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Beet Juice Hair Tint

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Dark brown hair, like mine, doesn’t readily accept color or tints well if they aren’t loaded with chemicals. Obviously, that’s against my policy. So I’m always on the lookout for fun ways to tint/shade my hair without the junk. I don’t understand tossing the relaxers, but still using toxic hair dyes. So here is one way that I add fun tints to my hair without harming it.

Fresh Beet Juice

If you’ve ever juiced a beet, you are well aware of the deep red/purple dye they produce. On chestnut hair, this makes beautiful, yet subtle highlights that show up in sunlight.

How to do it?

Juice one large beet in a blender. Put on plastic gloves (beet juice will stain anything it comes in contact with). Pour juice into large spray bottle. Divide damp, but not wet hair into small sections and spritz with beet juice. Once hair is covered with juice, apply a plastic bag and tie tightly. Allow it to sit on hair at least an hour. I find 2-3 works better. Speed up the process by sitting under a hair drier or a heat cap.

Rinse with cool water. You can use a natural non-SLS shampoo afterwards, if desired, but it’s best just to rinse.

This will produce a very soft hint of color. But if you repeat the process once a week, you’ll begin to get a truer burgundy tint to the hair.

Photo by Simon Howden

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Passionate about natural and non-toxic cosmetics. Vegetarian. Professional Actor. Founder of The Healthy Beauty Project. Available for speaking engagements and after-work Mojitos.

5 Responses to “Beet Juice Hair Tint”

  1. Blendtec says:

    Thank you for the article. I have heard good reviews about Vitamix and perhaps I should get one and start enjoying the benefits like everybody else.

  2. headstrongsalon says:

    Wow, this reminds me of some haircolor experiments we did in the 80s. Remember Henna? Well, we bought neutral henna and added things like beet juice, blueberry juice, strong brewed coffee and boiled termeric in water to achieve a variety of natural color results. It takes a lot of time. As you stated, a few hours in the sun and multiple applications were key to actually seeing a result.

    Please note: these nature-made tints will come off on your bath towel, WILL stain your skin (hairline and scalp) and will be extremely bright on white or gray hair. Also, after using these veggie tints, if you happen to want to go back to conventional hair color make sure to mention this to your colorist. Applying conventional color on top of the veggie tint will push the color you've created INTO the hair's cortex, making it permanent–and unpredictable; it could fade to off tones or be spotty.

    But have fun! Try just a few strands for special effects rather than your entire head at first.

    • H_BeautyProject says:

      Hi! thanks for the info. I love henna and indigo and only use that to color my hair. It is a little bit messy, but I've got it down to a science now. And I only use completely natural, body art quality henna purchased from

      Boxed hennas in stores contain chemicals to make the color stick immediately and, in my opinion, defeats the purpose of choosing a natural hair coloring. I recently tried a natural arts & crafts paint made from organic beets. It didn't color my hair AT ALL. lol But it was a fun experiment.

      I didn't know the info about the color being pushed into the cortex. Interesting. Thanks again for commenting.

  3. admin says:

    Hi Inez, Yep, it’ll give you a pretty reddish sheen. I love using natural dyes considering how toxic store bought hair dyes are.

  4. Inez says:

    I tried using beet juice, and it really worked! I have dark/medium brown hair, after using the beet juice I have copper hair. I looks very nice.

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