NOTE: This article has multiple recipes for Covering Gray, Natural Hair Color for Blondes, Brunettes, Redheads. To make it easier to navigate, use the Table of Contents button to your right!
Natural Hair Color for Blondes
Marigold gives golden highlights to light hair and brings out red and gold highlights in light brown and red hair. Saffron, tumeric, Calendula, Mullein, privet and yellow broom in addition to any yellow blossomed herb or flower also add color and highlights for blondes.
- 1/4 cup fresh Lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water
Strain the Lemon juice to remove any pulp, then combine the ingredients. After shampooing, apply to wet hair and allow to remain for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
Lemon-Lime Highlighter for Blondes
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- 1 ounce mild shampoo
- Juice of 2 limes
Mix all ingredients. Leave on hair for 15 to 20 minutes while under a dryer or in the sun. Rinse out.
Licorice & Oat Straw
To restore hair that was once blonde, mix 10 grams of Licorice root with 10 grams of oat straw, add a pinch of saffron. Cover with water and boil to make an infusion. Strain and use a s a rinse after shampooing. It should be allowed to soak into the hair and NOT rinsed out.
To bring out highlights and lighten blonde hair, steep 1/2 cup of Chamomile tea in one quart of boiling water . Strain and cool slighyly. Shampoo hair until oil free, then rinse with the tea infusion.
DIY Rhubarb Highlights Hair Color
(for bright lights in fair hair)
- 3/4 ounce rhubarb root
- 4 cups pure water
Simmer rhubarb root in water in a covered nonmetal pot for one hour. After cooling and filtering out solids, apply to the hair as a final rinse, pouring the liquid through again and again. Effects are permanent warm/bright overtones. Red wine may be used instead of water for a warmer tone.
Natural Sun Streaking for Hair
This is a rich hair dressing which provides sheen and elegance to frazzled hair. It can also be used as a pressing oil for hair straightening.
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- 2 teaspoons Chamomile tea
Mix Lemon juice and tea. Using an inexpensive straw hat with lots of holes in it, pull strands of hair you would like to lighten through the holes with a crochet hook or pencil. Sit in the sun for 1 1/2 hours. You will achieve natural-looking streaking.
Natural Hair Color for Brunettes
DIY Brunette Hair Dye
Wash your hair with strong black tea. Pour the selected rinse through your hair 15 times, re-rinsing with the same liquid. On the final rinse, wring hair, and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing with clear water.
(for brunettes and redheads)
- 8 cups warm brewed coffee
After shampooing rinse hair with coffee. Do not rinse it out. Your hair will be rich and shiny.
Sage Rinse for Dark Hair
- 2 cups malt or red wine vinegar
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup Sage
Combine ingredients in a glass or enamel pan and boil for 15 minutes. Strain, cool, and store in a tightly capped bottle. After shampooing, pour 1/2 cup over hair, then rinse.
Marigold Hair Color for Red Lights in Brown Hair
(for red lights in blonde or brown hair)
- 1/3 cup crushed marigold flowers
- 2 1/2 cups water
Simmer flowers in water in a non-metal 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. (Red wine may be added to the liquid to intensify the effect.)
Allow hair to dry naturally in the sun, if possible. Repeat the rinsing process with subsequent shampoos until you achieve the desired shade.
Natural Hair Color for Redheads
Natural Recipe to Enhance Red Hair
- 1/2 cup beet juice
- 1/2 cup Carrot juice
Mix ingredients together, pour over damp hair. Let it sit for 1 hour while you sit in the sun. Wash out.
How to Naturally Cover Gray
Classic Hair Color to Darken Brown, Black Hair
(for darkening dark brown and black hair)
- 1/3 cup walnut shells, black tea,
- cherry tree bark or cloves
- 2 1/2 cups water
Simmer colorant in water in a nonmetal pot for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, then strain when cool, saving the liquid. Apply to hair as a final rinse.
Boil potato peels in water, strain, and cool. Use the strained water as an after-shampoo rinse to darken grey hair.
Sage covers the grey when used consistently over a period of time. Simmer 1/2 cup dried Sage in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. Steep for 2-3 hours. Strain, use as rinse on clean hair. Leave on until hair has dried, then rinse out.
Darkening Gray Hair
- 3 tablespoons Black tea
- 3 tablespoons Sage
- 1 teapot freshly boiled water
Steep Black tea and Sage in water. Allow to cool and use as a hair rinse, pouring the tea repeatedly over the hair. Rinse with tepid water.
Sage & Rosemary
Mix 1 oz. Sage, 1oz. Rosemary and 1 pint of water. Simmer for 30 minutes and strain. Massage into the scalp and grey hair.
Ways to Remove Hair Color
There's nothing like coloring your hair to make you feel and look new. A new hair color can do wonders to your confidence level, though not always. Sometimes, it can spell disaster.
A color might look really good on the packet cover, but once you've used it the reactions might vary from “oh my God” to major depression. So, if you fall into this category, then we can suggest you some solutions to remove hair color.
Okay, so somehow the hair color you have been dreaming about went wrong. It may be too bright, too dark, or simply is not the color you wanted. And, laying the blame on the colorist's door or the product company will not help. What you need is damage control-you need to remove hair color.
However, this is easier said than done. Hair color is not like furniture paint that can easily be removed with paint remover. One option to remove hair color is to go to a color correction specialist.
The only way to remove hair color is with a color removal product. But only professionals should use products designed to remove hair color. These products are not recommended for consumers unless they know exactly what they're doing.
But what you can do on your own to remove hair color is to cover up. And depending on the color you selected, you may be able to cover the permanent color with a semi or demi-color. But before you decide to re-color your hair with another color, seek the advice of the color manufacturer, because mixing colors can result in bigger disasters than before.
If the hair color used was a light to medium shade, you may be able to cover it with a semi-permanent hair color after a few days. If you used a very dark shade, then it's very difficult to remove hair color and you might as well live with it.
Dark hair colors are hard to correct because the pigments in the dye are very strong. If your hair has been colored a shade of green, you could try a chlorine removal shampoo, or, if all else fails, tomato juice soak.
Mistakes do happen, but learn from the mistakes and take care not to repeat them. And before you set out to repair the damage, call the manufacturer of the product first. They'll be able to suggest you ways to remove hair color. Still, if you're unable to correct the problem, remember it's just hair. The color will eventually grow out or fade on its own.
You can also make the best of the situation by visiting a stylist and getting a new flattering hairstyle that'll draw attention away from the ghastly color. You can also use this time to accessorize your hair and try out different styles.
Anything that'll draw the attention from the hair color should help. Also, remember to use hair-coloring products that are safe, because a head full of orange hair is better than a head without hair.
Natural Skin Care Based on Science
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. What you put on it can have a profound impact on your overall health over the long term. That's why every ingredient in your skincare product needs to be carefully chosen … to feed your skin with essential nutrients.
Did you know that many skincare products contain only tiny amounts of certain active ingredients, just so they can add them to the label? Or that many popular and expensive skincare products can actually damage your skin?