6 Ways to Color Your Hair Without Using Traditional Hair Dye

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I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m constantly bored with or looking to drastically change my hair (the urge to alter something else always seems to hit days after my last hair appointment) and nine out of 10 times, when the urge hits, I’m tempting with one thing — dying it.

But, if I dyed my hair every time I was tempted, my hair would be fried, dead and probably falling out — not ideal.

That’s where these alternative dying methods come in. By using natural, wholesome ingredients, I can dye my hair as many times as I want without suffering the damaging consequences. Hallelujah.

6 Ways to Color Your Hair Without Using Traditional Hair Dye:

1. Cocoa Powder

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All you do is mix the cocoa powder with your shampoo, in equal measures, and use it like a traditional shampoo.

It should result in natural-looking dark coloring and can be repeated as many times as needed for your desired result.

2. Chalk

This is a great alternative to permanent dyes and allows you to experiment with an endless range of colors.

3. Clip-Ons

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These allow you to add a little pop of color anytime you want without making a long-term commitment.

4. Food Coloring

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This is a semi-permanent way to play around with new colors.

Ingredients:

  • white or clear shampoo
  • food coloring
Supplies:
  • toothbrush
Directions:
  1. Mix the ingredients together, putting as much food coloring into the mixture as you would like (more food coloring equals a more intense color).
  2. Dip the toothbrush in the mixture and brush it through your hair.
  3. After you’ve applied the mixture to the desired portion of hair, let it sit. For blonde hair, approximately 30 minutes should be enough for, but with brown hair, 3-5 hours might be more appropriate.
  4. After you’ve let the dye sit, rinse out your hair in the shower without using shampoo.
5. Lemon and Chamomile Tea
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By soaking your hair in chamomile tea and lemon juice before spending time in the sun, you can drastically lighten the shade of your hair.

Warning: this works much better for lighter-haired people.

6. Henna

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A product that is typically used to create beautiful body art, henna is also a popular alternative to hair dye. All you do is mix the ingredients and apply it like a normal dye — minus the foil.