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Natural Dyes for Grey Hair

onion skins

I discussed reversing grey hair from the inside with nutrients but what do you do in the meantime? It’s all very well waiting patiently until the grey hair (hopefully) grows out and is replaced with something a bit more colourful but I don’t think I have that kind of patience.

One option is to relent and just use commercial dye – nope, can’t do it. The other option is to experiment with non-toxic ingredients. Now I can’t claim to have tried all of these so I would love to hear if any of you have had success with any of them.

Here is what I have discovered:

Onion peels

Add onion skins to a pot of water and boil for 30-60 minutes. Leave to soak overnight then strain and pour over clean hair. Leave in for about half an hour before rinsing. Onion skins contain the antioxidant –rich pigment called quercetin which creates a lovely earthy golden brown colour. Onion skins can be used to dye wool, silk and cotton so it stands to reason that they can be used to dye human hair.

Rosemary and Sage

Boil ½ cup of each rosemary and sage in water for 30 minutes. Soak hair and scalp in cooled mixture and leave to dry before washing. Repeat weekly.

Nigella Sativa (Black Seed) Oil & Olive Oil

Mix equal quantities of Olive Oil and Black Seed Oil – massage the mixture into your scalp. Leave for an hour or so and wash out. Repeat frequently. At the very least, this will nourish the scalp and improve circulation.


Now this one I have tried. All you do is make a strong brew of black tea and apply it to freshly washed damp hair. It obviously doesn’t create the instant colour of commercial dye and has to be repeated, but it does gradually change the greys.

By |2017-08-14T11:50:33+01:00December 8th, 2014|Beautiful Hair, Natural Beauty|2 Comments

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  1. Steve Lockie (private email) March 6, 2018 at 1:24 am - Reply

    Hi Gizelle, thanks for the info but what does Rosemary and Sage do to hair? I have auburn hair, well had, a bit greyer now, trying onion skins but interested in what this will actually do colour-wise
    Thanks Gizelle

  2. Admin March 6, 2018 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for your comment. As you mention it would be useful to have more information on what Rosemary and Sage do to hair, so it looks like the time for a more in-depth article which will be posted soon.

    Rosemary and Sage are two powerful herbs with an impressive record of usage – since ancient times.
    As natural concealers for grey hair – Sage is usually recommended for those with brown hair and Rosemary for dark hair. Rosemary is also thought to stimulate hair growth. Anyway, more about that in the new article.

    Regarding the onion skins, we would be interested to hear how it goes for you. We’re currently experimenting on some of the Marvel Oils team members – will post our findings.

    All the best.

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