Homemade Hair Dye Recipes

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.

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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!

red ombre hair color

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November 1, 2004

Put 1 teaspoon allspice, 1 teaspoon crushed cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon cloves in 1 cup water. Simmer.


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

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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.

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December 9, 2005

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

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

What can I use for homemade hair color?


March 11, 20170 found this helpful

My girls used to use koolaid (minus the sugar)

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March 30, 20180 found this helpful

How do you do it and how long does the color last?

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October 5, 20180 found this helpful

Make sure your hair is dry, mix the dye and developer together, take the bottle and mix it by shaking and turning it over and over, make sure it is well mixed together pour it on your hair rubbing it and into your scalp rubbing it in to your roots, by the ear and temple make sure to put plenty of dye on there and the top towards the back rub it in. let it stand on your hair for 20 Min. then rinse it but at first just put enough water on your hair to form a suds like a shampoo, then take your head out of water, staying over the sink, rub it like you are shampooing rub it especially good round ears and temple, top of scalp towards the back, after you are done doing that and you think the dye is totally rubbed into the scalp and hair, then rinse with luke warm water, keep rinsing till you see the water clear, then you are done.


continue drying as if you had just shampooed your hair, when it drys, continue to put conditioner and moisturizer, and hair mask, is what I use, to keep the moisture in your hair, I always leave it on over night, I put a shower cap on, in the morning i rinse it out and try to leave some in, if your hair is dry and brittle, do the mask and moisturizer every night and put a shower cap on and sleep with the treatment on your hair, if you don't want to do it every night then at least 3 times a week, till it feels soft, it will also help the color last longer , I usually dye my hair every 3 months, so the color last for that, it says on the box to dye every 3 to 4 weeks long, but this will give you double the time to keep the color in your hair, but do remember to put mask in your hair to keep the moisture in. Good Luck.

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