How to Make Natural Black Hair Dye at Home? [7 Different Methods Explained]

People with grey hair are often conscious of stepping outside their houses. They are often living with the fear of someone asking them about their age on noticing a few grey strands.

Let us help you bring back your confidence by reminding you that we all go through this and age has nothing to do with your grey strands.

Many young adults and teens often develop grey hair due to various factors such as a lack of vitamins and minerals in the body.

In short, you are not alone! Several remedies can help you have your black hair back!

Black dyes are not always considered by people with grey hair; people with different hair colors also love to try the color black on them as it reflects a gorgeous, graceful, and lustrous personality.

Moreover, black is a universally accepted color by all genders. In this article, we shall discuss the various ways you can treat your hair and shift them to the color black without many chemicals in it.

These are old-spoken home remedies that have worked on millions of people across the globe. We bet, even your hair expert will not stop you from trying and testing these methods!

How to make natural black hair dye at home?

Before we jump to the discussion on how to make natural black dye at home, let’s understand few benefits of these methods so that you are confident about reading them and trying the same at home.

To give you a quick explanation of why some people lose their natural black color are due to deficiency or imbalance of melanin and keratin in the body.

As a result, the hair loses its color and turned yellowish-grey on most people. The other factors responsible for losing natural black color are poor diet, stress, heated hair products, and chemical-based treatments for hair.

Now that you have decided to make natural black hair dye at home we are with you in this wise decision as most of the methods explained in this article do not consist of any harsh chemicals or components.

Important things to consider while preparing and dying your hair black naturally

  • Black dyes even in their natural forms may leave back stains. Thus, you need to wear an old T-shirt and put on your hand gloves before you begin.
  • Apply Vaseline or petroleum jelly around your forehead, ears, neck, and other areas close to your hair to avoid any dark spots or stains of the black hair dye. Even if the stains are temporary, those are annoying to step out with.
  • If you have light brown or blonde hair, you will have to repeat the natural black dying process every three to four weeks for the roots to pick the black.
  • In case of bleached hair that needs black, we suggest you take an appointment with your hairstylist and discuss the same. Based on the level of bleaching on your hair, your expert will advise you on the right method to get those gorgeous black locks naturally.
  • One of the best tips to follow while dyeing hair black at home is to avoid shampooing two days before the dye. Your hair needs natural oils released by the scalp to prevent any side effects of the herbs or dyes. It is because even the Henna dyes contain chemicals that may or may not suit all. Natural oils act as a shield protecting your scalp from any allergies as well.
  • After you have dyed your hair black at home, wear a good natural hair mask to lock your hair color and help it to stay longer. For instance, Macadamia oil helps to give your black hair a natural luster and deep nourishment. It is essential when you are dyeing your hair black at home naturally for the first time.

There are different methods to make black hair dyes for different hair shades. For instance, the method of preparing black dye to dye brown hair black is different than the method to dye grey hair black. Moreover, the methods to have naturally black hair with the help of herbs are different too. Let’s discuss all of them in detail.

7 Methods to Prepare Black Hair Dye Naturally at Home

These methods help to give black dark tones to blonde hair, light black hair, golden tones, and aging grey hair too!

Before you begin, it would be wise to do a small test on a small patch of hair before sealing the whole head black. It is because we need to ensure that the chemically treated or colored hair does not get further damaged by any remedies.

To prepare black hair dye at home, you need herbs like Black Walnut Powder, Safe leaf, Rosemary leaf, Nettle leaf, etc.,

For quick results, you may also use black henna. Let’s check out all the herbs and natural methods of how to make black hair dye at home.

1. Black Walnut Powder Black Dye Method

Things you need:

  • Black Walnut Powder
  • Mason Jar      
  • Water
  • Brewed Black Tea Liquid (Optional)

Step by Step Process:

  • Pour the black walnut powder into a tea bag or cheesecloth and tie it nicely.
  • Place the wrapped powder in a mason jar and add water
  • Let it steep for 6 hours at least or overnight for best results
  • Pour the liquid nicely and rinse under the shower after five minutes
  • Leave the hair under the sun to set dry naturally.
  • The result will be very dark hair even on color-treated hair or grey hair.
  • Repeat daily or as necessary to get/maintain dark hair shades.
  • You may also use brewed tea water as the final rinse to have a darker black shade.

2. Black Tea Natural Black Method

Things you need:

Step by Step Process:

  • Brew or boil the tea leaves in water and make them strong.
  • Cool the brewed tea down.
  • Strain the leaves and separate the potion.
  • You can either fill the prepared liquid in a spray bottle or just pour it on the hair as it is.
  • Brush your hair so that the liquid is evenly distributed on the hair.
  • Rinse the hair with the brewed tea water. (Leave it on for 2 hours for best results.)
  • Tea helps in nourishing the hair as well.
  • Rinse with cold water and dry under the sun naturally.
  • Sun-drying helps to lock the color for some time on the follicles.
  • You will notice dark black shades even on colored hair.
  • Repeat as required and don’t forget to sundry.
  • Avoid shampooing for the hair color to stay for long.

3. Sage Water Black Dye

Sage is one of the best herbs to dye your hair naturally black. Sage leaves also help in preventing grey hair from restoring its natural shine.

Things you need:

Step by Step Process:

  • Boil the sage leaves properly in water
  • Cooldown the liquid
  • Shift the liquid into a spray bottle
  • Spray on the hair nicely
  • Let it sit for two hours at least
  • Wash the liquid as usual with mild shampoo and soap
  • Repeat for a few weeks and you will see good results

4. Coconut Oil and Curry Leaves Hair Dye

Coconut oil and curry leaves are the best methods for young adults and teens. Both are rich in vitamin B.

Things you need:

Step by Step Process:

  • Pour coconut oil into curry leaves
  • Bring it to boil
  • Cool it down
  • Strain the leaves
  • Massage the scalp and hair with the prepared mixture
  • Allow it to remain for an hour
  • Wash the hair with a mild shampoo
  • Repeat it weekly for the best dark black hair results

5. Henna Coffee Black Hair Dye

Heena is one of the most natural and safest black dyes. You may repeat the process twice a week to get soft, nourished, and shiny black hair.

Things you need:

  • Henna Powder: 1 cup
  • Coffee Powder: 3 to 4 tbsp.
  • Curd: 1 tbsp.
  • Catechu: 1 tbsp.
  • Indian Gooseberry Powder: 1 tbsp.
  • Lemon Juice: 1 tbsp.
  • Vinegar: A few Drops
  • Dry Mint Powder: 1 tbsp.
  • Plastic/Wooden/Steel Bowl

 Step by Step Process:

  • Henna may react differently to metals and thus, you must use a bowl made of plastic/stainless steel/wood only.
  • In a bowl, add henna powder, and coffee powder and mix well.
  • Add lemon juice, curd, Indian gooseberry powder, dry mint powder, and catechu Brahmi. Mix Well.
  • Add vinegar and mix well to form a thick paste as a dye.
  • Apply the paste to your hair and leave it on for an hour.
  • Rinse out the dye with water

*Note: You can choose alternatives such as Henna and Gooseberry Powder or Henna and Indigo. The process of preparation and application is the same. Some people also just add conditioner to their brewed coffee for shiny black hair.

6. Sesame Oil Black Hair Dye

Sesame is also referred to as the English Speed Wheel. It is an amazing therapy to try at home to get black hair. The flowers of Sesame are white and light blue in color. Regular massages from the oil turn grey hair black.

Things you need:

Step by Step Process:

  • In a pan, boil the sesame roots and leaves
  • Cooldown the water
  • Wash the hair with this mixture to turn grey hair into black
  • You may also get readymade black sesame oil as a natural black dye
  • You can also massage your hair with warm black sesame oil to have soft, thick, and shiny black hair.

7. The Indian Gooseberry Hair Dye Method

Indian Gooseberries are highly known for their thick, black, and healthy hair. You can prepare this dye in less time at home.  

Things you need:

  • Raw and dried Indian Gooseberry chunks: 100 gms.
  • Water
  • Pan of iron

Step by Step Process:

  • In an iron pan, put 100 gms. of Gooseberries
  • Extract any seeds (if any)
  • Put the pan on high flame until the pan is heated
  • Reduce the flame and add the gooseberry chunks
  • Roast them properly on low flame so that they are nicely roasted from within too
  • It may take up to 30 minutes to roast the gooseberries properly
  • After they are roasted, add a glad of water and put the pan on high flame
  • As soon as the water starts boiling, lower the flame and let the mixture boil for another 8 minutes.
  • Switch off the flame and cool down the mixture.
  • Leave the pan as it is overnight.
  • The gooseberries would turn soft.
  • Grind them into a fine thick paste and your black hair dye is ready!
  • Wash your hair and dry it properly.
  • Apply the paste on dry hair and keep it for 2 hours.
  • Wash off with cold water.
  • Avoid shampooing or any other hair product.
  • Repeat the process every alternate day.
  • The results will be visible on the fifth or sixth application.

3 Ways to Get Black Hair Naturally at Home

1. Onion Pack

One of the easiest ways to dye your hair black without dyeing is through the onion pack. Make a fresh onion paste and apply it to your hair for 30 minutes.

Follow the process thrice a week to have black shiny luxurious hair. You will see amazing results in a month.

2. Carrot Juice

Carrots can help you turn back the time and get those amazing black locks once again. All you need to do is drink a glass of carrot juice every morning on empty stomach. You will experience thick and black hair in less time.

3. Mango Pack

Take 1 to 2 raw mangoes and a bunch of fresh mango leaves. You would also need some hair oil. Chop the raw mangoes into fine pieces; add mango leaves and hair oil. Grind them to form a thick paste.

Pour the mixture into a container and keep it under the sun for a few hours. Apply the paste on the hair as a pack, leave for a few minutes, and wash with cold water. The result will be thick and black hair.

Tips before you make colored hair turn black naturally

Black is the strongest hair color and having black hair on colored hair would not be a good idea. Only a salon can help you have the desirable black-on colored hair.

In this article, we have focussed only on the natural ways and herbal methods to turn natural graying and blondes into black.

However, there is a separate lightening and bleaching process that happens to remove the color from the hair before turning them black.  You may have to see your hair specialist to shift your colored hair to black.