Grey Hair Dye Recipe

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Gray hair is not actually white or grey but is due to a lack of pigmentation and melanin.  Cells that are located in the base of the hair’s follicles slow, and eventually stop producing pigment. This causes the hair to lose color and appear gray or white because of the way light is reflected. To color your hair you don’t always need to use harsh chemicals. Below are some of the tried and true natural ways to color your hair.

I make a strong ‘tea’ of Sage and a bit of Rosemary, strain it and refrigerate it, and before I wash my hair, I spray it on the base of the grey patches of hair, even have massaged it in. leave it for 5 – ten minutes and then wash as usual, and care for my hair as I normally do.

After a few weeks of this (I do this almost daily), the grey is disappearing.

After using the sage the normal coloring returns to the hair. It is not a ‘color-change’ shocker, and it softens and allows me to control the curls, and the amount of grey. I have used this through the years and it has never damaged my hair. I stop using it and the grey gradually returns and it is even prettier than the time before.

My sister was totally grey headed and after a month of daily using this solution, she had her normal light brown hair. which she had not seen for over ten years, and she dabbs it on once or twice a week now to keep her normal color, and she is 40. I am 48 and do not want to be grey just yet.


Rosemary & Sage Tea Colorant

To make a strong rosemary & sage tea use equal amounts of rosemary & sage to 1 cup of water, combine ingredients and steep for 10 minutes, strain and use liquid for the colorant.

NOTE: These processes must be repeated daily for a few weeks before you notice any changes.

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Photo  Credit: Serge Bertasius Photography

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27 Responses to Grey Hair Dye Recipe

  1. mary says:

    It does not make sense to use this as a pre-wash. And why strain it if it’s a pre-wash, just pour it on with all the herbs included, since it would be rinsed. Maybe it gives a poor texture to the hair so must be shampooed out. Harsh shampoos strip color though. I’m very gray. Should be an interesting experiment.

  2. sara says:

    Dear, I am 30 years old, half my hairs are grey I am using dye but it made my hairs very bad and very thin and alot of hair fall out. kindly guide me if you have any natural hair dye you told us that remedies plz guide me on.

  3. Nilam says:

    Hi. Thanks for your article. You never answered the query whether to use dried or fresh herbs?

  4. Susan Di Santo says:

    Are dried herbs just as good as fresh? yes?
    ive used semi perm colour for a few years… wanto try this on my next badger stripe outgrowth… dont want to wash/rinse long hair EVERY day… waht about sprayning onto roots and leaving in?
    does it discolour scalp or skin?

  5. navdeep says:

    will grey hair return. if i stop using this method.. please tell me?

  6. mamoni says:

    in what ratio should the sage tea,rosemary tea be added to water for boiling?say for example to one cup of water how many tablespoons of sage and rosemary has to be added?????Plz advise.

    • Mary Krigbaum says:


      Did you ever get a response to your question of how much to use of each? I’m doing this today or tomorrow and I want to know.

  7. Deyanira says:

    I dont know how long it Take , im doing it for three and i dont see any change on my grey hair maybe i need moré time?

  8. Penny says:

    If my hair has got colour in it will this treatment affect the colour? Will it make it go a funny colour?

  9. Veronica says:


    Thank you for the information. I have seen many other recipes for the sage/rosemary rinse on the internet but the other sites recommend pouring the rinse over the hair after washing the hair. You put the herbal solution on BEFORE washing your hair. What makes the difference for you to put it on before the wash?

  10. syed shakeeb Sohail says:

    I am living in Riyadh KSA. I reach your post and read it all. I like the people comments and found myself near to the solution for reversing grey hair. My top of the head is completely white and it is increasing in every part of my head except backside. I am male and 32 right know and working as marketeer. I have no idea how to take it from the local market. Please suggest me how much i should use to get the quick results. If you have any remedy for curing my hair permanently naturally from Grey hair to black please step forward and help me. I be waiting for your quick & positive reply

  11. Daria says:

    Not sure if you’re still monitoring this post. When you say you use sage and rosemary, are they fresh or dried? How much of each per cup of water?
    Thank you

  12. FRA says:


  13. Darla says:

    Will dried herbs work, or do they need to be fresh. I am eager to use this recipe on my hair! Thanks!

  14. shebahaleem says:

    What is sage and rosemarry where I get al dis. .

  15. Maria says:

    Can a big batch be made and stored for daily use before showering?

  16. Janet says:

    I have been using this method, for several years, to cover an almost full head of grey hair. My childhood hair color was very blonde and now I am a champagne blonde. My hairdresser loves the color and I get tons of comments on how nice the color is. Am now age 68.
    I used it daily for 30 days and now once a month–works great, try it.

  17. Jacquelyn says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about grey hair. Regards

  18. Ethlyn Weekes says:

    I intend to use this hair dye recipe.

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