Four Natural Ways to Color Your Hair

December 4, 2007 by Kristie Leong MD  
Published in Hair

Do you want to subtly change your hair color without using harsh chemicals?

Subtly changing your hair color can give you face new definition and your spirit a lift. It’s always fun to try something new! If you don’t want to use synthetic hair dyes, there are natural ways to color hair that can give you the subtle look you’re after. If you want a drastic change in hair color, these natural hair coloring techniques may not be for you, but if you want to add highlights or lift your hair a shade or two, these natural dyes can be effective. Because natural hair coloring agents aren’t as potent as commercial hair dyes, you may need to use them repeatedly in order to gradually get your desired hair color. It’s also important to do a strand test first on a small piece of hair to see if you’re going to like the shade. Here are some natural ways to color your hair:

Natural Hair Color for Blonds:


Does this bring memories of your younger days when you’d pour lemon juice on your hair and lie in the sun? The action of lemon juice and heat can lift your hair color a shade or two, depending on how light your natural hair color is. Add the juice of three lemons to a quart of water and apply it to your hair. If you don’t have the time to lie in the sun, try applying heat from a hair dryer to your hair until your hair appears to have lightened to your desired shade.


This herb can noticeably brighten fading blond hair if used consistently. To make a chamomile hair rinse, add ¾ of a cup of chamomile flowers to a quart of boiling water. Allow the mixture to boil for 40 minutes. Strain the mixture and then pour it through your hair after towel drying. Catch the mixture in a bowl and pour it through several more times. Allow the last of the mixture to remain in your hair for 20 minutes before rinsing. To get maximal brightening effects, do this twice a week. The result will be a slightly brighter, yet still natural hair color.

Natural Hair Color for Brunettes:


If you want to add red highlights to your hair, henna may be your answer. Try a strand test as the highlights achieved with henna can vary dramatically depending upon your natural hair color. Simply add henna powder to boiling water in sufficient quantities to make a thick paste. After applying rubber gloves to protect your hands massage the paste into your hair and apply a rubber cap. Leave the paste on your hair for an hour before thoroughly rinsing. If you prefer a less brassy shade of red, you can add one part of chamomile powder to two parts henna to create your paste. Henna can also be used to cover grey.


If you’d like to darken your brunette hair color, sage is an excellent choice. Add a half cup of dried sage to two cups of boiling water. Allow this mixture to boil for thirty minutes. Strain it and then pour the liquid through your damp hair. Repeat several times, allowing the last rinse to remain on your hair for 40 minutes. Rinse and dry your hair as usual. You may not notice dramatic results the first few times you use it. Reapply it weekly until you achieve your desired natural hair color.

There are other natural ways to color your hair using herbs. Try experimenting with rosemary or black tea to darken brunette hair. Hibiscus can add subtle highlights in a copper shade to red or brown hair. It’s simple to prepare a color infusion by adding herbs to boiling water and allowing the mixture to thicken before applying to your hair.

These natural ways to color hair are a great way to highlight your natural hair color without exposing yourself to the potentially toxic chemicals found in hair dyes. Why not give herbal hair colors a try?

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8 Responses to “Four Natural Ways to Color Your Hair”
  1. Sandra L. Petersen Says:

    I knew about henna and lemon but didn’t know about the others. Good article.

  2. ayushi Says:

    you all are idiot i know more thn you

  3. grace Says:

    im a teen trying to dye natural highlights into my hair….your article was VERY helpful! thnx!

  4. kerry Says:

    hey … i’m a teen that slooking to dye my hair in natural ways as not to damege it and thanx , your article was helpful!!

  5. Susie Says:

    If you think you know something better ‘Ayushi’, then please tell us. it’s not helpful to call people idiots!
    I’m looking for a natural way to colour my hair without using harmful chemicals, and I found this article VERY helpful. Thanks so much for sharing your tips and advice.

  6. joe Says:

    I used lemon but unfortunately it didnt work

  7. marissa Says:

    I fart into my hands and then rub m,y hands through my hair. It makes it smell good and the boys love it.

  8. Tim Says:

    I like Marissa’s way the best. But i fart on my girlfriends hair when she sleeps. It makes me feel good.

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