Growing old is a natural process that is part of life. Have you repeated it several times and still can’t seem to rise above the gray hairs? We’ve got 7 tips for you on how to cover up grey without chemicals and give your hair the colour it’s lost with the help of nature.
1) Black tea as hair dye
… because it’s not just great for an afternoon tea party. You can also use it to make homemade natural hair dye. All you need is:
- black tea – 6 tablespoons
- water – 3 liters
- apple cider vinegar – 3 tablespoons
Boil the water and put the tea in it to infuse. Once the tea is lukewarm, strain it and stir in the apple cider vinegar. Natural tea color is in the world, we can move on to its application.
Shampoo your hair with shampoo and rinse it thoroughly, then swirl the tea color through it, let it condition for at least one hour and then rinse. Alternatively, you can also add a hair mask to the tea colour – the application will be easier and your hair will be perfectly nourished.
2) Natural coffee mask to cover grey hair
The basis is quality ground coffee, forget instant mixes.
- Brew a cup of strong coffee and let it cool,
- add 2 cups of your conditioner
- and one cup of ground coffee.
Stir the mixture and apply to wet shampooed hair. Allow to condition for at least one hour and then rinse.
Brewed coffee with lye will color hair up to one shade, conditioner will help to better detangle or shine. The fresh coffee will also give your hair the necessary nutrients and promote hair growth, plus your mane will smell great.
3) Walnut shells for hair colouring
You don’t have to just drop the shells like boats on water, if you grind them, they will serve as an effective natural grey dye as well as to darken your hair. And it’s not new, this is how our grandmothers fought grey hair too. You will only need:
- ground or crushed walnut shells (the finer the powder, the easier to handle and the better the effect)
- a liter of boiling water
Pour the walnut shell powder over boiling water and leave to linger for at least two days, but up to a week.
Use the extract after washing your hair as a spray that you won’t wash off and use it to dry and style your hair in the classic way.
4) Nettle and hair colouring?
We don’t even need to write about the health benefits of nettles for our body. However, it can cope just as well with grey hair, which it will colour beautifully. For the nettle colour we will need:
- a few handfuls of chopped fresh nettles
- hot water
Simply pour boiling water over the nettles, leave them to infuse for at least an hour and then apply to washed hair as a spray that won’t wash off. As with the nut husk concoction, the concoction should be very strong.
5) Elderberry hair dye
Do you have elderberries in your area? Then wait for its berries to ripen and in a few moments you’ll have a natural hair dye at home. You will need:
- 4 handfuls of elderberries
- boiling water
Pour boiling water over the elderberries so that they are covered and after they have cooled down, blend everything. You can also add your favourite conditioner, but for better results we recommend not to dilute the mixture further.
Simply apply the resulting mixture to shampooed hair, which you then wrap in an old towel for an hour or two. Afterwards, just wash it off and use conditioner if necessary.
6) Carrots and beets for hair dye
You can choose just one of the vegetables, but it’s the combination of the two that looks best and manages an amazing red to bold pink colour on light hair. On darker hair, they add more of a red or mahogany hue and great shine.
No cooking required, just make a smoothie from the carrots and beets or alternatively use a juicer to get their juice.
The ratio of carrots to beets should be 1:1, but you can adjust it over time to achieve your desired shade.
Simply apply the resulting mixture to washed hair and leave for an hour before rinsing. But beware of inadvertently staining your bath, towels and clothes, both carrots and beets will dye almost anything they come into contact with. Wear gloves and wash any splashes out of the tub immediately.
7) Get henna
Natural henna hair dye can tackle both hair growth and grey hairs. You won’t just find red or reddish shades in drugstores anymore, but instead you can choose from many shades of brown or opt for black.
Although the application is more challenging, the color stays beautiful for up to 4 weeks. The only downside, as with carrots and beets, is a messy bathtub, bathroom, and stained every piece of (not just) clothing you touched with henna.
This is a gentle, natural way to dye your hair that also nourishes it, so you can leave henna on for up to 2 hours. However, we definitely recommend following the instructions exactly, including the desired water temperature, which could affect the final shade.