Natural hair color dyes

Are you looking for all natural hair color dyes? if so, you are in luck , there are several natural hair color dyes that will gently tint or color the hair. Made from natural spices, plant extracts and essential oils these dyes can make changes to your hair shaft gradually. The effect is cumulative, so you won’t notice much difference the first few days. Repeat the process until desired color is reached.

Blond hair dyes

For a stronger and faster effect, use the following remedies. These remedies make your hair very blonde, easy to work with and not yellowy/brassy at all.

Saffron rosemary and sage

If you have gray patches and want to dye them to match your natural blonde look then use saffron which will dye them blonde. Leave it in your hair under a shower cap for 30 minutes. Alternatively use sage and rosemary – make a thick tea from these and then let it rest in your hair for 20-30 minutes before washing out.

If you start with dark color , the process will be long and time consuming but you’ll gradually get there.

Chamomile and lemon juice

Add two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to 2 cups of strong chamomile tea. Shampoo your hair and then rinse with tea, rubbing it in. Cover your hair with a shower cap to let it soak for 30 minutes. Let it dry in sun. Then remove the hair cap and rinse your hair out. For faster results repeat 2-3  times per week. You can also add 1/2 cup strong calendula tea (optional and will produce more golden tones)

Pineapple juice and rhubarb

Mix up mashed organic Rhubarb with 4 oz pineapple juice. Let the mixture soak into your hair and let your hair dry in the sun.

Cinnamon and yogurt

Mix 4 tablespoons Cinnamon with 8 oz yogurt. Message into hair and let it soak for 30 minutes. 

Red Hair Dyes

So which ingredients make up the flaming red hair dye? one of the most common ingredient is henna leaves, then there are carrot juice, lemon juice, rosehips and marigold. Try these remedies to give your hair a natural red color.

Henna and lemon juice

Mix henna with lemon juice, Cassia Obovata (blonde plant), olive oil, eggs and vitamin E oil, and apply it to the scalp and hair. Wrap it up with a shower cap and a towel and leave it on for about five to six hours., but if you’ve got blonde hair then 4-5 hours should be enough.  The herbs in this mix are also great for getting rid of dandruff and for increasing hair growth

These will create a red/dark strawberry blonde tint in lighter hair and an auburn tint in darker hair. The effects are cumulative, so extended use over time will create a more vibrant red. The easiest thing is to make it part of your hair care routine if you want continual red hair.

Carrot and beet juice

For red hair dye you can use one part beet juice with one part carrot juice and apply this to your hair and allow it to dry in the sun. Wear shower cap while you get some sun.


Another option is to buy some rosehips from your local health store. Boil these in water to make a strong tea and then apply this to your hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Make sure to let it cool down though first of course.

Marigold calendula and hibiscusCalendula for hives

Boil 2 cups of water and simmer with 1/2 cup calendula or marigold and 2 tbsp hibiscus for at least half an hour. Strain off the flowers and store in the fridge. Use as a final hair rinse at the end of each shower. Dry hair in the sun if possible. Repeat daily until desired shade is maintained and then every few days to maintain.

Brunette or black hair dyes

To darken your hair and enhance the shine for creating low-lights, you can try the following organic ways to get darker.

Use these dyes to darken your hair – use to make brown hair darker or go from blonde to brunette. Prepare a solution of the following herbs to suit your desired hair color. To make up a herbal decoction add one cup of herbs to 500 ml of rain water, bring to the boil and leave over night. Strain and use the solution either as a hair rinse, in your shampoos or rubbed into the hair and scalp.

black tea with apple cider vinegar

The simplest black hair dye is to use strong organic tea or coffee (black of course) with a few pinches of apple cider vinegar. Let this cool down and apply to your hair before sitting with a shower cap for 20 minutes.

Walnut husk

Another one to use is walnut husks and water. Boil the husks in water for fifteen minutes and again allow to cool before applying using the same method as the others. No need for sun this time.

Sage tea

Boil down 1/2 cup of dry organic Sage in 2 cups of water. Strain and massage into your hair. Leave in for 40 minuets and rinse. You can also try this variation of the sage tea; mix together 2 heaped tbsp. of dried sage and black tea, cover with 1 liter of boiling water, allow to steep overnight, strain and add 3 tbsp of rum to preserve mixture. Apply to the roots of the hair 4-5 times a week. then once or twice a week for maintenance. It will also improve hair growth and tone and texture of the hair.

Walnut shells and black tea

Boil down 1/3 cup walnut shells, 3 black tea bags in 2 1/2 cups of water. Strain and massage into hair. Leave in until next shampoo.

Cherry bark and black tea

Steep a strong tea from black tea leaves and cherry bark. Let steep until the color is as dark as it can get. Massage into clean hair and leave in until next shampoo.


Valerian, boiled in oil to produce black bye.

St. john’s wort

st. john’s wort can produce a black dye

Nettle rosemary and sage leaf  tea

Simmer 1/4 cup Nettle Leaf, 1/4 cup Rosemary Leaf, 1/4 cup Sage Leaf in 2.5 cups of water in a small pan for at least 30 minutes or until water is very dark. Remove from heat and when cool, strain herbs out using cheesecloth. Store mix in the fridge. Spray or brush into hair about an hour before showering each day, then shampoo as normal. Can also use as a rinse and leave on at the end of each shower. 

Green orange and olive oilconstipation treatment with olive oil

darkening grey hair: thinly peel 6 green oranges, cover with olive oil and store for 3 months. strain and massage oil into scalp and comb through the hair. Cover with a shower cap and leave it on for 2 hours. Shampoo and rinse with apple cider vinegar. use oil at least once a week for best results.

Black walnut tea

For very dark hair, put 1/4 cup of Black Walnut Powder in a tea bag or cheesecloth bag and steep in 3 cups of water in a quart mason jar for at least 6 hours or overnight. Use as a rinse in the shower for hair and dry in the sun if possible. This will create VERY DARK hair, especially if you have dry or color treated hair. It will also provide the darkest coverage for gray hair. Repeat daily or as needed to darken and maintain dark shade. 

Use strong brewed black tea as a final rinse to darken any color hair. This is also nourishing for the hair and will provide a temporary darkening effect on most hair types. Repeat as necessary to get desired shade and sun-dry if possible.

Give a your hair a natural tint

Following herbs can help you give a natural tint to your hair.

Auburn tint

henna bush leaves can be stewed for bright auburn tint

Blond tint

purple willow herb can be used to produce a blond tint

Red Tints

If you want to add a reddish tint to your hair or bring out your natural red highlights, you can try the following:

Carrot and beet juice

Mix 1/2 cup organic Beet juice and 1/2 cup carrot juice. Message into hair and let sit for one hour.

Rose hips

Boil 1 cup rose hips in 2 cups of water. Strain and massage into hair. Can be left in until next shampoo.

Hibiscus Tea

Boil 3 Hibiscus tea bags down in 2 cups of water until you have 1 to 1/2 cup of liquid. Massage into hair. This can also be left in until your next shampoo.

Marigold flowers

Boil down 1/3 cup crushed marigold flowers in 2 cups water. Strain and add 1 cup of red wine. Massage into hair and leave in for 30 minuets.