How to colour hair naturally? 7 ingredients in your kitchen you can dye your hair with!

Written by Kristiyana Burdeva

Are you fed up with your hair being brittle from the constant hair colouring? Don’t you wish there was a way to dye your hair, but without causing damage to it? Then you have come to the right place! There are actually many options to colour hair naturally, using ingredients that are found in most kitchens. While the results may not be as consistent as those achieved with commercial hair dyes, they are a safer, cheaper and more environmentally friendly option. Here are 7 ways on how to colour hair naturally with ingredients you can find in your kitchen!

How to colour hair naturally with henna?

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The first way to colour your hair naturally is by using henna. Henna is a natural dye that can be found in most health food stores. It is made from the dried leaves of the henna plant. Henna comes in a range of colours, from light brown to black. Henna will not lighten hair, but it will add a deep, rich colour.

How to use:

Mix 1/2 cup/56gr of henna with 1/4 cup/59 gr of water. Stir the mixture until it is well combined. Place a plastic wrap over the bowl with the mixture and leave it for 12 hours. After the time has passed, wash your hair without using conditioner after. Be sure to wear gloves before applying the henna paste, as it can stain the skin. Apply the henna to small sections of your hair until all of it is covered. Wrap hair in plastic and wait for at least two hours, so the colour can develop. Don’t sit with it more and 6 hours. Then rinse the henna dye.

Lightening hair naturally with chamomile tea

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Looking to lighten your hair naturally with discolouring it? Try using chamomile tea!

How to use:

To lighten hair with chamomile tea, soak 1/2 cup/80 gr of chamomile flowers in boiling water. Then let the water cool for 30 min. Take out the flowers. Before using the tea, wash your hair. Then pour it through your damp hair at least 8 times. Leave it in for 15 min, then rinse.

How to darken your hair colour with coffee?

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Another natural option for hair dye is to use coffee. Coffee is a great alternative to commercial hair dye if you want to darken your hair or to cover gray hairs without dyeing. Want to give it a try?

How to use:

Use coffee to darken your hair, by first brewing a strong pot of the beverage. Let it cool. Mix 1/2 cup/43 gr of coffee with 2 and half tbsp. of coffee grounds. Add 1 cup/220 gr of leave-in hair conditioner to the mix as well. The mixture should be applied to clean and damp hair. Let it sit for an hour, then rinse.

Natural sun-kissed hair colour with lemon juice

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If you want to achieve natural sun-kissed highlights, why not try doing it with lemon juice? Just keep in mind, that unlike the other listed natural remedies here, the results with lemon juice are permanent. Once you apply it to a portion of your hair, the pigment will be gone.

How to use:

To lighten your hair with lemon juice, pour 1 cup/ 230 gr of it into a spray bottle. Spray the juice onto your hair. With the help of a comb, evenly spread the juice though your hair. Leave in for an hour. You can sit in the sun for even better results. Rinse after. Keep in mind that you should be patient with the results here, as it will take some time. Repeat until you get your desired look.

Carrot juice to naturally add a reddish tint to hair

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How about trying a carrot juice dye to naturally add a red-orange tint to your hair? My red hair and I should definitely try this one once I have the time.

How to use:

To use carrot juice as a hair dye, start by washing your hair with a natural shampoo and conditioner. Then, mix together 1 cup of carrot juice/ 236 gr with one tbsp. of olive oil.  If you want to achieve a brighter orange hue, you can add a little bit of turmeric to the mixture. Apply the mixture to your hair. Wrap it in plastic and leave it in for an hour. Rinse your hair with warm water and apple cider vinegar.

Naturally lighter hair with apple cider vinegar

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Another natural method for lightening your hair? Alright! Apple cider vinegar is also a great natural remedy against dandruff and helps with hair growth.

How to use:

To lighten your hair with apple cider vinegar, mix 1-part vinegar with 5-parts water in a spray bottle. Spray the mix onto your hair. Leave it in for not less than 30 min. Rinse. Repeat until you achieve the desired results.

How to achieve a deep red tint with beet juice?

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Looking to add a deeper red tint to your hair? Try using beet juice!

How to use:

To use beet juice as a hair dye, start by washing your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove any product build-up. Then, mix together 1/2 cup of beet juice/ 240 gr with one tbsp. of carrier oil (coconut, olive, etc). Apply the mixture to your hair and then wrap it in plastic. Leave for at least one hour. Rinse your hair with cool water.

The best way to find out which natural ingredients will work best for you is to experiment. Try different ingredients, and see which ones give you the results that you are looking for. However, always be sure to test out the method on a small section of hair first to make sure that it does not cause any damage or irritation. Hope this article was of help to you. Good luck!




Kristiyana Burdeva is a content writer interested in the latest trends when it comes to hairstyles, fashion, makeup, interior design and tattoos. She loves to travel, and often embarks on road trips with her friends. Kristiyana likes to spend time in nature, going on hikes and camping trips. Ever since she can remember, she has loved to share her personal thoughts and opinions through writing and enjoys reading classical literature works.   Experience 
  • Author at since 2022, Kristiyana has written over 300 articles on various topics related to hairstyles, fashion, makeup, interior design, tattoo art, healthy lifestyle and kitchen recipes.
  • Prior to working at, Kristiyana worked as a freelance writer for various projects.
  • Her interest in hairstyles started back in late 2016 when she first started experimenting with hair dyes, and has been dyeing her own hair and that of close acquaintances ever since
  • Kristiyana has experience in working for a beauty company that sells luxurious cosmetics, which sparked her interest in learning about and establishing a quality skincare routine.
  • When it comes to cooking, she loves trying out new recipes, especially ones with various kinds of spices and herbs, and enjoys cooking for her family and friends.
  • In her yearly years, Kristiyana was very fond of drawing and painting and went on to study Arts for a brief period, and follows many artists on social media till date, tattoo artists included.
Education  Kristiyana went on to study in a specialized high school for English and German, and her love for the languages continues to date. She obtained a bachelor's degree in English and American studies. During her studies, she wrote numerous essays, poetry works, short stories and translated different texts. She was also involved in many volunteering programs, where she helped to educate children that came from unstable communities, or projects connected with the European Solidarity Corps.

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