5 All-Natural Homemade Hair Dyes To Mask Gray Hairs And Improve Your Original Hair Color

Date November 14, 2018

Most women freak out when they notice the first strands of gray hair. Some choose to embrace it, and some decide to hide it at all costs. Well, gray hair isn’t always a sign of aging: twenty-somethings and even teenagers can get it. The hair can start to go gray for many reasons other than aging; these include thyroid issues, vitamin deficiencies, stress, and genetic predisposition to early graying.

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Regardless of your age and reason you want to cover up the gray, you can use a natural dye to preserve your original hair color. Yes, natural dyes may not be as effective as commercially produced ones, and you may need to reapply them several times to notice a change in your hair color. But here’s a good reason to try natural dyes before chemical-laden ones, and they are completely safe.

Below, we list a few natural hair dyes to mask gray hairs and instructions on how to make them. Most of them are for dark hair, but there are also a couple of dyes for blond and red hair.

5 natural hair dyes to cover up gray hairs and improve your original hair color

Here are a few natural hair dyes to experiment with:

1. Black tea

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You know black tea can stain your tooth enamel. But what is bad for your tooth color may actually be great for your hair! If you have dark hair, you can hide strands of gray with black tea infusion, as Annmarie suggests:

  • put 5-6 tea bags in 2 cups of boiling water;
  • steep the tea for 10 minutes;
  • once it reaches room temperature, apply the tea on your hair (make sure it covers the whole length of your hair, especially gray strands);
  • leave the tea on for at least an hour;
  • it’s not necessary to rinse your hair afterward, but you may do so if you don’t like the smell.

Apply this dye a few times a week, and you’ll see the result after several applications.

2. Walnut shells

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If you want a darker color than black tea would give you, Annmarie recommends walnut shells. Here’s how to make a dye from them:

  • boil crushed walnut shells for half an hour;
  • let the liquid cool down, strain it, and apply on the whole length of your hair;
  • leave it on your hair for at least an hour;
  • rinse your hair with lukewarm or cool water afterward.

You’ll have to reapply the dye about once or twice a week to maintain the color.

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3. Coffee

Coffee is an excellent natural dye for dark hair, StyleCraze says. Here’s how to use it:

  • brew a pot of coffee (the stronger, the better) and let it cool down;
  • once the coffee reaches room temperature, apply it on your hair;
  • let it sit on your hair for at least an hour, then rinse it off with cool water.

Apply 2-3 times a week.

4. Beet and carrot

Beet and carrot juice works well for redheads, according to MavCure. If you want a more reddish shade, use more beet juice. If you prefer orange, use more carrot juice.

  • combine pure beet juice and carrot juice;
  • apply the mixture to your hair and let it sit for at least an hour;
  • rinse your hair with lukewarm water.

You may have to repeat the procedure about once or twice weekly.

5. Chamomile tea or rhubarb root


Chamomile tea works for blond hair, according to StyleCraze. Use it the same way you would use black tea.

To hide gray hairs, rhubarb root may do the trick. Here’s how to use it:

  • simmer rhubarb root in 2 cups of water;
  • let the liquid cool down, then strain it;
  • apply it to your hair and let it sit for an hour or more;
  • rinse your hair with lukewarm water afterward.

This procedure needs to be repeated two times a week.

Here’s something to keep in mind: any of these natural dyes can stain your skin. So, apply them carefully to keep your skin and clothes clean.

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.

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