How to Dye your Hair with Herbs

Chemical free hair, it’s a nice thought.

Well fortunately, with a little help from mother nature, it is possible.

She provides us with a vast array of herbs, that caters for every hair colour.

Dyeing Hair with Herbs

Because your using natural herbs the formula will change, depending on the treatment you are doing.

For instance, if you are planning to add high or low lights to your hair, then a decoction or tincture, needs to be used as a rinse.

However if you are planning on fully dyeing your hair,

The formula will need to be more intense, so a paste is required. In order to get the desired result, the dye will need to be left on for some time.

Herbs for Low and Highlights

Blonde Hair

  • Chamomile
  • Rhubarb Root
  • Privet Leaves
  • Mullein Flowers


  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Walnut Shells
  • Raspberry Leaves

Red Heads

  • Saffron
  • Calendula
  • Red Hibiscus
  • Alkanet Root

Herbs for dyeing hair

Blonde Hair

  • Lemon
  • Marigold
  • Rhubarb Root


  • Sage
  • Indigo
  • Black Tea
  • Elderberries
  • Unripe Walnuts

Red heads

Grey Hair

  • Sage
  • Walnut
  • Black Tea
  • Walnuts

The final intensity you get, is not going to be like a synthetic dye, so be prepared to add more then one application, if you don’t get the desired result.

If you do have trouble sourcing herbs don’t be tempted to substitute, as you could end up with disastrous results.

Dried herbs or fresh herbs are fine, but never substitute herbs for berries, leaves or stems.

You just may end up with the wrong intensity or colour.

The Naked Chemist

Many chemical hair dyes, contain chemicals referred to as amines.

Whilst you may think your safe, because its only your hair coming into contact with the dye, the scalp is very porous, and can easily absorb these chemicals into the blood stream.

This is why, it is so nice to have a choice of natural hair dyes, obtained from herbs.

They are much safer than commercial dyes, that contain these unhealthy compounds.

For more ideas why not join me tomorrow, when I look at how to dye your hair blonde.

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