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How to Dye your Hair without Damaging it

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Dye your Hair without Damaging it

Do you want your hair to shine and look beautiful but without applying chemicals? Don't worry, although it seems impossible, the fact is that there are some natural products that can change the color of our hair without damaging it at all, but quite the opposite, providing essential vitamins that nourish it and make it looking its best. In this article we reveal some tricks so you know how to dye your hair without damaging it by taking advantage of natural colorants that we can obtain from ingredients that we can easily find at home. Easy, economical and healthy, what more can you ask for?

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Steps to follow:


In order to dye your hair without damaging it, it is important to stop using chemicals and dyes containing ammonia as this type of product damages your hair making it look more dry and, over time, can leave it burnt. Therefore, you should opt to reap the benefits of some natural ingredients that will help to change the natural color of your hair, giving it a different shade and enhancing its brightness because, in addition to changing the color, they also give you vitamins and minerals making the hair more nourished.

You should also know that there are some natural dyes or colorants without chemicals nowadays that don't contain ammonia either and therefore are healthier and beneficial to hair; however, there's nothing like using natural products to take the maximum care for the health of your hair.

How to Dye your Hair without Damaging it - Step 1

Henna is one of the best ingredients for dying hair auburn or for giving it red low-lights. If you want to add a touch of color to your hair, there's nothing better than trying a dye made from this product, which also has some interesting properties for your hair, for example, it helps to moisturize the ends and therefore prevents them from splitting or becoming brittle. Make sure the henna you use is natural.

It is not a permanent dye; it usually lasts up to 4 months and, after this time, you need to re-do the treatment to give your hair back that color making it shiny and silky. This ingredient can be found in any health food store and also you can get other products such as:

  • Olive oil
  • Hot water
  • 1 plastic bowl
  • 1 wooden spoon

Mix them all until you get a thick texture but that can be easily applied, like a cream or a shampoo although it is important that you consider the normal texture of henna is similar to mud so don't focus too much on this.

When finished, apply this paste to your hair when dry (because, this way, color penetrates it better) with own hands, or use a brush to cover all your hair. Now leave the product in your hair for 3 or 4 hours. The longer you leave it, the stronger and more intense the color, so you can decide how long.

After this time, rinse your hair with plenty of water and then wash with your regular shampoo and conditioner. That's it!

How to Dye your Hair without Damaging it - Step 2

Dark hair can be achieved with coffee. Yes, yes: you heard it right! That essential morning drink can also help improve the appearance of your hair and give it a dark, shiny and silky touch. So if you want dark shades of chestnuts, black or brown chocolate you can bet on this method of dying your hair without damaging it that will give you the results you want.

Moreover, making this treatment is very simple because all you will need to make it are 2 cups of coffee with the coffee you normally drink and, when ready, put them in a bottle or container and leave to cool. Use coffee as a rinse when you wash your hair using this ingredient and not water for the final rinse.

Pour the coffee all over your hair trying to reach all the strands so that your hair is one even colour. Once you're finished, massage your head to ensure that the product covers all areas, including the scalp; afterwards leave it on for half an hour to ensure that the colour takes properly.

After this time just rinse your hair with water and shampoo again. You can repeat this treatment once a month to maintain the colour or, if you want it to darken it even more repeat once or twice per week.

You can even dye your hair unnatural colors such as blue or purple without damaging it. Discover how in our tutorial.

How to Dye your Hair without Damaging it - Step 3

If you want darker hair but also want to cover grey hair you can try this other natural dye: walnut leaves. It is a product that has been used forever to darken the hair but also to improve its appearance by strengthening its health and giving it a more intense shine.

To make this home dye you have to get dry walnut leaves (available at health food stores) although you can also pick fresh leaves and let them dry for a few days. When ready, you have to put them in a pot with boiling water and leave for 15 minutes; then strain the water and remove leaves.

Apply the liquid to your hair strand by strand to ensure that it is completely covered. Leave it to work for 30 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Repeat this treatment twice a month (once every 15 days) and this way you can dye your hair naturally as well as, no greys!

Sage also can help you cover grey hair.

How to Dye your Hair without Damaging it - Step 4

Do you want a lighter hair? If so, chamomile is the best way to dye your hair without causing damage. This natural ingredient has been used multiple times in shampoos and treatments to lighten hair and has bleaching properties that lift the natural color a little. That's right: if you have dark or black hair, chamomile cannot help you because it contains no chemicals. It is recommended primarily for people with brown or light hair who wants a more golden tone.

To prepare this dye you just have to prepare a chamomile tea and then let it cool before applying to the hair. You need to spread it over your hair with a soft circular massage that activates blood circulation allowing its properties to better penetrate the hair. Leave on for half an hour and then rinse and wash with your regular shampoo.

Tip: if you want to make your hair even blonder, you can add the juice of 1 lemon to the mixture too and this way you will get a lighter result thanks to the bleaching properties that this fruit has.

How to Dye your Hair without Damaging it - Step 5

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