Ditch chemicals- Learn How to Color Hair Naturally at Home

A general view which is believed by majority of people is that ‘Everything looks better in color’. Be it clothes, dresses, shoes or accessories, etc, the world is a beautiful place if it is vivid. Well, that’s even truer for hair.

In today’s world, distinct methods are used by hairstylist to give a new and vibrant look to their customer’s hair. However, these methods which include hair dyes, temporary or permanent, can contain potentially damaging and toxic chemicals like parabens or ammonia. These chemicals not only harm the hair but damage the hair to such an extent that it is difficult to repair the hair and restore its texture.

To avoid such a situation, Natural Hair Dyes come to the rescue! There are various natural products which can be used at home by anyone to give their hair a tinge of any color they like.
These products do not harm the hair, yet give you the color highlight of your choice, that too at a minimal cost.

Here are some natural products that can be used to make natural DIY hair dyes at home:

1.Carrot Juice

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Carrot Juice can be applied to your hair to attain a reddish- orangish tint. Depending upon the color of your hair, this tint can stay up to a few weeks.

Procedure:

1) Mix carrot juice with coconut oil or olive oil.
2) Apply the mixture all over your hair.
3) Secure your hair over your head in a bun and cover them with a shower cap. Leave it for an hour to settle.
4) Rinse the mixture with apple cider vinegar.
5) Voila! You can see that vibrant orangish tint in your hair. Repeat on the next day if the color isn’t too strong.



2. Beetroot Juice

To get a darker red tone in your hair, use beetroot juice instead of carrot juice. It gives cooler undertones than that by carrot juice.

Procedure:

The procedure for hair coloring by beetroot is same as that of carrot juice.

1) Mix beetroot juice with coconut oil or olive oil
2) Apply the mixture all over your hair.
3) Secure your hair over your head in a bun and cover them with a shower cap. Leave it for an hour to settle.
4) Rinse the mixture with apple cider vinegar.
5) Voila! You can see that fresh red tone in your hair. Repeat on the next day if the color isn’t too strong.



3.Henna

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Henna is a plant-based dye which is natural by all means and has been used traditionally extensively to die the hair. It can be used to dye the hair red in color.

It comes in powder form. It is longest-lasting, most vibrant natural hair dye option. The colour may last up to four to six weeks. It is available on any medical shop as well as departmental stores.

Procedure:

1) Make a mixture of 1/2 cup of henna and 1/4 cup of water.
2) Stir the mixture properly until it’s completely combined, adding more water if necessary.
3) Cover the mixture with plastic wrap, and keep it aside for about 12 hours.
4) Wash your hair normally. However, do not apply conditioner.
5) Wear a hairband and apply coconut oil along with your hairline, so the henna won’t stain your skin.
6) Apply the mixture to small sections of your damp hair until all of your hair is covered with it.
7) Tie your hair above your head and cover them with a shower cap and let the color develop for at least two hours before washing it out.
8) Voila! After washing your hair you’ll see a natural red tinge in your hair.

4. Lemon Juice

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Lemon juice can help strip your hair of its pigment slowly. Hence it leads to the lightening of hair with the passage of time. It’s best used to achieve yellowish highlights naturally.

However, unlike other methods, this method is irreversible and permanent. Lemon juice acts as a natural bleaching agent for the hair. The pigment on the hair will wither away slowly. If you wish you can get rid of the lightened hair by cutting them off.

Procedure:

1) In a spray bottle, pour some lemon juice.
2) Spray the juice on your hair evenly.
3) Use a comb to spread the juice on your hair
4) For best results, sit outside in the sun.
5) Leave the lemon juice for at least an hour.
6) Wash your hair.
7) To get the desired effect, you can repeat it 2-3 times. It’s a slow process and may require to be repeated.

5. Coffee

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In addition to giving you a caffeine boost, coffee can be used for other wonderful things. One of which is, it can also help dye your hair to a darker shade.

Procedure:

1) Brew a strong cup of roasted coffee.
2) Make a mixture of 1/2 cup of coffee with 2 tbsp. of coffee grounds and 1 cup of hair conditioner.
3) Apply the mixture to damp hair.
4) Leave in the mixture to set for at least an hour, and then wash it out.
5) If necessary, repeat.

If you want a long and drastic change to your hair, then coffee is not the way to go. However if you need a quick and affordable change to your hair, then its good to go.



6. Sage

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The sage plant has gray-green leaves and flowers that can range in color. .Sage is a good choice for those who have dark brown or black hair and want to darken them up. It can also help cover gray hairs.

Procedure:

1) Boil about 1/2 and 1 cup of dried sage in a quarter of water for at least half an hour.
2) Let the water cool down and then using a sieve, drain the water out.
3) Wash your hair normally and towel dry them.
4) Pour the sage water over your hair for as long as it is comfortable.
5) Wash the sage water out.

7. Chamomile tea

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Chamomile tea is the most effective for blond hair. If you want to lighten your hair, it can help you do just that.

Procedure:

1) Boil 1/2 cup of chamomile flowers in water.
2) Let it sit for half an hour to cool, and then using a sieve, strain the flowers out.
3) Wash your hair.
4) Pour the brewed tea through your hair at least 10 times.
5) Wait for about 20 mins before washing it out.
Tips:
Here are a few tips which can help you to extend the life of your naturally dyed hair:
❖ Minimize the use of hair dryers, straightening irons, and curling irons or apply a thermal protective layer before using such tools.
❖ Take cold or lukewarm showers. Prevent using hot showers.
❖ Having a water filter in your shower is useful to filter out color-draining chemicals like chlorine.

Happy coloring!

(Article contributed by Manisha Jain)

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