Coffee works great if you’re looking to go darker, cover gray hairs, or add dimension to dark tresses.
- Simply brew a strong coffee (espresso works well).
- Let it cool.
- Mix one cup with a couple cups of leave-in conditioner and 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds.
- Apply on clean hair and allow to sit for about an hour.
- If you use apple cider vinegar to rinse, it will help the color last longer.
- You may need to repeat the process a couple times to see noticeable results.
If you want to lighten your hair naturally, try using lemon. Many people swear by lemon as an alternative to salon dye when it comes to lightening your hair’s color.
- Mix a cup of water with two tablespoons of lemon juice.
- Then, apply it to wet hair and allow your hair to dry naturally. See if you notice a lightening effect.
- Wait until your hair has dried on its own to wash or rinse.
3. Carrot or Beet Juice
If you want to add natural red tints to your hair, use either carrot or beet juice. You can use them separately, or mix them together. The more beet juice you use, the redder the tinge will be. Carrot juice on its own will make a softer reddish-orange tint.
Add one cup of juice to your hair and mix with some coconut oil to condition. Work the oil and juice through your hair and wrap for at least an hour. Be careful as these juices can stain your skin and clothes. Rinse the juice out and spray your hair with apple cider vinegar to “fix” the color. Repeat until you see the color you desire.
4. Walnut Shells
Using walnut shells as hair dye will give you a rich dark brown color.
- Crush the shells and hold them for thirty minutes.
- Cool and strain the liquid.
- Apply it to your hair and be sure to use a cotton ball to color the areas where you have gray.
- If you want a more intense dye, heat the juice until it boils and allows it to simmer to about one-fourth its original volume.
- Let the mixture cool and pour on hair.