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Natural Hair Dyes

Natural Hair DyesHair dye is often a chemical filled nightmare that is harsh for your hair and scalp. Commercial hair dyes are unsuitable for women to use during pregnancy because the chemicals in the dye may adversely affect the developing fetus. Peroxide and ammonia are both present in common hair developers that ready the hair for dye by stripping the cuticle of the hair. This combination, along with chemicals like tar that are present in the dyes soak into the hair to give it color, potentially damaging the hair and scalp. There are many natural ways to color your hair that are often more mild for your hair and skin, but they do not always offer the vibrant results of chemical based solutions. Be aware the natural hair dyes will work differently for each person, and results will vary each time you use them. Test a piece of hair before you start to achieve desired results. Natural dyes will not damage the hair and skin, and wash out with each shampoo.


Rosemary & Sage Hair Darkener

Combine ½ cup fresh rosemary with ½ cup fresh sage and steep in a cup of boiling water for about 15 minutes. Strain and apply the liquid to towel dried hair for 15 – 20 minutes and rinse for darker hair. Try this rosemary and sage recipe to help cover gray hair.


Rhubarb Blonde Hair Solution

Take one cup of rhubarb bark and soak it in 2 cups of alcohol overnight. Strain the bark from the alcohol, and treat light hair with the solution to make it more blonde. Leave it in shampooed hair for 15 – 20 minutes, then rinse and style as usual.


Henna Hair Dye

Henna is a popular way to dye the hair naturally and will produce a red color. Crush 3 tablespoons of henna leaves and steep in 1 cup of warm water overnight. Strain and add 1 tablespoon of alcohol.


Natural Lemon Highlights Hair Solution

For blonde highlights in light colored hair, mix lemon juice with chamomile tea. Steep about a cup of dried chamomile with 3 cups of water to make the tea, and add 1 cup of lemon juice to complete the solution. Pour this solution over shampooed hair that is still damp, and expose hair to the sun for an hour for best results. Repeat this treatment several times each week for a month for more of a dramatic change in color.


Indigo & Henna Brown Hair Tint

This recipe is best for light hair that is being dyed a shade of light brown. Crush a little over a ½ cup of indigo with ¼ cup of henna. Combine with one cup of warm water and let sit overnight. Strain, and apply to clean hair for 20 minutes and rinse.


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