Tuesday, March 30, 2010


There are chemical free and organic ways to change the color of your hair. Over a gradual period of time you can achieve your desired color and retain the ability to control the intensity of the shade.

Home Made Hair Dyes

There are homemade and organic options to dyeing your hair. From natural spices and plant extracts you can make a change to your hair shaft and create a new color but the process is not an automatic one. Depending on the chemical state of your hair now and how dramatic a change you want to make, the organic dyeing process for your hair can take days, weeks or months to accomplish. Having a certain level of commitment and patience is a bonus when trying to dye your hair in an organic way based from home.


The following are ways to lighten your hair organically. Keep in mind that if you are starting off with very dark hair that the process of changing shades will take a bit longer.

  Mix 1 cup organic lemon juice and 3 cups Chamomile tea. Message into your hair and spend some time in the sun. Far faster results repeat a few times a week.

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

Mix 3/4 cup honey with 1 1/2 cups organic plain yogurt to damp hair. Massage into your hair and wrap head in saran wrap. Let sit for up to eight hours and rinse.

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

 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 organic ways to go red:

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

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

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.

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.


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

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.

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.

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.

Brew some coffee. Leave it black and allow it to cool. Massage into hair and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse hair with warm water.

All of the above organic ways will color your hair in gradual intervals. The hair shaft color won't change completely in one application but the benefits to coloring your hair in an organic way will leave both you and your hair in a healthy and chemical free state.

How to Lighten Hair With Cinnamon

Things You'll Need:

Cinnamon powder ( at least 4 tablespoons)
Honey  (optional) at least 2 Tablespoons
Hair clip
Shower cap

The measuremants could vary depending on how much and the length of your hair.


1.  Combine cinnamon powder and hair conditioner in a one to one mixture. The amount you will need depends on the length of your hair; however, you should have enough to evenly coat your locks from root to tip.

2.  Wet your hair and wring out the excess water. Comb your hair carefully to release any tangles which may prevent even distribution of the cinnamon and conditioner.

3.  Apply the cinnamon and conditioner mixture evenly to your hair, mixing an extra batch if necessary. While you can't use too much, if you use to little your lightening will end up uneven and streaky. You can comb through your hair periodically to help move the cinnamon and conditioner evenly throughout.

4.  Gather your hair in a bun and secure it with a hair clip. Cover your head with a shower cap and leave the cinnamon and conditioner in your hair overnight. Rinse the mixture from your hair in the morning, shampooing as normal. If you would like to lighten your hair a bit more, apply the mixture again with no worry about damaging your hair.

Tips & Warnings

If you have dry hair and would like to add an extra conditioner to your cinnamon lightener, add an egg yolk or two to the mixture before applying to your hair.

Cinnamon is a skin irritant , your scalp may tingle .  But, should stop after a while.

I am thinking about  trying the cinnamon hair lightner recipe ( maybe I haven't fully decided yet) on my next wash day.  But , I plan to add honey to my mixture for a extra bit of lighting enhancement during the lightning process.  I will keep you guys posted.

Have any of you ladies used organic homemade hair dyes ? if so,  share your recipe and / or  your results.



ChocolateOrchid said...

You are da bomb!! Thanks for posting on this. I want color but am too chicken to do anything beyond henna. I'll definitely be trying the lighteners just to see what happens.

zainab1 said...

Chocolate Orchid, lol , you are so funny. I am also thinking about trying one of the mentioned, keep me posted. Take care.

Amanda said...

Wow, this tips are excellent.!!I am going to follow it one of these days.!!I haven't dying my hair using homemade organic dye..

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zainab1 said...

@Amanda....if you give it a go, keep me posted on your results.

Thanks for stopping by Amanda, take care:))

Alana Martinez said...

I love this blog so much, I am going to share this to my friends whose main problem is their hair.!!Thanks for the tips that you shared.It would really help.
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