We’ve all been there – you’re humming along through your daily beauty routine when suddenly you see it, there, in the mirror. A gray hair – yikes! If there’s one thing American women have in common, it’s the desire to fight this stubborn sign of aging. In fact, it’s estimated that at least 70% of women in the U.S. color their hair. Modern hair dyes are effective, no doubt about it. On the other hand, though, they’re smelly, messy, and – according to the NIH (National Institutes of Health) – may contain more than 5000 chemicals! On top of that, many women are allergic to chemical hair dyes, suffering from terrible reactions that result in itchy, painful rashes. Ditch the Box!
You may be surprised to know that there are natural substances you can use to tint your hair, some of which you may already have right in your own kitchen or bathroom. While these natural remedies for hair dye won’t last quite as long as permanent chemical colors, they give you a fun and safe alternative to try to give your locks a little boost. Tea
That’s right, you can drink it – and put it on your head! Steep several bags (black for dark hair, chamomile for light) in two cups of boiling water, apply to your wet hair and leave for at least an hour. Rinse your hair in cool water and repeat weekly. Henna
There’s a reason the ancient Egyptians used this plant to achieve glamorous auburn hair color. It typically comes in powder form, and you can even get it premixed with indigo for a luscious darker shade. Henna does double duty by softening and protecting your hair as well. Make sure to cover your bathroom surfaces and use gloves, however, as henna can (and will!) get messy! Beet Juice
If you’re lucky enough to be a fiery redhead, you can mix up some gorgeous natural highlights right in your juicer! Combine one cup of beet juice with your favorite conditioner and leave on your hair for at least one hour. Use oil or lotion around your hairline to protect your skin from staining. Aging gracefully doesn’t have to mean looking older before your time. You take great care in following the best beauty tips and tricks to look younger and keep your skin fresh and glowing. Get the beautiful hair you deserve, without all the chemicals you don’t want!