Homemade Natural Hair Dyes

| Modified on Sep 10, 2022
B Complex
Posted by Violet K. (Spain) on 07/22/2018

In response to Leah from Philadelphia's post from 2013 --

Hi all, I've read on other online discussion boards that premature grey can be reversed with vitamin b12 and other b vitamins. One woman in her 50s reports taking b complex for other health issues and after a few months noticing her original color coming back in. Also Dr Myhill notes early grey is an indication of b12 deficiency and the resulting anemia. Hope this helps. Nothing better than your hair being colored from within!

The B Complex situation works! I was going very gray, but upped my B vitamin dose to a B50 complex vitamin and I now see the original colour coming back....and I am almost 80 now!

Black Tea
Posted by Darlene (Houston, Texas) on 12/15/2016

Just want to let you know there is a natural remedy for gray or graying hair: Black tea! Yep you read right. Just plain old black tea along with either (coconut oil or olive oil ) as a mixture because the tea tends to dry the hair. Rinse with this and you will see the difference almost immediately. For sure with the second time you shampoo your hair and use the tea rinse.

Just google black tea as a hair rinse. I purchase the inexpensive brands from $Tree stores or any discount stores in the area. Some of the even carry Earl Grey tea which works really well.

Black Tea
Posted by Iowama (Iowa) on 01/28/2017

I tried Darlene's black tea hair rinse suggestion starting in mid December when she posted it. I just want to say I really like it. My hair is medium brown and every 9 months or so, I have a few highlights put in at a salon. I don't have a lot of gray, but, unlike Darlene, this tea rinse does not cover all my gray roots. We all have different hair. I like the tea idea because I am able to use it to refresh my color. My routine is that very 6 weeks or so, I color my roots by mixing up a little permanent dye I order online (initials MR). Previous to this tea idea, I would mix a little of the dye and activator into some shampoo to tone down the redness and brassiness that develop. That allowed me to only have to color my whole head of hair twice a year. My old method works great for me, but tea is more natural, is working just as well to recharge the color, and is certainly less expensive. The night before the tea treatment, I work some coconut oil into my hair while I watch a little tv, then sleep on it. Next morning, I steep 2 large black tea bags in a 2 handled kettle, which I set in the shower floor. After I shampoo and squeeze out the water, I pick up the kettle and do a few dunks of my hair on each side. Then I rinse and condition. If I don't do it too often, it doesn't erase my highlights. Very kind of you, Darlene, to share your idea.

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Amber (Portland, Oregon) on 03/17/2009

Many people (including myself) use natural plants to color thier hair, such as Henna (for Orange/Red color, and adds brilliant shine to hair), Henna with Indigo (to achieve brunette to black colors), and Cassia; a plant that can be used to add shine or add a bit of golden color to very pale blond or white hair. There are other plants and spices that can enhance tone as well. (for more on this, read on)

About the results: I am a dark blonde who used to lighten my hair. I have colored my hair all types of ways, and most recently I decided to 'go dark'. Well, I can tell you that nothing colors and strengthens my hair like the henna. And I now use the henna + indigo mix to achieve a very exotic dark color, that fully saturates (dyes used to wash out easily), shines, and is actually healthy for my hair! The shine you can achieve with the use of henna is head-turning and like no other. Henna binds with your hair, so it is much different than a dye. You can also use chemical lighteners or dyes over it, or apply it over chemically dyed/lightened hair, and as long as you are using PURE henna, you will get nice results. The horror stories you may have heard only relate to people using 'compound' hennas, again, like you would buy in the store, mixed with other ingredients.

How it basically works: Henna can be combined with an acid (lemon juice, apple cider vinegar) and left to sit for 12 hours to release the dye. It can then be added to color the hair (usually for 2 hours) or it can be diluted and/or applied for a lesser duration, to add just a touch of tint and gloss to the hair. Indigo can be mixed with water and mixed into the Henna, or applied seperately after a Henna treatment. Cassia can be applied alone, or added to the aforementioned mixes. These plants should be purchased in a pure form (not in mixes from the beauty supply).

Where you can find out more: You can find a wealth of information at this website: www.hennaforhair.com about how to color your hair with these plants, and a very interesting history. There are also personal mixes, techniques, forums where you can ask questions about your specific hair type/goals, and order the products. You can also order small samples very inexpensively so that you can experiment on 'brush harvested' hair. I can't say enough great things about the women who run this website. If you are curious, and check it out, they offer all the info and help you need to become confident about trying this.

I have also since read on many natural health and hair sites that Honey can be used as a natural lightener. So if you are a blonde, perhaps that will work for you, as well as lemon juice. One could also use the cassia to get the brilliant shine that henna gives, without turning into a redhead! If I ever grow my natural hair out again, this is what I will do!

One last thing I want to say, is that it feels very good to get off of the chemical-dye train, to find natural plant dyes that achieve colors and results so beauteous that nature could only provide. It may seem time-consuming at first, but after learning and becoming experienced with the use of these dyes (and it doesn't take long!) it has become a nice beauty ritual; it feels more natural and personal...and has become something I look forward to doing, taking time to relax while the mix does it's magic, and the hair is always more beautiful each time! It has been about 2 years that I have been using these plant dyes, and I am glad to be able to share this info on earth clinic, so that perhaps others can start using this too.

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Lorie (Chico, California) on 02/09/2010

Just a note to be careful with Henna products. I own a salon that uses 97-99% plant derived hair color so we often have guests who come to us because they want organic color. We have had a lot of experience with guests who have Henna on their hair. It's fine if they are staying dark or going darker. Where Henna causes problems is when you are trying to lift the color out of your hair. With Henna, the more you try to lift the color out the more you push the red molecule in - resulting in brassy reddish/orange hair. Once Henna is on your hair, there is no way to lift it out, you have to let it grow out. Also be careful with Lemon Juice to lighten hair. Lemon juice will lighten your hair about a level. If you are already light it can lighten it to a nice blond color. If you are dark enough where you still have a orange undertone, lemon juice will just lighten you enough to take you to a brassy blond. Any time you are coloring or lightening your hair you have to think about the undertone you are exposing and whether or not you want to enhance it or neutralize it. That being said, it helps to know what products you will need to achieve the results you want. What works for one person may not work for another.

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Ranjana (Mumbai, India) on 03/17/2010

My aunt has 80% grey hair and she uses Herbal powder which has catnip, nettle, horsetail & indigo. She mixes this powder with mehndi and she gets beautiful burgundy colour.

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Amber (Pdx, Ca) on 11/18/2010

Hi Zo: Check the Henna for Hair website and forum for info on Buxus and Indigo, both natural plant dyes that can be used on hair and mixed with Henna to create anything from dark blonde to dark brown. Tons and Tons of mix ratios, photos and mixes abound there! I can say firsthand that I've achieved many dark blonde to brown tones from using Henna and Indigo mixed together and left on for a short time (45m - 1hr) (considered a 'gloss) and my hair is light blonde (I'm growing the roots out verrrry gradually from a Henna/Indigo jet black) so it really does work. Once I've grown out more of my natural color I will turn to lightening it with honey. Info on this can be found on the Long Hair Community Forum. They've done lots of research and basically have it down to a science. I can't wait to try!

One more comment is that since I've been using body art quality (it's VERY important to avoid 'compound' mixes usually found in salons) natural hair dyes in the last 4 years it has become a beauty ritual and a nice habit of slowing down and doing something that makes my hair way more luxurious and shiny... As opposed to slopping smelly chemical stuff that burns the skin and waiting it out... For natural haircolor, research and reading need to be done first, but the benefits are very hard to outweigh once you get the hang of it.

Henna and Indigo
Posted by A (Pdx, Or) on 02/09/2010

this is not quite true:

that might fit with the 97% grade henna used in that salon, but it should be pointed out that there are two grades of henna: pure, henna and compound henna (this is the stuff you see in boxes at salons and is mixed with chemicals)

pure henna DOES lift, and easily. this is widely known. search hennaforhair.com forums and pages for more info.

it is INDIGO that is permananent. henna can be lightened with peroxide or bleach, and can also be lightened with honey. i have done blonde highlights on my henna'd hair no problem, and this is widely understood about being able to lighten henna, but NOT indigo.

just wanted to set things straight. if you are considering adding henna to your hair, it is extremely important to use pure 100% henna (body art quality).

Reactions to Hair Dye
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 03/20/2017

A long time friend sent me a current picture of herself and I noticed how long her hair was. I said, "Wow, you haven't worn your hair long in a good while." She commented that she had been wearing it short because her hair kept breaking.

She decided to stop bleaching her hair and her hair stopped breaking.

So, I guess if you have trouble with your hair breaking, you may need to re-evaluate hair colors/bleaches.

Just some food for thought for hair care!

~Mama to Many~

B Complex
Posted by Leah (Philadelphia, Pa) on 04/25/2013

Hi all, I've read on other online discussion boards that premature grey can be reversed with vitamin b12 and other b vitamins. One woman in her 50s reports taking b complex for other health issues and after a few months noticing her original color coming back in. Also Dr Myhill notes early grey is an indication of b12 deficiency and the resulting anemia. Hope this helps. Nothing better than your hair being colored from within!

Amla Berry Hair Oil
Posted by Serena (Munich, Germany) on 03/08/2013

Hello everyone, I have been having problems with premature grey hair for many years and read all the posts with my utmost interest.... few things helped a little, few did nothing.

Recently I bought an amla berry indian hair oil and I am super happy with it. My normally curly and dry hair is smooth and shiny and the best thing about it- it coats the greys with the a darker shade- the greys are still visible but not as much so I am going to continue with my routine:

massage the amla oil onto dry hair
put warm hat on and leave it for the night
shampoo next morning

I can really recommand this oil. It also helps prevent dry skin and dandruff

all the best S.

Amla Berry Hair Oil
Posted by Sindee (San Diego, CA) on 07/07/2014

I can vouch for B12, about three years ago I was dragging around tired all the time having to take cat naps to get through the day. A friend suggested taking some B12 so I bought the liquid from a local store and added to my water (3-4 drops in 12 oz), the lethargy began fading in about 2-3 months, but my hair and nails began growing fast in about a month. I am in my late fifties and apart from some grey my hair is in better than good shape. About a year ago I began cooking some of my Indian dishes in coconut oil that I had watched my mom do years ago.

Reactions to Hair Dye
Posted by Epach (Ga) on 09/16/2017

Warning!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I lost a friend (Master Colorist) to hair dye. She did my hair for years, and she slowly developed an allergy. First, she needed gloves (skin contact), after a while she then she needed a mask (inhaling fumes). She went to the doctor and he told her to change careers, it was going to kill her. She ignored the warning and was at home dying her own hair and she went into anaphylactic shock and died. She was a beautiful person.

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Prakash (Mumbai, India) on 03/03/2010

where to buy indigo in india? though henna is easily available I have 80percent grey hair, only henna makes my hair orangish would love to have brown colour using plant dye

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Bess (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 10/07/2011

Hi Savannah - I'm not the original poster (Amber is) but she recommended an excellent Web site dedicated to using henna. It will tell you what you need to know. Everyone's hair is different (texture, colour, amount of gray, etc. ) so you may have to do a test using hair collected from your hairbrush and adjust your henna mix accordingly.


I use henna but I just get the premade stuff online because, well, I'm lazy. Even then it took a while to get the right mix (probably because I have a lot of gray). I use light brown (which isn't, really - it comes out much darker) and a bit of marigold blonde. I tried adding some red henna to the mix but I looked like Ronald McDonald.

The best things about henna are the incredible shine and lustrous colour. However, it is quite time consuming, messy and, for a few days, your head smells really "earthy" - even if you put fragrant spices like ginger or cinnamon in the mix.

Good luck! Cheers, Bess

Eliminating Caffeine
Posted by Anon (Anon) on 04/29/2016

I started drinking coffee in highschool - 1998. I noticed my blond hair getting much darker and coarser a few years ago, 2015 or so. I realized I was getting high blood pressure from the coffee and quit coffee (they say caffeine causes your body to retain salt and excrete potassium to protect your heart from dehydration). I noticed my hair is getting lighter and finer again - 2016. When I was drinking coffee, my hair was actually getting about six inches of black on the root end, and then the hair would just fall out, as well as darkening somewhat overall. My diet has included more raw eggs, green veggies, and fruit, too.

Herbal Hair Dye Recipes
Posted by Andrea (Wales Uk) on 05/27/2014

Herbal Hair Dyes: I used black tea before after a Jamaican lady heard me tell my sister in a shop that I won't stick chemicals in my greying hair just because she thinks I should. The lady said to use the same method as the one below and it worked fine and lasted a week.

My hair is brown and it blended in beautifully. But my friend used it on her black hair and it worked in her as well.

My Sister who is fair did the blonde thing and also put lemon juice on her hair when it started to fade and that kept the blond shade for ages. She's going grey as well!! :-D CHEEK!

Love Andrea xxxx

By Beth Asaff: Most recipes for homemade herbal hair dye are easy to make, and there are several benefits to making your own hair products. Although most herbal dyes won't produce as brilliant a color as traditional, store-bought hair dye will, this is a great option for women who are concerned about the safety of traditional hair dyes.

Recipes for Herbal Hair Dyes

When you're ready to try making your own hair dye, it helps to have some tried and true recipes. The following are popular.

Chamomile and Calendula Rinse for Blonds

A weekly rinse with chamomile and calendula can brighten dull blond locks and stop any extra dark streaks caused by UV exposure.


  • 1/2 cup fresh or dried chamomile flowers
  • 1/2 cup fresh or dried calendula
  • 1 quart of water


  1. Bring the water to a boil on the stove in a non-aluminum pan.
  2. Add the chamomile and calendula and remove the water from the stove.
  3. Allow the herbs to steep for 30 minutes, then strain out the liquid.
  4. Allow the infused water to cool completely. You can store this in a refrigerated jar for future use for up to one week.
  5. Wash your hair like you normally would, then towel dry.
  6. Pour or spray the water onto your hair. Leave it on for 15 - 30 minutes before rinsing, or skip rinsing and style as usual.

You can try other yellow flowered herbs as well, such as saffron or turmeric. If you have very long hair, use a full cup of flowers in your mixture.

Sage and Rosemary Rinse for Brunettes

Sage and rosemary can significantly darken hair when used several times a month. They can also bring out natural highlights and some red tones in the hair.


  • 2 cups fresh or dried sage
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh or dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Enough water to cover


  1. Place the herbs in a large, non-aluminum pan and cover with water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer.
  3. Simmer for approximately six hours, checking frequently to ensure the water does not boil away. Add more water as needed.
  4. Strain and allow the mixture to cool.
  5. Add the apple cider vinegar and mix well.
  6. After shampooing, rinse the hair in the sage and rosemary rinse and style as usual.

Walnut Rinse for Brunettes

Walnut hulls are an extremely effective way to darken hair (and everything else). Always wear gloves when working with walnut hulls.


  • 2 tablespoons crushed black walnut hulls
  • 3 cups of water
  • Tea ball or muslin tea bag


  1. Place the crushed black walnut hulls in the tea ball or bag and steep in 3 cups of boiling water overnight.
  2. Shampoo your hair as usual and rinse hair 10 to 15 times in the walnut mixture.
  3. Style as usual.

Black Tea Rinse to Darken Any Shade

Black tea will give a subtle and temporary darkening to your hair, no matter what it's starting color.


  • 3 heaping tablespoons of loose black tea leaves
  • 3 cups boiling water


  • Steep the black tea leaves in the boiling water for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Shampoo your hair as usual and pour the black tea mixture over your hair 15 to 20 times.
  • Leave the final rinse of black tea on your hair for 10 minutes, then rinse with clean, warm water.
  • Style as usual.

Henna Powder for Red Hair

Henna powder can be used for brunettes and for people with red hair. Henna is a very in depth topic; research it more before attempting to make your own mix.

Henna can add light or dark highlights to both red and brown hair. Try this method for a subtle, red/gold color.


  • 200 grams of henna powder
  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • Saran wrap


  1. Mix together the henna and lemon juice in a non-metal bowl.

Allow the mixture to sit for four to six hours until it thickness slightly.

  1. Apply the mixture to your hair and comb through evenly.
  2. Pile your hair on your head and wrap in saran wrap.
  3. Allow it to sit undisturbed for two to three hours, then rinse out.

EC: Thanks, Andrea!  I'm sure many of our readers will find these useful.

Reactions to Hair Dye
Posted by Venus (San Francisco, Ca) on 09/15/2017

Test to see if you actually have a PPD or PTD allergy by doing a skin patch test with whatever brand you use on your lower arm below elbow on inside, follow instructions. You also may try to - not wash your hair for a few days or brush scalp, two days of so before a color job. You may be reacting to something else, hydrogen peroxide, resorcinol or any number of things, even the plastic. There are many other elements. Let me know if you still have problems. It is important to do a patch test aka: PD Test before each color job, because, we can develop an allergy AT ANY TIME to the very thing that never caused any problem before. I am an herbalist and over 30 years ago I developed an allergy to an herb I had used for years without any problems, now I can not stand to even smell it. You may wish to try henna or herbs to color your hair.

Henna and Indigo
Posted by C.S.M (VERO BEACH, FL) on 03/18/2009

Yes!!! I am thrilled, too, to be off chemical hair dyes!!!

Using information from Long Hair Community--Henna Forum, I bought pure Body Art Henna.

I tried numerous experiments using hair from my brushes until I found the result I was looking for.

This product colors my grey hair as no previous boxed henna could. I mix it with cassia to give me a beautiful, brilliant, non fading strawberry blond. Leaves hair stronger. I am amazed!

Thank you Earth Clinic for being here!

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Nooree (Miami, Florida) on 07/30/2009

Thanks! for this post. I have been using Henna to Dye my hair for a long time but I do not know what Cassia is. Where can I get it and how much to use with henna. It seems like Cassia mixing with Henna will give a nice shine to your hair. Even though Henna itself gives a little shine also. I have been mixing henna and keeping it for just few hours before using in my hair. I will keep it soaked for over night now before using it, to enhance the color. Thank you Amber and C.S.M. both for this knowledge. Thanks you every one on Earth Clinic to make life easier with natural products and God bless Ted for being an Angel for us to research and bring the remedies for us. Thanks alot. I learned alot of this site.

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Pr (Houston, Texas, Usa) on 03/18/2010

Prakash, I am using henna for my hair and I am happy with the results. Be sure to get the best grade henna you can find. I found mine by typing in food grade henna or organic henna on the internet. I than call the companies to be sure they were selling the best grade which will be more expensive, but worth it. Don't buy pre-mixed packaged henna at health food stores as these also contain heavy metals; at least here in the USA. I am pretty sure the company I get my henna from imports it from India.

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Zee (Johor Bahru, Malaysia) on 12/21/2010

Organic henna when mixed with tea becomes dark red or burgundy depending on how long you leave them on your hair. Organic henna with coffee becomes dark brown. I tried them and the color is very stunning.

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Raven (Fresno, Ca) on 12/26/2010

I purchase powdered henna from the Indian Grocery and add a bit of lemon juice, cinnamon, and coconut oil to heated water. It comes out as a very natural looking reddish brown. You'll avoid chemicals, have healthy hair, and save a ton of money.

Ginger, Mustard, Curry Powder, Turmeric
Posted by Jackie (Grand Rapids, Minnesota) on 01/28/2008

since introduced to this site, i have eliminated chemicals wherever possible. first, i stopped all anti-aging products on face and got rid of fluoride toothpaste. i cleanse with bkg soda and use jaboba oil or vegetable gycerine with drop of essential oil for moisturizer sometimes castor oil around the eyes.use minimal amt of non animal tested pressed powder blush and eyeliner. i indeed look younger and soft and my eyesight has improved. i think the antiaging products might be absorbed into the eye itself or into the blood vessels. any thoughts on this? my skin is much better.

next i found this website, black hair media hair forum. gives recipes for coloring hair using herbs. i wish i had known about this from teenage years. i invented my own recipe that works very well and is very easy to do. i have chin length white hair with darker grey at the neckline.

1 tsp ground ginger, i tsp dry mustard, 1 tsp curry powder and a pinch of tumeric. (be careful with tumeric, hair can turn clown yellow if you use too much. all of these ingredients are spices that can be bought in any grocery store. i put the spices in a bowl, pour one cup of boiling water over them, cover tightly and let cool. next strain saving the liquid. pour over washed and dried hair about 5-6 times. i use a basin in the sink or tub to catch the mixture then pour back into the cup and repeat 5-6 times. don't rinse,squeeze out excess water cover with shower cap and leave on about 30 minutes. rinse with cool water lastly i add a dash of vinegar to cup of cool water and pour over and leave in. acts like a conditioner and keeps the color in better. the mixture doesn't stain my skin,sink or hands. there is some dripping under the shower cap so have a towel handy. this gives me a natural light golden blonde hair color, and my darker hair blends in nicely.it washes out with each shampoo so has to be done each time. the gray is comletely covered using this method, even better than hair dye which often won't cover the temples or the sides. the spices and the vinegar condition it and idon't have to use a conditioner.it's recommended to a patch test with herbs and spices first.

Ginger, Mustard, Curry Powder, Turmeric
Posted by Sara (Toronto, Canada) on 08/03/2010

I just read this blog and was fascinated and wanted to try it out but when it said it would turn my hair a golden blonde I was a bit disappointed and I was wondering since my hair is black would it become a light brown or something?? And when you said it washes out with each shampoo so it has to be done each time- does that mean the vinegar or the hair color/dye?

Ginger, Mustard, Curry Powder, Turmeric
Posted by Janice (Se Hinterland, Q'ld Australia) on 06/06/2011

Yes.Great results! I used this recipe' yesterday but forgot to include the mustard. It works even without the mustard. Next time I'll add the mustard yet knowing it works beautifully without it, I can compare the difference. I am amazed and delighted at the results! . It covers regrowth and gives a lovely light flaxen-colour blonde results on my lighter hair with my dark streaks seeming darker. I'm happy with it. Thanks for posting.

Ginger, Mustard, Curry Powder, Turmeric
Posted by Isis (St. Louis, Mo) on 07/05/2013

For those of you who noticed that this mixture didn't do much to your hair if you have dark hair already, it is because it won't do anything to it.

This mixture adds color and can't take it away. Hair bleach is the only thing that can remove color from your hair, your hair will not be lightened by coloring it. The reason it worked to color the others' hair is due to them using the dye to cover white (already lightened) hair.

Ginger, Mustard, Curry Powder, Turmeric
Posted by Sandy (Usa) on 02/28/2015

Dear Jackie,

Can you please explain how your eye improved and what exactly you did with your facial skin. How have did you moisturise your face regime?

Posted by Abigail (Yorkshire) on 04/30/2014

Thumbs up for turmeric! This recipe with ginger and mustard and curry looks good to me as well.

I have medium brown hair, I used to use turmeric to give a gentle golden hue to my brown hair. It's hard to see the difference when I'm not in the sun, but it really gives my hair more gold in the sun. I love it and am thinking of dying it again for summer.

People on the net are always saying how the turmeric washes out so fast... Mine doesn't, the coppery colour from dying it last year is still in the tips of my hair. I should probably attribute this to me using a "no-poo method" where I only use water unless it needs a deep clean when I use baking soda and a vinegar rinse.

Natural Hair Color
Posted by KT (Usa) on 08/26/2013

Yes Dana, BSM does work. I started sprouting some grey when I ran out. After I started taking it again the grey went away. I resumed the BSM for other reasons but noticed one day my grey was gone. I don't remember how long it took but it definitely works.

Amla Berry Hair Oil
Posted by Susanmorgan (Sc) on 01/12/2017

Thanks for sharing this awesome remedy.

Reactions to Hair Dye
Posted by Angie Diego (El Paso) on 01/06/2014

Castor oil causes hair loss. It stimulates the older hairs to shed off and maybe or maybe not regrow.

Reactions to Hair Dye
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 01/07/2014

Angie, have you personally seen this? It is the opposite of my personal experience with Castor Oil. At least for eyelashes.

Reactions to Hair Dye
Posted by Somerandomperson (Uk) on 02/23/2016

Warning! That is very bad advice about taking the large dose of Vitamin A - which is toxic, particularly since it accumulates over time in the liver. It also makes skin *more* fragile and dry, especially in such high doses. Look up Hypervitaminosis A. Please do not listen to this advice.

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Amber (Portland, Oregon) on 08/06/2009

Hi Norree: Cassia is another plant that can be used for hair color. It has very little dye in it however, just a small touch of golden which will show up on only the lightest hair colors. It will add shine and gloss, and is often used to dilute the color of Henna, for achieving a less red-orange color. A great site to visit and learn all about these haircolor methods and uses is HennaforHair.com

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Tricia (Ireland) on 08/07/2009

Amber, I have been looking into this thru a few different websites. I cannot find the answer to this question on any of them and there doesn't seem to he any professional henna-ists in my area. Although I am totally grey haired because I have been using a permanent chemical colourant on my hair the main body of hair is chemically browned and I have one inch in lenght of total grey regrowth. If I use a BAQ henna plus mix to dye it brown will my grey hair be the same colour as the main body and if not how do I go about making sure that the two are the same?. If you don't know the answer you may be able to send me in the right direction. Henna for hair website which I found the most informative only seems to cover the topic of grey interspersed throughout the hair and not regrowth. thanks.

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Prakash (Mumbai, India) on 03/18/2010

Dear Ranjana, From where does your aunt get this catnip, nettle, horsetail and indigo powder which she mixes with henna please reply i'd be highly obliged I 'm dying to colour my hair naturally dark without using chemical dyes which are anyways very harmful in the long run and I'm not happy with my hennaed orange hair I get conscious of my hair and it affects my life and career

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Ranjana (Mumbai, India) on 03/20/2010

Dear Prakash I' m really sorry to know that grey hair is affecting you so badly I asked my aunt about the herbal powder she mixes with henna and she said she gets home deliverd by calling on this number 9757393383 Hope this helps. I'd like to tell you don't be so conscious of your hair and grey hair doesn't look that bad in fact on some it looks great maybe you are one of them. All the best

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Zo (Gaithersburg, Md.) on 03/27/2010


I am using henna but its soo orange, Im surprized that there are hundreds of natural colors that are used when making rugs, but all we have for our hair is henna. Isn't there any natural BROWN hair dye out there? my hair is brown, and the roots are bright orange..help

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Savannah (Jacksonville, Florida) on 10/07/2011

Hey!! I dye my hair black.. My hair is naturally strawberry blonde, [so reddish] well, I am so ready to be off chemical dyes, so I would LOVE to have a direct, exact measurement recipe for dying hair black with the henna and indigo, and also how to get pure henna and indigo. I am clueless on all of this so I need all the info I can get. I know your post is almost a year old but I would love to hear back from you with step by step intructions. Thankyou!!

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Savannah (Jacksonville, Florida) on 10/10/2011

hello~ thankyou so much for that reply, I found everything I need. Really appreciated! : )

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Lili (Nashville) on 07/04/2015

Henna is too orange looking and it's hard to make indigo stick for long. Indigo also gives me terrible body aches no matter what brand. I've read a lot and went with companies said to have pure indigo. I just ordered an innovative hair color solution and will give it a try when I get it. It uses natural ingredients to restore hair to its natural color and texture when you were in your 20s. Only thing is it lasts 2-6 months. It seems a long process of three applications and takes about one hour but that's less than 1/3 the time of henna and indigo. Price is a little high too, $40 for a box but I was told you can 1/2 or 1/3 it but need a digital scale. The company is called Hairprint and just recently launched. I will post back if it works. Would be nice something without ingredients that could send one to the hospital.

Ginger, Mustard, Curry Powder, Turmeric
Posted by Way West (Saint Paul, Minnesota) on 04/04/2012

This did not work at all. I followed every single detail of the directions that Jackie typed and tried it three different times (on different days) and still nothing. My hair color is a dark brown and looks exactly the same before and after. This is a waste of time to try because all it does is leave little seeds from the solution in your hair. Try the Henna and Indigo one. That might be the next one I will try.

Ginger, Mustard, Curry Powder, Turmeric
Posted by Shucky (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 10/01/2012

I have been using tumeric for a natural looking blonde colour in my white hair for years. I used to be a copper blonde.

To start off, put the tumeric, mustard, and ginger in 1/4 c. Of conditioner, and paint into the hair. Put on a shower cap and leave for 30 minutes. Then wash out.

Now add 1 T. Of your spice mix to 1/4 c. Boiling water and mix well. Add 1 c. Shampoo, mix well, then pour back into a plastic bottle. Use this to wash your hair, and it should stay a nice blonde colour. If you need to boost it once in a while, do it with the colour conditioner, but don't use just this frequently or you will have yellow stains on the necklines of all your shirts and on your pillow cases.

Ginger, Mustard, Curry Powder, Turmeric
Posted by Daisy_b (Uk) on 02/26/2016

This sounds great. Am trying to get a natural hair dye mix together. Can I ask did you see any evidence of turmeric inhibiting hair growth. Apparently it can be used to inhibit the growth of fine facial hair, although probably not strong enough to effect stronger head hair. Thank you!

Ginger, Mustard, Curry Powder, Turmeric
Posted by Dezzie (Pa) on 07/26/2017

This process will not leave an extremely visible color change on dark hair.

Lemon Juice
Posted by Cole (South Carolina) on 02/28/2016

Lemon juice is wonderful for lighting dark hair. I use a small amount of coconut oil mixed in so that it does not dry or damage my hair and it works beautifully.

Natural Hair Color
Posted by Dana (Tyler,tx Usa) on 08/26/2013

I want to color my hair, but I'm allergic to ammonia in permanent colors, I have used color rinses on my permed acnd had an allergic reaction later, I'm an African American woman and I don't wear weave, is there help for me out there? Can someone help me I want to color my greys, plzz help

Natural Hair Color
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 08/26/2013

Dana, I don't know much about this, but would natural Henna have a color that might suit you?

Natural Hair Color
Posted by Elaine (Ky, Usa) on 08/26/2013

Dana, some have success with getting the gray out by adding Blackstrap Molasses. You could take 1 Tablespoon once or twice a day. Might take a little while but it is very safe. Elaine

Natural Hair Color
Posted by Pamela (Florida) on 08/27/2013

Hello Dana from Tyler; In a past post someone posted this website: http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/10/im-henna-head.html regarding natural hair color, awesome blog, check it out! She's also African American and has gorgeous hair! =) She's a great educator!

Reactions to Hair Dye
Posted by Lou (Tyler, Tx) on 01/28/2013

I've been trying to repair my hair that has been falling out. I used to use the L'Oreal 10 minute dye. I am not blaming L'Oreal, I think it happened from protein powder raising my DHT in the hair follicles. My scalp is sensitive too, though. I have been applying unscented castor oil to the scalp and sleeping with a thin shower cap - the dollar store kind. You can do this once a week. It should repair your scalp and your hair should grow back (hopefully). Hope this helps.

Reactions to Hair Dye
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Usa) on 01/17/2012 2063 posts

Ariel, to protect and strengthen your skin and scalp take at least 10,000 iu's Vit-A and 400 iu's Vit-E daily in addition to a potent whole food multi.

Reactions to Hair Dye
Posted by Sugarcane (Los Angeles, Ca) on 03/20/2012

You just have to wait for a few weeks before it goes back to normal. It is really uncomfortable, I've been there. I washed my hair everyday because of that problem. My hair is long and it was so hard. It was a second time I dyed my hair and found out that I have a bad chemical reaction. I even got lumps around my ears that took months to get gone. Now I have my hair the way it is even though grey hair starts to appear, I don't want to go through it again whatsoever.

Reactions to Hair Dye
Posted by Leon (New York) on 03/09/2013

Hi Timh from Louisville, Ky: You are full of knowledge! Can you recommend black hair dye that is "safe" and reasonably price to use ? I have been using Just for Men. Thanks!

Reactions to Hair Dye
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 03/11/2013 2063 posts

Leon: I don't know much about "hair products", so I guess it only seems like I am full of knowledge.

As for naturals, E.C. testimonials are many for Black Strap Molasses (BSM) to slow or reverse graying hair. Complete B Vitamin and extra Biotin are good for healthy hair. And for aging in general, many products like Human Growth Hormone (HGH) are beneficial. Avena Sativa (Wild Oats) helps the body free Testosterone which also helps protect the prostate. 3+ mg Melatonin before retiring is also recommended as anti-aging.

Reactions to Hair Dye
Posted by Angie Diego (El Paso) on 01/06/2014

Timh, high doses of vitamin A CAUSES hair loss.

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Sam (North Miami Beach, Florida) on 10/12/2011

Hello... Is there a Salon in Miami, Florida that can do the correct process using Henna turning a Grey head to a Black head. I am VERY sensitive to chemical dyes and can only use Beautiful which doesn't last past one wash. THANKS for your time

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Yogesh (Mumbai) on 07/03/2015

Hi, Ms.ranjana

Just gone thru the posts.I am also trying to find herbal hair blackner without chemicals, but so far I couldn't. Ms.Ranjana I tried the number you have mentioned but it is out of order. Is there any other number please?

Henna and Indigo
Posted by Serena (Laguna Hills, CA) on 09/10/2022

One of your contributors erroneously states that horror stories about henna are only from people using mixes. This is false. I have developed an allergy (irritation and hair loss) to using henna and indigo on my hair. I only use pure organic powders, and combine the two plants myself. It is dangerous to mislead people, just because the writer has not experienced a problem. Other people have also experienced irritation and hair loss from henna and indigo as well.

Reactions to Hair Dye
Posted by Ariel (Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States) on 01/16/2012

Hi, I have a question about allergy to hair dyes. I had recently dyed my hair from black to light brown with the hair dye by Loreal Preference.

I read all the directions and did everything right. Then after I rinsed the excess dye out, my scalp felt so sensitive and sore. I put the conditioner in my hair and then rinsed it out, but the soreness of my scalp was still there. I felt my scalp and it feels really warm like a slight burning sensation. So I've gently washed my scalp with a gentle shampoo the next day and then rinsed it out. But my scalp still is sore. I don't know what to do. The hair dye that I had used had the ingredient (PPD) in it. I researched this ingredient and it has been linked to symptoms of soreness and tenderness of the scalp when used in hair dye. Obviously I must be having symptoms of the PPD ingridient but I don't know how to stop the soreness. The soreness and tenderness of my scalp is giving me a headache and it's impossible for me to sleep. How do I stop the soreness of my scalp? Please help!!

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