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Natural Red Hair Dye

KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
I've always wanted red hair, even just a little or for a little while.. So I'm looking for natural ways to make my hair red. I've heard of tea rinses, such as rooibos, rosehip, and hibiscus tea, maybe even green tea and black tea or strong black coffee but I'm wondering if anyone has tried it and how did it go for you and all that stuff. I've also heard about henna, but probably as a last resort.. and probably not kool-aid... Definitely no dyes (so please dont even mention it).. I've heard about spices and stuff like paprika, beet juice, and carrot juice, or apple cider vinegar.. Soo if any of you tried it, please share! For dark hair, can lemon or lightening your hair, like with olive oil, vinegar, or chamomile tea make it reddish? Heard about it somewhere.. Sometimes even orangeish or brassy.. Just wondering.
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  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    Anyone?
  • AnnieKayAnnieKay Posts: 112Registered Users
    Lemon juice will make dark hair a little red, but you probably have to use it a few times to see results. I use henna to make my hair dark auburn red :happy3:
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  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    I've tried lemon, and it worked to give me highlights, but it made it kind of light brown more than red. :(
  • RingletTeenLoveRingletTeenLove Posts: 116Registered Users
    I used kool - aid. It works well. My hair is almost black and it was a great bright auburn. I had ALOT of damage at that time too but I wanted to dye it , so it doesn't cause more damage. The only bad part is you have to keep it on for a long time (about 10-12 hours) but its worth it. Also it gets on your straightener and you have to use soap and water to get it off. Olive oil by its self works to lighten my hair in sunlight. But I would use koolaid or henna. :)

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  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    Thanks. But does Jell-o work? I've heard of it and I don't really have any Kool-aid nearby..
  • SusieSuzeSusieSuze Posts: 524Registered Users
    Henna is a natural plant that has beautiful red pigment.

    It is quite permanent however.

    The colour on my avatar is the result of henna on dark blonde hair.
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    I wish I could use henna, but it isn't exactly something I can get at places like Safeway. I also don't order online.
  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    i have a deep natural red colour, i try to keep my colour as natural as i can, i use herbal ACV rinses once a week. it seems to help my colour really shine!
    i would say to use henna mum does that, she mixes the colours though always ends up having beautiful red high lights, (she does it to cover her gray, though the gray turns to red! :thumbup: )
    if you want to try somthing else, then maybe beetroot, carrot hair rinse. try adding hibiscus to it as well, do this twice a week if youve got the time. it might take awhile but you might have a bit of luck :sunny:

    my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
    my hair loves conditioner only styling!
    Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
    my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
    :hello1:
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    Thanks. I've been planning to try those. When I do, I'll tell you how it goes if you want. Right now I'm trying cinnamon mixed with conditioner. It's supposed to lighten hair and maybe even add a red tint.
  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    Keihs wrote: »
    Thanks. I've been planning to try those. When I do, I'll tell you how it goes if you want. Right now I'm trying cinnamon mixed with conditioner. It's supposed to lighten hair and maybe even add a red tint.

    i would love to know how it goes. i think that most of the things you have to do over a period of time to noticed a difference. Cinnamon is a great for the scalp so ive heard so if you co wash you might want to give that a go

    my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
    my hair loves conditioner only styling!
    Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
    my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
    :hello1:
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    Yeah. Even if it doesn't work, I like it. It tingles and makes you smell like cinnamon.
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    Btw, I only leave it in as long as it takes to wash my hair. So, it would probably take a long time. Plus, my hair is pretty dark, so it would be hard to see a change, that's why I hope it would help lighten it. The lemon did give me some brown highlights, though. Maybe when I have time, I'll leave it in for a couple hours.
  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    if you do that a few more times you might notice a bit of hair growth. maybe lighten your hair with the lemon first then do the red? you migght get red high lights where its a bit lightened if that makes sense?

    my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
    my hair loves conditioner only styling!
    Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
    my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
    :hello1:
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    Most people with dark hair worry that their hair will get red/orange, but I was actually going for that. I have dark hair, practically black, and it just lightened my hair and gave me brown highlights. Pretty cool, but not what I was hoping for. Maybe my hair has a bit of a more brown undertone rather than red.. If that makes sense. I guess it'd help the red color soak in and show more.

    Btw, I ran out of cinnamon w/ conditioner and I'm feeling too lazy to mix up some more. But I promise I'll make it up to you guys (someday :D) by leaving it in overnight or however long it takes.
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    I don't mind. Even just a tint is good for me. Then, I'll just go from there.
  • IcelandBarBiIcelandBarBi Posts: 2Registered Users
    Hey THERE.

    Where did you purchase your henna?
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    I used kool - aid. It works well. My hair is almost black and it was a great bright auburn. I had ALOT of damage at that time too but I wanted to dye it , so it doesn't cause more damage. The only bad part is you have to keep it on for a long time (about 10-12 hours) but its worth it. Also it gets on your straightener and you have to use soap and water to get it off. Olive oil by its self works to lighten my hair in sunlight. But I would use koolaid or henna. :)

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    3b/3c/4a
    Needs A lot Of Moisture.

    If you use kool-aid, would it bleed if your hair gets wet again? I don't really want to walk in the rain and find my clothes soaked in not just water, but kool-aid, too. Or red around me in the pool. Ew.
  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    you should put a pic up so we can see how it went or what you had to start with .

    my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
    my hair loves conditioner only styling!
    Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
    my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
    :hello1:
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    That depends if I can find my camera in the garbage patch, oops I mean my basement..
  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    hahaha gets a bit like that ay?

    my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
    my hair loves conditioner only styling!
    Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
    my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
    :hello1:
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    Yeah, I'm thinking about spraying teas on my hair. I hear they could stain, so I might try hibiscus, rosehip, and rooibos. I heard some say green tea added a red tint, but I wonder how that would work.
  • secret_karmasecret_karma Posts: 438Registered Users
    Cinnamon gives me reddish shimmery highlights, I have pretty dark hair. I leave it on overnight. I base my scalp with oil before applying it so it doesn't irritate my scalp.

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  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    Cinnamon gives me reddish shimmery highlights, I have pretty dark hair. I leave it on overnight. I base my scalp with oil before applying it so it doesn't irritate my scalp.

    Sent from my SCH-I500 using CurlTalk App

    Cinnamon is also a scalp stimulator, so when you message it in your scalp you might feel a sort of tingling sensation. its nothing bad, its really healthy, the blood is going to your scalp wich helps with growth. thats y it would irritate your scalp

    my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
    my hair loves conditioner only styling!
    Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
    my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
    :hello1:
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    When I added cinnamon to my conditioner, it did tingle. Though, it would've tingled anyway, because I was using Aveda's Rosemary Mint. But I know it does because when I rinsed it off during my shower, even my shoulders were slightly red and tingly.. But a nice kind of tingle!
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    Well.. I finally found henna. I walked all the way to Sally's beauty supply and found Reshma Henna.. I got two of the reshma femme brand for natural highlight and the other for natural burgundy. I'm not sure which one I should use because I'm aiming for more of a burgundy color but the Reshma femme burgundy has other ingredients than henna but the natural highlights one is supposedly 100% henna. Which ones do you guys think I should try? I have naturally black hair but parts of ky hair have gone light brown and some even kind of coppery. I'm not sure whether I should try the burgundy one because that is the color I am aiming for or the pure henna because it might bring out a different color. I'm thinking about doing a test on the underlayer of my hair or try to make highlights. Any ideas? And has anyone tried this brand?
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Keihs wrote: »
    Well.. I finally found henna. I walked all the way to Sally's beauty supply and found Reshma Henna.. I got two of the reshma femme brand for natural highlight and the other for natural burgundy. I'm not sure which one I should use because I'm aiming for more of a burgundy color but the Reshma femme burgundy has other ingredients than henna but the natural highlights one is supposedly 100% henna. Which ones do you guys think I should try? I have naturally black hair but parts of ky hair have gone light brown and some even kind of coppery. I'm not sure whether I should try the burgundy one because that is the color I am aiming for or the pure henna because it might bring out a different color. I'm thinking about doing a test on the underlayer of my hair or try to make highlights. Any ideas? And has anyone tried this brand?

    Use pure body art quality henna, you may have to order that from a reputable online supplier like Mehandi, otherwise from an Asian store, if it's not labelled as that it isn't. I've seen one review on YouTube suggesting Reshma brand contains all sorts of additives including the chemical dye p-Phenylenediamine (PPD), if so you've bought a hair dye marketed as 'natural' not pure henna.

    You can get more of a burgundy tone from pure henna by building up layers over time. Henna is permanent, there is no bleaching it out so run strand tests instead of using your head as an laboratory. Also do skin patch tests, severe allergic reactions to both henna and to PPD can happen.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    But the Reshma Henna natural high lights version is supposed to be pure henna.. Is that ok? The burgundy version one is the one with extra ingredients.
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Keihs wrote: »
    But the Reshma Henna natural high lights version is supposed to be pure henna.. Is that ok? The burgundy version one is the one with extra ingredients.

    Is it body art quality? If so yes.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • Jazmine_HudsonJazmine_Hudson Posts: 1Registered Users
    Try tomato juice, after you wash hair smother with tomato juice and then either put a shower cap on and heat with a hair dryer or throw a towel in the dryer before washing hair and wrap your hair up in a warm towel leave on as long as possible (overnight) and see if this works. It may act like a tint/highlighter or a nice blush depending on how dark or light your hair color is.