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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?


Chopperchik01 Chopperchik01 8 years
I would be very interested in more details on the coffee and the sage tea wash..I'm ready to try
emilyann325 emilyann325 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 years
In middle school I used colored sidewalk chalk to put in a few temporary streaks.
hlisa hlisa 9 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 9 years
Lemon juice and peroxide. Then we would sit at the beach and worship the sun. How healthy.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 9 years
(And they both kind of looked like sh!t.)
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 9 years
Koolaid, Lemon. Different times.
designgal1981 designgal1981 9 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 9 years
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 9 years
I've used henna. Its the only way I have ever dyed my hair.
ahles ahles 9 years
Sharpies Manic Panic Henna
Schaianne Schaianne 9 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 9 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
Piano-Island Piano-Island 9 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 9 years
Kool Aid Coffee Purple Manic Panic
Munkeyhed Munkeyhed 9 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 9 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.
ShinyLaura ShinyLaura 9 years
Ooo hair mascara! I remember that! I also used to use lemon and even food colouring...not a good idea!
keiraz keiraz 9 years
oh and the colouring hair mascaras!! wow how did I forget! lol
keiraz keiraz 9 years
beer! I was in the sea and my hair was wet, but it got soooo dry I couldn't pass my fingers through it when the beer was on it!! Also chamomille..sat in the sun for a while and also sun in.. I have played a lot with my hair especially in the summer time!
thelorax thelorax 9 years
my watercolors...I got bored while working on my art homework once or twice...and I thought cranberry red lowlights would be a fabulous diversion.
Califachic Califachic 9 years
Chammolie works great to lighten up the hair, especially if it's dark. It gives it this beautiful natural reddish tint as well...
Savs Savs 9 years
I've used lots of lemon juice, but when I was 13 and wanted to dye the tips of my hair blue Kool Aide didn't work! So we used blue cake dye (Like professional-grade, permanent food coloring).
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