Natural Hair Dyes: How to Color Your Hair at Home with Plant hair colors

Dyeing hair without additives, chemicals and animal experiments: natural colorants like henna or home remedies like chamomile not only protect the hair but also protect the scalp.

The chemistry in industrial hair dyes breaks down the structure so the color can penetrate. Those who dye for years often have broken hair and an irritated scalp. In addition, the active ingredients in conventional media from large companies are often tested on animals.

If you want to make sure the dye you bought is not tested on animals, make sure that:

  • The color be vegan
  • That meets the BDHI standard or has certifications such as NaTrue or “cruelty free” from Peta.
  • Even better if you use natural dyes, such as henna, black tea or chamomile, they do not harm our health or the environment.


It has been known in the Arab world since ancient times as a dye. It is obtained from the dried and powdered leaves of henna. Unlike chemical dyes, this natural product spreads around the hair like a film, instead of penetrating the hair structure, and not only that: it also cares and makes hair look fuller and shinier.

Henna staining is not easy. The color result depends on the amount of henna, the natural color of the hair and the structure of the hair. Therefore, it is better to try it with a single strand first. The longer the exposure time, the more intense the color. And the important thing: wear gloves! Since being natural you could also pigment our hands. The powder is mixed with hot water or milk and shaken very well until it turns into a slimy mush. Many recipes recommend egg yolk, olive oil, or other special ingredients like rose water or even conditioner.

Color shades of the radhe shyam line


Plant hair colors with henna

If dyeing with pure henna powder is too risky, you can go for herbal henna dyes, such as Sante or Khadi . Just use the required amount of powder (according to directions) with warm water or black tea (this ensures better color life) for mixing.

It is important not to use silicone hair products before coloring, as they prevent the hair from absorbing the color. The same applies to plant hair colors: the new color will depend on the natural and original hair color.

Henna hair coloring takes much longer than chemical dyeing. But your hair will be taken care of during the dyeing process at the same time.

How to use and apply it

  • The exact instructions can be found in the same box. Generally, however, the powder dissolves in hot water. Make sure the porridge is thick and not too thin. If the paste is too thick, it is difficult to apply, but if it is too liquid the paste will start to slide down the head.
  • Depending on the color tone you have chosen, intensify the color, for example adding black tea or chamomile to the water. To do this, first infuse the tea and then add the henna powder.
  • Apply the mixed mass immediately. The paste dries quickly and once it has dried, it can hardly be distributed on the hair. In addition, the intensity of the dye decreases. Mix a little xanthan into the paste to keep it pliable for a little longer. When coloring your hair, wear disposable gloves to avoid staining your hands.
  • Take a strand and paint well with the henna. After you’ve covered all of your hair, wrap everything around your head in plastic. On that put a big towel. All of this produces natural heat that intensifies the effect of the henna paste.
  • Then you can make yourself comfortable. The paste should stay on the head for at least two hours. However, it will take about three hours to get a really good result.
  • Finally, rinse your hair well. The process may take a little longer as the dried henna powder sits firmly on the hair.
  • Note: Occasionally, someone may be allergic to henna. If you are very sensitive, you should test the henna paste in advance in a small place. Wear old clothes during dyeing, as henna stains are difficult to remove.

Rinse with Chamomile, Lemon and others

Who would not like to be able to treat their hair without chemical products! Well, that would be ideal, but the one drawback that I would put is that they are not a miracle, they only help us. Natural hair has an unmatched shine that not even the best chemical or natural product could match. What we can achieve is to lighten the tone of our hair a little with some known natural products that are: chamomile tea, fresh lemon juice, honey, cinnamon or homemade salt water.

There are numerous home remedy recipes for each of the products mentioned above.

Here is an example:

  • Boil six chamomile tea bags in a liter of water in a saucepan.
  • Rinse the hair with the cold tea. Allow the exposure time to take effect, ideally left overnight.
  • Then rinse off the tea infusion and wash your hair as usual.

Since these are natural ingredients, you can repeat the process several times, it will not harm your hair!

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Darker color with walnut, chestnut leaves and black tea

This is aimed at those who would like to have their hair a little darker or simply brighter but do not want to have to constantly touch up their hair with chemical substances, we recommend that you can use natural products such as black tea, walnut shells and chestnut leaves. This always applies to washed and damp hair at the time of use. Here are some homemade recipes that we leave you:

  • Black tea: Put four sachets in a cup of boiling water and leave until lukewarm. Then pour it on the still damp hair or spread it with the help of a spray bottle. Wrap a towel around your head for about an hour, then drizzle the tea over and over again for the two hours. After the time has elapsed, wash the hair until no more color comes out.
  • Walnut shells: First grind the shells in a coffee grinder until you have eight tablespoons of powder. Add a quarter of a liter of boiling water and mix until obtaining a pulp. Now add a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, stir it so that everything is mixed. Once the mixture is ready, apply to the hair, leaving it to act for 2 hours.
  • Chestnut leaves: Chestnuts must first be soaked in distilled water for two days. Bring the broth to a boil in a saucepan, let it cool, and optionally add rose water and voila! you can apply it now.

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Kathie Sand always saw the world of beauty as the terrain on which to build her professional career, a goal that was clear to her when she was only 15 years old. Her great concern to expand knowledge led her to settle in Paris where she studied hand in hand with the best beauty professionals and with the most advanced techniques for skin care.

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