Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cocoa Powder to Color Gray Hair on Brunettes

Okay - here's my story. I am on a quest to find a hair coloring that is non-toxic and will cover gray hair. For me, covering gray hair is the hardest part - mine is very coarse and stubbornly rejects picking up color.

So far, I have tried (and you can check out my articles):

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).

Using Cocoa Powder to Cover Gray Hair -Here is the Process:

Before Picture (gray roots one month after applying Clairol Loving Care)

Before - gray roots showing

You will need: (I read this procedure on 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

  1. Mix the yogurt and the cocoa powder together in a medium sized bowl until well blended.

  2. Add in the apple cider vinegar and the honey - blend well.

  3. Shampoo and rinse hair (do no apply cream rinse) - then towel dry.

  4. Spread the cocoa mixture on your hair - apply it to the roots and throughout your entire hair.

  5. 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.

  6. Wrap a towel around your head, and place another towel over your shoulders.

  7. 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).

  8. 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.

My Opinions:

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!


  1. I once remember when my mother put a color on her hair to cover up all the white hair she have. She uses cocoa powder as well. It so easy to apply. After she finished up, I had witnessed that it has a best result.

  2. I believe that hair dyes might damage your hair and scalp. My grandma told me that frequent usage of this can cause poor eyesight. Natural color or our hair must be preserved and should not be ruined by using such chemicals.

  3. Have you tried to leave it on over night?
    Someone told me that you can mix 50/50 shampoo and cocoa powder, and use it as a regular shampoo to make your hair generally darker, don't know how this works for covering gray hair though.

  4. I have not left it in overnight. I think that could be very messy - but you never know, it could work. I'm not sure if the 50/50 shampoo and cocoa powder would work on it either! If you try it out, let me know your results.

  5. I used the 50/50 on my blonde hair and it worked well alli did was mix the ingreidients applied it waited 2 hours rinsed it out and walla a beutiful colour from mroots to ends

  6. I tried the cocoa powder mixed with shampoo today and it did work rather well. My hair has turned a bit more chocolatey brown and my natural blonde highlights have almost completely gone! Only thing is that every time wash my hair unless i use the shampoo/cocoa powder mixture my hair will go back to it's normal colour.

  7. try coffee, im naturally red, still young 18, but my hair is my baby n im crazy enough to try anything..... anyway i did this scalp scrub, with coffee grinds, coco powder honey tea tree and brown sugar. the only thing wrong with it, is that is very messy and takes awhile to get the grinds out, even after i rinsed it with cold strong coffee. If you can stand having coffee grinds in your hair give it ago, might take awhile, but worth a try. :)

    1. maybe try substituting the brown sugar with aliquid nectar ...also if you ground the powders as fine without affecting your scalp scrub affect might be a tadvmore enjoyable. I'm going to give it a go ..thank you friederike

  8. A few hair dyes can cause cancer that is exactly why we should be careful when dyeing our hair. Hair dyes can result in damage to the scalp. ,;'". Yours trully medical conditions webpage

  9. I really hate gray hair, there is no way we can totally avoid gray hair but Biotin helps in delaying the appearance of more gray hair. ,:;;`


  10. I apply cocoa powder directly to my roots. My hair is blonde, though my roots are extremely gray. I use a makeup brush & apply the powder directly on my scalp. My roots turn strawberry blonde, it blends well & works like a charm. Cocoa is packed w minerals & is great for ur hair:)

  11. I use cocoa powder dry w a lg makeup brush, & apply it directly on my roots . I am a blonde, my gray here turns strawberry blonde. It blends in nicely. Works like a charm. Apply dry powder to roots when ever you shower:)

  12. You are not supposed to add any milk products, if u are planning to color your hair with cocoa.

  13. Don't use milk products if you are planning to color your hair with cocoa.