Mane Magic: Ways To Color Your Hair Without Dyes

January 1, 2012 ‐ By Dolapo Roberts

More and more consumers are straying away from chemical hair dyes and looking to less harmful solutions that will lighten or darken their hair. While the more natural methods may not produce immediate noticeable colors like traditional dyes, they do work well overtime.

Here are some ways to lighten/darken your hair without having to worry about consistent damage to your hair…

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  • Nina

    Please do some research… You are not ‘protein sensitive’ if your hair is left ‘crunchy and dry’ after doing any kind of protein treatment, much less by using henna. Every human’s hair is composed of protein, so you can’t be ‘protein sensitive’ as if it’s some slight allergic reaction. ALL protein treatments need to be followed with an intensive deep conditioning treatment to balance and restore pH, moisture, and flexibility or else you will get that crunchy, dry feeling every time. When using henna, your best bet is to use a creamy, unpasteurized organic honey (the clear ones are not the same) or some other kind of natural oil/butter (such as tucumma, nilotic shea butter, meadowfoam oil, olive oil, almond oil, apricot oil, tamanu oil, or jojoba or coconut oil if your hair and scalp are on the oily/fine side…you get the point).

  • Jolie

    I’ve used a powdered henna and a henna cream. The powder was difficult to wash out but maybe that was just the brand I used. The cream was easy and effective and I would use again but right now I’m diggin every last strand of my uncolored hair (grays and all, lol)

  • greygoose125

    Henna works great for me and gives my gray hair a reddish/copper tint. 

    Back in the day, Black Cherry Kool-Aid mixed with conditioner gave my hair a Burgundy tint – (college memories.)

  • what about kool-aid

  • Honey… Cool, i want my hair to get a slightly lighter tint…

  • Love_Sexy

    I knew about the lemon juice to lighten hair but did not know about honey….I also did not know about the black tea to darken……..Very interesting…..I have used henna before which is excellent for conditioning as well as coloring.

  • Candacey Doris

    The henna actually does work on really dark hair. The trick is to allow it to sit. The more henna oxidizes, the better the color will be. My friend and i used it, her hair turned a nice red brown and my hair went altogether red.

  • that henna looks like curry, I like the honey tip!

  • IllyPhilly

    I use the sun, hair goes from brown to red for about a week. Best in summer of course.

  • Cherry Coke

    I like the beet/carrot juice tip. I have done the lemon juice thing before.

  • FromUR2UB

    I used a conditioner with henna in it years ago.  My hair is naturally dark brown with reddish highlights, so the henna enhanced the highlights.

  • Interesting.  I will definitely try the honey method and maybe the lemon-honey combo.