You are probably aware of the plethora of chemicals in most common hair products such as shampoos, conditioners, sprays etc… Studies have shown them to be potentially harmful to your health. They may cause severe allergies, skin, eye, throat and lung irritation, rheumatoid arthritis and even cancer .
But how about hair dyes? Have you ever wondered what is in it that makes it smell so toxic? Causing your eyes to tear up and your skin to get kinda itchy? Now think about it: What goes on your scalp ends up entering your blood stream. And that is definitely bad news.
In fact, In 2006 the European Commission published a report based on examining 22 brands of hair dye. The results? Not a single brand passed the safety test! Based on these findings, the EU commission even banned these 22 ingredients in hair dyes imported from outside of Europe. And the list is far from complete as over one hundred ingredients are currently under investigation.
So what are the options? Not to to dye? Not an option! At least not for now. So I scooped the internet to search for the best alternatives that use only natural ingredients. And to my surprise, there are quite a few to pick from.
The most obvious is to buy brands made with 100% natural hair dyes. But you have to watch out, because many mix the natural dyes with toxic preservatives and chemicals to make the dyes more permanent. If you choose that route, you might like to keep a list of the 22 banned ingredients handy, just in case. You can find it here.
Or, if you are the more adventurous type or like DIYs, you can make your own hair dyes using herbs and other ingredients you already have at home. Whether you are a blond, a brunette or a red head, check out these great DIY recipes I found online. As with all natural recipes, keep in mind that the change is a little more gradual so try to be patient for it will pay off big time in the long run 🙂
So for all you DYIers, here are the top ingredients for dyeing your meshes:
7 Best DIY Natural Hair Dyes You Have to Try
1. LEMON AS A NATURAL HAIR LIGHTENER
For starters, lemon is not technically a dye because there isn’t really a way to “dye” hair blond without chemically stripping the hair color first. And while lemon has been known to lighten hair for many centuries, there is a right and a wrong way to do it. To make sure you get the results you are looking for, check out this recipe I found in ELLE magazine. Here is the ingredient list, for the step-by-step instructions, go here.
- 3 large lemons
- 2 bags of chamomile tea
- 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp almond oil or coconut oil
- an empty spray bottle
2. CHAMOMILE SPRAY TO NATURALLY LIGHTEN YOUR HAIR
Another classic ingredient used to lighten hair naturally is chamomile tea. This is especially recommended if you are going for lovely highlights rather then bold streaks. There are a few things you need to consider before using this recipe, so make sure to read all the instructions to get the right results. You can find them here.
- 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 1/4 cup room temperature chamomile tea
- 1/2 cup room temperature water
- juice from one freshly squeezed lemon
3. THE AT-HOME OMBRE HAIR WITH BEER
Now this may come as a surprise to you as it has for me: Beer is good for your hair! Apparently the malt contains proteins that seem to repair damaged hair and boost volume, while the sugars in the beer make your hair shiny and less frizzy. The Huffington Post has written an article about it if you want to learn more about it. For the ombre recipe, all you have to do is mix beer with lemon to create some fun highlight shades according to Refinery 29.
4. PRETTY RED TINTED HAIR WITH BEETS
Whether or not you love beets, you might want to add them to your diet from now on. As it turns out, the Carotenoids in Beetroot juice nourishes the hair follicles to promote hair growth and to add thickness and shine to your hair. You can also mix beet juice with ginger and massage your scalp with it to prevent hair loss and baldness. For the natural beet tint recipe, all you need is puree the beets. The results are however very subtle so don’t expect pink hair from this method. Here is the info if you want to try.
5. BLACK WALNUTS NATURAL HAIR DYE FOR BRUNETTES
From light brown to almost black brunette, you can use black walnuts for any shade. Though the recipe seems to work well if done correctly, there are some important precautions to pay attention to including the fact that walnuts are poisonous for dogs and horses. If you are up for the challenge, you can find all the step-by-step carefully written instructions here.
6. DYE YOUR HAIR BLACK NATURALLY WITH COFFEE
There are several recipes on the internet for using coffee to dye your hair black but this one seems to be the easiest, most affordable, and least messy of them. You can find the exact instructions here.
- 1/2 cup conditioner
- 3-4 Tbs organic instant coffee
7. DYE YOUR HAIR NATURALLY WITH HENNA
Henna is probably the best known natural hair dye and has been used since antiquity to color skin, hair and fingernails. It is also still used for dying natural fabrics like silk, wool and even leather. Henna has a long history of cosmetic use in Ancient India, Arabia and South Asia. It has become very popular in the Western world as the primary alternative to chemical dyes. Henna can be found in any health food store but you might like to try the brand recommended in this article along with the recipes here.
BONUS TIP: RESTORING GRAY HAIR WITHOUT USING DYE
And lastly, I wanted to add a bonus tip for grey hair. It’s a great post by Heather at Mommypotamus where she reviews a natural hair product without any dye in it!
Hope you enjoyed these recipes and are ready to try some out.
Or perhaps you have some recipes of your own!
Either way, I would love to hear about it.
To your eco beauty!
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