How to Dye Hair Blonde Using TURMERIC! (Natural Hair Dye)

No plastic needed, all-natural, chemical-free hair dye that really works.

I’ve never dyed my hair before now, and I was curious to see if this natural turmeric dye could actually turn my hair blonde, and test to see if it really works. I’m happy to say the answer is yes!

Even on my dark brown hair this colour showed through. I highly recommend for anyone looking for a more natural, chemical- and toxin-free hair dye.

I discovered this hair dye from Plastic Free Mermaid, when she shared this hair dye on her Instagram stories.

Now, I have dark brown hair, so I was a little sceptical about whether the turmeric would actually show through. But nevertheless, I gave it a go and decided on doing a turmeric blonde balayage look just in case it it was a complete mess; I could just tie my hair up and no one would ever know. It worked, however, and really well, too!

What really drew me to making my own hair dyes was how it’s zero-waste, plastic-free, chemical- and toxin-free, and 100% natural!

If you’re unsure about trying this hair dye out, just start out by testing a little on a small section of hair, and see how it goes for you.

This turmeric dye will give your hair a golden blonde tone, and tends to work best on lighter hair.

Before we get started in learning how to make this all-natural turmeric hair dye – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes, DIYs, gardening and health tips I share!!

Before and after I dyed my hair with turmeric.

If you make this turmeric dye, please let me know! Leave a comment below, and if you take a picture and share it, please tag me on Instagram @simplynaturalnessa or use the hashtag #simplynaturalnessa so I can see! I’d love to know how you went!

DIY Turmeric Hair Dye

This turmeric dye works on both brown and light hair types. However, I have heard from those with black hair that it isn’t as effective, and often doesn’t show through.

A balayage look with turmeric dye.

Curcumin is one of the main components found in turmeric. This anti-inflammatory ingredient gives this spice its yellow colour, and allows it to stain easily.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 4 cups HOT water

To make:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the turmeric powder and HOT water, and stir until all of the turmeric has dissolved.
  2. Allow the turmeric mixture to cool slightly, then dunk your head into the bowl, coating all your hair in the turmeric mix. Leave your hair to soak in the mix for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Using your hands, massage the liquid into the roots of your hair (your nails and hands may stain yellow after this, but it will eventually fade with time).
  4. Rinse your hair with water until it runs clear. Wash, dry then style hair as usual.

This dye lasted around 2 weeks in my hair, but the more you wash your hair, the quicker the dye will fade.

Alternatively, place 2 tbsp of turmeric in your natural shampoo bottle for a gradual, consistent colour change, OR mix the turmeric with water and chamomile tea to make a paste, and apply that to hair, then leave in for a couple of hours.

DIY turmeric hair dye tutorial

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

Sources:

Hanson, Elle. How to Get Rid of the Hair Dye Smell Without Removing the Hair Color. Leaf. Retrieved from https://www.leaf.tv/articles/how-to-get-rid-of-the-hair-dye-smell-without-removing-the-hair-color/

Fisher, Sam. (22 September, 2015). How to: Color / Dye Your Hair Naturally. AiryHair.Blog. Retrieved from https://www.airyhair.com/blog/how-to-color-dye-your-hair-naturally/

Nelson, Kathryn. (June 10, 2019). Turmeric Hair Dye Magic. I Quit Plastics. Retrieved from https://iquitplastics.com/blog/2019/6/10/tumeric-hair-dye-magic