Homemade Hair Dye Recipes

Up close photo of red, wavy hair.

Hair dyes contain very harsh chemicals that can harm your hair. Making homemade hair dye allows you to color your hair more naturally. This page contains recipes for homemade hair dye.


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Tip: Walnut Hulls for Dyeing Hair

I rubbed walnut hulls into my hair strands to give it low lights, as I did not want to dye my whole head. Although one could. It works great and lasts a long time. I discovered this idea while working with the walnuts from our tree and observing how they stained my hands. So I thought I'd give it a try and am very pleased with the results.

By Anne from Green Bay, WI

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Dyeing Hair With Kool-Aid

red ombre hair colorMy daughter wanted to color the ends of her hair for the last week of school. The Kool-aid created a very pretty ombre look!


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Tip: At Home Highlighter For Dark Hair

1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon crushed cinnamon
and 1/2 teaspoon cloves in 1 cup water

Strain, cool, and pour over freshly shampooed hair. Rinse off with clear water.

By Suzanne S.

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Question: Going Permanently Gray Gradually

I need help with going grey gradually.

By Debbie

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By likekinds 109 399 07/19/2015

Debbie, Honey,

You're going to gradually go grey without any help from us.

Seriously though, if you've decided on not trying to hide your grey hair, I say 'Good'. And I say 'Play it up, instead'. You or your hairdresser can experiment with rinses or semi permanent colors designed to highlight rather than hide your grey hair. They can take away dinginess and add a touch of silver or platinum, or just brighten your grey.

You seem to have accepted going grey and just want to look your best during the transition. That is good. I think you'll be sorry if you start down the old road of permanent colors, dyes, peroxide, ammonia, faded ends, roots showing, retouching, the whole bit.

Listen to Doug

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Natural Hair Dyes

At the beginning of this year, I decided that as much as I liked having dyed red hair, I really didn't like the damage being caused by the over-the-counter hair dye I was buying. The color was great, but losing hair every time I did it, and then dealing with the fade-out was just not worth it. I'd heard a bit about using henna to dye hair and looked into it.

I found a few websites and learned a lot of information about just how damaging commercial hair dye is. When I found the website hennaforhair.com. I decided I'd try their henna. It wasn't cheap the first time because I had to buy 4 packets of henna to dye my hair, which is halfway down my back. I suppose it didn't cost anymore than a salon job though.

I will never go back to commercial hair dyes. My hair is a lovely rich red now. People always tell me it looks natural. It also doesn't fade, so when it's time for a touch-up, I literally only have to retouch my roots, I don't have to re-dye all the rest as I did before.

Hennaforhair.com has other information too on dying your hair brunette, black, or giving it a blondish sheen, all with plants! The henna thickened my hair a bit, which I needed, and it has not been this shiny and lustrous since I was a kid!

Plant dyes are also totally safe for pregnant women, unless of course you are allergic, but allergies to henna are rare. Anyway, worked so very well for me that it would be a crime not to share it!

By Natalie from Washington D.C.

Long red hair on back of head

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Washable Markers For Temporary Hair Streaks

Colored streaks in hair seems to be the "in" thing. My child and the neighbors have used this thrifty method. You take as much hair as you want to color and lay it on a piece of white paper, then simply color with washable markers. There you have it, no peroxide or toxic dye.

By Robyn from Hampton, TN

Green streaks in blond hair.

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