Natural Hair Dyes: Intro & Types (Part 1/2)

Hair dyeing is one of the most sought-after salon services. It requires expert knowledge, professional application, and solid experience. Without these elements, hair fails are commonly observed. Clients end up spending even more resources and money on fixing the outcomes from box dye experiments and other DIY colouring fiascos.

Before you attempt an adventurous shade at home or commit to a henna treatment, you should consult with your hair specialist. Virtual consultations may be an appropriate fit if you are busy or your preferred salon has been forced to temporarily close its doors.

Do natural hair dyes really work?

The short and concise answer is “yes”. Hooray for the all-natural enthusiasts.

The more thorough response, though, emphasizes one crucial consideration:

Natural hair dyes may not work successfully (or at all) with heavily processed and/or bleached hair. They are ideal for virgin hair that is not chemically straightened or permed.

Top 4 Natural Hair Dyes

These are tried and true alternatives to conventional colouring procedures. They still require precision for optimal results.

1.    Henna for Most Permanence

In its original formula, henna contains only plant-derived ingredients. It is one of the staple hair care products in India. The long-haired goddesses often use it to intensify their naturally dark or reddish tresses. Be cautious, though, as some brands try to sneak in some synthetics.

Follow the instructions on the packaging. Do a trial on a small section before applying to your entire mane. Henna is quite difficult to get rid of, and you will have to wait for the colour to grow out if you are not absolutely in love with it.

2.    Honey & Lemon for Lighter Shades

This option works well with naturally darker blondes and lighter brunettes. Lemons contain an acid that brings out the hair’s underlying variations of blonde pigments. The common denominator is that the tones always turn out warm. This concoction will ensure that your scalp is healthy due to honey’s antibacterial properties.

The standard proportions are 1 squeezed lemon per tablespoon of honey. You can adjust according to your hair texture and the colour you are after. Let the mixture sit for at least an hour and extend the time for lighter tones.

3.    Veg Juice for Temp Enhancements

If you are keen on trying a more unconventional hair colour, minus the prolonged commitment, you should check out your local veg produce section. Beets and carrots, for example, will satisfy the red-headed enthusiasts. Be sure to juice the veggies before dyeing and do not add any unnecessary ingredients.

The process is messy, so choose your battleground wisely. The shower is usually the most convenient place for the transformation. The results are comparable to what you will experience with a colouring shampoo.

4.    Coffee for Intense Brunette Vibes

If henna is not appealing to you, but you are still after the deep brunette vibes, you may want to give a cup of coffee a go. It will add dark but warm nuances to your locks. The longer (at minimum, 1 hour) you keep it on, the more intense the outcome.

Brew your coffee as per the usual ritual. Skip the cream, sugar, and pumpkin spice for the purposes of this task.

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