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Natural hair dyes: learn how to dye your hair at home

Are you dying to dye your hair, but are you afraid of the unwanted effects of industrialized dyes, which tend to dry out the strands, leaving them brittle? So it might be a good idea to learn how to make a natural paint.

Home dyes made from plant-based ingredients can breathe new life into your hair, enhancing color, creating streaks and intensifying shine.

However, as they do not contain ammonia, they are not able to penetrate deeply into the threads, so their fixing power is much lower than that of traditional dyes. In addition, it may be necessary to repeat the procedure several times to achieve the desired shade, which will also last less than a salon dye.

To prevent the pigment from coming out so easily when washing your hair, you can rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar, which helps to close the cuticles. See how to do it:

Natural hair dye with black tea

Black tea is indicated for dyeing brown, dark brown, black hair and also for those who were originally in these tones and are going gray. You can even use black tea on blonde hair, but it will only go a little darker.


  • 3 to 5 black tea bags or the same amount of leaves
  • 2.5 cups of water

Preparation and application

Bring the water to a boil, add the bags or leaves and leave to infuse for 30 minutes. Apply the cooled tea to clean hair and let it act for an hour. You may need to repeat the process a few times to get significant changes.

Another way to use it is to add two cups of this tea to a leave-in conditioner, apply to the hair and wait an hour. You can also apply this mixture, put on a shower cap and leave it on overnight to get a darker tone.

Natural hair dye with coffee

The tincture made with coffee is very similar to that made from black tea. She is also best suited for toning naturally dark hair, not being able to turn blonde hair into brunette.


  • 5 tablespoons of coffee (3 + 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 cups of water

Preparation and application

Prepare a strong coffee using 3 spoons of powder and wait for it to cool. Then, mix a cup of the coffee with a leave-in conditioner, add the other 2 tablespoons of the powder and mix well. Apply to clean hair and let it act for an hour.

Natural hair dye with beets and carrots

If you’re looking to get some red highlights, you can use a dye made with beets and carrots, or even just one of these two ingredients depending on what shade you want.

The beetroot gives a more reddish effect, as in the strawberry blonde and auburn tones, while the carrot leaves the hair in tones that pull more towards the orange.


  • 1 chopped beet
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 1 cup of water

Preparation and application

Prepare a juice with the ingredients, apply to washed hair and wrap it with a cap. Let it act for at least an hour and then rinse. Apply apple cider vinegar to set the color.

You can change the proportion of beet and carrot according to the color you want. Remember to wear an older T-shirt, wear gloves and apply a little coconut oil to your forehead and ears, as these juices stain clothing and skin.

Natural hair dye with walnut shell

The tincture made with walnut shells is ideal for those who want to revive dark brown hair and disguise gray hairs – and it is very suitable for the end of the year, when these shells usually go straight from the table to the trash.


  • 2 cups of walnut shells
  • 2 cups of water

Preparation and application

The first step is a little laborious as you need to crush the shells well. Then put them to boil for an hour. Let cool, mix well and apply to hair. If you wish, you can use a cotton swab to pass just a few strands or white strands.

As with beets and carrots, care must be taken with this nutshell tincture as it stains clothing and skin.

Hair whitening with lemon juice

This recipe is not exactly a dye, but a way to lighten hair that is already blonde or create streaks a few shades above the natural blonde. If you wish, you can mix in some strong chamomile tea to brighten your hair more.


  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup strong chamomile tea (optional)
  • 1 clean spray bottle

Preparation and application

Put the lemon juice (with or without the chamomile tea) in the spray bottle, apply it to the hair and brush it to spread it well. Let it act for several hours before washing.

Some people like to stay in the sun to lighten their hair even more. But before you do that, be aware that lemon stains and burns your skin if you expose yourself to sunlight. That’s why it takes all the care in the world not to hit the scalp and wash your hands very well before doing that, okay?

Remember that these are homemade recipes and the results may vary depending on the characteristics and quantity of the ingredients used, the method of preparation, the way of application, the characteristics of your hair and the frequency of washing. Therefore, it is not possible to predict the exact result of the dye.

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