Only if the ‘Fountain of youth’ was more than a myth, it would be the best way to preserve those lovely locks from graying. For centuries women and men have used multiple methods to cover-up grays and preserve the signature of beauty and youth; the luxurious tresses!
Much before chemicals were concocted to develop chemical hair dyes, natural ingredients were used for dyeing hair. Here are 4 natural hair colour packs you can make at home.
Henna is one of the best natural hair colour ingredients. Using organic henna powder individually is a great way to dye the hair reddish brown.
- Mix half a cup of henna powder with water gradually in a glass bowl. Stir till there is no lump and the henna has the consistency like set curd.
- Keep the mixture covered with plastic wrap for twelve hours.
- Apply on small sections of hair at a time, ensuring you cover the entire hair.
- Leave the henna paste on your hair for two hours and then wash it.
Tip: Always remember to shampoo your hair before dyeing it with henna.
Henna and Indigo:
If you always thought indigo was only used for dyeing fabric, you are greatly mistaken. This rich dark blue natural dye is mixed with henna to get dark brown or black shades of hair colour. If you want to colour your hair black using organic henna powder and indigo powder you have to first apply henna, wash it off before you apply the indigo hair dye.
However, the process of colouring your hair brown with these two natural ingredients is simpler.
- Mix 200 grams of henna powder and 1 tablespoon of yogurt in a glass bowl. Slowly add water and stir gently to get a thick paste.
- Leave the bowl overnight covered with a plastic wrap.
- Mix 100 grams of indigo powder and a pinch of salt to this mixture in the morning. Add water to get the desired consistency.
- Apply the paste to your hair. Make sure to cover inch by inch and apply the paste all over your hair, covering root to the tips.
- Leave the paste on your hair for 2 hours. Then wash your hair without shampoo.
Tip: Wear gloves to avoid stains.
Beetroot and Carrot:
Beetroot is a wonderful source of iron and carrots are loaded with antioxidants. Together they make a wonderful hair dye.
- Make a thick paste of beets and carrots and apply it with a brush all over your hair.
- Let it sit for half an hour.
- Dry your hair with a blow dryer or sit under the sun till the paste is dry.
- Rinse the paste off. Use a colour protection shampoo for long-lasting effects.
Tea and Coffee:
Are you a tea person or do you dote on coffee? No matter what your taste bud is fond of, both work extremely well as natural hair colour dyes.
- Add one tablespoon of tea or coffee to a cup of water and let it brew for about twenty minutes.
- Allow the water to reduce by about 1/3rd. Filter the decoction when it’s cool.
- Before applying the brew, shampoo your hair and use a good conditioner.
- Apply the brew to damp hair.
- Repeating this process 1-2 times a week gives a wonderful reddish shade.
Some other natural hair colour ingredients are saffron, walnut, cinnamon, and lemon. There are plenty of herbal combinations that help in achieving reds, blonde, browns, and blacks that colour the hair without side effects and fade gradually