How to dye your hair with turmeric

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Turmeric makes a cheap alternative to saffron for colouring and flavouring your food. It also makes a reasonably effective yellow dye to make blonde or light brown hair more golden. Of course, it isn’t a bleach; so if your hair isn’t already pale, turmeric probably won’t have much effect. It might add a spot of richness to red shades, but anybody who has dark brown or black hair would be better off experimenting with henna, coffee or walnuts.

Tip a generous amount of turmeric powder into a small pan. Use at least a handful and more if you have long hair.

Stir in water gradually until you have a runny paste. It is up to you just how thick the paste is -- thinner pastes are easier to apply to your hair but more prone to dripping.

Bring the mixture slowly to the boil and let it simmer for a few minutes, which seems to bring out the colour, before turning off the heat and letting it cool. Don’t let it burn.

Rub moisturiser into your ears, around the hairline and on the back of your neck, which helps prevent staining from any drips. Also, drape an old towel over your shoulders to protect your clothes, if you are wearing any while dyeing, or your skin, if you aren't. Pull on a pair of plastic gloves to protect your hands. Turmeric stains skin as well as hair.

Apply the paste evenly to dry hair and comb through. Wait about 10 to 30 minutes before rinsing out. The longer you leave the paste in, the stronger the result.

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