DIY Natural Ways To Dye Hair Brown
If you’re a regular hair dyer, the process can become increasingly more difficult. No matter how well you take care of your hair, the chemicals you put on it are downright damaging. So if you’d like to go a more natural route to dye hair brown, there are several options for getting brown color in your hair, all Mother Nature approved.
Be A Coffee Head
If you’re a fan of coffee, you’re probably jumping for joy. Because, yes, it is what it sounds like. You can actually douse your head in coffee.
Brew a strong cup of coffee, such as an espresso, and let it cool. Combine one part of your brewed coffee to two parts of a natural leave-in conditioner. Add a couple dashes of finely ground coffee grounds. Let the mixture sit in your hair for an hour or two, and then rinse it out gently. You’ll end up with a chocolate hue to your hair.
Another option is to pour the brewed coffee into your hair after shampooing. Let it sit for 30 minutes, and then rinse with cool water. Repeat the rinse until you see the desired result.
Certain herbs are good for giving a subtle dark hue to hair. They include black tea, rosemary, nettle and sage. Brew a strong tea of each herb or try combinations. Use about three tea bags to four cups of water, or about a handful of loose herbs per cup of water. Brew for 30-60 minutes, and strain out any loose herbs. Up the amount of herbs if you want to try for a stronger color. Once the brew has cooled, pour the mixture onto your hair and let that sit for about an hour. You’ll need to repeat the process until you see the desired results.
Go Permanent With Henna & Indigo
This is probably the most extensive way to dye your hair using herbs, as it covers the hair best and actually works as a permanent color. You’ll need to be careful to use the 100 percent pure henna and indigo that do not have additives, which can react badly with chemically processed hair (like melt hair, in some cases). Only use this method if you’re 100% committed to staying natural.
A half-and-half indigo/henna mix will get you a gorgeous chestnut color. Feel free to play around with indigo levels depending on how dark you want your hair. More indigo will verge towards black, less towards auburn/red. Your base hair color will also add to the pigment, so be sure to do a strand test first.
Mix your henna paste and indigo paste separately. Henna powder will need to be mixed with lemon juice and left to sit overnight to let the dye release. Add enough juice to make a thick paste. Use warm water and a half a cup of lemon juice if your hair or scalp is dry. Then you can mix the indigo with warm water when you are ready to apply the mixture, using enough water to create a yogurt-like consistency. Add more water or juice to the henna you let sit overnight to make it more of a yogurt consistency, as well, and mix the two pastes together.
Apply the mush to your hair so it is evenly saturated. For the deepest color, let it sit overnight and sleep in it under some saran wrap and a towel. Otherwise, two or three hours under saran wrap will do it. Apply regular heat with a blow dryer to help the dye take. Rinse the goop out, and then don’t wash your hair for two days. That will give the color a few days to settle into a gorgeous brown shade.
Michelle Lovrine Honeyager is a freelance writer living in Southeastern Wisconsin. You can find out more about her at https://www.clippings.me/michellelovrine.