dont work as well for my hair because my hair is very thick and it is hard to ensure the rince is evenly distributed.

    • Lori Klein says

      I think it would need to be released in the boiling water, but it may be worth a try with just mixing it in conditioner. Let us know how it works if you give it a try!

  32. michelle says

    i have very dark brown hair (almost black) and got it highlighted a few months ago and i was wondering if chamomile tea will help brighten the dyed hair as well. i don’t want to have another expensive salon appointment and damage my hair with more product so i am looking for a natural way to help enhance the colour that is already there.

    • Ajne says

      If you have very dark highlighted hair, I have somethign that might work. You know that purple / blue shampoo? There are many different brands that have something like this on the market, the brand is not important as they all work equally well.

      Blue shampoos are great for highlighted hair as they remove the brassiness from light coloured, greying or highlighted hair. I used to use it all the time when I was platinum to keep that crisp white. The onyl problem with it is that on lighted hair it can build up and give the hair a lavendar hue but if your hair is very dark you wont have that problem.

      All I used to do was add a squirt of the purple shampoo to my regular shampoo. For it to work the best to make dull blonde hair vibrant is the leave it on a few minutes rathe rthan lathering and washing off right away.

      One time I even used it to add purple highlights in my hair by putting the shampoo full strength on sections wrapped with foil like they would in a salon and left it on for a few hours. It was subtle but noticeable on platinum hair.

  33. Sam says

    Hi Lori – I have grown my hair out and am now back to my natural hair colour which is a light mousey brown. I am going to a festival next week and I wanted to add some colour to it but I’d like to go back to my natural colour afterwards.
    I was hoping to go a pinky/red shade by using the beetroot dye – do you think it would cover ok & also how long would it last as like I said I’m hoping to get my natural colour back so would it wash in/wash out?

    • Lori Klein says

      Hi Sam, the beetroot dye works great when you just do it, but it doesn’t last long. It seemed to wash out for me after two shampoos, if I didn’t keep reapplying it. So, it will probably work great for what you’re looking for!

  34. Samantha says

    Hi! I was wondering if the beet and carrot juices would work on dark hair! My hair is a few shades from black but I’d LOVE to have my hair red! Thank you :)

    • ajnemajrje says

      As a former hairdresser and colourist I would have to say that even with professional lightening products, lightening black-black hair even a small degree is extremely hard and usually goes to a brassy orange colour that most people dont like. Imho, I think that brassy colour actually looks nice in black hair but not many people like it.

      The only thing I could suggest – and this sits on the border of natural and chemical products – would be to use something like a product we had in the eighties called Sun-In. I believe it was lemon juice and peroxide. You sprayed it into your hair and sat in the sun (or blow dried your hair as the heat from the blow drier activated it as well). I dont have an exact recipe but I do know I found one online a while back.

      My own hair is light brown / dark blonde and this product gave my hair a sun kissed look which could possibly work on your haircolour as well if your hair gets sun bleached in the summer.

      Hope this helps.

    • Ajne says

      I have had luck lightening my hair with lemon juice. Just wet your hair down with lemon juice until damp but not quite dripping and sit out in the sun.

      Make sure though that if you do this to make sure to condition your hair well afterwards as the lemon juice can be a little drying.

  35. says

    Hi thank you for all your comments and a wonderful post! I have been using henna in my hair for about a year now and I will never go back to anything full of chemicals again. I recently wrote a post about my experience with henna and it includes my recipe and pictures. Today I added beet powder for the first time just to change things up for the holidays coming. I hope it turns out brighter red ! Here is my post about henna.

  36. Christine says

    I have gray hair and dye my hair blond every 4 weeks. Blonde was my natural color and started turning gray in my twenties, and I’m 44 now. When coloring my hair, the white in my hair gives me nice highlights. I need something that’s going to turn my gray roots to blonde. Any suggestions?

  37. swana says

    hi there, i do see alot of options to dye hair colour darker but i actually have black hair an wanted to see if you know a way to turn my black hair to a dark brown colour naturally?

  38. Chrissie Holland says

    I started drinking one and a half tablespoon of cider vinegar with hot water (one a day) for the health nutrients it contained. After a few weeks I noticed that my hair was growing faster than it ever had in my life. Everyone noticed how fast my hair had grown. I use the cloudy type that you buy in health shops as supermarket version is processed and clear. Not a good idea to drink too much of it (as with most things, it’s moderation). Love your site. Thank you. I now need to find a natural colour to soften my bleached blonde hair, as it’s looking brassy now that it’s grown long. I will try the camomile, but will it slightly darken it for me?.

  39. Anonymous says

    Hello, i am 14 year old and a guy my hair is black and i want them to be light golden is it possible ?

    • Lori says

      I’ve used the lemon before and it has lighted my medium brown hair. But only a few shades. I’m not sure if it would be strong enough to bring black to light golden. Let us know if you give it a try.

    • Ajne says

      The darker your hair is the more likely that to lighten even a few shades you will need to go with chemicals. There are products on the market that have `less harsh` formulations and some are ammonia fre but they might not work with very dark hair.

      Also when dealign with black hair you have to be very patient, if you want to get a light blonde, you will have to lighten your hair past the brassy bronze colour that will probably scare you. If you are using the more natural dyes you might want to try one application, see if the results are what you want and then repeat the process until the colour is what you want.

      Personally (from experience as a former hairdresser) that could take a while. I have taken black hair from natural to platinum but it was a multistep process (over a few days goving the guys hair and scalp a rest in between) and we had to use bleach as it was strong enough to get the job done.

  40. Tracy says

    Hi there,

    I have bleached blond hair and have been using purple tinted shampoos for years to help counteract the brassiness that bleaching causes. Now that I have switched to the “no poo” method I am wondering if there are any natural ways to get that purple tint in a rinse? Any suggestions would be highly appreciated!

  41. m farha says

    hello der!
    I ve got jet black hair and to be frank, I am quite bored with this colour. I tried colouring with beet and carrot juice, but it didnt work. Plz do suggest me some natural tips for colouring my hair naturally.

    • Lori says

      Since your hair is jet black, I can see why those didn’t make much of a difference. You may want to look into using lemon juice (if you’re looking to lighten your hair).

  42. Lucy Spadett says

    Hi, I was just wondering if the lemon juice dye; I have had anaphylaxis before, and so my husband said that I should check up with you quickly before I actually did anything. Will it be alright for me to use this?

  43. Juanita says

    Hi! Just wanted to share something regarding the chamomile tea; my mother is from Germany and they have been using chamomile tea on hair for centuries. It doesn’t lighten blonde hair, per se, what it does is adds an ash tone to blonde hair. Warmer tones are achieved with beets and strawberries and cooler (ash) tones are achieved with teas. I have ash blonde hair, so I like to add warmer tones to mine. As a caution, one should be careful not to overdo as tea can create a “greenish” color which is very noticeable in photographs! 😀

  44. Anne says

    So I want to lighten my brunette hair. Would chamomile and mint tea work? Or does the tea have to be only chamomile? Thanks for reading!

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