Walnut Hair Dye, How to color your hair with black walnut powder

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Black walnut hair dye (using hull powder)

When I was looking for ways to all naturally darken my hair I came across the method of using black walnut hair dye. At first, I couldn’t find too much information online about how to use black walnut hair dye or if it really worked. So I figured I would try it out myself. At first I tried to buy the actual black walnut husks, but since no one sold them I bought a bag of black walnut powder online. It was about 3 dollars for 8 oz. I was even able to find organic black walnut powder.

walnut hair dye

After the walnut hair dye powder arrived, the next question was how do I make the black walnut hair dye from the powder.  I decided to use a method that is used for dying cloth.

So I boiled a pot of water, took it off the stove and put in 5 tablespoons of black walnut powder. I let this steep for about an hour.

black walnut hair color

Then once my walnut hair dye mixture cooled down, I dipped the ends of my hair in the pot (since this was my first time using it, I only dipped the ends of my hair in to test it out). I let it absorb for about 15 minutes and then just let my hair air dry. (note: After applying the black walnut hair dye I did not even rinse with water.)

walnut hair dye

The black walnut hair dye results:

The walnut hair dye did darken my hair! Yay, success! My hair is a light to medium brown color naturally. The picture above compares my test strand to my natural hair color. It seems it may work even better for someone with a lighter hair color.

To get an even darker color you could try steeping the black walnut hair dye mixture for a longer time.

imgdddd AFTER PICTURE: (This picture was taken 2 days after doing the black walnut hair dye, there is a before picture of me on my about me page with my natural hair color and also on my facebook page).

If you are going to try black walnut hair dye, just note that my hair has not been colored or dyed in anyway, so I’m not sure how doing this on colored hair would work, but I am curious if it would have the same results.

Please leave a comment if you have tried coloring your hair with black walnut powder and let us know how it worked for you!

UPDATE: I have received a few comments from readers who have tried this method and suggested sitting in the sun or using a hair dryer when you have the mixture in your hair. The heat may help increase the ability of the color to stay.

Check out more Natural Hair Dye Methods using Fruit and Herbs!

 

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Comments

  1. says

    This is so interesting. I have been wanting to try some natural hair coloring processes. I bleach my hair blond & want to find an alternative. Thanks for sharing this – at least I know I have an option to go darker.

    • Anonymous says

      Use lemons! They totally work to lighten and naturally bleach! Make juice, soak your hair in it, wrap it in a hair net and go sit in the sun for 30 minutes. Results show and smell delicious!

  2. melissa alder says

    I am very interested in knowing where you found the powder? I would like to try this. I have to have my gray colored and it is expensive to do plus it is so unhealthy. I am anxious to find something to save me money. Thank you for sharing with us :)

    • Lori says

      Hi! I ordered the powder for the black walnut hair dye online from the company mountain rose herb, I saw a couple other places selling it too when I did a google search. I chose them because they had the best price and they had organic. The other two options I found for all naturally coloring hair are sage tea and coffee, which I haven’t tried yet. Please let us know if you try it and how it comes out :)

      • jane says

        Hi – in my country there is no black walnut powder but the tincture is available. Do you think this will do as well? Thanks.

        JaneY

        • Lori, Health Extremist says

          I didn’t know they made a black walnut tincture! Are there any added ingredients to it? I would probably add several drops to a cup of hot water and do it on a test strand to check first.

          • Anaya says

            Hello,
            Would it be effective enough if i use walnut shells instead of hulls to make the dye (hulls are not available here) I want to cover my grey hair.
            Thanks

        • Jennie says

          I have been steeping strong coffee, thickening it with cornstarch and putting it on my hair for about six hours. I do it once a week and it turns my grey hair blond so that it looks pretty good with my brown hair. I only wash my hair with water and apple cider vinegar- there is no residue on my hair and I think this helps. However, it takes 2 or 3 applications to change it. I always have roots, but they don’t show so badly because it is not an abrupt line. Have started making the coffee with sage and rosemary tea, but have yet to see the results. Now, I will try adding some black walnut powder too!

        • Anonymous says

          Same here, and I REAALLY over-brewed it too so that it would extremely strong and dark. It didn’t do a single thing to change the color, tone, darkness of my hair. I’ve seen a lot of success with Walnut Powder though. i’m going to try that next. ^_^

    • says

      Hi, Lori, I found it at Life Grocery, a local co-op here in Marietta, GA….. you can probably find it online at some of the bigger herb companies, as well. Life Grocery sells it in the “bulk” section of their store, you just scoop out what you need into a zip bag and pay for what you need.

  3. alicia says

    I am intrigued with the walnut dye…I wonder if black tea would have the same result. In which its available at walmart.

  4. says

    would love it if you would post a picture of your full head. I have dark brown hair with bits of auburn & have thought about using henna to cover up my increasing amounts of white hairs. Maybe this would work? I wonder if it comes out with a flat color or has the natural look/shine of natural hair color?

    • Brenda says

      I would love to see the ‘after’ pic as well. Like Lisa, I have increasing amounts of white hairs I’d like to cover up and have the exact same questions. Thanks!

    • Lori says

      Thanks for your comments, I just added a picture that I took 2 days after using the black walnut hair dye. It is in the same lighting as the pic on my about me page. The color looks very natural and is not flat at all. I am very happy with the result of it :) I think it is definitely worth a try. The other two natural options I have looked into are sage tea and coffee, but I don’t think they would be as powerful as the walnut.

      • Mrhycannon says

        I died my hair for years.. Recently I decided to darken to my natural shade.. Since I grow herbs, I started with those in my garden.. Sage and Rosemary looked lovely over my dark blonde.. I used them together and separately.. Rosemary was a tad darker strawberry highlights….. They weren’t dark enough so I thought I’d try walnut husk.. I kept thinking how we little girls dyed our doll clothes with walnut husks and other dyes that we made our selves..
        I live in a wooded area that has oodles of black walnut trees.. I don’t use the nuts because of arthritis in my hands.. The husks are easy to break open, especially when they just start turning and if you wash your hands quickly they don’t turn brown.. No matter how you treat them the husks all turn blackish-brown in the end.. I layed the husks out in my drying room and let them dry thoroughly.. Once they are dry they are easy to break into small pieces with no black hands..I love rich color of walnut dye.. I may never tire of using it….. FYI, in the old days indians were played by only white actors.. They used walnut dye to darken their skin….. Enjoy!

        • Cindy says

          We have a ton of black walnut trees on our property – and I have never touched them because of the staining issue. I am very ignorant about them – what part are the husks??? When do they start to turn, spring or fall? Thank you!!!

    • Lori says

      I think the black walnut hair dye is great. It is quite powerful at coloring (it even stained one of my white towels brown) and you can adjust the color depending on how long you let the mixture steep. I just received an email from a woman who said it worked for her to cover her grey hairs. I hope to hear from others who have tried using it to cover greying hair to get a better idea of how well it would work. The other two options I have looked into are coffee and sage tea.

    • Lee says

      Black tea worked really well on giving my dark hair med-light brown color on my greys. I steeped for 45 min, put it in a spray bottle, applied after washing, let it dry, rinsed, conditioned, & it worked great. 4 washes later – it’s still dyed (aside from new hair growth of course). I want my hair darker though, so I’m getting fresh unhulled black walnuts today!

      • Neecyanne Bowersox says

        This is so interesting (and exciting) that black tea has worked and the fact you could just apply it from a spray bottle is great. I wonder if the mixture of black walnut could be strained and applied from a spray bottle also? Has anybody tried it in spray bottle form? I am hoping that I will get feedback although this article is a bit aged since the replies. I feel so behind in the times! Awesome news for people who would like a natural alternative to chemicals! I am hoping to try this soon!

        • Lori, Health Extremist says

          The spray bottle sounds like a great idea, not as messy as the method I used. Let us know if you give it a try!

  5. says

    Hi! Love those results! I’ve dyed my hair red with henna now for a year and wanted to go back brown. Henna leaves my hair smelling like wet grass for about 3 weeks when wet. What kind of smell have you noticed with this? How has the colour stayed/what type of fading was there? I’m excited to hear your answers so I can try it out!

    • Lori says

      Hi, there isn’t any smell once I applied it and my hair dried. But when I first mixed the black walnut hair dye the smell was strong and not too pleasant. I did it about a month ago and my hair is still a couple shades darker then it is naturally. During the first week it lightened a little from what it was right after doing it. (I only let the mixture steep for 1 hour though, so if you wanted to make it darker you could let the mixture steep longer)

  6. Lee says

    Now THIS sounds promising. I have never-dyed off-Black hair and DID do the sage with rosemary dye (you steep it in tea), but it made my grey hair turn med-light brown & looked more like highlights. I also tried an organic black tea dye another time & to me it was darker than the herb-trial. I am FEIGNING for black walnut hulls/powder, bc I have always liked my natural hair color. You have inspired me tremendously & this will be next!!!!!! Any tips for preventing skin staining?

    • Lori says

      Thanks for sharing your results with the herbs and tea, that is great that it worked! The black walnut hair dye is quite powerful at staining, to prevent it from staining my skin I put it in a small plastic bin and kind of dunked my hair into without letting it touch my skin. Then squeezed out my hair and just put it up in a bun to let it air dry. (It permanently stained one of my towels, so just be careful as it may stain anything it comes into contact with)

  7. Susan C says

    This looks great! How much water did you boil? When you say you left it in 15 minutes did you wash it out after that? I’m confused because it also says you let it air dry. How long did you leave it on your hair before rinsing it out?

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Hi Susan, I boiled about 2 cups of water. Sorry that it sounded confusing, what I meant was that I dipped my hair into the mixture and kept it in for 15 minutes. You probably don’t need to do this, I just did it because I wasn’t sure if just pouring it on would work, but the mixture was more powerful than I thought it would be. And then after 15 minutes I took my hair out of the mixture, squeezed out the liquid and put it up in a bun and let it air dry. Hope this helps :)

  8. Marge Sehler says

    Thanks to a lovely elderly friend I was introduced to using crushed black walnut powder on my hair. Her hair had such a natural glow-I had to find out where it came from. I use her recipe. About 2 tsp crushed walnut powder in 1/3 cup water–microwave until water boils–let seep a few minutes–strain through nylon mesh and viola–you’re ready to go. I dilute this by adding water to 3/4 cup and apply it to wet washed hair and style. This adds a soft blond touch to my graying hair, for a darker shade do not diulte. I had to experiment several times to get the proper amount of dilution–and I am thrilled at the outcome and have had several comments on my natural looking hair!!
    I leave any left over in the freezer as it does not retain it’s fresh aroma if it ages.

  9. Ariel H says

    I’d love to try this as I love dark brown hair but have a similar natural colour as yourself. I quit dying my hair a year and a half ago due to the chemicals and upkeep/root growth, so I finally have it all grown out natural.

    I’d love to try this (as a longterm temporary dye), but was wondering how well it fades in case I decide to quit colouring. Have you redyed your own hair? How much does it fade out? If it fades out to a hardly noticable difference between natural I’ll do it, but I don’t want to have to bother with hard colour lines if I decide to go natural again. Thank you!

  10. Wondering says

    Hello, I have tried the Black Walnut Hull Powder 4 times now and I can’t even get it to stain my skin let alone my hair. I ordered the Powder from the supplier you mentioned. I’ve boiled it. I’ve steeped it. I’ve even used one batch left over from a few day previous, boiled it and then added 5 tbsps of new powder to that, steeped it and it did nothing. I applied it to my hair like a store-bought hair dye, no cream or vaseline around my hairline, got it all over my face, let it sit in my hair under a cap for almost an hour and nothing. Rinsed out in the shower, which other blogs say NOT to do because it is so staining and nothing… I was even applying it 3-4x a day to my roots with a mascara brush for a week and there is no noticible difference. What am I missing? Thanks for your time.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Hi, May I ask what your natural hair color is? Do you have any color or highlights? My hair was never color treated or highlighted. When I applied it to my hair I didn’t put it on like a regular hair dye. I put the mixture into a bin and dunked my head in to the bin. So it would not get on my face or skin. I let my hair sit in it for 15 minutes before taking it out. Then put my hair up in a bun and left it alone the rest of the day. The mixture seemed very powerful, it permanently stained a few of my towels and the bin I put the mixture in.

      • Wondering says

        Hello, thanks for responding. My natural hair color is dark brown. I have been using store-bought dyes for about 10 years but wanted to get away from all of the chemicals. I have been having issues with the chemical dyes not dying the roots and barely covering my few greys and then fading quickly, so there may be something about my hair that won’t hold the dye. However, as I said, I applied it quite thickly and it ran all over my skin and didn’t stain anything. I let it sit for almost an hour before I rinsed it. -any help would be much appreciated.

        • Lori, Health Extremist says

          Hmm..The longer the mixture steeps the darker the color should get, however, it will only reach a dark brown shade. Maybe your hair color is close to this color already?. It darkened my hair quite a bit, but my hair is very light brown. I know a few have had to steep the mixture for 3 to 4 days to reach their desired color, but I think you mentioned you tried it after a few days. Maybe trying another natural hair dye such as coffee or black tea may be able to give a darker color.

          • Wondering says

            My hair is a dark brown almost black, and I’m trying to cover up some “silver-linings” that have started encroching. However, the 2 inches of new growth will not hold store-dye or any type or sage/coffee/walnut shell powder. The previously dyed hair will change, but the new growth won’t even change with a commercial dye. However, I can understand that perhaps my hair will just no longer hold to a dye, but why does it not stain my skin. I just tried the walnut powder again today, and left it on for over an hour, didn’t wipe up the spills on my forehead, cheek or neck and it all just rinsed away. Am I not supposed to use a metal pot or …. Thanks again for your time.

            • Lori, Health Extremist says

              My skin wasn’t stained from it at all either, which is strange because there is a lot of information online about walnuts staining skin. It stained my hair and also my towels. I’m not sure if using a metal pot changes the result, I used a glass container but I don’t think it would make a difference. Wish I knew more about how it works.

              Henna might be another option to check out. I haven’t tried it, but from the ingredients it appears to be much better than chemical dyes.
              Hope this helps!

              • Mel says

                Might be the shampoo/conditioner you’re using – I.e leaving a film over your hair and preventing the dye from bonding

        • Rosemary says

          Hello Wondering says, I was skimming through the comments and came across yours. My mother have the same problem you have, issues with her hair not taking any of the dyes. I have two cousins that are professional colorists and they both says that when a person’s hair does not take any dyes especially on grey hair its because they have a health issue such as Diabetes. They said that when they work on customers with diabetes its a headache because they have to process their hair with stronger chemicals in order for the color to adhere to the hair shaft. Sorry, hope I’m not scaring you but it would be smart if you get a physical check-up because when a person have a deficiency the body releases a chemical which we, humans, do not sense it. And, many times does not give us what we want such as dye our hair or use some perfume – which gives out a different smell when we are not healthy. Good luck, hope everything turns out to be fine.

        • Anonymous says

          Put it in a bun and let it air dry the ENTIRE day like she did. You only let it sit an hour. may as well give it another try.

      • Neecyanne Bowersox says

        I would like to see a picture of how you managed to use a bin in the process method of using the black walnut mixture. I want to do it in a way that works but I guess my imagination as to how to do this is lacking and intimidating. I don’t want to ended getting it all over and trust in the fact that I probably would.

        • Lori, Health Extremist says

          I poured the mixture into a small plastic bin (about 1 ft x 1 ft) and dunked my head into it. It wasn’t too messy, but the bin was stained afterwards. After putting my hair in the mixture, I squeezed it out and put it up in a bun to air dry. (some say to use a hair dryer to help the color stick). Sorry I don’t have a picture, hope this helps!

      • Anonymous says

        The opening of the cuticle is what I was going to suggest. I plan to try it soon and have some of my own hull. I’ll try to remember to post,
        Some of us have naturally course hair which takes color much easier. Some, like me, have very fine hair and it might be wise to skip the conditioning for a couple of days or use a clarifier, like apple cider vinegar, to take off any junk in your hair and open the cuticle to let the color in. Hope this helps some :)

  11. Yoli says

    I am about to do this. I made a batch in a French press coffee maker. I let it steep for 6 hours then pressed it. Going to spray it all over to get it wet. Let it dry in the sun (got this from another website) I hope it works, I will let you know.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      How long did you steep the mixture? Maybe it wasn’t steeped long enough? Sorry to hear it didn’t work for you. I have heard mixed results about it being able to cover gray hair.

  12. Yoli says

    Hi Lori, I steeped for 6 hours and left it on till it dried in the sun. The next day I reapplied and put a cap on like regular dye and let it dry like that and didn’t even use shampoo, I just rinsed it out. I really wanted something natural to cover my gray. I am not completely gray just a few strands on my bangs and side burns.
    I would try the black tea but that doesn’t seem as stainable but maybe I am wrong
    Thanks for getting back to me.
    Yoli

  13. Susan C says

    Just updating that this didn’t work for me either. Steeped it for a looonnnnggg time, left it on for hours and also used black tea with it. Did it twice two days in a row as I know sometimes with henna you need to do that. My hair, except for roots, has henna on it. The henna tends to go more red than I’d like which is why I thought this might be good at getting it more brown. It did put a little colour on my grey but not enough for anyone to notice but me and it still looked like I needed to do my hair. It didn’t stain my skin either (I ordered from the place you suggested). My sister who has lighter hair also tried it and it didn’t work for her. I can see it being good for people with lighter hair that may want to add just a slight tint to their grey rather than covering it up.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Thanks for sharing your results! I have heard mixed results, Sorry to hear it didn’t work for you, I’m not sure what’s influencing it working for some and not for others. Having a lighter hair color seems to be one, but maybe there are other factors, such as what products using on hair, etc. Hope you can find a natural color that works for you!

  14. Yoli says

    I also tried the black tea with sage tea. Left it on till it dried and it didn’t cover my gray at all. I really really wanted something to work.

    I’m glad it’s working for others

    Yoli

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Sorry to hear the tea didn’t work, I’ve heard mixed results with the tea hair dye too. It slightly darkened my hair but not by too much, although my hair is more of a medium brown, maybe it would work better for someone with very light hair?.

    • Anonymous says

      Hi Yoli
      i have treid the sage, tea and coffee, with limited results. I found Radico Colour Me Dark Brown at the health shop. It is cheap (NZ$20) and I can mix a little at a time. It works really well. At the moment I am trying to find a way to mask the strong smell. Good luck if you try this.

      Laus

  15. says

    Wonderful post! I’ve been needing to find natural options – I’ve felt so guilty about my regular dye. I will have to try this!

      • Anonymous says

        If you scratch your head, will your finger nails or fingertips turn black or brown? Also does the color rub off on a shirt collar or on a pillow? How long does the color last on the hair that has been treated? I’m considering trying it on my beard. Thanks for your help!

          • Anonymous says

            I ordered the black walnut powder and am going to give it a try. I tried the coffee, tea, and sage methods. They were all very messy due to being water based. Last night I tried food coloring mixed into conditioner. It was easy to apply and looked great until this morning when I put a little lukewarm water on my face. Not all, but much of the color washed away and I did not use any soap. Will just wait for the walnut powder and give that a try. Appreciate your response.

  16. says

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  17. Aj says

    Hi. I tried this for the first time.. Black tea did not work, nor did the sage.. My results were good.. My hair is definately darker and it covered some of the gray but did not cover the silver.. This was with one rinse. I put the remainder in the fridge and I’ll pull it out tmrw and add a little more walnut and add sage then boil it in the microwave..thank for sharing your results.. Aj

  18. Heather says

    I have naturally dark hair already but I am starting to see grays. Not many but some. I am allergic to salon hair color and haven’t had luck with other dying options. Do you think that this will make my hair a richer color also and still give it a nice shine?

  19. Nancy says

    I tried the sage first, and then the sage and black tea with good results. I read it needs to be applied 5 or 6 times before it takes completely, and then about once a week for upkeep, and that appears to be working for me. I found this info on-line from several websites (don’t currently have them with me, but I can locate them again if needed).

    Here’s what I did:

    1 quart water, 1/2 cup rubbed sage or dried sage leaves, 3 black tea bags

    Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes. Let stand minimum 2 hours. Strain.

    After I washed & conditioned my hair: I put a large bowl in the kitchen sink, leaned my hair into the bowl, and slowly poured the mixture into my hair, multiple times, until I felt the roots had been saturated. Combed it out, let it dry and went to bed. (also went to bed with it damp with a dark towel over the pillow) In the morning, I rinsed it out, then added hair products and blow dried ( my hair has to be dried straight for work -it is very messy looking when natural dried, otherwise, I would not have dried it). Some ppl rinse it out after about 2 hours with good results.

    It has slowly covered the grey, white hair is slower to cover, but getting there. It changed my highlights to a light blonde. It took quickly to chemically treated hair, but slower on the root growth, on me anyway.

    The sage alone was a light-med blonde; the blk tea made it a light caramel color. It seems to take on different shades with whatever hair it is coloring, but it takes multiple applications. I must say, I was very surprised how well it has worked. I have only done it 6 times, will continue to do it.

    My hair grows very fast; I have lots of grey/white hair mixed with my dark blonde. I was salon coloring my roots every 2.5 -3 weeks, then recently did numerous root colors/some bleach highlights at home & damaged my hair. So this was a solution.

    Just keep searching for different methods, there’s a lot of info out there. Good luck.

  20. Nancy says

    Lori, just wanted to say thanks for this post! I am going to try the black walnut powder. It was especially nice that you posted a picture; your hair turned out beautifully. I will post my results once I try it, successful or not :).

  21. Nancy says

    @ Marge Sehler regarding your December 6, 2012 post,

    How did you apply the solution to your hair? Did you use just pour it over it or let it soak in the solution? I’m also curious if you always leave it in or if you rinse it out.

    Also, do you think the solution worked as well once you froze it?

    I hope you get this comment. Thanks for your post. I’m happy to have found this site; I had wanted to use the black walnut but had not seen enough information on it to feel it was worth a try, then Lori posted her picture and it changed my mind. Thank you.

  22. mary b says

    I think age matters, the gray hairs get more resistant to chemical colorants the older you get. Also, I think your water matters. We had very hard water, my neighbor couldn’t get perms any more – back in the day of the fro’s – the chemicals couldn’t penetrate her hair follicle because of the hard water deposits. I used to need a clarifying treatment in order for dyes to ‘take’. I read recently that our hair oxidizes with age, that it is related to gray hair/resistance to color, wonder if anti-oxidants would help?. On the news this past week, they may have discovered a cure or preventative for gray hair, while researching a new drug for another problem, it’s 5+ years away at best. Finally, I have a black walnut tree on my property! Last year we had a drought and I didn’t see many but in 2011 I found tons of them, starting in July ….. I have a few in my freezer, it’s worth a shot. Be back when I have something to report.

  23. Nicole says

    Thanks for this post Lori! Your hair looks beautiful in the ‘after’ photo! I’ve just bought some powder online. I have bleached hair (from mousy light brown) and I despise it. I’ve been doing henndigo (henna + indigo) experiments but none of them get ashy enough for me. So I’ll give this a go :)

  24. Brittney says

    I bought some black walnut hull powder from amazon, also organic. On the package it says the hulls produce a chemical (starts with a “j”) that can be toxic with long term use. This made me nervous so I tried looking up the safety of it online and I’m not 100% sure it’s safe. Have you read anything about this, what do you think? Not sure what would be considered long term use.

  25. Interested says

    I saw you said it lasted a while and that it gradually faded for 1-2 months, did you get back to your natural color? And did you have funky color in between the original dying and the completely faded? I am very interested in trying this since I have a very similar hair color to yours naturally.

  26. Cathy says

    Hi Lori,

    I am wondering if the black green walnut hull power works to cover my grey hair. I tried but it was not working on mine – originally black colour. I put more than 5 tablespoons with boiled hot water. I applied for my hair for an hour then rinsed with water. Should I not rinse with the water and steep overnight?

    Can you please advise me the best way to dye the hair with black walnut hull. Thanks.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I haven’t tried it on grey hair myself, some need to steep it for a longer period of time. I have read a few comments, that some steep it for 2 days. Maybe leaving it in the hair longer would help too? In the comments on this post, I have had mixed reviews on it being able to color grey hair, I’m not sure why it works for some and not for others.

  27. Emilie says

    Hello, I was wondering how much water to use? I just got the black walnut powder in the mail, and I am very excited to test it out! :) I suppose it is just: the less water and the more powder = darker. and vise versa … but I’m still unsure about the amount of water to use. thanks!

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I used about 1/2 cup of water, but as you mentioned the result should be darker when you use less water and more powder. :)

  28. Julie says

    hey lori! thanks alot for sharing this..never thought that one can use nuts for coloring hair.! I wanted to ask that can i use the walnut powder do the husk powder??

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Hi Julie, I used black walnut hull powder but I have read that using the husks is best (to achieve better color).

  29. K says

    I really want a way to darken my hair naturally, but the other poster with the juglone question made me very nervous, do you feel like this is safe to use?

  30. vishita says

    Hi Lori,
    I want to try this walnut powder you recommended. Which brand you have used? So I can buy on Amazon. Thnx.

  31. Gitte says

    I tried this today and it didn’t work at all. I have red hair and wanted to go brown. Didn’t even accept. Although it did stain my hands .05%. Will try again tomorrow with guar gum.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Hope it works for you. Many say that once applied, it needs to be heated to help the hair take the color (using a hairdryer or sitting in the sun).

  32. Nancy says

    I tried the Black Walnut dye. (apologies for the lengthy post)
    In the sink, I’d shampoo then rinse with the black walnut dye in a large bowl for about 15 minutes. I would towel & air dry. In the morning, I would rinse it, condition, and style as usual. Again, the gray was harder to cover but after 1 week of daily apps, it was covering fairly well. After 2 weeks I had almost all gry/white coverage. It is a bit drying, so I found a recipe that included a little olive oil, sounds greasy, but it wasn’t. This does work. After 2 weeks I began skipping the process. The recipe recommended once you achieve your darkness, to mix some of the dye with shampoo, then only rinse with the dye about once a week. This sounds complicated, but it isn’t. A batch last about 7-10 days, and keeps in the fridge. It’s effort for 2-3 weeks, then it’s almost no difference than regular hair maintenance.
    My problem: my hair grows so fast. So I was applying frequently, which gave a monotone look to my hair, and to me. I need highlights. I tried a little lemon juice in the sun, and again I had success, but once you apply the dye again, the highlights are gone. What I’m trying to find is a way to apply the dye to the roots only. I tried numerous batches trying to create a gel that would keep the dye on the roots only, but no success. I do believe a previous post said water makes a difference, I think so too. Also, the dye varies considerable with each recipe and cooking/setting. You just have to be patient and find what works for you. I’m currently using the chemicals coloring again, because I need some highlights so I don’t resemble death. But I’m still looking for a gel base that will work. The sage tea washed out quickly, but I only used it for several weeks. The black walnut does not rinse out. For me it began to fade. It’s been several months, and it is still present, but faded. Even the gray covered hair, did not wash out, but faded. I’m impressed with the possibilites.

    Also, I did a lot of research on Black Walnut. From what I’ve researched, there is no danger in applying it to your hair/skin. If you are going to ingest it, you should not take it as a permanent daily supplement – you need breaks in the cycle after several months. I would recommend you speak to a healthcare professional if you wanted to take it internally for months. I do believe Black Walnut has incredible medicinal value; I’m so thankful to have it. Just applying it to my hair/scalp, I noticed good improvement in my skin. I believe it has anti-fungal anti-viral properties, which might explain why you can’t take it daily on an unlimited basis. Research, research, it’s the only way to know what works for you.

    I had more manageablity with the Sage, Rosemary and Black tea. A good conditioner makes a huge difference with both. Good luck.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Hi Nancy! Thank you so much for sharing. Glad to hear you had good results with it covering greys.

      • Nancy says

        You’re welcome Lori. It did take a while, and I do believe how long it simmers or sets make a huge difference. I’m happy to have found your sight and this post you started.

    • Cathy says

      Hi Nancy, I only tried once with black walnut hull to dye my white hair which was not successful. I am wondering how much powder you put into the bowel. Did you boil the powder too? Thanks.

    • Jennie says

      I have no idea how you cook up your dye, but I have been making a strong decoction from rosemary and sage, using this to make strong coffee and then creating a gel with cornstarch. I leave it on my head (wrapped in a plastic bag) for 6 hours, once a week. I haven’t been doing it consistently enough to be able to tell you what to expect. I did it 3 or 4 times, missed a couple of months and then have done it again this past month. My hair is brown, streaked with grey and it turned the greys blond. It didn’t wash out during the 2 months I missed. I don’t know how dark it will go if I am consistent, but the colouring is gradual, to the roots blend in quite well. The main thing is the cornstarch, I used my pudding recipe and it makes it a good consistency.

    • Eva says

      Is it not possible too use gelatine? In Norway we have gelatin plates that are used for cooking, and they will dissolve in hot water, only to become like gel when it cools down..
      Im trying the black walnut powder for the first time tonight, but maybe I should test out the gelatine next time=D
      Wonderfull tips by the way Lori:D and Nancy:) Been struggeling with bad consciousness for using toxic haircoloring for many years now, and Im excited to see if it works on the light roots..

    • Cherry says

      Hi!

      When you say:

      The recipe recommended once you achieve your darkness, to mix some of the dye with shampoo, then only rinse with the dye about once a week.

      Do you mean you use the dye mixed with shampoo as your permanent shampoo from then on, AND you soak your hair in a separate thing of just dye once a week? This is for my mom, who’s managed to have a ridiculous reaction to every single hair dye I’ve brought her, ammonia-free or not.

  33. jayden says

    Hi i was going to try this, but i have two Q:
    How long do i let the walnut mixture sray in my hair
    how should i wash it out?

    Thanks!

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Some leave it on for a few minutes to a few hours. I have been getting quite a few emails from people who have tried it saying that sitting in the sun or using a hair dryer while the mixture is in your hair helps. I gently washed my hair with shampoo the next day.

  34. Vidya Bharambe says

    I need to know if I can apply this mixture at the roots… my hair sustains heena colour for 3 weeks but my hair has good growth.. so even when the colour is still shown my new grown roots r gray n I need touch up… can u respond this if I can us this paste at the roots andhow ssafeit is.. thanks in advance. .

  35. ava says

    I read a book “Diagnostic Face Reading and Holistic Healing’. In it Roger Bezanis, the author says that the Kidneys rules the scalp and if you help the Kidneys, a great deal of the time you can actually get a lot of your natural hair color back and the gray goes away. He also says the Kidneys love grapes. They cleanse and heal them. Of course good water is important too.
    I’ve read Black Walnut Tincture is used for parasites in the colon in addition to a couple of other herbs.
    A friend of mine used the Black Walnut as a rinse for her hair after every shampoo instead of conditioner. The girl had some shiny beautiful hair!
    Good luck ladies! I’m going to mix mine up tonight and apply tmrw!

  36. Jennie says

    Anybody who has henna on your hair- I don’t think that this, or any other hair dye is going to give you predictable results, or maybe work at all. Henna coats your hair and keeps other dyes from penetrating.

  37. coolboy says

    hi ,
    can anyone tell me where i can get black walnut hulls or shells for using it as a hair dye.
    basically my hair is black but now it is with white streaks and i have hennaed it using Henna powder and hence it is now red in colour.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Hi there, I bought mine online, the brand name was Starwest and I was glad they also sold an organic kind.

  38. coolboy says

    hi,
    i am from india (southern part of india), a place called CHENNAI a cosmopolitan city, forgot to put that earlier. if it is available anywhere in INDIA please let me know to try it

  39. Shirley says

    I am so going to try the walnut powder. I’ve been using the sage and black tea for about a month with minimal results, or so I thought. I went on holidays overseas for two weeks and so was unable to use my sage/tea. By the end of the two weeks I was sporting a multitude of greys, I was horrified lol. Obviously it was covering more than I thought but I’m keen to try the walnut powder. I have dark brown hair.

      • Anonymous says

        I am still waiting for my delivery of the Walnut powder. In the mean time, I finally decided to give henna a go as there is no way I can go back to regular hair dye because of my PPD allergy. I’ve done the henna twice and I have to say, I’m hugely impressed with its grey coverage. I have no greys now :-).
        I’m just going through the process of learning the ins and outs of henna. I think I may be able to add the walnut to the henna mix for a more brown result.
        Hmmmm much research to be done.

        • Lori, Health Extremist says

          Glad to hear you’ve had good results with henna, I haven’t tried it yet. Hope the color turned out great!

      • Shirley says

        I am still waiting for my walnut powder to be delivered. It’s taking an awfully long time. In the mean time, I finally decided to give henna a go due to my allergies to PPD and my growing numbr of greys. I’ve done the henna twice in the one week, and I have to say, I’m truly impressed. Not one grey hair in sight…Yay!
        Much to learn about this henna, it’s application, dye release etc etc. but I really do think this is my answer. My hair is so much more shinier, feels thicker and best of all I don’t have to tie it up all the time to hide my frizzy curls because the frizz is, like, disappearing. I’ve worn my hair down in the last two weeks than I ever had and I’m looking forward to reaching full henna saturation. :-)

  40. emberdeen says

    Hi,
    I’ve been using the black walnut hull powder dye in my hair for about 2 weeks now and have definitely seen some color on my grey :-). I pour it over my hair (over a huge basin in the sink), allow the excess to drip back into the basin. I will let my hair air dry and sometimes I leave it until the next day before rinsing :-). For now, I’m using the rinse several times a week especially after cutting my hair. I store any left overs in a jar in the fridge and reuse daily. I have dark brown hair and a few light brown so the combination is very pretty. I currently use Bert’s Bee’s shampoo and conditioner (sometimes I use yogurt as a conditioner).

  41. Maya says

    Hi
    I have just put black walnut powder mixture on my hair.Managed to get it on amazon from Germany (I live in UK).It was expensive,so I do hope it will work.Although I have mixed it with little conditioner to ensure it stays on my hair,otherwise it was dripping.Will let you know if its works.

  42. Andrea says

    I was wondering if you had success dying your hair with it just washed before hand or left a bit oily when you put on the dye? I’ve heard that affects the outcome. thanks!

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I’ve only tried it with the black walnut powder. If you give it a try, please let us know if it works for you!

  43. Lori L. says

    Hi! I just thought I’d share a variation I’m working on. Down here in South Texas, we don’t have Walnut trees (that I know of ;-) ), but we have plenty of Pecan trees. The Pecan hulls are so similar to Walnut hulls–they are just smaller. I collected Pecans and hulls last week at my friend’s little Pecan grove. I’ve tried several techniques to cover my grays and darken my hair. I’m getting there, but not quite where I want my hair to be yet. I ended up boiling the hulls (about 30 in 8 cups of water) for nearly an hour, and then let it steep for several hours. I refrigerated until I could figure out how I wanted to do it. Instead of holding my head in a bowl, I thought I’d try thickening the liquid dye. I wasn’t sure what to use, but I had cornstarch on hand. I did a section of my hair to test, but only had time to leave it on for 25 minutes. I saw no marked difference. bummer.
    Today, I decided to poor the dye over my hair (catching the dripping dye back into a bowl). I soaked all my hair and then put a plastic processing cap on and wrapped an old towel on. I waited over 30 minutes. BTW–I didn’t think longer was better because I had done a test the day before with 3 different pieces of white fabric. One piece was in soaking in the dye for an hour, the second for 40 minutes and the 3rd for 20 minutes. They all looked exactly the same.
    The above technique showed some darkening, but not much. I decided to go ahead, mix about 3/4 cup with 1 T cornstarch over a burner and thicken it. It started out looking like chocolate milk, but as it started to thicken, it turned a rich brown. I put my gloves back on and began chunking this mixture all over my head. When all of my hair was thoroughly coated, I put another plastic processing cap on, wrapped my head in a towel and took an hour-long nap. :-) when I awoke, I rinsed my hair. I could see a difference this time. But I still want it darker. And I don’t want to see any gray (I still see a bit). So, I’m going to color again tomorrow. If I can’t get where I want to go with this, I’m considering the indigo. :-)
    Have fun, y’all!

  44. Arshi says

    Hi.. I love the idea of colouring your hair naturally.. I have naturally soft black hair, can you tell me how I can make it a chocolate brownish shade?

    Thanks

  45. says

    Hi,
    Reading these posts has made me really interested, I am a 56 yr old gray man who used to have brown colored hair. Tried hair does and don’t like it at all, can you tell me which of the herbs you recommend to have a brownier hair and also does this work with a full beard?

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I’ve used the black walnut hair dye with good results, it seems to be the most powerful compared to using teas or coffee.

  46. sudha says

    Hi,
    Even I got interest by reading all these posts. I am Indian girl having black hair, but I am having some grey hair also. At present I am staying in Berlin(Germany). My question is : where can I get this Black Walnut dye in Berlin.. If you know any information pls let me know. I am afraid of applying these hair color products which r available in stores. I heard that if we start applying these colors, slowly the rest of my black hair also turns to grey. Pls give me information if possible. Thank u very much.

  47. Anonymous says

    Can anyone tell how many shampoos does the color from black walnut hair dye will last? I have gray hair and would like to know how often I will have to use this dye. Thanks

  48. Raj says

    1. Beside black walnut power/ henna, is there any other natural products available.
    2. For best result, any thing can be added in addition to only black walnut power/ henna.
    Pl comment.

    • Lori Klein says

      I have tried using coffee and herbal tea to help darken my hair, but so far the black walnut has been the most successful.

  49. Randa says

    This is awesome! My hair is already dark brown, and I usually dye it black. I am definitely willing to try this to see if it would at least work as a root touch up. About how long did the color last?

    • Lori Klein says

      It lasted about a month and then began to fade so there was no noticeable difference near the roots.

  50. emberdeen says

    Hi :-).. It’s been 7 months since I’ve been doing this! I must say, I love the way it makes my hair so soooft; I do a rinse once a week :-). I’ve recently started leaving the brewed mixture in the fridge for three days before straining, I store extra in the fridge; one batch lasts me for about a month. Yesterday I decided to blow dry it and then I sat in the sun for an hour or so; I don’t know if this improves the strength of the stain or not :-). Recently for about six weeks I’ve stopped using store bought shampoo and conditioner, instead I use a baking soda solution to wash and an apple cider solution as a conditioner. The combination of the three products leaves my hair corn silk soft and bouncy. I must add that sometimes I don’t want too much of a bounce so I use a spray diluted Berets Bees conditioner with water and that takes care of it and any tangles :-)..

  51. Becky says

    Hi Lori! I have natural black hair but there are some strands of grey hair showing already. Will the black walnut powder be as effective in brunettes or blondes than in black hair? Am so amazed by the results you have shown. Will give it a try.

    • Lori Klein says

      I have heard mixed results for it covering grey hair. You can check out some of the comments above to read others’ results. It should bring the hair to a dark brown shade. Hope it works for you!

  52. sushil says

    Hi Lori,

    Thank u so much for writing interesting materials and updating people all over the world. I’m from India, seen a walnut, but never heard about black walnut. Its really tough to find the black walnut hull powder in India, its impossible. I did a search, but none. Amazon.com doesn’t ship to India, do u have any suggestions?

    Waiting

    Sushil

  53. Barbara says

    Hi, Lori,

    I’m really excited to try black walnuts dye, but I’m a little worried because my hair has already been colored (at least half of it).. Do you think I will get two different shades if I use this method? Another question: did it do any damage to your hair (especially because you hadn’t rinsed it)? Thank you very much!!

  54. Carla says

    I am very eager to try this, I tried the black tea dye last night, I can tell a small difference. I was wondering if anyone had tried mixing a thickening agent, such as, cornstarch into to liquid to make a paste to help it stay on the hair better? Any thoughts on this??

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