"Sage" Wisdom for Coloring Your Natural Hair | Natural Haircare News

"Sage" Wisdom for Coloring Your HairI’ve worn my hair “natural” for over 15 years now, but, I never thought how I might be chemically altering my hair through dye until my sister and I started Natural Haircare News, the summer of 2012.

I know a lot of you Naturalista’s use Henna.  I was lucky to find a product early on, a vegetable based dye, called Naturtint that I love. It is ammonia, paraben and resorcinol free, so it doesn’t have the harsh chemicals most permanent dyes possess. My hair has always felt and looked healthy and great with this product.


Because Naturtint definitely permanently alters hair color, there is, obviously, a compound within their formula that is chemical based.

Since I’m not necessarily concerned with altering the color dramatically anymore, I wanted to see if I could find the most natural color system possible to cover my greying tresses.

According to Mother Earth News, in her article, “Color Your Hair with Natural Dyes” we darker haired beauties can find what we need in –


She states that sage is one of the oldest and most effective colorants for people with dark brown to black hair and, unlike a lot of natural rinses, will sufficiently cover grey.


Sage Rinse
  • Steep a handful of the dried herb in a quart of boiling water for thirty minutes (longer  for a darker tint).
  • Cool the infusion.
  • Strain and pour it through freshly shampooed hair 15 or more times. (My guess is you’ll need a jar or pot to catch the mixture for the repeat rinsing).
  • Wait 10 minutes (after the final pour) before washing the liquid out with clear water.
  • Condition and style your hair as usual

The color change happens progressively (no chemicals to dramatically enhance it) so you’ll have to reapply it weekly until you produce the shade you want, says Mother Earth News, and then continue using it once a month to maintain that color.

And now you have an inexpensive, safer way to naturally color your natural!

Are you going to give this a try? Come back, leave a comment or give a full blown review. We look forward to hearing how this process works for you (or not). I’ll be sure to do the same!

Author: Pamela Shaddock

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