Change Your Hair Color to Red Naturally

A trip to your local drugstore will reveal a bewildering array of red hair color dyes and products. Unfortunately, most hair dyes contain chemicals and the results achieved with hair dyes may be too dramatic for those who want only subtle red highlights.

model with wavy long hair and red hair color

Fortunately, there are natural ways to change hair color to red that don't involve the use of synthetic chemicals. Before making the decision to use any type of hair coloring product, make sure you really want to change your hair color to red. It may look good on Nicole Kidman and Reba McEntire, but that doesn't necessarily mean it will look good on you. The simplest way to avoid making a mistake is to visit a wig shop and try on red wigs before making a drastic hair color change but you can also read this article, you'll get an idea pretty quickly whether or not red hair is right for you.

Lets Start with Henna

Once you've established you want to change your hair color, you need to decide if you want subtle highlights or a more dramatic red color. If you want red hair with high impact, henna may be the best option. Henna is a flowering plant that that contains a burgundy-red dye known as lawsone.

henna plant

Henna has been used safely since the times of the Roman empire. Although henna is a natural product, when it's combined with other ingredients, it can form compounds that may be harmful (discuss it). For this reason, it's important to buy henna from a reputable supplier and read the label carefully to make sure it contains only pure henna. In its purified form, the cosmetic safety data base gives henna extract a low health hazard rating. You can find henna products at many health food stores.

When shopping for henna, beware of henna formulations that list various shades on the box such as burgundy, auburn etc. Natural henna only comes in a single red-orange shade that will give varying degrees of red depending upon your natural hair color.

The best way to determine whether the color is right for you is to do a strand test before putting it to your entire head. Henna can be very difficult to remove once it's applied and is as permanent as most synthetic hair dyes. It's also important to do a skin patch test to make sure you're not sensitive/allergic to henna before using it.

More Subtle Ways

If you want subtle red highlights, there are a variety of other natural options.

blend of herbs that produce red color
One way to get red highlights is to brew a strong solution of rose hips tea or simply purchase or make a red tea blend for hair. Once it's cool, rinse it through your hair several times and leave the last rinse on for thirty minutes before removing. Applying heat from a hair dryer will help to enhance the red highlights.

You can also use fresh beet juice or cranberry juice as a subtle, natural and temporary red hair dye.

beet juice as hair dye
Simply place the juice in a spray bottle and spray it on your hair. Apply heat from a hair dryer before rinsing. This can be repeated several times to enhance the effect. Keep in mind that these juices will give a more dramatic effect on lighter hair than on dark hair.

If you're ready to be a redhead or like to enhance your grey highlights on blonde and want to do it naturally, give these methods a try. Feel free to share your experience on our community.

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