Homemade Hair Dye Recipe

A homemade hair dye recipe is a great alternative to commercial hair color products if you're concerned about exposure to chemicals. To dye hair naturally with a 100% organic product, simply create your own with certified ingredients. Making your own homemade herbal dye is surprisingly easy. So ditch those harsh chemicals that can damage hair for a gentle, natural color.

Plant-based dyes stain hair with temporary color that should last for up to six shampoos. They tint hair within a shade or two of your original color as well as add beautiful highlights. Don't expect dramatic color changes with a homemade hair dye recipe. To get a more pronounced color change simply increase the treatment processing time or apply treatments more frequently. You may need to be a little more patient to get the desired color, but your shining, healthy hair will make it well worth the wait. To keep your hair looking spectacular, treat it to a nourishing hair mask you can easily make at home.

Benefits of Homemade Hair Dye Recipes

There are many benefits to using  hair dyes made from natural ingredients. A primary benefit is avoiding chemicals that may cause hair dye side effects such as skin irritation and allergic reaction. The possible dangers of hair coloring during pregnancy are still considered inconclusive by some. However, why take the risk when you can play it safe with a non toxic hair dye? For those who want a gentle pubic hair color product there is nothing better than a mild, natural dye you make yourself. Not only are homemade creations safer, but they're easier on your pocketbook as well.


When using a homemade hair dye recipe follow these tips for best results:

  • For easy cleanup, place herbs and spices in a tea ball or cheesecloth before adding hot water.
  • Steep ingredients in hot water for 20 minutes or longer to develop a deep staining color.
  • When pouring stain solution over hair in shower or tub, use a large bowl to catch remainder.    
  • Repeat treatment 10 times or more for maximum color change.

Lighten Hair Naturally

Many people have heard of using chamomile tea for hair lightening, but you can also lighten hair with honey. Enzymes in honey create a natural hydrogen peroxide that slightly lightens hair color. The hydrogen peroxide in honey also provides anti-bacterial properties which is why honey has been used for centuries to treat minor wounds. When honey comes into contact with substances that raise it's pH level, such as skin or hair, a slow-release chemical reaction creates hydrogen peroxide. The natural hair bleaching properties of honey take time to work but are effective.

  1. Combine 3/4 cup honey with 1.5 cups hair conditioner. Let set for 30 minutes so hydrogen peroxide can develop;
  2. Saturate hair completely with honey mixture, then cover with plastic wrap or a shower cap;
  3. Keep mixture on hair for at least 5 hours. The lightening effect will be greater the longer mixture is left on. Shampoo hair after treatment.

Recipes For Red Highlights

A homemade hair dye recipe using spices, herbs and vegetable juice is especially effective for rich, red tints. A hair stain using these ingredients works so well that it easily stains everything around you! Remember to wear gloves to prevent hand stains, have paper towels handy for spills and use an old towel to wrap wet hair in.

  • Make a strong tea with 1 cup Rosehips or Hibiscus in 2 cups water. After tea cools, rinse and massage into hair repeatedly. For extra tinting power, let solution dry in hair and rinse out with next shampoo.
  • Mix equal parts carrot juice with beetroot juice. Pour over hair once, then leave in for 15 minutes. Expose to sunlight if possible. Shampoo hair after treatment.
  • Combine 3 tablespoons each of cinnamon and clove powder with 1 cup of plain yogurt. Massage mixture into hair, cover with a shower cap and wait at least one hour before washing out. 

Recipes For Darker Hair

If you want a convenient, natural brown dye look no further than your cup of java. Dying your hair with coffee is effective, economical and easy. As with every other homemade hair dye recipe, when you dye hair with coffee the results may be subtle the first time around. However, repeated treatments will create darker color.

  1. Mix 1 Tablespoon of instant coffee with ½ cup hair conditioner;
  2. Brew 1/2 cup triple strength coffee and let cool;
  3. Combine brewed coffee with instant coffee mixture and let set for 5 minutes;
  4. Saturate hair with mixture, cover with a shower cap and let set for an hour or longer. Shampoo after treatment.

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