How to Dye Hair Blonde & Get Natural Balayage With Turmeric Hair Dye

Vanessa Dixon
by Vanessa Dixon
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I’m going to dye my hair for the very first time using a natural turmeric hair dye. There are a few reasons why I’ve never actually dyed my hair before: firstly, I didn’t want to kill my hair and make it all dry by using dyes that have chemicals in them that can actually burn and damage your hair.

So when I came across natural dyes that work just as well, so I was so excited to try them out at home.

Tools and materials:

  • Turmeric
  • Squeezy bottle
  • Towel
  • Comb
Boiling turmeric to make the dye

1. Boil the turmeric

Take two tablespoons of ground turmeric or ¼ cup of fresh turmeric and heat a saucepan up with some water. When the water is boiling, add in the turmeric and stir that through until all of it has dissolved.

Then, turn off the stove and allow the turmeric mixture to cool completely before you use it.

Pouring the dye into a squeezy bottle

2. Pour into a bottle

Once the mixture has cooled, pour it into a squeezy bottle (these often come with hair dying kits, if you have one that you used in the past, or you can use a condiments squeezy bottle.

How to dye hair with turmeric

Once you’re ready to dye your hair, put a towel around your neck (one that you won't mind getting stained - because turmeric dyes your hair so well, it dyes everything else too).

Dyeing the ends of hair

I’m just going to pour the mixture into a bowl and dip the ends of my hair into it because I didn’t mention it before, but I’m doing a balayage kind of style so just using the bottom part of my hair. I think that the balayage look is so pretty.

I’m going to leave it there for 15 minutes. I will also divide my hair into two and do this in two separate parts.

Dyeing a full head of hair

If you were to dye your whole head with the turmeric dye, you'd flip your hair over, and then at the back, you’d pour the solution onto the roots of your hair and massage that in really well, and then you’d keep adding the solution to your hair until all of it is covered.

Then you’d comb through your hair so it gets all nice and saturated by the dye, and then you’d just allow the dye to sit on your hair for 15 minutes. Make sure it’s only 15 minutes; if you leave it on longer, it makes your hair really yellow - not a nice blonde yellow but a really stark yellow.


The reason why turmeric works so well is that it has an ingredient called curcumin inside, which is a staining ingredient, and that is what makes turmeric so good at dying hair because that ingredient stains your hair and turns it blonde. Another benefit is that this ingredient helps prevent dandruff and hair loss.

Turmeric hair dye on brown hair

3. Wash the dye out

To wash it out, all you’re going to do is wash it with some water until the water runs clear. Then you just dry your hair and proceed to dye the next section. 

Other ways to use turmeric to dye hair

If you are new to dying your hair and you are a bit nervous about it, it can be a good idea to just do a small tester on a little bit of your hair just to see how it goes.

Another alternative to doing this hair dye is to put two spoons of turmeric into your shampoo bottle, and this will cause a gradual hair color change over time, so it won't be as strong at the start but will happen over time when you wash your hair.

Or you can combine turmeric with some camomile tea to make a paste, as camomile tea is a natural hair lightener. So when you make this paste, apply it to your hair and leave it on for a couple of hours, then wash it off, and you’ll have similar results.

DIY turmeric hair dye results

DIY turmeric hair dye

I’m so happy with the finished look; you can really see those blonde touches in my dark brown hair. The dyed effect is not as strong as it would be on someone who is lighter-haired and I’m going to keep dying my hair over the next few days to help lighten it up a bit more. Give this DIY a try and let me know what you think!

Suggested materials:
  • Turmeric
  • Squeezy bottle
  • Towel
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  • Psa51767181 Psa51767181 on May 31, 2022

    Cool. Any idea how long the 'dye' would stay in? Do you have to do it every time you wash your hair?

    • Vanessa Dixon Vanessa Dixon on Jul 19, 2022

      I found the dye stayed in my hair for up to two weeks, and I would wash my hair about twice a week. However it will fade with each wash, and the more you wash your hair, the quicker it will fade :)

  • Chris Keating-Ingelse Chris Keating-Ingelse on Jul 20, 2022

    The good and the bad about turmeric is that it dyes everything in site! LOL!