So far, I have tried (and you can check out my articles):
- Sage Rinse - this did not work for me (tried it for 45 days)
- Henna - this does work
- Clairol Loving Care - non-permanent hair color - this works more like a permanent dye and contains fewer chemicals that most other hair dyes.
I have read a few articles about Cocoa powder coloring gray hair on brunette hair, so I figured I would give it a try.
Results: It covered the gray just a little bit - maybe just a smidgen - (almost too hard to tell).
Before Picture (gray roots one month after applying Clairol Loving Care)
|Before - gray roots showing|
You will need: (I read this procedure on www.ehow.com/How to Rinse Gray Hair with Cocoa
- 1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt
- 1/2 cup Cocoa powder - Natural Unsweetened
- 2 tsp Apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp Honey
- Mix the yogurt and the cocoa powder together in a medium sized bowl until well blended.
- Add in the apple cider vinegar and the honey - blend well.
- Shampoo and rinse hair (do no apply cream rinse) - then towel dry.
- Spread the cocoa mixture on your hair - apply it to the roots and throughout your entire hair.
- Wrap your head up with plastic wrap - use several sheets - one sheet can go mostly around the front of your hair, a second sheet for the back of your head, and a third for the crown of your head.
- Wrap a towel around your head, and place another towel over your shoulders.
- Leave the mixture on for 1 or more hours. I left my mixture on for 4 1/2 hours (at least it smelled very very good - it kinda made me hungry).
- Rinse until the water runs clear (do not shampoo again).
Caution: when your head gets warmer, the mixture may drip onto your shoulders (or go flying out onto the floor when you bend forward!)
|cocoa yogurt application|
|gray roots still show after cocoa application|
My hair sure does smell like cocoa - one of the best hair coloring smells I've ever tried! The smell still lingered after rinsing. (Not too bad.) Anyway, there was just a little color deposited - you can just about see it in the after picture above. I washed my hair out the next day (it felt a little bit dirty) and the color completely came out - in fact my hair seemed a little grayer than before I started the whole cocoa process.
I really liked the yogurt, vinegar and honey medium to apply colorant to my hair. I may try this again with other herbal colorants to see what happens. However, the small amount of cocoa coloring that happened to my hair was not worth the time or the effort to me.
So for now, I went back to using Clairol Loving Care - non-permanent hair color (see my article) - at least my gray hair is now a beautiful shinny brownish red!