One well known and popular natural dye is henna, but did you know there are many herbs and natural substances that can also be used. They won’t be as potent as using natural henna, but are cheap and easy to use and can add a subtle tint or slightly lighten your hair if used regularly.

Blonde hair will usually take up more color that most others.

Lemons – The method of using lemon juice to lighten or add highlights to hair has been known of for a long time. This works more slowly over several uses.  The lemon juice acts as a natural bleach and its lightening affects can be intensified by exposing the lemon treated hair to sunlight.

Chamomile – A weekly rinse with chamomile tea will work for darker blonde types brightening hair.  Calendula can also be used.

Rhubarb root – makes golden honey tones. Simmer the root in water and cool. Use as you would with other tea methods.


For brown hair you can mix henna and indigo powders and then apply. It gives a gorgeous vibrant brown. Here is the recipe.

– For red hair, nothing beats henna. Here are the instructions: Henna for hair.

Hibiscus flowers (Rose mallow) and calendula – You can make a tea from hibiscus flowers and calendula. By adjusting the amount of each, you can vary the shade of pinky red tones in your hair.  And both are full of antioxidants, which are very healthy for you hair.

Beet juice and/or carrot juice – can be used to add red tints to your current colour. They can be used separately or together. You add the juice to your hair and let it dry naturally. The colour will rinse out the next time you wash your hair.


You can get a lovely natural black colour by applying henna and following with Indigo. A second indigo treatment will give you blue-black hair: Recipe here.

Want to buy henna online? Visit Hennacat’s henna shop – it’s secure and you can buy everything you need to dye your hair naturally.

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