I've recently been taking the outer case (husk) off of our walnuts and didn't realise soon enough how they stain!!! My hands are yucky brown/black stained now and it ain't comin off ops: Does anyone know if you could make hair dye - or wool dye when we get our sheep?
-------------------------------------------------------------- One of the most popular ways to darken hair is with walnut dye. Be warned, walnut dye will stain flesh quickly, and severely. It is next to impossible to get rid of walnut dye. When dying your hair, if you get the dye on your forehead, face, or neck, you will have to walk around with that for many days before it starts to fade.
With that said, here's a method to naturally darken your hair with walnuts.
Step 1: Obtain some walnuts.
Black walnuts, green walnuts, 'normal' snack walnuts: each has a slightly different shade. Most people say to use black walnuts, but I had an interesting experience with normal, bought-in-a-bag walnuts. They were shelled, and ready to be eaten. I threw some in a cup of water and let it sit for 4 days. At the end of the 4 days, the water had turned black with the dye. This is the dye I use. However, for quicker dye, buy a few black walnuts, crack each, and place the entire walnut into some boiling water. Boil for approx. 15 - 25 minutes.
Step 2: Once the water is dark, strain it several times to remove the pieces of walnuts and shells in the water. Be very careful not to spill this water! It will absolute stain every single object it touches, including skin. It cannot be removed from clothing, etc. It will take several days to fade from the skin.
Step 3: Remove as much clothing as you can, or put on old clothing you do not care about. Cover your work area in towels; work over a hard wood/tile/linoleum floor, not over carpet. If the walnut dye gets on your skin, it will stain. Because nobody wants to walk around with a darkened forehead/face, it is important to avoid getting the dye on your flesh. This is next to impossible. Because of this, I suggest placing masking/paper tape over your forehead. Once you have placed the tape on your forehead, rub the top of the tape with a liberal amount of petroleum jelly. This should cause any dye to hit the tape and roll off, instead of soaking into the tape and staining the skin.
Wear latex gloves. Cover any exposed flesh in a very liberal amount of petroleum jelly. This will cause any way-ward dye to roll off, instead of staining the flesh.
Step 4: Apply dye evenly to the hair. You can either use your fingers to spread it through your hair, or you can use a brush, such as the ones that come with a commercial hair coloring kit.
Step 5: Place a hair cap over hair, and let it rest for about 30 minutes. Longer if necessary, but don't let the hair dry with the dye on it. Be sure to monitor the hair so that it doesn't become too dark.
Step 6: Once the dye has sat for an extended period of time, remove the shower cap, bend over so that the hair is hanging downwards, and spray/rinse off. Do not just hop into the shower. The dye will run out of the hair and onto your flesh, staining your skin a darker shade.
Once the dye is rinsed, wash hair with shampoo and blow dry. Once it is dry, you will be able to see the final coloring. If it is not dark enough, repeat above process as often as necessary.
And I would add..... Have someone assist you This sounds precarious - LOL
Joined: Jul 22, 2009
Oh I laughed reading that. Oh YES it stains and I reckon my thumb nail (used for piercing said husk) will take a LOT longer than a few days to come clean. I wore latex gloves - obviously with small pinprick hole ops: ops: ops:
Can't wait to plaster myself in tape and smear on petroleum jelly My dh will think his luck's in
Joined: Apr 13, 2009
Location: South West France
I don't use it for my hair but I often use walnut husks to dye our Angora goats' yarn. Just boil up the husks until the dark mix stains then strain the husks out in a cloth. I filled this pot up too full - I know...
It's a lovely rich dye which doesn't need a chemical mordant and as heninfrance knows it doesn't wash out easily! It leaves the wool very soft and shiny. I like dying with it because when the first almost black dyebath is exhausted you can add some more water and get anything from a soft brown to a lovely oaty colour.
Here's a mottled Angora sweater I made by dipping the wool gradually into the dyebath. (My OH didn't like having his photo taken !)
You can buy the ready made mixture cheaply in France, it's used for staining wood, tanning hides and colouring basket making reeds.
it sure produces a beautiful rich color in the yarn! I wish I had the patience for knitting and such. i think that is something i will always have to barter or buy. my grandmother would be so dissapointed in me.
"One cannot help an involuntary process. The point is not to disturb it. - Dr. Michel Odent
Joined: Feb 01, 2009
Location: North Central Michigan
wow that yarn is beautiful..i love deep dark browns..brown is my favorite color i wear it every day ! I also grow reeds and have thought about doing baskets..it probably would dye wood too.
i have a baby black walnut tree growing..so i'll try to remember all this..as it will take years for me to get the nuts..but by then..i'll probably be interested in doing quiet older person crafty things..
Joined: Sep 04, 2008
Wow...that is so cool, HWH! Really glad you posted some pix! I guess I need to fly to France & have you color my hair, just for fun! Now that would be an expensive dye job! Definitely worth the trip though. Going to Europe is on my bucket list!
Joined: Jun 26, 2008
Brenda Groth wrote: ..i love deep dark browns..
me too! my dh teases me about always wearing browns and greens. I like brown and green it reminds me of my garden.
There are lots of old stories in England about gypsies stealing your children. I suppose all thefts were put down to gypsies, poor things. Though like as not they were guilty of some of them the very poor are forced in to positions that land them up in jail, that worsen their bad situation, forced by there extreme need, i am a fan of Charley Chaplain philosophy on immigrant workers and other disadvantaged groups. I don't believe in reducing the pity people have for these by mentioning the occasional crime so heinous as to make all excuses for crime seem invalid. The gypsies it was said, said that they could earn more with blond children begging than with dark haired children begging. When they had just stolen them they died their faces with walnut juice so that people looking for the lost child would not imagine this dark faced child could be the one they were looking for. As anything gypsy was intensely romantic to us children by us i mean my brothers and sisters and me, i have always wanted to dye my face with walnut juice and ended up doing it this summer i debated between getting a stripped face or not and ended up trying it with fresh walnuts skins and luckily not getting a stripped face, it hardly worked at all but it stung my eyes a lot. It was a very crazy thing to do at fifty five but somehow i just ended up doing it. The dark coloured furniture dye here in Spain is called nogaline, nogal being the word for walnut here it leaves furniture a rich brown colour. I read of using walnuts to polish funiture with, rub the meat of the nut on your furniture it has lots of oils in it. I tried it but i don't think it did anything for the small shelf i tried it on, maybe you have to give it several coats. I will try again now i have remembered it. I once tried making pastry with walnuts and just a bit of flour to stick them together, crushed walnuts, it came out really well so they have enough oil in them to make good pastry. agri rose macaskie.
Joined: Jun 26, 2008
rose macaskie wrote: It was a very crazy thing to do at fifty five but somehow i just ended up doing it.
not too crazy. I have always had a secret desire to use henna for body art. or....maybe we are both crazy.
Joined: Aug 29, 2009
Irene, you have such a talent. Tell your OH your sweater makes him look real good
All that work.... I hope to try felting one day, forget spinning and knitting, and I will remember your lovely browns achieved with walnuts.
Joined: Apr 13, 2009
Location: South West France
It's not a lot of work really and it's good fun. I don't knit by hand, I use a manual machine and do the finishing by hand.
I was talking about felting with one of our woofers today (I'm teaching her to knit) and showed her some of the things that had been made from felting our wool. Unfortunately, I haven't got a lot of time to do felting and experimentation at the moment but that will come.
Our vet asked for some fleece for his daughter who is at college and the class made loads of things from the goats' wool. They gave me a CD with the photos, gorgeous stuff !