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Have You Ever Colored Your Hair With Something Other Than Hair Dye?

My friend and I used to break out the lemon juice in high school to provide a little lightening effect to our hair. Thinking back on it, I'm lucky I even had hair. Sunning with a perm, while squeezing on lemon juice? Could have been a tragic combo.

This got me to thinking about the "other" ways in which one can color his or her hair. Aside from traditional dyes, here are some alternative options that come to mind: veggies and spices (beets, carrots, rhubarb, paprika), caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea) and/or extreme methods (Kool-Aid, Jell-O, food coloring).

So tell me if you've altered your hair color a non-typical way, whether it's by using a more natural approach or through means of some wacky concoction instead?

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Chopperchik01 Chopperchik01 6 years
I would be very interested in more details on the coffee and the sage tea wash..I'm ready to try alternatives..lol
emilyann325 emilyann325 6 years
ahhh, my friends and i used markers to color our hair. my hair is so dark, you could only see the hint of tint in the sun.
arienne arienne 7 years
In junior high all my friends and I used lemon juice (huge amounts while lying by the pool). In high we used Sun-In, with mixed results.
dkaufmann125 dkaufmann125 7 years
I wasn't allowed to dye my haor when I was a teenager so I used kool aid, Beet juice, henna, lemons, and god knows what else the kool aid was the most fun - my hair smelled like cherries for weeks!
amygem amygem 7 years
In middle school I used colored sidewalk chalk to put in a few temporary streaks.
hlisa hlisa 7 years
Sage tea wash. I've been known to keep a bottle in the shower and make a final rinse with it. It's not exactly permanent, but it does a pretty good job of tinting the greys.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 7 years
Lemon juice and peroxide. Then we would sit at the beach and worship the sun. How healthy.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 7 years
Lemon juice and peroxide. Then we would sit at the beach and worship the sun. How healthy.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 7 years
(And they both kind of looked like sh!t.)
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 7 years
Koolaid, Lemon. Different times.
designgal1981 designgal1981 7 years
Bingo dabber in Grade 6 - I did it on my best friends freshly bleached hair....It was supposed to wash out within a week but stayed for well over four months.
nowari_101 nowari_101 7 years
henna
nowari_101 nowari_101 7 years
henna
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 7 years
I've used henna. Its the only way I have ever dyed my hair.
ahles ahles 7 years
Sharpies Manic Panic Henna
ahles ahles 7 years
SharpiesManic PanicHenna
Schaianne Schaianne 7 years
I've used both lemon juice and straight hydrogen peroxide as a kid. You had to be sooo careful with the HP though!
barbiesugar barbiesugar 7 years
sun-in: i have dirty blonde/ light brown hair so it actually looked really nice also hair mascara was one of my favorite things about the late 90's... metallic hair was my fave
barbiesugar barbiesugar 7 years
sun-in: i have dirty blonde/ light brown hair so it actually looked really nicealso hair mascara was one of my favorite things about the late 90's... metallic hair was my fave
Piano-Island Piano-Island 7 years
I tried Sun-In in junior high and it fried my hair. It also left a horrific orange colour instead of blonde, which was what I originally expected. Manic Panic is great. I've used it various times and it always has great results. So does Splat. Jazzing.... Not so much.
Piano-Island Piano-Island 7 years
I tried Sun-In in junior high and it fried my hair. It also left a horrific orange colour instead of blonde, which was what I originally expected.Manic Panic is great. I've used it various times and it always has great results. So does Splat. Jazzing.... Not so much.
sophia_HL sophia_HL 7 years
Kool Aid Coffee Purple Manic Panic
sophia_HL sophia_HL 7 years
Kool Aid CoffeePurple Manic Panic
Munkeyhed Munkeyhed 7 years
When I was 15 & really bored @ work, I took one of the (old style)cash register ribbons w/purple ink and gave my self streaks by pulling little sections of hair through it. It got me sent home, but looked kinda good!
apothecary06 apothecary06 7 years
Ah, hair mascara - that was, well, interesting. I'd have to do a few coats to get it to show up, since my hair is pretty dark, and then the mascara would just get on everything. Needless to say, I did not make a habit of that. I had a friend in junior high who kept using Sun-In, even though it turned her hair orange! Maybe that's what she was going for, idk.
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