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The Ultimate Guide To Make Natural Hair Dye

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Using Natural hair dye is the best way to dye one’s hair. Why you make ask? Because the chemicals that most hair dyes consist of can cause life threating illness.

Can The Chemicals In Hair Dye Cause Cancer?

A study was done on 2 groups of people,

  •  People who use hair dye regularly.
  • people who were exposed to hair dye at work.

The study done on people who were exposed to hair dye at work for example hairdressers and barbers found a small but consistent increase of bladder cancer. A study done on people who regularly use hair dye did not find a small but consistent increase of bladder cancer.

Other Studies were conducted on the possible link between personal usage of hair dye and the risk of developing blood-related cancer such as leukemia and lymphoma.  The result where mixed.

For example, some studies found an increased risk of certain types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in some women who use hair dyes but not in others. especially if they began usage before 1980 and/or use darker colors.

The same type of results was found in some studies of the risk of leukemia yet again other studies did not find any increase in the risk of leukemia.

So if there is any effect on the use of hair dye when it comes to blood – related cancer, it is likely small. Most studies did not find an increased risk of breast cancer when it comes to using hair dye. For other types of cancer little studies have been done so no absolute conclusion can be made.

Types of hair dyes

Hair dyes are different in their chemical composition. Most People get exposed to chemicals in hair dyes through contact with their skin.  There are 3 main types of hair dyes;

  • Temporary dyes: These dyes typically cover the surface of the hair but they don’t penetrate into the hair shaft. They last for 1 to 2 wash.
  • Semi-permanent dyes: These dyes penetrate into the hair shaft and they typically last for 5 to 10 wash.
  • Permanent (oxidation) hair dyes: These dyes cause lasting chemical changes in the hair shaft. They are the most popular types of hair dyes because the color changes last until new hair grows. These dyes are sometimes referred to as coal-tar dyes because of some of the ingredients found in them. They are to know to contain colorless substances such as aromatic amine and phenols. In the presence of hydrogen peroxide, these substances go through chemical reactions to become dyes. Darker hair dyes are known for using more of these coloring agents.

You might be saying to yourself, how can I make natural hair dye?  we have a list of 5 household goods that can serve the purpose of making natural hair dye and they will give you jaw-dropping results. Keeping reading to find out more about them.

Carrot Juice can be used to dye your hair reddish-orange tint hair but this depends on the color of your hair. The tint can last for a couple of weeks.

                                           How to use carrot juice for natural hair dye

  • Mix carrot juice with coconut oil.
  • Apply the mixture to your hair.
  • wear a shower cap and let the mixture sit for more than 1 hour for the best result.
  • Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar. You can also repeat this process  again if you did not get the best result.

carrot juice for natural hair dye
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Henna is a plant-based dye that ’s used to make temporary tattoos directly on the skin. But did you know you can use Henna to dye your hair red?

  How to use Henna for natural hair dye

  • Mix a half cup of henna with one-fourth cup of water.
  • Stir the mixture until it gets to the consistency of mashed potatoes, you can add water if necessary.
  • Cover the mixture and let it sit for 12 hours. (please note, You may need to add more water after the 12 hours so it can be applied to your hair)
  • Wash your hair without using hair conditioner.
  • Wear a headband and apply coconut oil to your hairline. This will not allow the henna to stain your skin.
  • Apply the paste mixture to your hair.
  • Wrap your hair in plastic and let the mixture sit for at least two hours before washing it out. For best result let it sit for longer.

Henna for natural hair dye
photo of Henna tattoo

Coffee! That feeling of caffeine in your body.  Most people don’t know these but coffee can dye your hair one shade darker, and it can also dye some gray hair dark.

  How to use coffee for natural hair dye

  • Brew a strong cup of dark-roast coffee.
  • Mix about a half cup of coffee with 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds and 1 cup of leave-in hair conditioner.
  • Apply the mixture to clean, damp hair.
  • Let the mixture sit for at least 1 hour, and then wash.
  • Repeat if necessary.

Please note: Coffee won’t make a drastic change to your hair color, and the result will not last for long. This is an affordable option, and it is good for you to try.

Photo of coffee

Beet juice: beet juice is a better alternative than carrot juice. This is more advanced when it comes to dying your hair red.

                                   How to use beet juice for natural hair dye

  • Mix beet juice with coconut oil.
  • Apply the mixture gently to your hair, and then cover your hair.
  • Let the mixture sit for at least 1 hour before washing it out.
photo of beet juice

Sage: If your hair is black or dark brown and you want it to become a shade darker, sage is a good option. It can darken shades of brown hair, and it can also help with the covering of gray hairs.

How to use sage for natural hair dye

  • Steep between 1/2 and 1 cup of dried sage in a quart of boiling water for at least 30 minutes. (The longer you let it steep, the darker the tint could be.)
  • Let the water cool and strain out the sage.
  • After you wash and towel-dry your hair, pour the sage water over your hair for as long as possible.
  • Let the tint develop for at least 15 minutes before washing it out.
photo of a sage plant

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