My natural hair colour is a brownish of sorts like a dark brown. I have only ever used boxed chemical dyes on my hair once; on the leave out hair for my number 1 (black) weave install I couldn’t find the specific weave in my regular number at the time and my natural hair colour just wouldn’t blend so the leave out had to be dyed black. On take down the difference in colours on my head was so obvious but since the leave out was a very small section the rest of my hair covered it well and henna and braids also helped over time until the black totally grew out.
Here is a list of natural hair dyes I compiled from different sources that I thought would be of interest to ladies who do not want to put more chemicals than necessary in their hair or are allergic to manufactured hair dyes. In my opinion any plant (fruit, seed, bark, leaf, and root) that can stain is a potential hair dye you just have to find the right proportions and/or dye releasing agents to mix it with. I just came up with a list, for more information on these and more natural hair dyes Google is your friend
I am feeling lazy today lol I always think it is quite important for people to
do their own research before trying out anything. It is
also a good idea to do a strand test beforehand you don’t want to end up with
greenish purple hair now. Some of these dyes
work instantly and others work overtime with frequent and consistent use.
So here goes;
Henna (I think everyone on a hair journey knows this one by now and it is one natural dye that I can answers questions on personally, been around it since I was a child so feel free to ask any henna related questions in the comment section thanks.)
Indigo (used mostly in conjunction with henna to dye hair black)
Black tea (most of the other teas can dye as well)
Lemons (lightens hair)
Honey (lightens hair)
Amla - Indian Gooseberry (darkens hair; get the powdered version)
Curry leaves (darkens hair)
Sage (this is one herb I came across a lot while researching for this post)
Another alternative hair dye is food colour! Yes the one that we use in food.
Quick hair update: today was what I hope is my final wash day before I commence my kinky twist take down in about two weeks time or less. I finally managed to do a hot oil treatment aka hot oil pre poo they are currently air drying it’s been about four hours since I washed them and I am about 60% dry I may go out in the sun later and get them sun dried.
In other hair related news I came across this lady who uses pure Argan oil on her human hair weave *insert blank stare*! Call me cheap but I will use vegetable oil from my kitchen on my extensions before I use such expensive oil on hair that is not growing out of my scalp. Different strokes for different folks.
Do you know of any other natural hair dyes? If so please add them in the comment section below…