For an instant make-over and new look, the hair is the part of the body that you should work on first. For both men and women, the hair occupies not only a large part of the head, but is also one of the most prominent features that frame the face. Although there are commercially manufactured hair dyes, one option is to use vegetable hair dyes which are free from inorganic chemicals and toxins, and which leave the hair with as little damage as possible. Here’s how you can color your own hair using vegetable dyes.
- Pick a color. One of the primary differences between vegetable hair dye and commercially manufactured dyes is that the color range is limited to natural hues when it comes to vegetable hair dyes. In most instances, however, the vegetable hair dyes will cover the basics, such as dark and brown colors or the reddish colors which are most popular when it comes to hair coloring.
- Darkening your hair with sage and rosemary. For people with graying hair, darkening the hair color can be achieved by using sage and rosemary. Sage and rosemary can be purchased in most supermarkets, usually in dried form. Plenty of people, however, also grow sage and rosemary in their backyards. To color gray hair, you will need to take a cup of rosemary and a cup of sage. Place these in enough water to cover the leaves, and then bring to a slow boil. Allow the herbs to simmer and steep for at least four hours. To apply the herbs to your hair, you will need to remove the leaves from the solution using a strainer, and then apply the liquid to your hair. Massage until the liquid is evenly distributed in your hair, and then leave on the hair until dry. Rinse and dry with a towel after the dye has dried on the hair.
- Lightening your hair with chamomile and lemon. If you are going for a lighter hair color that is almost blonde, you can use chamomile tea that is mixed with equal amounts of lemon juice. Take the chamomile tea liquid and lemon juice in a cup and then mix thoroughly. You can also use a food processor to grind the ingredients together. Once the mixture has thoroughly combined, apply on hair and leave until the hair dries out. Depending on the strength of your hair color, you may need to reapply the solution several times until the desired effects are achieved.
- Reddish tints. If you are going for a reddish hair color, henna can be used. Henna is usually assumed to produce a black color, but when diluted, henna will usually produce a reddish or brownish color. You can combine henna with other herbs to produce various shades of red. Leave on hair until it dries out, and then wash and rinse as usual.
When it comes to using homemade vegetable dyes, the key is repetition and time. Leave on the hair as long as possible to get major hair color changes, and repeat every ten days or so, for hair maintenance.