How to Use Tea for Hair Dye

Tea brings out natural highlights in your hair.

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Hair dye provides a versatile and easy way to change your entire look in just an hour or two. However, chemical dyes can leave your hair dry and stiff, give your hair brassy highlights and may be unsafe for pregnant women. The solution to this problem lies in your kitchen with tea. Tea hair dye is natural and chemical-free. Damage is minimal, if it exists at all, and pregnant women can use it without fear. Just be advised that tea dyes don't work as fast as chemical dyes to get the same deep color.


Wash your hair as you normally would in the shower, but don't dry it. Towel it gently so it's no longer dripping steadily but still wet through.


Bring about a cup of water to a boil for short hair, 2 to 3 cups for medium-length hair and about 4 cups for long hair.


Remove the boiling water from heat and add one teabag and 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar per cup of water. Blondes should use chamomile tea with 2 tbsp. lemon juice; brunettes may use any kind of black tea; and redheads should use rooibos (red tea) or herbal teas with rose hips or red hibiscus. All hair colors should add the vinegar, as it intensifies color and conditions hair. Let the tea steep for about 15 minutes.


Pour the tea into a plastic bowl. The tea should be very strong and dark; the vinegar will help intensify the color and condition your hair.


Stand in the shower and scoop your hair over one shoulder, leaning forward so it hangs straight down. Hold a second bowl under the ends of your hair. Pour the tea over the roots of your hair so it streams into the second bowl.


Rinse your hair with the tea about 16 times. Rinse eight times over one shoulder and eight times over the other for even coloring. After the final rinse, pour the tea into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on your hair and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and let your hair air dry. This mix of rinsing and soaking colors your hair faster. Repeat for about three weeks. The color should last for about two months.

Things You'll Need





2.Tea kettle

4.Apple cider vinegar

6.Spray bottle


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