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How To Color Your Hair Naturally, Without Chemicals

How To Color Your Hair Naturally, Without Chemicals

Feeling that itch to dye your hair again? It's tempting to want to change your look. Have you considered dying your hair naturally?

Unfortunately, many hair dyes (especially those containing peroxide) will remove moisture from your hair and break down the hair structure, making it weak and more prone to damage. Many hair dyes are known to cause scalp irritation, especially for users with sensitive skin.

Luckily, there are holistic alternatives that provide the same great results without harming your hair or your health. 

You’ll need to make sure that your hair is strong and healthy before you do anything that requires hair color alternatives. 

Here are ways to naturally color your hair so that you won’t damage your tresses but still achieve the same POP of color you’re looking for! 

Hair Chalk

You can find hair chalk through a quick online search and in some local beauty supply shops. The colors range from natural looking browns to golds and bright colors. Unlike hair dye options that require bleach, hair chalk is non-committal.


(1) Most instructions for hair chalk will recommend that you wet your hair before applying the chalk. This will allow the chalk to settle to your hair much easier.

(2) Gather a spray bottle filled with water, mist your hair, and roll the chalk on the strands of hair you’d like to dye.

(3) In addition to an easy application, there is also incredibly easy removal. You simply just wash your hair with water or wash it out with conditioner on your wash day. 


If you’re looking for dye that won’t wash away as quickly as chalk, you might want to consider using a henna dye. Henna is one of the least toxic hair dyes on the market, making it my favorite option when you want to color your hair naturally.

Body art henna hair dyes usually come in limited colors that are variations of reds and browns. Henna – combined with other spices and ingredients – can produce several variations of colors from auburn to deep black.

It is a complex process to apply at home, but it doesn’t require bleach if you have light hair or if you’d like to try a darker color.


Who doesn’t love coffee?  It tastes great, gets us going in the morning, and offers a great natural way to color gray hair to a shade of brown. Here’s how:

  1. Brew a pot of coffee as you normally would and wait for it to cool.  You need to use dark roast coffee or espresso to ensure that it'll darken your hair.
  2. While it’s cooling, wash your hair thoroughly.  Then, once the coffee is cool, pour it over your hair slowly and carefully rub it into your scalp.
  3. Wear a shower cap for about 20 minutes, then rinse the remaining coffee out.

That’s it!  Depending on the specific color you want to achieve, it may be best to do this a few times per week until you reach your intended color.


Sage is known for providing a variety of health benefits as a tea. And that’s how we’ll use it to dye your hair to a darker shade. It is best used when you want to cover up your gray hair.

However, using sage to dye your hair will take more patience. You might have to do this process repeatedly over an extended amount of time to achieve the shade that you want.

  1. Steep ½ a cup of sage leaves in 2 cups of boiling water for about 2 hours.
  2. Separate the leaves from the tea using a strainer.
  3. Pour the sage tea over your hair and let it set for 30 minutes. You need to do this over a large bowl or another container so that you can catch the run-off.
  4. You can repeat the previous step as many times as you want with the run-off, until you achieve the shade that you want. This process can be repeated weekly.


Rosemary has so many great uses and offers a fantastic scent. Additionally, it also serves as a natural hair dye.  As an added bonus, it can contribute to healthy hair growth and even improve the condition of your scalp.  And it’s very easy to implement.

  1. Add 3 teaspoons of rosemary leaves into one cup of boiling water.  Note: It’s important to wait until the water has started boiling.
  2. Allow the leaves to soak for about 30 minutes.
  3. Filter out the leaves, and rub the liquid onto your scalp.
  4. Let the liquid soak into your hair for about 5 minutes before rinsing it out.

The beautiful fragrance may not last, but your hair’s new lighter color will!

natural hairHenna

Henna can be used to dye your hair a lighter orange or red color. It's special flowering plant originating from arid regions across the world. You’ll need about 10 ounces of henna and 8 ounces of lemon juice. Mix the two together and they should form a green paste.  Allow the mixture to set overnight.

The next day:

  1. Put on gloves to prevent staining your skin. You can also apply protective balm like Vaseline around your hairline to avoid staining skin.
  2. Apply the mixture evenly on your hair.  For long hair, it may be easier to lift your hair in strands and carefully cover each from the roots to the tips.
  3. Once your hair is covered with the mixture, carefully wrap your scalp with a plastic covering.
  4. Allow it to sit for about 3 hours, then rinse it out with shampoo.  Be patient, as it isn’t easy to remove, but the results are splendid!


Want an edgier look? Try Indigo! With this incredible plant, you can achieve a blue-black look. In order to achieve that look, pre-treat your hair with henna (see above). Be prepared, as this will initially make it a bit lighter. But don’t worry, we’ll change that (unless you enjoy the orange look).

Quickly treat your hair with Indigo after rinsing out the henna.  Here’s how:

  1. Put 8 ounces of indigo in a bowl.  Slowly mix in warm water until it takes on a texture similar to yogurt.
  2. Mix in a dash of salt to further enhance its color.
  3. Cover the blend for about an hour before applying.
  4. Use a color brush to evenly distribute the mixture into your hair.
  5. Put on a shower cap, give it a few hours to soak, then rinse it out.  Give your hair a few days to set, and it’ll appear that stylish blue-black color.
    Note: avoid using shampoo during this time.

Now that you’ve learned how to dye your natural hair without chemicals, you can see how easy the healthy way really is. You can also finally dye your hair with peace of mind, knowing that your natural alternatives won’t damage hair (or your scalp) in the long run. 

Semi-Permanent And Rinse Out Hair Dyes

If you’re not going very light, and want to try auburn, purple, or another dark color, at home hair dyes might be for you! Semi-permanent and rinse out hair dyes will leave you with your desired look that will fade with time. If you use a permanent hair dye, your roots will require touch ups every so often; however, if you go with highlights and semi-color your natural hair might blend better over time and require fewer touch-ups.

Ask Your Hairstylist For A Gentler Hair Dye

There are herbal based, ammonia-free, and low PPD dyes used in certain hair salons. Make sure to ask your stylist prior to your appointment if they have less harsh hair dyes that won’t leave your hair dry and damaged.

Make sure to go to a trusted hair professional who has the health of your hair in mind. It’s better to have someone else do it if you’d like to use permanent hair dye due to their chemical make-up. Coloring your natural hair yourself, without experience, could leave you disappointed and with brittle hair. If you’re convinced you’d like to dye your hair on your own maybe try a milder hair dye to start. Also, make sure you’re safe by using gloves, follow the package directions, and rinse it out completely.

Moisturize your hair every day and make sure to use sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners. 

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