Natural ingredients that change hair color.

I was unsure about the ACV rinses (whether they would change the color I have in my hair or not) and so I started researching on the internet about them and I decided to post what I found. Some of this depends on the color you are starting with though.




1. Apple Cider Vinegar causes the hair cuticles to close, but it also brings out red tones in your hair- even dark hair. It can be used to help grey hair take color better and it has been alleged to assist grey hair to return to natural color.


2. Green Tea brings out red tones in brown/dark hair.


3. Black Coffee - tones down red tones, deepens brown-red tones, and covers grey.


4. Red Hibiscus Tea enriches red tones in dark hair.

5. Cinnamon (used alone) enhances red tones in hair. Can also tingle scalp.


6. Rosemary, Raspberry leaves, Parsley, Ivy Berries, Catnip, make dark hair more chestnut.





7. Regular Vinegar can give some of the same effects of ACV, but it brings out more blonde in the hair.


8. Ceylon or Black China Tea will add gold highlights when added to some types of henna.


9. Chamomile Tea lightens - lightish hair. Brings out more blonde.


10. Lemon juice lightens hair and brings out blonde highlights. Can be added to some hennas to get blonde colors.


11. Juice from a boiled and peeled white potato adds strong light highlights to dark hair.


12. Marigold petals gives golden highlights to light hair and brings out red and gold highlights in light brown and red hair.


13. Rhubarb root adds honey gold tones to brown hair and if you add lemon, grapefruit, or pineapple you can boost gold/blonde highlights for both blondes and dark hair.


14. Honey lightens all hair and is a natural peroxide booster.

15. Cardamom lightens all hair and is a peroxide booster.

16. Honey combined with cinnamon and cardmon can lighten all hair to a light red or reddish blonde faster (dending on starting color or how much of each you use), but not as fast a commercial color.






17. Sage deepens brown and black hair and covers greys.


18. Tag Elder Bark achieves lighter colors than sage- so it is used to darken dark blonde and cover gray in medium to light brown hair.


19. Walnut Hulls mixed with ground cloves or allspice make a sable brown color. This can also stain anything it comes in contact with.


He-Shou-Wu taken internally has been reported to change grey hair to natural color, but must be used not too long after grey is noticed.




There are a lot of recipes floating around with exact measurements and most of the recipes require grinding, boiling and allowing the mixture to seep/set. Then they require repeated appplications for a few days or a full week or over the course of a month. Then every month for maintenance.

Last edited by Prettycurls; 02-11-2009 at 04:38 AM. Reason: numbering
13,16, and 19 sound like an interesting future project.
I like this! You really did your research. I usually use just regular vinegar when I shampoo, but that's only like, 1 or 2 times a month. So, it probably would take like 1000 years for it to change my color, LOL
I like this! You really did your research. I usually use just regular vinegar when I shampoo, but that's only like, 1 or 2 times a month. So, it probably would take like 1000 years for it to change my color, LOL
Originally Posted by Hakim Nuraldin


Well i just started looking and all this info came up.

I think the vinegar is left on though when people are trying to lighten their hair. Also you can mix it with other things like the lemon or rhubarb.

They would mix the ingredients and let it sit on the hair from 30 minutes to overnight and repeat until they get the desired color.
I may try some of this. I've been looking for a natural method of hair color besides henna. I love my henna but it will only show up in the sun.
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I know that honey, cinnamon, cardamon, and coconut oil naturally contain peroxide and for that reason they can lighten hair but they do not deposit color.

LHC (the long hair community) has a massive thread about how to develop honey and mix it with other things to naturally lighten hair. They have discovered that the honey needs to be mixed with water and left alone for an hour to allow the peroxide to fully develop. They have also discovered that some honey lightens more than others and have a long list of which ones are the best.
Hmmm... well, my hair does usually lighten in the sun in the summertime, so maybe I will try this then to see if that would have any affect, just as an experiment. I'm happy with my natural color, but I don't mind being a guinea pig..LOL! Hopefully, the color would go back later.
i agree with the fact that ACV rinses turn dark brown or black hair a reddish color.i started doing ACV rinses last may but stopped because i noticed my hair turning a weird reddish burgundy(in the light) color.my hair is naturally jett black.so i stopped doing those completely,now when i look in the mirror i can see where my hair has grown and its all jett black except my "old hair" where it is still a lighter reddish color.
I know that honey, cinnamon, cardamon, and coconut oil naturally contain peroxide and for that reason they can lighten hair but they do not deposit color.

LHC (the long hair community) has a massive thread about how to develop honey and mix it with other things to naturally lighten hair. They have discovered that the honey needs to be mixed with water and left alone for an hour to allow the peroxide to fully develop. They have also discovered that some honey lightens more than others and have a long list of which ones are the best.
Originally Posted by vkb247


This sounds serious, but also a lot of fun. I had no idea until the research, that you could use natural ingredients to get hair color. Thanks for the info - I may pop over there in the future to read further.
Hmmm... well, my hair does usually lighten in the sun in the summertime, so maybe I will try this then to see if that would have any affect, just as an experiment. I'm happy with my natural color, but I don't mind being a guinea pig..LOL! Hopefully, the color would go back later.
Originally Posted by Hakim Nuraldin

You know that is something I don't know. Whether it would go back or not. I am thinking it may not as you are not depositing color, but stripping away color via a peroxide, albeit a natural one.
i agree with the fact that ACV rinses turn dark brown or black hair a reddish color.i started doing ACV rinses last may but stopped because i noticed my hair turning a weird reddish burgundy(in the light) color.my hair is naturally jett black.so i stopped doing those completely,now when i look in the mirror i can see where my hair has grown and its all jett black except my "old hair" where it is still a lighter reddish color.
Originally Posted by janelle.j


Thanks for posting.

I thank God I didn't use the ACV - esp after hearing your story! I am going to use the regular vinegar instead.


I have some blonde with blonder highlights in my hair and I would be sick of my hair started getting reddish on top of the blonde. It could have ended up a pretty all over red, but I was scared that I would end up with three colors on my head: very dark brown for all my new growth and some weird color for the blonde parts.
I may try some of this. I've been looking for a natural method of hair color besides henna. I love my henna but it will only show up in the sun.
Originally Posted by Wild Curls Raquelle

Hi,

I saw some recipes where these additives can boost henna colors depending on the color you are going for.

Please let us know how it turns out.
I know that honey, cinnamon, cardamon, and coconut oil naturally contain peroxide and for that reason they can lighten hair but they do not deposit color.

LHC (the long hair community) has a massive thread about how to develop honey and mix it with other things to naturally lighten hair. They have discovered that the honey needs to be mixed with water and left alone for an hour to allow the peroxide to fully develop. They have also discovered that some honey lightens more than others and have a long list of which ones are the best.
Originally Posted by vkb247
Do you have a link to the thread?
mostly 3a. a little 2c and 3b.
fine/thin, but lots of it.
Here's the link to the Honey Thread on LHC. Has tons of info! It's a great thread!
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Thanks for posting this! This is so useful.
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This really is great info, Prettycurls, but my question is, are these things used as a rinse, should they be mixed with condition and left in, and sit in the sun? Left in alone and sit in the sun?? So confused!! TIA
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