Auburn Blonde, Caramel Blonde or Venetian Blonde with Rhubarb or Turmeric?

Get a coppery blonde, caramel blonde or Venetian blonde the natural way

it will be really easy if you start from a light / blonde base color using a mix of DIY herbs including

rhubarb or turmeric.

I'm sure you were intrigued by the fact that you could dye your hair in various shades of blonde in a totally natural way with the help of nature using dyeing plants whose existence you learned about above all because you use them in the kitchen.

The idea of ​​being able to use rhubarb or turmeric to color your hair an auburn blonde, caramel blonde or Venetian blonde sounds tempting, doesn't it?

Auburn Blonde, Caramel Blonde or Venetian Blonde with Rhubarb or Turmeric?

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Del Rhubarb - blonde reflective herb for light hair I spoke in depth in the dedicated article and obviously your questions came spontaneously:

  • Rhubarb and turmeric look very similar, is one the other as a reflective hair dye herb?
  • What is the difference between rhubarb and turmeric?
  • Do they color in a similar way or do they have different dye molecules and different intensities?

To better understand what differentiates rhubarb and turmeric in dyeing our hair , we need to delve deeper into turmeric knowledge.

Turmeric powder comes from the yellow-orange Indian plant with the botanical name Curcuma Longa. It is part of the same ginger family, i.e. the Zingiberaceae family and the intense yellow powder is obtained by pulverizing the rhizome of the plant once dried in the sun.

Flavonoids, vitamin C, minerals and above all curcumin are just some of the components present in turmeric which give it excellent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties when integrated into the daily diet.

Golden milk also known as GOLDEN MILK is one of my favorite drinks especially in the cold season that I recommend you absolutely try.

Returning to the dyeing properties , like rhubarb, turmeric is also one of the plants with a high dyeing power that has always been used to color not only fabrics, but also skin and hair.

rhubarb vs. Turmeric - what shade of blonde do they give to hair?

Let's start from the premise that no dyeing herb can lighten the hair and therefore in order to obtain a shade of blond, whether it is copper blond, caramel blond or Venetian blond, your hair must already be light, blond or white.

If the starting color of your hair is a medium brown, dark brown or black by applying pure rhubarb or turmeric on the hair , you will not notice any difference precisely because the herbal dyes do not remove melanin from the stem and do not replace the pigments with pigments. lighter synthetics.

All dyeing herbs color tone on tone, enhancing, reflecting or darkening the starting shade, never lightening it!

I could very well describe to you in words how rhubarb or turmeric colors light, white or blonde hair but nothing can better illustrate the result to you than the photos of the test tests carried out on strands of light / blonde hair.

Differences between rhubarb and turmeric

While Rhubarb dyes hair a warm, golden blonde ,

reminiscent of the color of wheat, with warm undertones

the blonde given by turmeric is much colder ,

almost yellow fluorescent highlighter. Indeed, to make the idea even better, the yellow released by turmeric brings to mind the yellow of the Simpsons :)

Therefore, it must be reiterated that neither rhubarb nor turmeric lightens hair to obtain blonde hair. Turmeric and rhubarb dye or highlight light hair with various shades of blonde!

On the blonde lock, in the examples you will see below, a batter containing exclusively 100% pure rhubarb or turmeric was applied, precisely to be able to understand the dyeing potential of these 2 reflective dyeing herbs.

dye white hair with rhubarb turmeric

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The surprising thing, for me and I guess for you too, is how much the pH of the dye mix affects the final color obtained.

Below you can see how intense the blonde tone obtained with turmeric is in an acidic pH (acidic environment easily achieved by adding lemon juice to the batter). henna blonde light white hair turmeric beautilicious delights Click photo to enlarge

If, on the other hand, we make the pH alkaline by adding a pinch of bicarbonate, the cold-toned blonde tone obtained with turmeric changes completely, the yellow veering towards very intense coppery tones with golden reflections in the sunlight:

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The color obtained with turmeric in a basic pH very much reflects the golden coppery blond that we envy so much from natural redheads.

To give you an overall idea of ​​how much the pH affects the final color, here is also the photo of the blonde lock colored with turmeric batter both in an acid and alkaline environment . Incredible how much the final color can change by varying only the pH, right?

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And to return to our comparison

"Rhubarb vs. Turmeric"

I put together in a photo the colored strands in a basic environment with rhubarb and turmeric to be able to evaluate for yourself how different the shades of coppery blonde obtained are:

while with turmeric the hair acquires a copper color with golden tones , rhubarb in a basic environment acquires a hint of red ideal for reaching the Venetian blond.

Auburn blonde, Caramel blonde or Venetian blonde with rhubarb or turmeric?

These insights into rhubarb and turmeric are necessary to be able to understand the intensity of the color that these 2 reflective dyeing herbs can develop on our hair when they are used pure and above all their dyeing potential also based on the pH of our dye mix .

The more aware the use of dyeing herbs is, the easier it is to create a personalized mix that marries our needs.

So with the premises of the test tests shown in the photos above, I would say that starting from a light base, with or without white hair, reaching an auburn or a Venetian blond in a natural way is really easy.

Auburn Blonde or Venetian Blonde with Rhubarb or Turmeric

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Obviously, to make the color last longer on the hair, I recommend adding rhubarb / turmeric from the lawsonia to the batter. Its dyeing pigment, lawsone , binds with the keratin present in the stem and will never go away. Over time the color may fade, slowly, but it will never go away completely.

Therefore, bearing in mind that both turmeric and rhubarb do not dye the hair permanently because they are reflective dyeing herbs (their dyeing pigment does not bind with keratin), to obtain a lasting color it is recommended to use a good percentage of lawsonia in also based on the color you want to achieve.

In any case, it will be necessary to carry out one's own test tests based on one's starting shade to ascertain that the result achieved with the chosen mix is ​​the one desired by us and possibly vary / adjust the percentages to get as close as possible to the coveted color.

Golden Auburn Blonde with Rhubarb or Turmeric

For lovers of brighter shades, just vary the percentage of rhubarb / turmeric and lawsonia to give a further boost to the color and achieve a beautiful golden coppery blonde . If instead of rhubarb you decide to use turmeric by alkalizing the batter, the color will be even warmer, more amber with golden reflections in the sunlight.

Golden Auburn Blonde with Henna and Dyeing Herbs

As you can see, there are literally tons of dye mixes that you can experience first hand. If you want an even more intense shade, simply remove the cassia from the mix and increase the lawsonia percentage to obtain an Intense Copper Blonde.

If, on the other hand, you are looking for ideas for other shades of blonde or light brown, I recommend this article:

Shades of Blonde or Light Brown with Rhubarb and Dyeing Herbs on Light Hair

You just need to arm yourself with patience and a lot of goodwill.

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In the light of what we have ascertained above, therefore turmeric is more suitable for naturally reviving those hairs that naturally already have copper-colored tips with beautiful golden reflections.

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After seeing what differentiates rhubarb from turmeric , let's see what these 2 reflective dyeing herbs have in common.

Similarities between Rhubarb and Turmeric:

  • plants with a high dyeing power
  • they don't lighten the hair
  • color tone on tone
  • color white hair
  • they should almost never be used even on the hair
  • they do not dye hair permanently because their molecule does not bind with keratin like lawsone does (the dyeing molecule of lawsonia)
  • they can be used in a mix with all the other herbal dyes
  • a test test should always be done on a hidden lock before proceeding on the whole hair


Pay attention that both rhubarb and turmeric dye a lot , so it's essential to use disposable gloves . Even if you do stain your skin, the yellowness will go away with a few washes with warm soapy water.

Before concluding this comparison between rhubarb and turmeric , I would like to clarify that if test tests are generally recommended when we use a mix of dyeing herbs for the first time, in the case of chemically treated, bleached or streaked hair highlights , the test test is mandatory. Also because some dyeing herbs that we use in our mix can interact and leave unpleasant reflections on the hair.

So, if even your best friend or your sister has had a more than positive and why not, even a negative experience, choose to do a first-person test to understand how your hair would react to the same mix she gave you. good/bad results to people near you.

If you don't know how to do the test, I'll leave you the video tutorial below that explains all the steps to do.

Remember that the shutter speed of the trial test must reflect the shutter speed that you will then use on the whole hair . I make this recommendation especially for those who start from a clear base and want to use herbs with a high dyeing power such as turmeric, rhubarb or lawsonia. Shutter times can vary from 15 minutes to a maximum of two hours.

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What happens if I apply turmeric or rhubarb on bleached, already hennaed or colored hair with dark dye mixes?

As already reiterated, both rhubarb and turmeric should never be used pure precisely because they have a high dyeing power. Applying them as pure batter on chemically treated or bleached hair risks strange colors with even stranger reflections . To overcome this, both rhubarb and turmeric should always be used in a mix with lawsonia which manages to fix the color on the stem and counteract any strange colors.

If your hair is hennated with only lawsonia, applying a batter with turmeric or rhubarb will intensify the coppery, more or less cold reflections of the lawsonia. As we have ascertained above, the pH of the batter can make the difference, so based on the pH you choose to use in your dye mix, the final color you will obtain will also vary.

By applying to medium dark or dark hair, Rhubarb or Turmeric will not give lighter and/or golden reflections ! It's like making a compress with cassia (neutral henna). You won't notice any color difference. In addition, it is precisely to avoid applying them to hair previously treated with katam or indigo.

Coppery Blonde, Caramel Blonde or Venetian Blonde: Preparation and Application

You're new to dyeing herbs and it's the first time you've approached this universe? I want to reassure you however complicated this may all seem at first.

The way of preparing and applying the batter is identical to the usual dye mixes containing lawsonia, cassia, katam or indigo. So I advise you to follow the more than detailed instructions that you find in the Complete Guide to the Preparation and Application of Henna and Dyeing Herbs

Remember that only the shutter speed is different from what is indicated in the guide above. Processing time that varies according to the color you want to obtain and obviously according to the dye mix you decide to use.

I hope that this insight into the dyeing properties of turmeric and rhubarb will be useful for you to achieve a coppery blonde, a caramel blonde or a Venetian blonde on your hair !

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