Ever tried coloring your hair at home?
It can either be the BEST or WORST thing you’ll ever do to your hair!
I’ve been using natural products to color my hair for three years now. (Being a slightly independent DIY-er is coming in handy with this quarantine life we’re living!)
If you need to touch up gray roots, boost faded color, or you simply want to take the plunge with coloring your hair at home, I hope you’ll find this post helpful!
I’ve experienced trial and error in the process, and today I want to show you how to use natural, at-home hair color successfully.
I’ll be mentioning the brands I’ve discovered and love, but this isn’t really a “how to” post.
I simply want to recommend brands I know that will love your hair back, and show you how to set yourself up for success when it comes to coloring your hair at home.
(You can check out each of the brand sites in this post for tutorials, how to videos, and ingredient lists.)
3 Brands That Will Love Your Hair Back
For me, finding a hair product that will nourish my hair (instead of stripping it dry and brittle) is the very first step.
I’m allergic to permanent dyes, so traditional dyes- and even many “natural” products- simply don’t work for me.
I’ve looked for hair color products that are plant-based, and that will leave my hair bouncy, healthy and full of life.
Here are the three brands I love, and the pros and cons of each:
#1 Morrocco Method
About: Morrocco Method is a completely plant-based hair product company.
Cost: About $10 a month, if you treat your hair every 30 days. (My gray hair grows in fast; I do a hair color treatment every four weeks.)
My experience: I used Morrocco Method henna hair dye for about eighteen months with excellent results. I tried both the “medium brown” and “dark brown” dye, and stayed with the darker color. It includes some henna and lots of indigo, which gave me darker tones.
Pros: Morrocco Method products contain NO chemicals, dyes, or harsh elements. This plant-based product nourished my hair and helped restore its natural shine and body. I was going for gray coverage, and was pleased with the results.
Cons: Effectively using Morrocco Method hair dyes is extremely messy and time-consuming. The plant powders have to be mixed and set out overnight, then applied and left on for up to four hours the following day. For me, the overwhelming smell was a big turn-off too; henna stinks!
In the end, I stopped using Morrocco Method hair dye because in addition to being tired of all the work involved in the process, I didn’t care for the red undertones the henna gave my hair.
Results: Here’s a close-up of my hair before I started any coloring products. As you can see, I’m naturally a medium-to-light brunette, with lots of blond highlights. And, yes, a fair bit of gray.
My husband took this last picture of me on an anniversary trip, about four months after I started using Morrocco Method hair dye.
This photo shows just how well this product gave my hair back its natural shine, successfully covered the gray, and darkened my hair beautifully (which I loved!).
I got lots of compliments on my hair once I started using Morrocco Method hair dye. However, I wasn’t quite happy with the dark auburn undertones. (I love red hair, but I’m not a ginger!)
My conclusion: Morrocco Method hair dye is ideal for women who are willing to invest a lot of time (but little money) into their hair treatments. Women with naturally red hair, highlights or undertones, are especially suited for this henna-based product.
About: HairPrint is a unique product that returns hair to its natural color, by creating the exact pigment molecule that is already in your hair.
Cost: About $47 a month, if you treat your hair every 30-days.
My experience: I’ve been using HairPrint for a year now. I LOVE my hair! It’s shiny, healthy, full of bounce… and sans gray and red.
Pros: HairPrint goes on much like a traditional salon dye: you mix it in a glass bowl, brush it on, and let it sit (rinse and repeat). Unlike salon dyes, there is no stink, no burn, and there are no chemicals. Unlike henna treatments, HairPrint product doesn’t smell badly or have to sit for hours.
Cons: My only complaint about HairPrint is that it STAINS SO BADLY (stains my skin, and stains my porcelain sink and tub). I have to bleach my bathroom sink and tub after I use this stuff, or my bathroom looks like a crime scene! Wearing gloves during the process is a MUST.
Results: For comparison, here are “before” and “after” shots of my hair:
This last picture was taken on Easter Sunday, April 2020. As you can see, HairPrint also darkens my hair a shade or two from my natural color (I use the “medium brown” product). I would say it covers the gray 99% or more.
My conclusion: HairPrint is ideal for any brunette who is willing to treat her own hair (the process takes about two hours, from start to finish), and who doesn’t want to really change her hair color.
(Unfortunately, HairPrint does not currently offer hair products for blonds or gingers.)
What it is: OverTone is a “pigmenting condtioner” that colors your hair without dyes or chemicals. The hair kits include two products/steps: coloring conditioner (use weekly, or as-needed), and daily conditioner (to maintain color and fight fading).
Cost: About $54 a month.
My experience: I actually haven’t used OverTone products yet! They are sitting in my bathroom, waiting for my hair to grow back in gray (which will happen within the month).
Pros: What drew me to OverTone is the fact that it is a plant-based product with very little maintenance time required. From what I’ve read, I can keep up my hair color without any extra steps, because you apply it in the shower while you’re washing your hair.
Cons: The only con is that I haven’t actually used the product. (I will update this post once I’ve used OverTone for a few months.)
What about you?
Have you ever colored your hair at home?
Do you use natural hair products?
Keeping up with hair color takes both time and money. How much you spend on each depends on which product and treatment you choose.
Here’s to living well-
P.S. Thanks a million for sharing this post!