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Homemade Hair Dye Recipes

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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August 12, 2011 Flag

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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August 19, 20110 found this helpful

I used henna from age 13 (Mother put it on) until I was too grey about 50+ and had 5 normal healthy chldren. I went from really red to finally a beautiful auburn. What I really liked was that the hairs dye to each particular shade; meaning the light ones are redder than the dark ones which become auburn. Not a great photo attached (was Polaroid), but auburn shows through.

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June 2, 2014 Flag

red ombre hair color

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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!

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April 23, 2012 Flag

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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November 1, 2004 Flag

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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December 9, 2005 Flag

Simmer flowers in water in a nonmetal pot for 20 minutes. Remove from heat; strain when cool; saving the liquid. 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.

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November 1, 2004 Flag

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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July 25, 2016 Flag

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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