As some of you may know, I recently dyed my hair yellow!
I have been dying my hair “crazy” colors (aka colors other than brown, red, blonde, etc) for the whole of this year. I’ve done blue, teal, purple, pink, and orange. This is the first time, however, that I dye my hair using natural and chemical free ingredients!
I couldn’t be more excited to share with you guys how I did this and to be honest I wish I would have used this natural dying method every time I dyed my hair! I hope to try other recipes to dye my hair in the future..
So, the magic ingredient for my yellow hair? Turmeric.
As some of you may be familiar, turmeric is a root herb in the ginger family. It’s also by far one of the most powerful natural remedies in the world. It has over 650 experimentally confirmed benefits. It can be used to treat a range of illnesses, issues, and disorders due to its extremely powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancerous properties.
That being said, in addition to its healing properties, turmeric is also frequently used as a dye and has a highly pigmented golden, yellow color. Because of this, it works fantastically as a natural, healthy hair dye.
For the purposes of dying my hair, I used the easiest form of turmeric to mix and work with: the powder. I always use USDA Organic Turmeric. I buy all organic products and I would definitely recommend getting the organic version of the tumeric. I get mine from Sprouts, but you can get in pretty much anywhere including WalMart, Target, Albertsons, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, etc.
When making the hair dye, I knew the turmeric was going to do all the work itself of actually dying, so I really just tried to use ingredients that would help it absorb into my hair, while also providing a little nourishment for my hair itself. After searching my house for ingredients, this is what I came up with:
( Important to know: Because I have been dying my hair regularly with bright colors, my hair was already bleached and was blonde when I started dying it. If you have blonde hair, you will achieve a similar result as me - bright yellow. If you hair is darker, you will likely experience a reddish, amber tint! This a good way to give your hair a red tint without using chemical dye. )
DIY Turmeric Hair Dye:
• 1 bottle of Organic Turmeric Powder
• 1 tsp of Organic Flax Oil**
• 2 tsp of Organic Coconut Oil**
• 2 tsp of Organic Shea Butter**
• Purified Water
**Note: I have put an asterisk next to the ingredients that can be interchanged. I used these ingredients because I had them on hand. However, you can definitely used a wide range of ingredients.
You can also just mix the turmeric with the conditioner you already have just put the mix of the two directly on your hair.
Technically, you could just use turmeric and water. I actually tried this on pieces of my hair and I immediately saw them turn yellow. Check out a picture of this below.
However, I will note that the water-turmeric mix did seem to dry out my hair, which is why I added in the other components. My biggest tip would be to make sure you have a moisturizing component along with the water and the turmeric powder.
That being said, here is the process I used to make the mix:
**I dyed my hair in two treatments, waiting two days between each, to get a brighter color. I used half the jar of turmeric for each treatment. The remainder of the measurements remained the same for each treatment.
1. Put water to boil. In a small glass or mason jar, put the shea butter. Put the mason jar in the larger pot of boiling water until the shea butter melts.
2. Once the shea butter has melted, place it in a mixing bowl that you will use to make the rest of the dye. (Note: I would use an old tupperware or something you don’t mind being dyed yellow)
3. In this new container, mix the other ingredients in with the shea butter.
4. Add purified water. Be sure to add enough to dilute it a bit, but not too much that it is completely liquid and watery.
5. Place mixture directly on hair. Be sure to continue mixing the dye throughout the process to ensure the turmeric powder does not settle at the bottom.
6. Let dye set for 30-45 min. There is no set amount of time, but this is how long I used. Once your hair starts to feel a bit dry, this is a good indicator it is time to wash it off.
Warning: This dye is very quick and will dye things other than your hair. Because of this, take necessary precautions in trying to avoid drips. Wear something you don’t mind turning yellow. Use gloves. Wipe off excess dye from your skin immediately so your skin does not turn yellow. (If it does - it happened to me- it will wash off within a few days). When you are washing it off in the shower, there is a chance your shower could be left with a slight yellow color. To remove this tint, cleaning vinegar will work. Bleach may also be an option.
Here are some images from my process:
I was super happy with the end result of my hair dye! It was exactly the unique yellow color I was wanting.
However, as noted in the warning above, the dye is really, really powerful! Make sure you stand under the water until the water no longer runs yellow. Even then, you may notice yourself getting yellow on things for a couple days. You may get yellow on your shirt collar, pillowcases, towels, or pet. This is usually fairly easy to get out, but plan accordingly.
I would definitely recommend this hair dye to anyone and everyone who wants to try something new! Even if you don’t have blonde hair, you can still achieve a nice warm, red tint from using this hair dye.
The best part about this all? No chemicals! My head did not burn or tingle. Instead, I was healing my scalp and hair! All chemicals you put on your skin get absorbed into your bloodstream, so chemical ridden hair dyes can produce real damage in your body!
You can also use other herbs, such as spirulina powder, cacao powder, hibiscus powder, and more, to achieve other colors naturally too! I plan on some on trying some of these colors so stay tuned for updates.
Let me know if you guys try this dye and what you think!
Hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial and have a wonderful day.