View Full Version : Using beet juice to color hair

July 11th, 2011, 11:49 AM
So, has anyone tried it? I'm curious about it... my hair is a very deep chestnut/dark brown, and I'd like to get a reddish tint to it, but naturally, and I heard that beet juice can do that. Just looking for any stories or tips/tricks to it. Thanks :)

July 13th, 2011, 02:39 PM
I've tried using beet juice to dye wool? It's not really the same thing I know, but I boiled fresh beets, soaked the wool in the resulting mess, and set it with vinegar and salt. I was really disappointed with how quickly the color faded.

July 13th, 2011, 03:34 PM
I've done it before. What I did was open a can of beets (not pickled lol) and poured the juice in a bowl and stuck my hair in it and kept pouring it over my hair with a cup. Then I let it dry on my hair.

It did give a little color, but it smelled weird, not bad just weird!!! When I went to rinse it out later most of the color came out and the next wash all came out.

But I have dark hair with a few silvers - the color didn't even stick to the silver after washing.

It does work as long as you leave it on though - but it rubs off on clothing, skin etc. - especially when drying.

July 14th, 2011, 04:27 AM
I used henna mixed with beetroot and blueberries to give me purple hair last year. It made my whole head purple and faded to just burgundy henna after about 2 months but while it lasted it was a stunning colour. (Pics on my page.)
Never had any lasting colour from just beet juice though. It just made a mess and washed out in a few washes on it's own.

I'd be interested if anyone could make it work though!

July 14th, 2011, 02:24 PM
For some strange reason, this got me thinking about using red cabbage juice. I wonder if hair stained with it would change color depending on product pH?

July 15th, 2011, 01:18 PM
Beet juice alone won't do much at all. From reading lots about natural dying, beetroots are terribly disappointing vegetables - despite their gorgeous colour the dye they give is very poor and if you do manage to get the colour to stick to anything it will very quickly fade as it is not at all light-fast.

Red cabbage might be a better choice if you're trying for an easily obtainable red natural dyestuff ... although I believe that is also not very light-fast.