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How To Colour Hair Naturally At Home?

One of the most widely used natural hair colours in the world is henna, a plant that produces a natural pigment that has the ability to tint your hair. Many traditional hair care remedies involve using organic henna for hair colouring and conditioning.

Over the years, the process on how to make natural hair colour at home has evolved to include extracts such as indigo, neem, tea and coffee as well. However, the tips and tricks to make the most out of your natural hair colour remain consistent even today. Let’s find out what they are!

What Are Natural And Organic Hair Colours?

To colour your hair naturally, the first thing you need is a natural hair colour. A natural and organic hair colour is often made by blending organic henna powder and organic indigo leaves together to form a paste. These plants have the ability to not only colour your hair naturally, but also keep them soft and conditioned.

Juicy Chemistry’s Natural And Organic Hair Colours

To ensure your hair gets an intense colour and the benefits of plant-based ingredients, we go a step ahead. To formulate our supercharged hair colours, we blend together organic henna powder and organic indigo leaves with powerful plant pigments such as organic amla, bhringraj, hibiscus, black tea and manjistha.

Our selection of organic herbs have allowed us to create 4 different shades of hair colours - Espresso (or soft black), Doppio (or deep black), Americano (or dark brown) and Irish (or burgundy). These hair colours naturally tinge your hair, while softening your hair strands and improving your scalp health at the same time.

Beginner’s Guide On How To Colour Hair Naturally

Step 1 - 

Wash your hair with a plant-based, gentle shampoo a day before colouring your hair.

Step 2 -

The next day, take some hair colour powder in a ceramic or glass bowl. Add boiling water to it and mix well to get a smooth, yoghurt-like paste. Wait for the mixture to cool down to a lukewarm consistency.

Step 3 - 

Wear gloves and use a brush applicator to coat your hair from root-to-tip with this paste. Keep dividing your hair into sections to cover your entire head. Once you coat all your hair with the natural hair colour, cover your head with a shower cap for a minimum of 2 hours.

Step 4 - 

When the hair colour dries up, rinse your hair thoroughly with plain water and let it air dry.

5 Common Hair Colouring Concerns And Tips To Avoid Them

My hair is still grey after colouring.

Reason - When you colour your own hair, it is possible to skip some hair strands in the process. This can lead to uneven coverage.

Solution - If you are wondering how to colour grey hair naturally and evenly, use a back mirror to make sure that you coat all your hair strands with the hair colour properly. To ensure maximum coverage, always prepare some extra hair colour paste to cover your entire head at the end of the application.

Tips -
  • Perform a strand test if you are using a natural hair colour for the first time. Use the hair colour on a small section of your hair to see how it shows up on your original hair colour.
  • If your hair is not used to being coloured with natural colours, make sure that you are using the hair colour consistently twice a month to see even results in the long run. The more frequently you use it, the better the results will be.

My hair does not show enough colour.

Reason - Natural pigments take time to get activated. If we rush with the process, the hair colour does not impart its full colour.

Solution - Activate the natural hair colour with hot water and allow the mixture to sit for some time to release its pigments. Once the mixture cools down, apply it evenly to your hair. Wait for at least 2 hours before rinsing it off with water.

Tips -
  • Remember to use natural hair colours on pre-washed, clean hair for best results.
  • After applying the hair colour, cover your head with a shower cap to make sure the paste doesn’t dry up quickly and keeps releasing its pigments into your hair.

My hair colour fades quickly.

Reason - Washing your hair frequently can shorten the life of the natural hair colour.

Solution - Rinse off your hair colour with just water for the first time. Wait at least 48 hours to shampoo your hair afterwards.

Tips-
  • Use lukewarm or cold water to wash and rinse your hair. Hot water can fade your hair colour quicker than usual.
  • Use a gentle shampoo instead of a clarifying formula to wash your hair.

I experience hair fall after colouring.

Reason - Using herbal powders that are expired or adulterated can have an adverse reaction on your scalp and cause damage and hair fall.

Solution - Prefer organically sourced hair colours. Check the expiry date of the product before use, and try to use it up while it's fresh and potent.

Tip - Perform a patch test before using the natural hair colour. Apply the paste to a small section of your hair and on your hairline to check for any signs of irritation.

My hair feels dry after colouring.

Reason - It is commonly believed that the longer we leave the hair colour on our head, the better will be its pigmentation. However, natural hair colours do not require more than 2-3 hours to leave a tinge on your hair. Leaving them in your hair for a prolonged period can dehydrate your hair and scalp.

Solution - Do not keep the natural hair colour mixture in your hair for long hours or overnight as it can make your hair dry and prone to breakage.

Tips -
  • Use a rinse-off conditioner after you shampoo a day before applying the hair colour to keep your hair nourished.
  • Use an overnight hair mask treatment the next time you shampoo after using your hair colour. This will moisturise your hair and scalp and prevent dryness.

Summary

  • Juicy Chemistry’s Natural And Organic Hair Colours are primarily made using plants such as henna and indigo due to their ability to colour our hair naturally.
  • To activate the natural hair colour instantly, blend the dry mixture with boiling water to get a smooth paste, and apply it on your hair once it cools down.
  • To make your hair colour last long, keep the hair colour paste in your hair for at least 2 hours. Rinse it off with plain water and do not shampoo your hair for 48 hours.
  • To ensure even coverage, use our natural hair colours consistently, twice a month.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do natural hair colours last on hair?

Natural hair colours typically last for 4-6 weeks.

Is there a transition phase while using natural hair colours?

If your hair is new to natural colours, it can take some time to adapt. The more you use it, the better the outcome will be every time.

Are there any side effects of using natural hair colours?

Our Organic Hair Colours are formulated keeping all scalp and hair types in mind. However, not all natural ingredients suit everyone. Hence, we recommend doing a patch test to make sure the blend is suitable for your hair and scalp.

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4471652/