How to Make Your Own Hair Dye

by Shiromi Nassreen

While there are a variety of hair dyes on the market, many of them are made with chemicals that can be harsh on the hair. However there are a number of ways that you can create your own natural hair dyes at home using only some basic items found in your kitchen cupboard.

Items you will need

  • Lemon
  • Chamomile
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Kool-Aid (depending on type of hair dye)
  • Spray bottle (except with Kool-Aid)
  • Mixing container
  • Kettle for making tea
Step 1

Gather your ingredients. The ingredients you use will depend on the color you wish to have. A strong rosemary and sage tea is excellent for covering up gray hair. For a vibrant shade, of red a packet of sugarless Kool-Aid can be used. If you want to lighten your hair, you will need about 1 cup of lemon juice and 3 cups of chamomile tea.

Step 2

Mix up your solution. For the Kool-Aid, simply mix it with some water when you are ready to use it. However, for the tea treatments, the tea will need to be boiled in hot water, and then you should let them steep and cool down. Finally, once the tea solutions are cooled, you will need to strain the tea prior to use.

Step 3

Apply to hair. Because the rosemary and sage tea is supposed to be used only on gray hair, you will need to put it in a spray bottle so that you can apply it only where needed. Let the tea dry in hair before washing out. For the lemon juice and chamomile tea, you can either put it in a spray bottle (to create highlights) or massage it directly into your hair, then step out into the sun to help speed up the lightening process. For the Kool-Aid solution you will need to allow the Kool-Aid to sit in your hair. The longer the Kool-Aid sits in the hair, the longer the color will stay in your hair. Then when you are ready, simply wash out.

Step 4

Repeat as necessary. With all of the homemade hair dye suggestions, you may need to repeat the process until you achieve the desired result. Particularly in the case of the rosemary and sage tea, which needs to be used regularly before it takes effect. However, with the lemon tea make sure that you allow your hair to rest as the bleaching effect can be harsh on strands.


  • If you are attempting to make the Kool-Aid hair dye and you have dark hair, you may need to bleach your hair first to see a noticeable change in color.

About the Author

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.