Almost every third person in his or her 20s these days is looking for premature grey hair solutions. Maybe it is a sign of the stressful times we live in.
There are many artificial colors available in the market, but they do have enough side effects too. The skin of the scalp is very likely to absorb the chemicals in the hair dye and pass them into the blood and this is what makes such chemical-based dyes dangerous. Natural hair colors obtained from plant sources are therefore safer than commercial hair dyes that may contain unhealthy compounds. Here are a few hair coloring ideas to try at home.
Coffee works great if you’re looking to go darker, cover grey hairs, or add dimension to dark tresses. Simply brew a strong coffee (espresso works well), let it cool, and then mix one cup with a couple cups of leave-in conditioner and 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds. Apply on clean hair and allow it to sit for about an hour. If you use apple cider vinegar to rinse, it will help the color last longer. You may need to repeat the process a couple of times to see noticeable results.
Like coffee, black tea can help you go darker, and can also help cover grey hairs. Black tea can darken blonde hair and chamomile can lighten it, especially if you sit in the sun while you have it in. The longer you leave the tea on the hair, the more noticeable the color will be.
Henna contains compounds that stain the hair or skin a dark red or brown color and this makes it a wonderful natural hair dye. For black hair that has gone grey, use henna in combination with sesame (gingelly or til) oil and curry leaves. Boil some sesame oil, add a few curry leaves and keep this liquid in a tightly closed container. Anytime you want to color your hair, add some henna into this extract and boil for a few minutes. Cool and apply to hair, wait for three to four hours and then wash your hair using shikakai.
If you are looking for a burgundy shade, cut and grind a beetroot and mix this juice into henna to make a paste. Those who like a more reddish-brown color can mix henna with some lemon juice and curd along with some tea decoction. By combining henna with indigo in different proportions, you can get varying shades of brown. Apart from coloring your hair, henna has other properties also to make your hair strong and beautiful.
By itself, amla does not have the ability to dye hair; however, it can help to tone down the red or brown color of a henna-indigo hair color. Along with this, amla also helps to give a natural shine to the hair after you have washed off the dye. When mixing in amla powder, it is important to add it last into the paste, just before you apply the paste to your hair.
Depending on what color you are going for, you can use a variety of herbs to achieve it. Here are some suggestions, depending on what your natural color is:
- Red hair: Try calendula, marigold, rosehips, and hibiscus to deepen the red shade or add a few red highlights.
- Brunette/dark hair: Rosemary, nettle, and sage are all great herbs for dark hair.
- Blonde hair: As mentioned above, chamomile tea works, but you can also try calendula, marigold, saffron, and sunflower petals.
Add black tea to the darker colors above to help the color last longer. Catnip works for lighter colors.
Beet and carrot juice/ Lemon juice
Beet & carrot juices can add natural red tints to your current color. Depending on what shade you want, you can use each alone, or mix them together and apply about a cup of the juice. Mixing with some coconut oil can condition the hair as well. Rinse the juice out after leaving it on for about an hour, and seal with an apple cider vinegar spray. If the color isn’t dark enough, repeat the next day. For a few highlights, try fresh squeezed lemon juice sprayed and brushed through hair. Leave on for several hours. If you sit in the sun, you’ll notice more lightening. Blondes can enjoy even more lightening by mixing with chamomile tea. Lemon juice works slowly, so expect to repeat applications several times before seeing results.
If you want to secure a dark brown color, this is the way to go. Crush the walnut shells and boil for about half an hour. Cool, strain, and apply to hair using a cotton ball to the grey areas. Again, as this dye will stain everything, take proper precautions. To create a more intense dye, return the strained juice to the heat and boil until it is simmered down to about a quarter of the original volume. Allow to cool in the refrigerator, strain if needed, and pour through hair. To save time, use walnut powder instead of the shells. Let it sit for at least an hour (more if you want more color), and rinse. Try to avoid really hot water as it can take the color away. Wash in lukewarm water to make the color last longer.
These simple homemade dyes not only give you colored hair, but also assure you beautiful & healthy hair that will surely help enhance the confidence in you!!