Homemade Hair Dye Recipe

Homemade Hair Color for for Blondes and Redheads

Looking for a homemade hair dye recipe that won't irritate your skin? Here are several recipes you can mix at home for dyeing your hair blonde or red. We also have homemade hair color recipes for brunettes which are perfect hair dyes for sensitive skin.

Vegetable based hair dyes are natural and the safest for people with sensitive skin issues. As you probably already know, commercial hair dyes can be very damaging not only to the hair, but also to the skin around the face and in the neck area.

Commercial hair dyes contain harmful chemicals that can potentially negatively affect your sensitive skin. You can avoid breakouts and rashes by mixing your own homemade hair dye recipe.

Homemade Hair Dye Recipe for Blondes

Chamomile tea, applied to blonde hair once a week, can help to brighten blonde locks and make your hair look and feel healthier. In addition, chamomile is calming and soothing for your entire body and especially helpful if you are feeling stressed out.

Because everything we put on our hair and our skin ends up circulating through our entire body, a chamomile tea hair rinse is also excellent for your entire body!

Chamomile has some excellent health benefits in reducing tension and stress, helping wounds to heal, relieving digestive problems, strengthening the immune system and clearing up skin inflammation.

  • Bring a quart of water to boiling.
  • Steep half a cup of fresh chamomile flowers in the boiling water for half an hour.
  • Strain out the flowers and allow the tea to sit at room temperature until it has cooled.
  • Wash your hair normally.
  • Remove excess moisture by towel drying.
  • Lean over a bin so you can re-pour the dye over your hair.
  • Pour the chamomile tea over your head up to 20 times.
  • Wring hair out, and wrap in a towel for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly with cool water.

Note: other flowered herbs such as turmeric, calendula, or saffron will work in much the same way as chamomile.

There are some people who may be allergic to chamomile, so please do a skin test first before using a chamomile hair rinse. If you are allergic to ragweed, marigold, daisy, dhrysanthemums or other flowers, you may also have a reaction to chamomile.

Chamomile should also not be used by people who have bleeding disorders or who are taking a blood thinning medication, as it countains coumarin, a natural chemical compound found in many plants that acts as an anti-coagulant.

Red Homemade Hair Dye Recipe

This is a fantastic way to color your hair red using natural henna.

  • Boil a few cups of water.
  • Mix together: one part chamomile henna powder and two parts powdered henna (plain).
  • Add just enough boiled water to the powder mix until you have a nice thick paste.
  • Add 1-Tablespoon pure olive oil and 1-Tablespoon of white vinegar to the paste.
  • Allow the mix to warm thoroughly.
  • Apply the paste evenly over your hair and allow it to "process" for 30 minutes minimum.
  • Depending on how dark you want your hair, you could leave it on for up to 2 hours.
  • Rinse your hair once you have the desired color.

One note about henna: it can be tricky to arrive at just the right shade of red using henna, so be prepared to experiment a bit with it before achieving just the right shade. Always wear gloves.

Tips for Success With Natural Hair Dyes

  • Always wear gloves when handling even natural vegetable based hair dyes because your skin could be stained.
  • Before applying the hair rinse/color to your hair, apply un-petroleum jelly or a natural vegetable oil around the edge of your hairline in an effort to keep the dye from staining your skin. Apply it around the tips of your ears and the neckline too.
  • Always try a test patch prior to applying any homemade hair dye recipe to your hair and scalp to ensure you won't experience an allergic reaction.

Give one homemade hair dye recipe a try and see if it might work for you! It's important also to note that some of the natural dyes take a few weeks to take hold and achieve the color for which you are looking, so be patient.

It's a much better way to color your hair however, especially if you have sensitive skin, so it's well worth the wait to avoid the harsh chemicals contained in commercial brand hair dyes.

More Henna Hair Dye Options

There are some very nice new natural henna hair dyes now available which are created for specific hair colors. I'm going to try some myself and will let you know how they work! :-)

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