How to Dye Hair Blonde Using Turmeric (Natural Hair Dye)

natural blonde hair dye recipe

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

I’d never dyed my hair before, so I was curious to see if this natural turmeric hair dye could actually turn my hair blonde. I set about testing it out to see if it really worked.

I’m happy to say the answer is yes!

Even on my dark brown hair this colour showed through. I highly recommend it 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.

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 of they dye on a small section of hair and see how it goes for you.

This turmeric dye should give hair a golden blonde tone, depending on your hair colour, and tends to work best on lighter hair types.

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.

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.

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


  • 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 dissolves.
  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 fade after a few days).
  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 two tablespoons 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 on for a couple of hours.

*Note: After sharing the video below there were some comments sharing that turmeric can be used for hair removal. So please, use with caution. I always recommend doing your own research before trying or testing any new products, DIYs, or recipes.

DIY turmeric hair dye tutorial

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. I am not a doctor. All opinions expressed are my own personal thoughts and feelings of the products mentioned. Check with your doctor or health practitioner if you are uncertain about trying out any of the products, recipes or tips mentioned in this post.

Have you made a natural hair dye with other herbs and spices before? How did it go? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

πŸ–€ Vanessa


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