Natural Hair Dyes

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If you like to change your hair color or just have some gray hair to cover up, it's normal to reach for the hair dye. But there is another option for hair dyeing. If you have the desire and a little bit of patience, you can try herbal dyes.

Herbal dyes don't work as bleach, but they can darken, lighten or cover grays. Of course, herbal dyes won't match the chemical dyes that are purchased at the store. They are used simply to enrich your natural color. Most herbal dyes work progressively, so you use over a period of time and repeat until you get the shade right. Also, herbal dyes aren't permanent and will fade unless the process is repeated. It is always good to test a strand before making an overall change.

So how do you do it?

Blonde: To brighten your dull brown hair, rinse your hair weekly with chamomile tea, which is available at most grocery stores.

Brunette: To add some auburn glow to your brown hair, henna powder is great. It's available at most health food stores. Henna powder also coats the hair which makes your hair feel thick and healthy. If you are unsure of the color, you can mix it with a lighter herb like chamomile. Henna shouldn't be used at all by persons with white, gray or very light blond hair.

Dark hair: You can enhance the color of darker hair as well with sage. For dark brown or black hair, sage will deepen the color and cover any gray hairs.

All hair types: For shinier and healthier hair, rinse your hair once a week with organic apple cider vinegar. It will give your hair a brand new shine. For more information on apple cider vinegar, read on here.

These techniques are not only safer for your hair, but can be a fun experiment. Because these natural ways are not permanent, you can try new things without the worry of using too many chemicals on your hair. You can have fun and save money while you do it!

For the full story and instructions, visit Mother Earth News.

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