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Homemade Hair Dye Recipes

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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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By 12 found this helpful
August 12, 2011

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.
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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.

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June 2, 2014

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

red ombre hair color

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November 1, 20042 found this helpful

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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By 5 found this helpful
April 23, 2012

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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December 9, 20050 found this helpful

Use this recipe for red highlights in blonde or brown hair.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Simmer flowers in water in a nonmetal pot for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat; strain when cool; saving the liquid.
  3. After washing hair; apply the marigold decoction as a final rinse; pouring it over the hair and catching it in a basin to reapply several times. (Red wine may be added to the liquid to intensify the effect.)
  4. Allow hair to dry naturally in the sun; if possible.
  5. Repeat the rinsing process with subsequent shampoos until you achieve the desired shade.
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    By Ellen Brown

    Note: Some recipes are not suitable for sensitive skin. Each person is different, so test on the inside arm or wrist for any possible allergic reactions before using these recipes.

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November 1, 20040 found this helpful

Brew a pot of black coffee and rinse your hair with it after shampooing. Rinse it all off until water runs clear.

By Suzanne S.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 25, 2016

What can I use for homemade hair color?

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March 11, 20170 found this helpful

My girls used to use koolaid (minus the sugar)

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