Walnut Shadow 100g

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Colour description

(5.0) Medium natural brown

The Natural Brunette, Walnut Shadow will give medium brown tones to grey, light and dark blonde hair. It will even the tone of medium brown hair and give a natural brown tone. This colour is ideal for people with naturally brown hair

*this colour will not lighten the hair as it contains no bleach or peroxide

Colour & treatment in one

Our hair colour products also act as a treatment, helping to repair dry and damaged hair, leaving your hair soft and shiny.

This 100% Certified Organic formula is ideal for those who have scalp issues, sensitive skin and allergies to chemical hair dyes. It is also a wonderful and safe alternative for pregnant mums who would like to continue colouring during pregnancy* as they contain nothing but certified organic goodness.

Me Time required

Organic hair colours need time to deposit colour on your hair. Please allow the following amount of time for your colour treatment.

Non Grey coverage : 1 hr +

Grey coverage : 3 hrs

Amount of product required

Short hair & root touch ups - 1/2 pack

Medium hair - 1 pack

Long hair - 1 to 1.5 packs

Super long hair - 2 to 3 packs

Thick hair - will need to add an extra 1/4 pack for short hair and 1/2 (short to medium) to 3/4 pack (for long hair)

*Please note - repeated use will see your colour become richer and in some cases darker. Once you achieve the colour shade you like on the lengths, simply apply to the roots only and do a full application every 4th or 5th time to boost the colour at the ends. This will save time and product and ensure you have an even colour all over.


Indigofera tinctoria, Lawsonia inermis, Embilica oficialis, Aloe barbadensis.



*We recommend a strand test to determine desired processing time and final colour result. Colour resistant hair will require the longer period for processing time. Not recommended for people who wish to bleach or lighten their hair blonde in the future. Strand test instructions can be found here


How to apply your hair colour at home

Take a look at our application tutorial video here 


Liquid measurement for mixing

STEP 1 = 150ml diluted apple cider vinegar (30% ACV to 70% H2O or herbal tea).
STEP 2 = 100ml warm water 

20 to 50ml additional warm water (only if required)

For more information about different herbal teas & liquids that can be used to mix your colour please read this article:  Hair colour alchemist - beneficial herbal teas & liquids that can be used in your home hair colours 


Mixing guide

For a full mixing guide including videos please read this article:  Guide to mixing brown shades 

Walnut Shadow medium brown hair colour swatch sample

Product Reviews

Written by Marta Cholinski on 18th Jan 2022


I just have to write this review because I am absolutely AMAZED at the results from this product. I am in my mid 30s and am getting patches of grey hairs popping up (mainly underneath). I am very conscious of toxins in my skincare abs hair care. I usually have a semi permanent dye done at my eco hairdresser and even though it’s lovely, it is very expensive and doesn’t really leave my hair looking very healthy for long. I thought I’d try Desert Shadow although I was terrified the colour would have a red tinge to it (which a lot of henna colours do). To my surprise the colour is stunning and not red at all. I have washed it twice since colouring it and it’s noticeably shiny. I have sun damage which no hair mask was helping. I love the colour, it’s so rich and beautiful. Has covered my greys well (some look more golden now but it’s ok). The only downside is the prep work but once you get the hang in it it feels like a special ritual. Love the me time. What a great product!

Written by Janine on 19th Nov 2021

Walnut Shadow

I have started using this product after my hair has grown back after losing it all due to chemotherapy. It leaves my new hair soft and I am so happy that I can colour my hair without using harsh chemicals. I will continue to use it for sure.

Written by Jacqueline Styants on 15th Jul 2021

Walnut Shadow

Wonderful product! Have been using it for several years now. It is a more natural-looking colour than the supermarket varieties. Also important to me, most of the packaging is able to composted. Highly recommended.

Written by Helen on 24th Apr 2021

Walnut shadow hair colour

Very happy with the colour and the grey coverage (on about 70% white).

Written by Maz on 7th Apr 2021

Desert Shadow - Walnut

I love this shade, and find the application of it straight-forward. Could do with slightly better grey coverage, but overall very happy.

Written by Megan on 4th Apr 2021

Grey highlights

I found the walnut shadow hair dye quite effective. I am in my mid thirties and have quite a lot of grey hair. I purchased this product as it was a natural alternative to salon hair dyes that are full of harmful chemicals. It is quite time consuming and requires preparation. I followed the instructions, leaving the mixture on my hair for the full 4 hours. The result was not as good as the salon, but it was still lovely. It gave my grey hairs a lighter shimmery brown tone - not completely covered, but not as obvious as stark grey hair against my naturally dark brown hair. It left my hair feeling nice and healthy too and didn't affect the psoriasis on my scalp. I will purchase again.

Written by Marg on 25th Mar 2021

Hair Dye

I am currently undergoing chemotherapy and using scalp cooling to preserve my hair. Desert shadow hair dye has been gentle enough for me to use ongoing throughout my treatment. Its a little time consuming preparing the dye but 100% worth the effort. Very happy with this product and would highly recommend to all.

Written by Angela on 11th Feb 2021

Love this hair colour

I really love desert shadow walnut shadow. It's easy to mix the colour and it works great. Thanks for a healthy organic product.

Written by Leisa on 5th Oct 2020

Colour & Shampoo/Conditioner

I absolutely LOVE Desert Shadow. I have been using these colours for 3 years now & just started using the shampoo & conditioner. I always purchased the colours from Nourished Life but after visiting the Desert Shadow website I discovered a whole new range of products that are not available at NL. Plus Desert Shadow has a reward system too & Charmaine is extremely helpful & responds to questions very quickly. Can't recommend enough, My family are getting on the Desert Shadow train!! Love it

Written by Michelle on 15th Jun 2020

Walnut Shadow

This product is amazing. After being allergic to hair dye and not knowing what to do I tried the Walnut shadow. It covered my greys completely and my hair feels so healthy. No irritations what so ever! Thanks Desert Shadow!

Weight: 0.16 KGS
First time users: Read & follow enclosed directions for mixing & application. More tips & info can be found on our blog.
Optimum grey coverage: Wash hair before application, follow grey coverage mixing instructions in full, apply and leave in the hair for minimum 3 hours.
How long will the colour last?: Our colours give long lasting coverage and may fade but will not wash out completely.
Colour maintenance: Once you have achieved the colour you like on the ends you can apply future applications to your regrowth only. This will avoid colour build up, save time & money. Apply full application every 5th -6th time.
Unsure of which colour to choose?: We suggest you select a colour closest to your natural shade. If you are still unsure please contact us for assistance.
Washing your hair colour out: Rinse your hair with water and use conditioner only to release particles. You may wish to apply conditioner twice to remove the colour paste.
Mixed too much product?: Walnut Shadow Step 1 can be frozen but the Step 2 needs to be used once activated. Please see our blog about root touch ups for tips on how to get more that one treatment from your pack.