Natural Hair Dye




Introduction: Natural Hair Dye

Hair dyeing is a fashion trend as old as the human race itself. Using henna as dye is an ancient practice, which not only dyes hair but also conditions. I've always wanted to dye my hair so I gave henna dyeing a try.

Step 1: You Will Need

  • One whole egg
  • 2 tbsp natural 100% henna powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (optional, I added this for extra conditioning)
  • 2 tbsp curd

Alternatively, instead of using egg you could use a cup of curd.

If you have long hair, double the quantity of ingredients.

Step 2: Prepare the Mask

In a metal bowl, combine the egg white an egg yolk by whisking (you don't need to whisk it a lot, only enough to combine the two). Once combined, add in the henna, oil and curd and mix until a homogeneous mixture is achieved.

It is recommended to use a metal bowl as it does not stain, you could also use a plastic bowl that you do not mind throwing away.

Let the mixture sit for 15-30 minutes so that the henna develops color.

Step 3: Apply the Mask

Now onto the messy bit. Before applying make sure you are wearing clothes that you not care much for, as henna stains are permanent.

Using a hair applicator brush, apply the mix all over your hair (from root to tip) just as you would normal dye.

Forewarning, the mixture is runny and will get everywhere. After you are done applying remove any from your skin using a wet cloth.

Let it sit for about 2 hours (1 hour if you have light hair).

Wash it out using regular shampoo (it might take 2 washes to get it all out).

Step 4: The Result

I am in love with the result. I have jet black black hair and the results are phenomenal. Color is not visible in normal lighting but the is a definite red tinge in my hair when I go out in sunlight. If you have lighter hair the result will be more prominent.

Due to the egg, oil and curd my hair very well conditioned and extremely healthy.

Do try this dye out, as it not only colors but also conditions.

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    I think I might try this. I have dark brown hair and have never dyed it. I like the idea of a natural dye. What is curd?

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    I bet you'll like it, henna will give brown hair a levely red sheen.
    Curd is the samething as yogurt, you can use regular or greek.

    I was eating a yogurt yesterday and I started thinking about curd. Thanks for confirming my suspicions.

    Thanks for sharing! I've mostly seen henna used on skin, so it's neat to see it used with hair :) Does it come out what you wash it or does it take a few washes to come out?

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    It does wash out in a few washes. Having dark hair the redness is visible only for 2 or 3 washes. But I am certain it will last longer in lighter hair.

    Do some concentrations or shades of henna wash away more quickly than others? I have always been curious but have stayed away from henna because I always heard that once it was there, it was there for good and would have to grow out. The color results always look great, I'm just so scared of that potential hard root line!

    Like all things natural, the result of henna dye will not be the same for everyone. Having dark hair, the color in my hair is only visible for a few washes hence there is no hard root line. But, with lighter hair the dye is semi-permanent and it is possible that you have a root line. But like all dyes you will require touch-ups.

    As far as concentration goes, the more henna you use and the longer you let it sit in your hair the deeper the color, hence will take longer to fade out.

    Funny how the leaves in the background changed colour too! Sorry ;-)

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    Both the photos are taken about 3 hours apart during which orientation of the sun changed (in the before photo it is almost at 90 degrees and in the after one it is more slanted).

    If you are implying that the photo is fake then please give henna dyeing a try, the results might change your mind :)