How To Dye Hair Without Using Hair Dye – smartesthairstyles.com – Dyeing your hair is a great way to spice up your look, but it can be harmful. It also requires a lot of commitment. If you’re looking to enhance your natural hair color, try a punky color like blue, or just need something for a costume, then there are plenty of options for you! Keep in mind that since you’re not using actual paint, the results aren’t usually permanent.
- Enhancement of natural colors
Use brewed coffee and conditioner to darken your hair. In a bowl, add 2 cups (470 ml) of leave-in conditioner. Stir in 2 tablespoons (10g) of coffee grounds and 1 cup (240mL) of room temperature brewed coffee. Apply the mixture to your hair, wait 1 hour and then rinse with warm water. To set the color, rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar afterwards and then let it air dry.
The stronger you brew your coffee, the darker the color will be. Espresso would be even better. Do not add milk or sugar to the coffee.
Use a white conditioner for best results. You can also substitute a simple conditioner or hair mask.
This method can potentially dye lighter hair colors a dark shade of brown.
This is not permanent and will only last 2 to 3 washes. However, you can apply the color more often to prolong the effect.
Use brewed tea to enhance your natural hair color. Brew 3 to 5 tea bags in 2 cups (470 ml) of water. Allow the tea to cool completely before using it on your head. Pour the tea over your hair or mix with 2 cups (470ml) of conditioner and leave in your hair for 1 hour before rinsing with warm water. Like coffee dye, this only lasts about 2 to 3 washes.
Use black tea when you want to darken your hair or cover up gray tones.
Use rooibos or hibiscus if you want to boost red tones.
Try chamomile tea if you want to lighten blonde hair or lighten light brown hair.
Try brewed herbs to boost your natural color or bring out highlights. Simmer 1 to 2 tablespoons (4.5 to 9 g) of your desired dried herb in 2 cups (470 ml) of water for 30 minutes. Strain the solution into a spray bottle, then spray it onto your hair until it’s damp. Just like coffee or tea color, this is not permanent and only lasts about 2 to 3 washes.
Use calendula, hibiscus, marigold or rosehip to bring out red tones. Let it air dry in the sun and then rinse with warm water.
For dark hair, try crushed walnut shells, nettle, rosemary, or sage. Leave it in your hair for 1 hour before rinsing with warm water. You don’t need sun for that.
To lighten blonde hair, try calendula, chamomile, marigold, saffron, or sunflower. Pour it over your hair, let it air dry, preferably in the sun, then rinse with warm water.
Add a touch of red with beet juice or carrot juice. Simply apply 1 cup (240 ml) of beet or carrot juice to your hair and then cover your hair with a plastic shower cap. Wait at least 1 hour and then rinse your hair with warm water. Rinse again with apple cider vinegar to set the color.
Beet juice is good for strawberry blonde, deep red, or auburn tones.
Carrot juice is better if you want some red-orange.
If the color is not dark enough, repeat the process. Keep in mind that it is not permanent and will not last more than 2 or 3 washes.
- Preserved unnatural colors
For best results, start with bleached, blonde, or light brown hair. Because the methods in this section are translucent, they only add to the color that’s already in your hair. This means the darker your hair, the less you will see the new color.
Note that blue and red can mix with blonde to create green or orange.
Mix unsweetened Kool-Aid with conditioner if you want a solid color. Dissolve 3 packets of unsweetened Kool-Aid drink mix in 1 cup (240ml) of hot water. Stir the solution into enough conditioner to saturate your hair. Apply the mixture to your hair and then cover it with a plastic shower cap. Wait an hour and then rinse out the color.
You can use a different type of drink mix, but make sure it’s unsweetened; Otherwise you’ll create a sticky mess.
This method usually lasts for several hair washes. If it doesn’t come out, try washing your hair with a clarifying shampoo.
Use a white conditioner for best results. You don’t need to shampoo your hair afterwards as the conditioner will already remove some of the residue.
Dissolve Kool-Aid in water only if you plan to dip your hair. Stir 2 packets of Kool-Aid into 2 cups (470mL) of hot water. Tie your hair in a ponytail or in two pigtails, then dip it in the solution. Wait 10 to 15 minutes and then pull your hair out. Pat dry with a paper towel, then allow to air dry. Then wash with a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo.
Washing your colored hair afterwards is important as it removes residue. If you don’t, you could soil your clothes.
If you have long, thick hair, you may need to do more of your “coloring.” Add 1 packet of Kool-Aid for every additional 1 cup (240 mL) of water.
This is a temporary option and should come out in several washes. If it doesn’t, try a clarifying shampoo.
Mix some food coloring with conditioner as an alternative to Kool-Aid. In a bowl, add enough white conditioner to saturate your hair, then stir in some food coloring until you get the shade you want. Apply the mixture to your hair as desired, wait about 40 minutes and then rinse with warm water. You don’t have to use a shampoo afterwards.
This only lasts 2 to 3 shampoos.
For a longer lasting little color (about 2 weeks) use 20 volume developer instead. Read the directions to find out how long to leave it in your hair.
Don’t use plant-based food coloring or the colors won’t come out. Use commercial food coloring.
For something easier, apply food coloring directly to your hair. Put on some plastic gloves and then use a coloring brush to apply liquid food coloring to the strands of hair. Wait 5 to 10 minutes, then blow dry your hair for a few minutes to warm it up and set the color. Rinse your hair with cool water and then blow dry completely.
Coat your hairline with oil or petroleum jelly to protect it from stains.
Wear gloves while rinsing your hair as the food coloring will stain.
This color lasts about 2 to 3 washes; it fades with each shampooing.
- Try other methods
Try hair mascara if you want to add highlights or refresh your roots. Hair Mascara is exactly what it sounds like: mascara, but for your hair! The application is simple; You simply pull out a thin section of hair and then comb through the mascara wand with light strokes.
Hair mascara comes in both natural and non-natural colors. It is opaque, so it shows up even on dark hair.
If you can’t find the right shade to refresh your roots with, move on to the next closest shade. A dark shade will look more natural than a light one.
Hair Mascara lasts for 1 to 2 hair washes.
Use hair chalk to get bright colors. Dampen the strand of hair you want to color, then rub your hair chalk over it – making sure you reach both the top and bottom. Repeat this process as many times as you want to color your hair. Let your hair dry and then comb it out. Set the chalk in place with a curling iron or flat iron, or set with a holding spray.
If you can’t get hair chalk, you can try using chalk pastel or eyeshadow. It usually comes in non-natural colors.
Most hair dye is translucent, but hair chalk is opaque, making it a great choice for dark hair.
This method works best for creating stripes, but you may be able to use it to mimic a solid color. Note that it may stain clothing.
Hair chalk lasts about 2 to 4 washes, but may stain light hair.
Use colored hairspray as an alternative to chalk. Apply the hairspray to thin strands of dry hair. Let the hairspray dry and then brush your hair to break up any clumps. Be aware that there may still be some stiffness afterwards.
Colored hairspray comes in a variety of non-natural colors, but you can also find it in natural colors. Since it is opaque, it is excellent for dark hair.
This is enough for about 2 to 4 hair washes, but can permanently color light hair.
Try colored hair gel for wilder styles. Hair gel makes your hair stiff and is best used to create spikes and other extreme styles. Colored hair gel is no different except that it is colored. Simply apply the gel to your hair like regular gel.
It usually comes in non-natural shades, but you may be able to find it in natural colors. It’s opaque, making it a great option for darker hair colors.
The gel should come out in 1 to 2 washes. Be aware that it may stain lighter hair colors.
Use clip-in extensions if you don’t want to use any product at all. Part your hair where you want the extension. Open the comb at the extension and slide it into your hair just below the parting. Close the comb and then let your hair down. Use a full set of extensions to create an ombré look or individual extensions to create a striped look.
You can get extensions in almost any color, both natural and non-natural.
Full sets usually come in natural colors, while individual clips come in non-natural colors.
For the most realistic look, choose human hair extensions. However, if this is just for fun, synthetic extensions will suffice.
You can style natural human hair extensions with curling irons, flat irons, bleaching and coloring. You cannot style synthetic extensions.