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    Default Black English Walnuts for hair dye?

    I used this a while back to color my hair and was curious if anyone else has done this?
    We have the stinking things all over our yard, and i originally started using them to dye paper and read something about it could be used for a semi permeant dye. It did in fact last about 1-2 weeks
    but noticed after a while to me, there was a wax like build up so i stop using it. Has anyone used this method regularly? i love the the curl it brought out in my hair and the color was amazing.
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    The toxicity of walnut aside (which should be something you look into), yes you can do it.

    You can get some over at henna for hair, and I've run a few strand test on mohiar (plain white goat's hair). I got the best color results when it was simmered with amla for awhile and then left to soak on the mohair.



    In the tests above the walnut was just walnut and warm water made into a paste, the walnut amla mix was the same (and I can't find the damn ratio anywhere yet).

    The two simmered samples were mixed with water and simmered, with distilled water added to keep it from burning. After an hour or so I let it evaporate down to a more concentrated thick sludge and then applied it to the mohair.

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    I am interested! We have walnut trees everywhere here. What part of the walnut do you use?

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    Sounds kinda messy! Does it stain your face/ears? If so, how do you prevent that?

    Thank you!

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    Arrow Staining factor of black walnuts...

    While I cannot contribute with regard to hair dye processes, I
    can attest to the staining power of black walnuts.

    I made the mistake years ago of trying to process black walnuts
    with my bare hands. As a result, my hands were stained terribly.
    Try explaining what appear to be filthy hands with grimy nails
    to your son's grade school teacher during a PTA meeting.



    Moral of the story. No matter what you are staining, wear gloves.
    Good gloves.

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    Black Walnut shell powder works well mixed with henna. I just hennaed my hair yesterday with black walnut shell powder, indigo, henna and strong hot coffee/tea.
    3 tbsp of black walnut shell powder
    1 cup henna
    1 cup strong coffee/tea
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    Mix that together in iron pan and let it sit over night.
    Ten minutes before ready to henna:
    1 cup indigo
    1 cup water
    Mix well, then add to henna mixture.
    Left on for 3 hours and I have VERY dark almost black hair.
    Looks great - no pictures yet

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    I've also heard that black walnuts work well to dye hair, but I've also heard that a lot of people are allergic to them. You should probably do a patch test first before putting it on your whole head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahars View Post
    I've also heard that black walnuts work well to dye hair, but I've also heard that a lot of people are allergic to them. You should probably do a patch test first before putting it on your whole head.
    Yep, it's important to do that with any type of natural dye that you use

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