So I have been taking advantage of
a) being stuck mostly at home with hardly anyone seeing me;
b) the fact that even though I think it’s now allowed in Illinois again, my asthmatic self doesn’t plan to go to a hairdresser for a really long time; and
c) my general tendency over time to reduce the amount of nasty lab-created crap that I ingest or apply to my body
to experiment with natural DIY hair color. My original color is dark brown (with maybe a bit of reddish highlights in the summer if I am outside a lot), but at this point I am probably about 60% gray (thanks, Dad!).
I tried various colors of Lush henna, which worked OK, but didn’t really cover the gray completely (and the Noir is definitely not black). My hair is pretty resistant, so I realize it may take multiple applications, but after I think 4 rounds, it was getting ridiculous.
So then I went to straight henna powder mixed with black tea and lemon juice, which gave me a pretty insane orange (which toned down a bit after a couple of days, but not a whole lot). I followed it with a mix of about 3/4 indigo and 1/4 henna, with a teaspoon of salt, which I let sit for about 4 hours. It toned down the worst of the orange, but still isn’t as dark as my actual hair color, and has more orange to it than I would like. All in all, better results than the Lush (and a hell of a lot cheaper!), but not quite what I am going for.
So I am also seeing suggestions to use strong dark coffee, beet juice, sage tea, rosemary, mustard oil, and all sorts of other natural DIY things to darken hair and cover gray. Is anyone here knowledgeable in these matters, or am I stuck with more trial and error? I wouldn’t mind some red tones if they were more burgundy than orange. We do have a giant sage plant in the yard, so maybe I will try that next…