6 Things To Know Before Using Henna Hair Dye

You may recall my excitement earlier this summer, when I decided to try using henna as an all-natural alternative to hair dye. I’ve always enjoyed changing-up my hair color, and thanks to a good friend of mine who happens to be a very talented hair stylist, I’ve had the opportunity to change it rather often.

However, looking for a more natural hair-coloring option, I decided to take a chance and try a henna hair dye that you can use at home.

I had heard great things about Lush’s henna line, so while on a vacation in Palm Springs, my good friend and I decided to have a little hair-dying party in our hotel room– where no one could see us make fools of ourselves!

Here are a few things I learned from our experience:

1. Using Lush’s henna is pretty easy and straight-forward.

You simply melt the whole brick in a bowl with hot water, until a mud-like consistency is achieved.

It takes a little elbow-grease to break the brick down at first, but before you know it, you’ll have an earthy-smelling mix that’s ready to apply.

2. It will get messy.

Really messy.

Like most hair dyes, you’ll want to use gloves when handling this mix. (Lush provided these for us when purchasing at their store.) I also recommend standing in your shower while applying to your hair, so that any spills are contained!

3. It will stain everything.

Again, a good reason to stand in your shower, to avoid staining your counters and floors.

It’s also a good reason to protect your skin! We used Lush’s Ultrabalm, an all-natural alternative to Vaseline, as a protective shield around our faces.

Apply to your forehead, ears and neck to prevent staining.

4. This dye takes a long time to set.

Depending on the vibrancy you want, the package says it can take one to six hours for the color to develop!

That’s a long time to have your scalp wrapped in plastic. (This was another recommendation from the store employee– the plastic wrap keeps the dye warm, and therefore, more effective.)

I only lasted two hours before I couldn’t take it anymore.

5. Henna will not even-out your hair color.

In my experience, if you have roots or highlights when you start the process, you’ll still have roots or highlights when you’re finished.

I happened to have roots AND highlights at the time (you can see before pictures here)–> so you can see how the reddish color varies throughout my hair, where I had more blonde highlights. I was hoping for a more even color, so this aspect was a little disappointing for me.

However, if you have natural highlights (without roots) it could turn out very pretty!

6. You must be careful when dying your hair AFTER using henna.

Only after using the henna hair dye did a hairstylist tell me that you shouldn’t use any permanent dye on top of the henna. So, if you don’t like the resulting color from the henna dye, you may not have a whole lot of options in order to correct it. (This will vary by stylist– I’ve heard that some are still willing to work with post-henna-dyed hair.)

Gosh, that would have been nice to know before we got started.

Luckily, you can safely use semi-permanent dye as a temporary fix–> which means going darker, rather than lighter with your color. My stylist had to put the semi-permanent color on twice, because the first time around my henna-dyed hair didn’t absorb the color very well.

I hope these tips prove helpful for anyone interested in trying henna, too!

Reader Feedback: Do you color your hair? Have you ever tried using henna hair dye, or would you like to? I think I would have been very happy with the results had I started with an even hair color… but thanks to my pesky roots, I see some some semi-permanent dye in my future. I may even try a “test strand” with highlights– just to see what happens! I’ve heard horror stories of hair smoking while applying permanent color after using henna (certain brands have compounds added to it), so that’s a scary thought! As I understand it, the henna dye is permanent, so you’ll have to wait until your hair grows out before making any drastic changes.

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377 thoughts on “6 Things To Know Before Using Henna Hair Dye

  1. Angela

    I have used henna for several years and have been very pleased with the results. I use Surya brand — it comes premixed, and takes at most 45 minutes. Coverage has always been very good for me — I’m a natural medium brown with lots more gray coming in than I’d like! It all gets covered, although the gray looks a little more like highlights than the same color as the rest, but it still looks good. http://www.suryabrasilproducts.com/hennacream.html

    1. Carianne

      I just had a nightmare experience with the Surya henna last night. It is definitely NOT natural Henna (look at the igredients-1st ingredient is a major chemical). Henna is just one ingredient of many. This is a chemical, semi-permanent color with plenty of toxins. The packaging is very deceptive. Anyway, instead of the subtle natural red got for years with the messier, but way more natural authentic henna, now I have scary fire-engine red! Just horrible.

    2. Emma Smith

      I actually love using the Light Mountain brand henna, with a fox on the box. I add a little vinegar and lemon juice to the mix, leave it on for about an hour ( my natural hair is a dirty blond) and get a great, natural looking red.

      1. Meagan

        Pure henna or natural henna works in great way to achieve desired results.
        I have found THE HENNA GUYS brand useful. They offer other natural hair colors too.
        Dark brown, burgundy , light brown, deep red henna , indigo , Black and jet black are their other products. I am happy with their products i used. http://www.thehennaguys.com

    3. Jane


      Ok, the Henna for Hair link has been posted a few times in the comments section and I’m reposting it here in the hopes that this will be at the top, thus available to people who don’t want to dig through all the comments.

      If you have henna hair questions, do yourself a favor and read the linked faq. The woman who runs the site did a graduate dissertation on henna. If you dig around the site, you can find links to her paper.

      This next link (which is also linked in the above faq) explains how henna dyes hair from a chemistry perspective, including why it is hard to remove from hair. If you want to henna your hair but think you will want to use a chemical dye after a few months, read that blog post so you know what you’re getting into.


      For the tl;dr crowd: henna is a plant and only coats the hair in a red/orange color that is best visible on hair that is already light. Neutral henna is actually a plant called cassia, and black henna is actually indigo, the plant used to dye your jeans.

      Good luck getting the info you’re looking for.

    4. CJ Stewart

      some 40 years ago, I used to buy henna in my local drugstore. It was in a tin container about six inches tall, with a screw-on lid. It was cheap, came in just the one color, and I would take it home, grind up some CLOVES in my coffee mill, and add it to the henna powder to protect against brassiness. It looked completely natural. I had a neighbor when I was in high school who was a true natural redhead with freckles on pale porcelain skin and pale blue eyes. People who didn’t know me or my original color would tell me how beautiful the color was and to NEVER MESS WITH NATURE. But then that henna disappeared from the shelves. I wonder now where I can get that original product, or just buy the plain henna powder.

  2. Alina

    Yeah, unfortunately…not the best thing when you are trying to be all healthy and natural and green but hey….we are not perfect :-). Your hair looks pretty, by the way :-).

  3. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    THanks for these tips! I have seen that henna dye at LUSH before and was always curious about it, I would love to add a red tint to my dark brown hair. But I dye my hair quite often, so maybe not the best option. I’ll have to ask my stylist if she uses permanent or semi-permanent.

    1. carla

      Henna is amazing, dont listen to the above chic lol the package of henna by Lush says 2 to 4 hours leave it on your head, I almost died from chemical hair dye 3 months ago and LUSHs henna is easy and I am astonished at the results and I have been dying my hair for 25 years! Lushs henna is world renowned, my hair is thicker, fuller and the color is beautiful.

  4. Crista

    You are great for printing these tips for folks! I could have used them myself when I first tried henna (bright red, yikes!!). I think it’s funny that the color is called “Caca Marron”, which, as you may already know, is Spanish for “sh*t brown”… ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Jessica

      I’m sorry I just had to comment: “Caca Marron” is FRENCH for “sh*t brown”. I should know, I’m french canadian…But the word “marron” as a color is mainly used by the French and not here in Canada because a “marron” is a chestnut. WE just say “brun” instead.

      1. Liliana

        @Christa: I thought the same thing! >.<

        @ Jessica: Actually, it IS Spanish for "Poop brown" or "shit brown". I know because I am Peruvian and speak French too… It means the same thing in BOTH languages. Just fyi.

        1. Ella

          Just so you know, guys, “caca” means “shit” or “poop” in Roamanian too. Also, a word can mean the same thing in more than one language :))

          1. Sarah

            In English it’s just a word little kids use when referring to anything gross . Well where I’m from anyway …

          2. Tess

            Hah! Yeap, in the North East of England, when baby needs diaper change… it’s all “CACA!”

            Which is very fitting, considering what mixed henna looks like…


    2. Amber

      While it is “brown”. Lush’s instructions say that if you wrap it in plastic wrap, it will make the red more prominent. At the end of the day, it is Henna, which is red. But if you want a more brown colour, Lush says leave your hair unwrapped, and it will result in a brown/red colour. They have 4 different colours, all of which have a red base. But depending on how RED you want, you choose the other undertone (brown, black, etc.).

      1. Sam

        You can only get bright red if your natural hair colour is already light. .. unfortunately. Like me, for example. My hair is on the darker side of brown so I’ll never be able to get bright red. However, it is still visibly red; a kind of deep auburn shade.

        I also get mine from henna sooq (www.hennasooq.com).

      2. Tressie

        Try mehandi.com. I used Ancient Sunrise Auburn. Today is my first day, and it is really quite red on my normally medium/dark brown hair with plenty of white hairs coming in. I’m curious to see what the color turns out to be in 3 to 4 days. So far, I’m loving it!

        1. Crystal

          I realize your post is probably old but can you please tell me how your hair turned out from the Ancient Sunrise Auburn that you got from mehandi.com?

        2. lisa

          i LUV using henna by mehandi. i get great results. takes patience and time (i leave it on overnight for best results).

  5. Rose

    I know that when using chemical dyes, sometimes the hair doesn’t return to its natural colour, and I was wondering if that happened with henna, or if it’s not a worry because it is 100% natural

    1. Megan Post author

      I’ve never heard of that happening with henna. In my experience, my natural hair color grew back just fine, but the hair I dyed with Henna was very hard to change– it’s pretty permanent!

    1. Megan Post author

      I think I waited 4-5 months, but the hair that was dyed with Henna was VERY hard to change, even after that amount of time. You’ll definitely need an experienced hair dresser to help balance out the color.

    2. meshal

      i know people say a few months to change the color but this depends entirely on how fast your hair grows. he reason you dont want to die after henna is that it can burn your hair. my hair grows really slow and even after the alotted time getting my hair dyed professionally after henna cooked my hair. which is quite fine wait til the henna section has grown out entirely or you risk spending monthes with crunch hair

      1. Robin

        If your hair was “burned” by henna, you weren’t using an all-natural henna. Check the label. There should be just one ingredient: henna. If you’re going for more of a brown, you might see a mix of henna and indigo. But that’s it. No other ingredients at all.

        I know people that sleep overnight in their henna. Non-chemical henna is actually healthy for your hair and makes it feel amazing. It’s used as a hair-strengthening treatment in many countries.

        1. Indian

          Henna, also known as Mehandi, is used on hand, elbows and feet of an Indian bride. All natural Henna (which you can buy from any Indian grocery store) actually has cooling effects to it. In India we use it as a hair dye only in summers to protect hair from sunburn. Hope this helps.

      2. Melissa

        From what I have come to understand, regular hair dye actually penetrates the shaft of your hair follicles to “inject” color while henna COATS/PAINTS the outside of the hair follicles. You CAN apply henna on top of previously dyed hair with no problems but to attempt the other way around (aka to use dye on your hair after having used Henna) can SERIOUSLY damage your hair and even make it break off or ‘fall out’ due to damage. Since Henna coats your hair follicles, they will not be able to absorb regular dye anyways until the henna wears off and your hair can again be penetrated by the regular hair dye. Using Henna requires a bit of a commitment because it would take months until it is safe to use regular dye on your hair again.

    1. Megan Post author

      Since I’m not a hair dresser, I couldn’t tell you. I assume it would be fine, but I’d check with a professional to be sure!

    2. Jazz

      I have before, and it turned out patchy. I’ve been using henna for 15 years, several times a year is all I do. I can tell you that it doesn’t interact well with most permanent/ semi-permanent dyed hair. It’s messy but worth it. I naturally have heaps of hair highlights, and so it makes the colour job look like my authentic hair colour as the colour has dimension instead of being a flat colour. it makes my hair unbelievably shiny and healthy. It’s good to do before summer kicks in (in sun-scorched Australia), because it protects your hair shaft from splitting. It leaves a natural coating on the shaft of your hair.

    1. Megan Post author

      In my experience, it is permanent. It didn’t fade, and it’s very difficult to cover with other hair dyes until it grows out.

      1. brenda

        I have been trying to dye my hair with henna for a while now and no results! what am i doing wrong?

        1. meshal

          what henna are u using and how dark is your hair?
          if its black you may be s.o.l. but if its nit then you need to keep your henna on longer.

  6. Gail

    My experience is with Rainbow Henna and the Surya mix that someone mentioned. For me Rainbow henna does wash out gradually and not leave a strong line – it has dif colors and does not make the hair bright orange – that may have happened since you had other permanent color already on your hair – which is different from coloring from natural with henna. What is nice about henna IS that it does highlights which looks more natural to me than all one color. Women in our culture have to deal with comparing themselves to media images of beauty and so many women touching up paying hundreds of dollars on hair and hair color. When I had my mammo done yesterday I had that thought – how many of our so called “beauty” products are actually making us sick. No guarantee either with the socalled natural products – hair dyes which I used to use. When I used the premixed henna from Surya – like the other woman mentioned it was much easier to use especially when you have long hair. For me tho it has been a more permanent color with a stronger line as my roots come in – and I did have more solid look when I first did it less of a highlight. With Rainbow henna you can choose colors/shades. My sister uses Light Mountain Henna which I think I want to try because they have a special pack to cover gray where you do two dif processes – one first on the gray then one all over. But truthfully henna is not easy to use and if you are sensitive it has a strong smell. I think it would be nice to live in a culture where we simply loved our natural selves more and did not have to live up to so many image of beauty that are made up colored over etc.

      1. sarah

        Hello-I have very long dread locks, almost to the backs of my lower legs.iam a natural red head.a darker red, not fire red.anyways, for years I would use the henna red powder, all natural, I had to purchace it in bulk, as I usually needed aprox.2lbs at one time to cover how much hair I have.my hair is extremely thick, and curly, which was one reasonI had chosen to let it dread.the brand I have always used is starwest botanicals:henna red powder from Pakistan. Anyways, my problem is that the health food store ware I had always ordered it from, was not able to get it for quite along time, so unfortunatly I tried a chemical brand.later on I wanted to go back to my henna, and when I did, my hair turned a dark greenish black color! I was horrified,I didn’t know what to do, so I went back to the chemical colring immediatly, and now I have to use the chemical just about every two months or so.I hate it, and wish I had known that after using henna for so long, that it was not recomended ever to use chemical, then back to henna.if anyone has any advise on this issue, please help me out.I miss how healthy and soft, and especially natural my hair used to be.thank you,

  7. Carina

    Hello there ladies!
    I have some bad news but you were almost all deceived… ^^
    It is as simply as the fact that you didnt use the REAL henna…
    Lets start:
    Henna is a plant and PURE henna you should use in your hair is in “dust” form and it ONLY colors one color: red/orange.
    Lush henna is not real henna (and neither that recently cropped) it is mixed with plenty of other things. Stay away from Surya…it has chemicals, and henna should be done fresh.
    I can suggest you ladies to give Jamila henna a try, it is 100% PURE HENNA.
    That pure henna EVENS your hair, gives your hair strength, AND YOU CAN USE CHEMICAL DYES AFTER!!! ONLY IF IT IS PURE REAL HENNA!!!
    Oh girls…I wish you would have known more before you did that to your hair xD
    Give real henna a shot, I know that it saved my hair and other peopleยดs too, but please make sure you use PURE HENNA!!!
    I buy my natural hair cares from hennasooq and I am so happy now!
    In fact firstly I had the same problem like you, I bought a henna box from France and my hair strand turned green…Be careful what you are buying (=.
    PS: keep the henna minimally 6 hours to overnight for better penetration.

    1. Maggie

      I use Jamila as well, and I love it. I mix it with apple cider vinegar (to release the dye, and for extra conditioning) and blueberry Pom Wonderful juice to give it a purple-red tint. It’s fun to experiment with tinting henna your self- you can add strong coffee or black tea to make it more brown, for instance, or mix it with cassia for strawberry blonde, if your hair is light enough- but you can’t go wrong if you start with powdered henna leaf. It’s added
      metallic salts in commercially prepared henna dyes that react with the ammonia in chemical dyes, not the henna itself. Although I can’t imagine ever going back to commercial dyes myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Sara

      As a former employee of Lush, I can tell you that there are no harsh chemicals in their henna. They do mix other things into it, such as cocoa butter for conditioning, and coffee and indigo for their blacks and browns. But no chemicals. ๐Ÿ™‚

    3. meshal

      lush henna is real hena with other natural materials. like cocoa butter, shea, and plants for tinting. its all a red color

    4. Virginia

      Is Morrocco Method’s henna ‘real’ henna? Is it safe to highlight my hair? If so, how long should I wait before highlighting?

      1. Heather

        DO NOT use Morrocco Method!!! I had a total hair disaster with their henna. I used the brown and it didn’t take. When I contacted them they told me to be patient but that I should first add a layer of the natural red henna to the base to help it to attach to my hair. Long story short, my hair was this awful orange red color after putting the base in and then the brown a few times. I called my hair dresser at an Aveda Salon after all of this and she told me to wait two weeks then I went in and she fixed it using Aveda color. I haven’t used anything else since.

        1. Katie Hamilton

          We actually buy our henna directly from the growers in India. We do little more than measure and package. There is really no element of patience when it comes to henna. If our henna did not work for you, chances are henna in general does not work for you. It is not suited for everyone. The issue was not our quality, but merely henna in general. I am sorry to hear of your misfortune. We do, however, have pure henna with no chemical additives or metallic salts added.

    5. Meagan

      I recommend Pure henna/natural henna that works great from the henna guys. I have been using henna for long time. But never got such results as from the henna guys products. I recently tried their products. And i will stick with them. Here you can find them http://www.thehennaguys.com

    6. carol Baldwin

      Can you use henna after you’ve been using over-the-counter (Revlon, etc) dyes? WIll it work or be a mess? Thanks to anyone who can fill me in. AM thinking of making the switch, but have been using these products for 8-10 yearsโ€ฆCarol

  8. Bev

    I have dark brown hair and use a henna/indigo mix to cover gray and darken my hair. When younger, I used henna powder from a local co-op to just get a redder color. When researching for gray a few years ago, I found a website that sold mixes that have two parts, henna powder for the red, that you mix with indigo powder, which makes your hair darker and black if used alone.

    I find that the henna red is permanent and grows out with a reddish line. (But better than the box mixes that fade from gray much faster.) The indigo is not permanent and lasts about 8 weeks. You can freeze the leftover mix to hit the gray hairline, but only the henna part will dye with it.

    I really love it! The indigo gives a lush super dark color. I split the mix now as there was always leftovers. With short hair I can get 3x from a box and long hair 2x. The only drawbacks I find are:

    – The dying takes some planning since you have to mix the henna with some lemon juice the night before (I set it in my slow cooker on for a bit to keep it warm.) The you mix the indigo the day of and put it all together.
    – While I don’t mind how henna smells, it does make your hair smell like hay for a few weeks.
    – Keeping the mix on for three hours under the plastic wrap seems long and I find the mix drips under the plastic

    The color I like is: Dark Brunette Ancient Sunriseยฎ Henna for Gray Hair Kit – Item # 2528

    1. DeeDee

      Bev- You really have some great experience! I wish you lived close by–I am switching from semi perm hair color Aveda which has FRIED my hair and exacerbated my already hair loss. I have about 40 % gray which I never knew until I stopped coloring it in 2/13 and wow-I look completely different. I have dark brown hair-well, that’s my original color and I want to use henna. I am on a detox diet and it feels wonderful so I of course, for hair loss and toxification reasons I want to find a henna that I can use. If you happen to live in either Seattle or Denver ( I live in between the two cities) please let me know if you, or anyone you know would be willing to be paid to help me apply the henna. my email is austin dot hawkins the number 3 at g mail dot com. THANK YOU so much for any advice/help!

      1. BJ

        Koobserat salon applies my henna. It is located in the Seattle area on the east side. The only problem is that they apply it and then put a shower cap on your head, send you out the door and you have to wash it out yourself at home. Bring a hat with you to the salon. ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. Elaine

        Look for local salons that cater to Indians (the asian kind not the native red kind) – the ones that do eyebrow threading and henna tattoes. They don’t all do it however I have found 2 full service Indian salons nearby that will apply hair henna for $30 a shot – cheap since i have to cover new growth every month. I have to call ahead so they can mix it up and let it ‘develop”. It takes about 20 minutes for them to cover my gray roots and the rest of my hair. Then they pop on saran wrap and I walk out with a wide brimmed hat on. I go home, hang out and wash it out in the shower after letting it sit for 6-8 hours. Found them on yelp years ago and have been alternating between both salons ever since.

  9. Jonelle

    I just wanted to thank all of you for the great information on henna. I have been contimplating on trying it and now I can make a better choice!

  10. Nikki

    I just wanted to say that not being able to dye over your henna is a myth. The only time you should not dye over your henna is if you are using an inferior brand like Harvest Moon, because they add metallic salts to their henna products. 100% pure finely sifted body art quality henna is perfectly safe to dye or even bleach. I have found that I get the best stain with Jamila’s super sift. When using henna on your hair you are going to want to use a small amount of an acidic liquid like lemon or orange juice. I also like to add terps (essential oils)and ginger root powder to combat the hayfield smell. Also, the longer you leave the henna on your head the more even/darker the stain will be. I sleep in mine. ^_^

    1. Fawnita

      Thanks for sharing some tips, but how much of the terps, the ginger root powder,( and the lemon juice) should be used to get rid of the smell?

    2. Tiffany

      Nikki I can tell you for 100% fact that Harvest Moon does NOT have metallic salts. I’ve used their henna many times and even chemical dyed my hair after with no problems.

      1. feather

        I have only used Harvest Moon thus far as well. And I ran into a problem recently because I did not know I wasn’t supposed to use box dye afterwards. (Although reading some of these posts I am not sure I did anything wrong)I waited like 4 months to re henna my hair but I ended up with a job interview and my hair was crazy different colors from growth and fading obviously so I went to the store and got me 2 boxes of good old brown permanent dye….Well I did my hair and it turned green in spots below the new growth. I thought maybe it had salts or metals but the packaging as you said does say NO metals or salts or chemicals. So I am stumped.So I sucked it up and tied my hair up so it was harder to see.

        1. Rylan

          A possible reason you may have had an issue is that most box dyes have metallic salts in them, along with certain treatments such as sun in. Another possible reason lies with underlying tones in the dye. If you use a color that is more than two shades darker than what you had, you run the risk of any neutral or ash based brown turning hair green. (Think of the horror stories of blondes putting brown box dye on and it turning green. That is what most likely happened.)

    3. Rylan

      Harvest moon definitely does not have metallic salts in it. It says so on the packaging, plus, I lift(bleach in laymans terms) over a section in my fringe so it comes out more orange, and have colored over it in the past. I have also done different tests to find out if there are metallic salts in it.(put some henna treated hair in different chemicals that react to different metallics.) So as a professional, and through personal experience I give Harvest Moon two thumbs up.

  11. Raybena

    I have just dyed my hair using completely natural henna. It was in a fine , powder form – almost like desert dust! I had both hi-lights adn chemical dye in my hair and then colour came out as a lovely orangey red colour. My hair feels very soft and not at all like it does after a chemical dye. I left the ‘med’ on my head for about two hours. The colour is not even – which I like as it looks natural. The hi-lights are a slightly lighter red than the darker coloured parts which are a darker red. Overall the colour looks lovely and I intend to keep repeating the process. I found that using a barrier cream (I used sudocream as it was what I had handy!) around the ears and hairline meant I have no stains on my skin. I have blue eyes and they really pop with the genger tones! I am VERY happy, but did make a point of using 100% natural henna. I am not saying where it was from because these other people brand naming just sound like advertorials to me!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Raybena

    I have just dyed my hair using completely natural henna. It was in a fine , powder form – almost like desert dust! I had both hi-lights and chemical dye in my hair and the colour came out as a lovely orangey red. My hair feels very soft and not at all like it does after a chemical dye. I left the ‘mud’ on my head for about two hours. The colour is not even – which I like as it looks natural. The hi-lights are a slightly lighter red than the darker coloured parts which are a darker red. Overall the colour looks lovely and I intend to keep repeating the process. I found that using a barrier cream (I used sudocream as it was what I had handy!) around the ears and hairline meant I have no stains on my skin. I have blue eyes and they really pop with the ginger tones! I am VERY happy, but did make a point of using 100% natural henna. I am not saying where it was from because these other people brand naming just sound like advertorials to me!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Joe :)

    Hello ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am Jo …. my concern is since I have dry,frizzy, thin and weak hair I want to condition it using henna. My hair color is dark brown and I love it. I do not want to change its colour. Can you suggest me ways through which I can condition my hair using henna without dying it?? I also heard from few of my colleagues that applying coconut oil before applying henna will prevent the dying effects of henna… is that true?

    1. callie

      Definitely use the coconut oil. My hair was quite dry and damaged, but after rubbing coconut oil into it several times, it improved quite a bit. I avoided rubbing it into my scalp, just the damaged ends because it was difficult to wash off my scalp, but I would rub it in the ends, then hop on my treadmill for an hour or so, then go shower it out. After doing this up to 4 times a week for 2-3 weeks, it had drastically improved.

      1. gnatcar

        Oh, but coconut oil is so wonderful for your scalp. I haven’t had dandruff a day in my life since I started doing a once-a-week coconut oil treatment. An hour before I’m going to shower, I melt coconut oil between my hands and apply liberally to my hair and scalp. It comes off fine in the shower with shampoo and is the single most effective deep-moisturizing method I have found.

    2. Maggie

      Henna takes a very long time to deposit color- at least 4 hours, I leave mine in overnight- so I you only put it on for an hour or so you shouldn’t get any color, just conditioning. Also, if you want conditioning only I would use warm water only to make the paste- no lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. The acid is what pulls the color out, using water only will limit the amount of color by a lot.

    3. Sabine


      Just wanted to let you know that Henna has conditioning effects if you get neutral henna. If you buy henna intended for dying, it WILL color your hair, but neutral henna will not give your hair color. You can get neutral henna at your local alternative pharmacy or anywhere that sells henna; usually the box or container of henna says whether or not it’s neutral or will give you color, and then gives you the spectrum of color.

    4. Mollika Doss

      If u want to use henna without changing the color of Ur hair make a paste with the required amount of henna with sour curds. IMPORTANT TIP – PLZ DO NOT FORGET TO PUT ON A SHOWER CAP OR PLASTIC BAG COZ IF U DON’T then The henna will dry on Ur hair which will lead t o hair breakage on washing off, in other words Hairfall. U can add an egg just before applying. If u do not like the egg yolk smell u can add egg white only. Also coconut oil or olive oil. Keep the henna on Ur hair for half an hour then shampoo off. If u r prone to colds u can add a tsp of ground cloves to the henna paste.

    5. Debra

      Henna Color Lab sells all natural neutral henna conditioner in 3 varieties that will not affect your hair color, in addition to a nice variety of all natural henna hair dyes. I just used a conditioner yesterday and thought it was messy but fun to do! They all come in powder form with gloves and cap included. hennacolorlab.com

    6. Barbra Boiser

      white henna is colorless and only conditions the hair and does not color it at all. i used it many times years ago. it came in a huge royal blue
      cannister the size & shape of a gallon of paint.

    7. HV

      According to hennaforhair.com, mixing oil into, or applying it before henna will cause a coating that prevents the dye from being absorbed…”like greasing a pan,” they say.

      1. Vanessa at Henna Sooq

        This isn’t true. I personally henna over coconut oiled hair, and sometimes even add oil to my henna mixes and get a fantastic colour. A few times, I’ve even applied henna to hair after using silicones and still got great colour. ๐Ÿ™‚ I use Red Raj from Henna Sooq.

  14. kenzie

    I just want to confirm…. henna is totally safe, correct? I have naturally light blonde hair and I really want a vibrant red

  15. carla

    i just dyed my hair bright black like three weeks ago n its turning purple with dark red in some places is it safe to dye it with henna the color red?

  16. Tiffany

    I’m African American and I have all natural coarse very kinky hair. I have not chemically died my hair since I have gone natural in fear of the effects it may have on my hair as when it was relaxed chemical dye severely damaged my hair. I am desperate for some color other than brown. Will Henna dye give me a color that can be seen on top of my natural ashy brown color? thank you so much

    1. Debra

      I also have recently purchased natural henna for your same reason. From what I have heard it also somewhat relaxes kinky hair. Mine is chemically relaxed but I only relax it about once every 4 to 5 months. This natural henna is safe to use after relaxing, but wait a month. You can get it at hennacolorlab.com

    2. Tiffany

      He Tiffany I believe that Henna is great for African American Hair it relaxes the curl and gives vibrant color. I also noticed that my hair is a lot stronger since I been using henna treatments once every 2 months

  17. Carmen

    I’ve been dying my hair with henna for a couple of years now, most generally using Jamila henna. The other 2 brands that I’ve used I can’t remember the name of, but, they were all-natural. That’s one thing I’m VERY careful about researching. I usually mix my henna with lemon juice first, then after dye release I add honey, grapeseed oil, conditioner, and lavender essential oil. I have EXTREMLY oily hair/skin, so, the lemon juice doesn’t dry out my hair. Now, I am human, and a procastioner, so, there are times I need to dye my hair, but don’t have henna…….so, I cheat, and use whatever hair dye is on sale, that comes closest to the color henna gives me. I’ve NEVER had a problem with commerical dye doing what it’s supposed to do. And the same with the henna I’ve gotten…….speaking of, I need to mix up a batch so I can dye my hair soon……….

  18. jilly

    I am very curious about a product called silver to gold. it is just used for like 3-10 minutes and it mostly turns your silver hair into gold strands. The main ingredient is henna bayberry. Ive never heard of that!! I have dark brown colored hair with blondish highlights and 3 inches of 50% gray regrowth. if this product works, it would be da bomb. Anyone with experience with this product out there? Would you just do the roots or the whole head?

  19. Leena Bhadra

    Try mixing sour curd and egg to the henna mixture before applying and keep this mixture in the fridge for atleast one hour ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also instead of making the mixture completely in hot water,use different oils,like I use a mixture of olive oil,coconut oil,almond oil(all oils mixed in equal proportions)

  20. Chris Phillips

    Hi I have been using AMINS red Henna on my hair ( which I purchase when in the Caribbean)for 2 to 3 years I started of by colouring all of my hair but now I touch up my grey roots every month and occasionally all over the top but not often the bottom ( I have long hair) the bottom half of my hair is a nice red but the top half (not roots) is a dark red almost dark brown which I don’t like and finding that the more I colour the darker it is going how can I keep it a nice red that is not to bright and not to dark ?

  21. Obie


    I was just about to click on the OK button to make an online purchase and decided to google the item at the last minute. I stumbled upon your detailed review of Henna and wanted to take a moment to thank you. Your review was just the information I needed Detoxinista ๐Ÿ™‚


  22. Maya

    I’m new to Henna and thinking of trying it out, but I’m wondering what color I should use. I want the same shade as in your picture below(the one where you’re wearing sunglasses), but I’m wondering if the color end result can vary depending on my hair color right now?

    What color do you suggest?

  23. Cynthia

    I have used henna for two years now. I did a lot of research and found most of the best information at mehandi.com. I had a lot of questions before I started. I emailed their customer service in the afternoon, and they replied the next morning with answers and suggestions based on my natural hair color (light brown/dishwater blonde). I got stumped when I went to re-order and couldn’t find the exact product, but I emailed again and they had more suggestions for me.

    I love henna. I have always wanted this shade of red, but I could never achieve it with chemical dyes. I usually just do my roots; I have re-dyed it all maybe two or three times in two years (because it’s really messy, and sometimes it’s just easier to do it all), and my hair still looks amazing. It’s shiny and soft. I get compliments all the time.

    It IS messy, and it takes a lot of time, comparatively. I hate to do it, but I love the color. And it’s usually not so bad. I just wait until I have PMS, then I have an excuse to stay away from people all night ๐Ÿ™‚ I leave it on for 4 hours, and I use a lot of conditioner because I have long hair and it gets all tangled. And when I’m finished, I’m good to go for at least a month (usually two..)

    Henna is a commitment, and the color results depend on the color of your hair. Lucille Ball was a natural blonde, so it can be that orange. Mine is an auburn shade. Mehandi has an ebook that illustrates the various colors. It’s really informative, and free. So do your research before you commit. But if you dye your hair anyway, it’s really not that much different. And do a strand test to get the right shade. The longer you leave it on, the darker it will be.

  24. BlackHairedGirl

    I’m just wondering, I have black hair but would love to try red hair. do i have to bleach before applying the henna?

  25. long locks

    PLEASE HELP. I have natural black hair and dont want to go lighter or anything; i just want a black brown coverage again.
    I used lush henna on my hair – all i wanted to do was cover my roots that come up over my forehead and temples (not a pretty sight!) I Started with Noir (which i understand has indigo in it) that stopped taking – according to the lovely lush shop assistant, my hair had stopped taking it. my roots were just not covering AT ALL So they suggested i cover my roots with caca rouge then follow it up the next time with noir. i did. ive even mixed the two together but the roots dont take and are coming out grey as ever. I’ve now no choice but to go back to highstreet dyes. ive been looking into this and lush have also said i should be ok to just colour it with ammonia and hydrogenperoxide products as there’re product is natural. I last lush henna’d my hair about 2/3 weeks ago (the date today is 7 August 2013) please help what can i do i dont want to damage what i have!! its already weak and has been falling out…..

    1. diggy

      I had a similar issue with my roots no longer absorbed the henna. It would only last until I got it wet and shampoo’d, after the initial rinse. In my case, it was/is a case of severe anemia, there was no protein in my hair. I’m still not able to do the henna, and now I am just trying to find ways to lift out the color I still have, BUT, I can tell a tremendous improvement in hair health with diet restructuring, B-vitamin and liver extract supplements. Might be worth a shot!

  26. distressed tresses

    I highly recommend Nazeer Henna. I think it used to be stocked at the Body Shop. It comes in great shades including a really lovely auburn brown. I stopped using henna after I bought the red Jamila and it turned my grey hair at the front goldfish orange. Henna does take a long time and is messy but don’t listen to hairdressers- it’s great! it doesn’t dry your hair or wreck it and you can dye it later if you wish to. After my goldfish result I had a darker rinse and it was fine.
    Hairdressers fear henna- if there were a cheaper alternative to salon colour a lot of salons would close. They will tell you henna has metallic salts- most do NOT. Hairdressers have quite a mystique in our society which puts us under constant pressure to something we are not. Over the years, I cut and dyed my own hair and had enough money left over to buy a brand new car and take a holiday overseas.

  27. Marilee

    I used Henna in February. Now my hairdresser tells me I cannot relax my hair. How long do I have to wait?
    Thanks for any information you can give me.

  28. Teneke

    Thank you for this article. I often color my hair red and was considering the LUSH henna for a more natural alternative. Now that I’ve reviewed the pros and cons I’ll gratefully anticipate my appointment with the stylist I have this coming week. The henna is just more complicated and messy than I would have liked.

  29. liz

    I haven’t yet seen much benefit to using the Lush brand versus actual 100% pure henna powder. Both take several hours to set.

    Henna powder is cheaper, but slightly more time-consuming in that you mix it one day prior but easier to mix as it isn’t in “brick” form.

    Here’s what I do:
    Take the pure henna powder (no chemicals or additives) and add some hot tea and lemon juice until it’s a yogurt consistency. Let it set out overnight. Dye your hair the next day/night (attack roots first, then wrap in saran wrap and a hair cap, and I put a lil scarf on too) and let set for about 4 hrs or just sleep in it.

    I use gloves and black towels and I have a removable shower head for rinsing it out. The color is always brightest the first day and then it settles a bit darker. This is the absolute best, healthiest way to maintain red hair. Red is just so hard to keep in chemically (and I already have lighter red hair).

  30. Sam

    Ive been using Henna regularly and i was wondering if shampoo that used for color protection of dyed hair is required for henna treated hair or regular shampoo is fine too?

  31. marie

    i use henna i bought in egypt its called glory it come in single packets in a box of packets about 6 in box and its crushed as most in egypt is. natural its very great. i used to buy big bag cheeper in khan al khalili suuk market in cairo but it was not even coloring and u never knew what color it would end up as but they have black red orange mahogany and blonde even.. u can buy .. glory is a company brand that perfects it and its more dependable color thruout the head so i get that now its less in package but not bad.

  32. Maria

    Please help me.
    I had light to medium brown hair and used chestnut brown henna to color my hair and roots, and my hair color is now very very black. Is there anything I can do to lighten it up again without going to the hair solon to add highlights?

    1. Maria

      Glory is not 100% pure henna. It is a mix with chemicals as well, which is why they can offer the wide variety of different colours, ranging from blonde to light chestnut to red to black. Rather stick to pure henna…

  33. Victoria

    Probably a little late for you now Megan, but for anyone coming to this sight for information this might help. I have been using henna in my hair for about 3 years now. Henna is safe with dyes as long as it is 100% natural henna. Although if trying to go lighter afterwards you might still end up with a red tint to it. Also if you want to lift henna with little to no damage you could either use honey lightening treatments (natural RAW honey diluted with distilled water – 1 part honey to 4 parts distilled water) with repeated applications. It may take many applications to get results but will not damage hair at all. Or crush up vitamin c pills (not the chewable ones) with head & shoulders shampoo and leave for 30 minutes to an hour and it should lighten a shade or two with minimum damage. Maybe just a little dry.

  34. Lushie

    I work at LUSH and am an avid LUSH Henna user. I would like to inform readers that it does not take 1-6 hours for color permeation. The written rule straight from the LUSH Handbook is: a minimum of one hour and a maximum of 2.5 hours. Beyond that there is no further color enhancement on the hair, only the benefit of the cocoa butter nourishing the hair.
    Also, LUSH sources its Henna ingredients ONLY from producers that do absolutely zero animal testing, have good working condition for the workers and produce the product in a socially and environmentally responsible way. For me, that’s more than enough reason to support them (even after I no longer am employed with the company).

    1. enrique lewis

      Hello ladies, a guy here askin for help,I am full blood native with long black hair, been using dyes u buy at Wal-Mart,Walgreens, etc. Lookin for something natural,I have grey roots. Havin black hair when grey starts to come in, it is pretty noticeable after they start growin out,lol,trying to find something simple for my roots, wanna keep my black hair, help!! Any help would be very much appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. tami

      After years of chemical dyes that dried my hair and absorbed chemicals into my scalp, I switched to LUSH henna a year ago. I have light brown hair with 50% gray and the results of using Caca maron have been wonderful.
      The grey has come out as highlights and it looks natural, with a tinge of auburn. I use a wide art brush for application which makes it easier and leave the mix on for 2-3 hours. I do find however that I need re-application every three weeks as the grey closer to the scalp seems to fade significantly faster than the ends. It’s a bit more labour intensive, but the results and chemical free application make it more than worth it. Not too mention I am no longer washing those chemicals into the environment. My hair has never been healthier and the added shine is a bonus.

      After days of research and realizing that a henna application is a commitment once started, there is no looking back for me. However, as my gray continues to grow in, one day I may wake up and shave all my hair off to allow it to regrow au-natural..something I have not done since my 20’s!

  35. Rachel Grove

    Can anyone please advise me how long I should wait before using henna on my hair after synthetic hair dyes. I last had my hair colored and foiled 6 months ago.

  36. Alessandra

    Hello, Megan!
    I’m from Brazil and I’d like to purchase Lush’s henna Caca Marron (Brown or Chocolate color). But, unfortunatelly, I can’t find this product here. Do you know some site to recomend? Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Karen

    Um….so the Lush site says to do a strand test prior – perhaps if the author had listened to that advice her experience would have been different. That said I have used Henna for 2 years and love it – I have not use Lush and may give them a try but if you want a natural way to color your hair do it!!

  38. mari

    It’s not messy at all. I applied it as a regular dye and it is actually easier to apply without making a mess, because of the muddy consistency I used a professional brush and parted the hair as I do with a regular dye. done in 10 min with no mess.

  39. Mandy

    I’m allergic to bleach and it was suggested that I use henna to lighten my hair before using a semi-permeate purple on it (Urban Shock is the brand I will be using). Do you think this idea will work or am I’m going to need to experiment?

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  41. Kay

    Well, I have grey and black hair (well, very dark which is streaked with grey – more grey by the month), and I am itching to try Henna. No hairdressers in my town will touch it, but a few friends are game to help me. So what results might I achieve? Mix with hot or cold water, or cider vinegar?
    Suggestions and thanks.

  42. Michelle

    Hello There!!! (= I want to make the change to using henna to color my hair but before I even attempt it I have some questions I hope you all could answer.I fell in love with a vibrant wine red henna,it is by Henna Maiden & you get it from hennaking on etsy,,has anyone ever us ed this brand or know anything about it? Another question I have is my chemically colored hair is pretty close to the wine red henna,what color would my hair be if I use this color henna,would I be able to achieve the color that they show as the vibrant wine red? Should I use henna before my grey roots really start showing? I do not know very much about using henna so any advise you could offer would be greatly appreciated,Thank you very much!


  43. dee-ann farrell



    1. angelene

      hai dee-anna farrell mix henna with curd it should be look like a chapathi flour ok, then keep it 1 hour before using in ur hair, after 1 hour mix with 1 egg fully then apply in ur hair layer by layer u should keep 2hours in ur hair. After 2hours u should wash with normal water. This is the procedure of henna i usually used in this way my hair looks very beautiful. Try this and one important u should use only plastic cup and spoon for mixing the henna.

  44. Vanessa

    I have very dark blonde hair, and used to dye it very bright red. I miss the color terribly and want to go back to it. Problem is, my hair started thinning about 7 years ago. It is less than 1/4 as thick as it used to be. I stopped dyeing it to see if that was the problem but there was very little change. It seems to have also dried out some, and what was once full of body and shine is dull and flat. I have gotten some new growth, which is encouraging, but also had to stop using conditioner, as for some reason it wouldn’t rinse out fully regardless of brand I used. I have heard marvelous things about henna and would love to try it, but there are no salons in my area that I can find that use it. I am hesitant to try it, so was hoping for some feedback (especially since everyone here seems to have other hair colors than mine.).
    Given all of this, would you guys still recommend using all natural henna? (I have also had my thyroid checked regarding the hair loss.)

    1. lucy

      My hair was in a pretty sorry state,to much bleaching etc.was flat and dry too,henna was like a miracle my hair seems thicker and if so shiny.Definatly give it a go,i wish i had done it years ago!

    2. 23rdMonkey

      There is a henna for Blondes! Although, henna is fabulous to go red!
      I have been using Henna for almost ten years now. I have always done my henna treatment myself and I do make a day of it because of the length of time. So pick a day do your hair and nails etc.
      The henna is easy but messy. I have more hair, it is stronger and healthier looking. However, I will admit I do not use a hair dryer or other heat products on my hair. Fourteen years ago I decided to lighten my hair at a salon. The process took forever claiming my hair was just to healthy. By the time I gave up on the processing my hair color change was insignificant but my scalp stung for months and my hair felt like straw. Hair should be silky soft this was horrible and that is how I got to henna and have never gone back to the salon for coloring.
      Good Luck

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  46. Nicole

    There seems to be a lot of confusion here. Like several people have said, 100% natural henna will not damage your hair, even if you use synthetic colour over top of it. The only way this would happen is if you use the boxed ‘henna’ carried by a lot of natural foods stores – these are mixed with synthetic chemicals and usually metallic salts, and can damage your hair severely while applying or while trying to cover over. If you’re going to use henna, realize that it is a big commitment – while you can bleach it, it is very permanent and will likely take a few visit to a salon to totally remove it. If you still want to try it after thinking that through, do the proper research and use pure henna powder. It’s messy and can be time consuming, but it is so worth it. And I also never leave it overnight – I let the dye release for about 15 minutes, I test it by applying some to my hand for a few minutes, and if it is stained, I rinse it and put it on my hair. I also don’t use lemon juice, just coconut milk and usually an essential oil as henna is pretty strong smelling. I do usually leave it for 4 hours, and it comes out as a beautiful red. Also, keep in mind that it will continue to become a more vibrate red the more you color it, so you may only want to do root touch-ups. Anyway! Try it out, just don’t take shortcuts! ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Lori

    I have med to dk brown hair, and a friend gave me a box of noorani chestnut color. would you recommend it and what color would the end result be do you think? what are the risks?

  48. Monique

    I used Reshma femme henna. They had many color choices and said its 100% henna. Now that injera henna only comes in a red color I may read the ingredients again. Anyway I used a toffee color on my light brownish blond hair with grays coming in. I couldn’t get the mushy consistency to spread evenly so I got scared and only left it on for about 20 minutes. I was afraid of uneven hair color. So I only left it on for 20 minutes and it did deposit some color. And it was so pretty. This great brown. Not as dark as I wanted but a true toffee color. My hair was very dry frying to wash it out, but after conditioner it was better.
    I didn’t leave it on long enough to cover grays so I want to do it again but think I should go with regular dye.
    I’ve heard the semi permanent will be ok? Any thoughts

  49. Krista

    I’ve used henna for years and considered myself somewhat pro, but I have learned a number of things on this thread! I always heard about the metallics, but never stopped to consider that this could mean HEAVY metals! I am definitely going to switch from my usual Light Mountain to something 100% pure. Whenever I wash out the henna, a concerning amount of hair loss occurs. I’ve always had thick hair, so didn’t worry much..But now at 36, my hair is thinning a bit. Does anyone know about henna and hair loss? Is it from the pulling involved in rubbing henna into the hair and washing out all the lumps and sticks, etc.?

    1. Mollika Doss

      First of all make sure that U r using pure henna.
      Add a cap of castor oil, one egg, one or two tsp coffee
      Depending on Ur hair length. If u r prone to colds add a tsp of
      Ground cloves or two or four drops of Clove oil, contents of an iron capsule
      Strong tea liquor. Mix everything well & soak overnight in an
      Iron container. U can add egg white if u don’t like the smell of the yolk.
      Wash off after two hours for colour or half an hr for conditioning.
      Shampoo after 24 hrs. Before shampooing apply The oil which u normally
      Use with a few drops of mustard oil.Keep the oil on Ur hair for two hrs
      Or over night.If u apply henna like this,The grey hair will turn a bright red & the black
      Hair will remain black.Do try it out !

      1. Dalila

        I wanted to ask about this recipe because it sounds wonderful. I have yet to use henna although i really do want to try it. I can not really deal with all these hair dyes it really does a number to my hair. I have have dyed my hair a few months ago with perm in a box type hair dye…again too dry for me.
        I do not mind red hair in fact been looking forward to starting over again. however the up keep in a salon i feel is wayyy over budget for me especially that i have hair that touches my tail bone.
        I was wondering would you recommend this treatment u described above before after or during the henna. my hair is naturally drk brown/blk ( but ashy) it is now after dying black and on top lots of gray. my hair is very thinned out but I have a lot of hair and due to the length it no longer is as curly as it used to be. more straight top and slight curl to wave at the bottom.
        Again my concern and goal to get an all even economical healthy alternative to hair dye in salon or box. that i can do on my own for a long time.

    2. Vanessa at Henna Sooq

      Do not rub the henna into the hair, add aloe vera powder to your mix, and sift your henna powder before use. Henna itself doesn’t cause hair loss, however, care must be taken during application and washing. To rinse out henna, fill a bucket with warm water and rinse off as much paste as possible, then apply conditioner and gently massage before stepping into the shower.

  50. Elizabeth

    Hennahut.com has really great henna. You just mix with water, leave on for an hour or an hour and a half and rinse out. Then in 24 to 48 hours you shampoo after it has “set”. There are NO metallic salts and NO chemicals at all in it. Also you CAN dye over it if you decide you don’t like it (since there is no chemicals or metals to interfere with a new chemical dye its not a problem) They have a really fantastic forum and they answer any of your questions pretty quickly. I have been using their copper top for 6 months and am really happy with the copper brown I am getting.
    Not all henna is the same!

  51. Deanna

    I don’t know how old this thread is but… I’m in my thirties, with long dark hair with LOTS of grey. I’ve been using henna for 4 years as I don’t want greys but I’m allergic to PPDs in regular hair colour. When I first began using henna I learned by trial and error, at first I used the Lush henna blocks but the following method give the richest colour and is most user-friendly as it only takes 15 minutes to apply. Use 100% natural, plain henna powder from an Indian grocery store, the stuff for mehandi designs is best. Mix powder in a plastic bowl using a plastic spoon with a squeeze of lemon, hot water and a dollop of almond oil to yoghurt consistency, cover and leave overnight for dye release. Warm in the microwave before applying. Section clean, damp hair and apply using gloves from the back to the front, smearing each layer of hair thoroughly with henna like icing a cake. Pile hair on top of your head, cover with a plastic grocery bag and wrap in a towel turban. Wipe up splashes with a soapy cloth. I sleep with the henna in for the best, dark amber result on my grey hair. Rinse in the shower, then use handfuls of inexpensive hair conditioner (inexpensive because you’ll need a lot) to ‘shampoo’ out the henna residue. Rinse thoroughly.

  52. Leslie

    Hello everyone I have a question so browns blondes grays whites wanna go red, what about a natural redhead? What happens if I use henna on my already red hair what would happen my hair is more red orange brownish, not light light orange so what would happen I’m really scared of it coming out foolishly red? Any answers would help! I want to make my red hair more vibrant.

    1. Rah-Rah

      I use Lush Rouge Henna over the top of my already red hair pretty often, it just takes out the really orange tones and makes it a lot more rich and vibrant.

  53. Menoa

    I have been using Surya Brazil Henna in red for many months now and love the color. However, My silver hairs are getting more prevalent and I am thinking of going a lighter shade..my natural color is dark golden blonde. What can I safely use? Would natural henna and other dying plants react to the chemicals in the Surya line?

  54. Monique

    Well I’m sitting here, with henna all over my roots about to go to sleep…
    I had to stop using permanent hair dyes a year ago as I had suffered a very bad allergic reaction. A hair dye I was using for years!. Had a skin patch test done at the hospital and was told I’m allergic to PPD, chemical which is used in permanent hair dyes. started using natural henna, first try on my grays turned orange. So decided to leave it on longer the second time 8 hours.. Gray roots turned a deep red. From using henna all the damage that the permanent hair dye had caused, such as a lump on my scalp and damage to the backs of my ears from where my skin had split a week later from using it has all gone, scarring and dry skin. Even my hair dresser is shocked that I’m using henna as she thought it was actually highlights I had!. I have dark brown hair but loads of gray…so my grays look a deep red and under lighting or sunny days, all my hair has a reddish hue!!!. I’ve had more compliments from dyeing my hair with henna then I did using a permanent dye!!!. Hair feels silky and wow, I’m so pleased I did give it ago!!!. Good luck to those whom are deciding to give it ago…the longer you leave it on the better!!!.

  55. Katherine

    People seem to be very mislead when it comes to henna and the burning or smoking of hair during permanent hair coloring. This only happens when the henna isn’t pure. It is true that you cannot bleach out henna because the color is permanent, but the only reason you should have to worry about henna interacting badly with other hair dyes or chemicals is if it is not pure henna in which case you should NOT be using it on your hair.

  56. Aisha

    Hi. Recently I have a very sever allergy from the hair colour .i v a lot gray hair nd I used loreal hair colour .now please can u tell me is it this product is pure? Many. Thanks

  57. Yasmin

    Is it true that if you squiz a bit of lemon juice in henna when dying your hair it helps it to last longer.. Thank you

  58. Natasha

    I read that it’s safe to use permanent dye if you used pure henna. The problem is that there are often other things added and that’s what could damage your hair. But you can find tests on the internet to test on a strand and see if it would be safe to dye your hair.

  59. Martha

    I have a lot of grey hairs but I don’t want to color my hair again because my hair is getting damaged and I’m loosing a lot of hair. Would henna cover gray hairs and would it be safe to use without damaging my hair? Please reply.

  60. linda gaskin

    I have black hair. My roots are totally grey though out my hair. I have power henna black. Will my roots turn black or red?

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  62. sandhya

    I was using heena.but now my hair dresser told me to stop using heena.its not good for hair at all.but when I was using heena my hair was too silky and heavy.they look good.now its dull and rough.should I use heena or not.is it good for my hair.please reply me

  63. Kelly

    Hi so I’m still a bit confused about the whole Henna being permanent and if it comes out after a couple months can i use permanent dye if i use Natural Henna or no? Also will my natural hair color come back after a while and if it does then can I use permanent dye? Also i have jet black hair and i want to go to a dark burgundy so how what would be the best approach to this such as if I should add anything else to the natural henna like beetroot powder to get my desired color. Please let me know, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Ken

      If your hair is extremely dark, the only way it will show up red from using henna is if you make it a light color first. Y9ou have to at least get it down to a medium brown.

      This is also true for chemical dyes. A beautician would use the same first step.

      If you really want to do this, you are going to want to make yourself a hydrogen peroxide gel for your hair, which is a dangerous task. Oh yes, the 3% hydrogen peroxide from the pharmacy CAN work but yo have to put it into a sprayer (KEEP IT AWAY FROM YOUR EYES – it can really HARM your eyes) and spray your hair and corm it through… hour after hour….after hour… until your hair is the right color. After this you would need to wash out the peroxide (to avoid going bald).

      It will also wind up extremely dry (fried) so you must condition it. Coconut oil is wonderful. Run it through your hair and comb it through….let it sit for a few hours… then wash most of it out.

      ** BUT **

      What you ideally want it a hydrogen peroxide GEL that will STICK you your hair.

      And – making that gel is NOT without RISKS. You will be using Hydrogen Peroxide that starts out at 35%

      e that

      Food grade hydrogen peroxide (which is available online at places like ebay) is usually 35% in strength, which is enough to blister your skin instantly, and if you got in into your eyes at that strength it would blind you (probably forever – which oven cleaner would also do). You need to get it down to around 3%, by adding 1 part of the H2O2 to 11 parts of OTHER STUFF (pure water, Aloe GEL, glycerine). Hence the recipe at this site :


      They do not have anywhere near enough safety information.

      If you think I am being paranoid about the Hydrogen Peroxide – look at this web site : http://www.croberts.com/h2o2.htm

      You WILL WANT good eye protection, the sort of rubber gloves you would use for cleaning an oven with caustic oven cleaner, and also wear a top that has long sleeves!

      ** if you do not feel us to this task, get your hair lightened by a PROFESSIONAL (tell them what you intend on doing).

      You just have to not be an idiot… use a GREAT DEAL OF CAUTION. Wear thick RUBBER GLOVES and EYE PROTECTION (also a very good idea). and *DO* *NOT* *SPILL*.

      It is actually possible to catch things on fire with very concentrated hydrogen peroxide!!! When it is 90% pure it is used as an accelerent (a thing that makes stuff burn) in rocket fuel and it can catch thing on fire all by itself.

      All those warnings given… you need to know that NONE of the hair bleaches you can buy at the store are at all safe. You know those hair bleaches stink a lot! They sting your nose too. That’s from the chemicals in the bleaching product, and they are very bad for living things. People who work in hair salons and are exposed to them all the time have health problems.

      As I said… Hydrogen Peroxide (when very very concentrated) is dangerous, and you need to make your bottle less concentrated in a way that will let you apply it to your hair (as a gel, not as a liquid). Beauticians tend to use 6%… although that can be hard on your hair.


  64. Smalm

    I have henna in my hair right now… it’s mixed with indigo ( i think a diffrent breed of henna) and I did a spot test on my arm for 3 hours and I’m not allergic… I’m now itching only because of a towel around my neck to catch the drips.

  65. Tina

    I have used Henna, I have asked friends about Henna and I have read about Henna. It is very rare that henna can ruin the texture/quality of your hair. It could turn your hair a color you don’t like. Henna can improve the way your hair feels. Many ppl have dry hair from coloring and or highlights. Everyone’s hair is different.

  66. Kirsti

    I have used henna for 25 years. I would never use any other dye on my hair. Although my hair is reddish brown (fine, northern european hair), I have a lot of white/silver, especially in the front, and the henna lends great highlights. I use red, sherry, mahogany, auburn, strawberry; of many brands, whatever I feel like. Henna lends beautiful shine and moisture, and also makes my hair thicker. It covers the soft white hair better than the bristly silver ones, but I only need to do the roots monthly… I don’t even mix more than a few tablespoons, unless I want a full treatment. One hour is plenty. I have not used any chemical dyes in all that time, although on occasion I do get highlights in the summer. It takes a special hairdresser to properly deal with henna.

  67. Anni

    Hey , so when i went abroad i used the henna powder for hands on my hair , not knowing the consequences it would have had on my hair if i wanted to dye it afterwards, i didnt really think at the time , ive never dyed my hair before just hennad it the first time i hennad it i brought it from lush , i have a strong feeling the henna i used on my hair wasnt pure … Its been about a month since i did it and i want to dye my hair brown and then ombre it blonde from the bottom, it only concerned me when i read on the box to not to dye over hennad hair…Like what will it do to my hair .. Id be so gutted if i wont be able to dye my hair ๐Ÿ™ i practically had virgin hair before i put henna on it …

  68. Karen

    Ive been using the Lush Henna now for nearly a year and really like the Rouge but i have a lot of grey regroth that i have to do every few weeks. Before the henna i used permanent color so the ends of my hair are a bit darker than the top. When i recolor my hair its a really nice reddish auburn all over except the roots are a noticeable bright red because of my large amount of grey hair. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO STRIP THE HENNA FROM MY HAIR SO I CAN START AGAIN ONCE IVE ALSO STRIPPED THE PERMANENT CHEMICAL COLOR OUT OF MY HAIR ALSO. So hopefully it will end with the greys being all the length of the bright red and the rest of my hair that is brown to become more of an auburn/red

  69. Jenny

    Hi, I have just purchased some henna from an Indian shop. I have been colouring my hair for many years so I have chemical colour in my hair at the moment. Will the henna be ok to use with this still in my hair. I also have grey regrowth, how will this come out.

  70. chandrika mangal

    the henna is good but this also gives me itching on the scalph, soemtines swelling on my face, ears, necl shoulders altahough i apply vaseline before applyng the henna dye. what can you adavice me/

    1. Diamond


      It could be that you may be allergic to the henna you are using. Did you do a skin test before applying to your hair and scalp? It’s very important to know if your body has a reaction. Seeing a health care professional about your concerns might ease your mind and help your situation as well.

    2. Pat

      My dermatologist had my skin biopsied after nothing helped the dark spots. You may want to try a prescription med like TRILUMA. I finally had my cosmetic surgeon give me a prescription for 8% hydroquinone. You’ll need to have it filled at a compounding pharmacy. I mixed it with Retin-A. You probably don’t want to use the Retin-A initially. Try the things I mentioned, in the order I mentioned and see what works for you.

    3. Tami

      Frankincense essential oil helps with wrinkles and age spots. You can use it full strength or dilute in grape seed oil or coconut oil.

  71. Karen

    Hi, I am super allergic to hair dye. I am lazy too. Do hairdressers apply Henna? I have slight grey and black hair and I used henna from whole foods and it was on my head for an hour and I still have grey.

  72. Ares


    Thank you so much for this piece of advice, I’m looking forward to change my hair color but I was afraid to damage it and lose my natural highlights. I’m all pro henna now.

    You might also like to know that CACA MARRON means BROWN POO in spanish.

  73. Tina

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  74. Chelsea

    I’m thinking about using henna hair dye on my hair… I’m not sure whether it’s a good idea though after reading this… i currently have a dull kind of red in my hair and want to go the chestnut colour and after a while dye it blonde… would this work? If not, do you have any suggestions as to how I could achieve going blonde without damaging my hair too much?

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  76. kitty

    hi thanks for all tips. can someone tell exactly haie color will be if i put HENNA on my hair? what kind color it would turn to be after 1 hour?

    what kind color it would turn to be after 2hours ? and 3 hours and 4 hours? and i heard someone says she leaves it on her hair over night?

    i have grey and black hair.

    thanks advance.

  77. Debbie

    I tried Reshma henna and I love the color however I added tea to achieve red tones and the tea dried out my hair very badly. Don’t add tea to your henna. Other than that I have no complaints whatsoeever. My next time using henna I want to add red to the dark chocolate color I now have so trying to figure out what color to go with.

    1. eliza


      hi which brand is pure as there are so many on the market.

      1. luna

        Hope you’re alright(prob old post but still).
        If you’re going to use henna it has to be pure—and esp free of carcinogens/sulfates,parabens,etc.Also, as far as I know you can’t change it other than use semi’s/demis…which probably have crap in them (I did read Sebastian’s cellophane’s are good BUT seems like you won’t get a huge change and certainly wouldn’t bleach or anything after) I don’t know what you can do maybe just start over? ;'(It’s sad but please read and research the ingredients in your henna dye (and every box color or salon brand) before hair’s dyed and make sure you know what’s in it.
        That’s why your losing hair —I can’t believe everyone is not mentioning
        that stuff is dangerous in every post! Such as it can make you sick & allergic for life…like me,now. Here’s a good site (I think because it’s the most informative I’ve seen of All): mehandi.com
        You can read about ppd and what it does there. NO, I DON’T WORK FOR THEIR COMPANY! I’m currently researching henna is all to do my own. Some posts like yours freaked me out so had to respond…..(hope all is well now)

  78. nikki

    It was the very first time I dyed my hair. From black to chestnut brown, unfortunately it didnโ€™t work. I used henna coz its natural. I would like to do a second attempt. How would it be to be effective this time?

  79. Helene

    What shall I do? I have dark brown hair, naturally, I dyed it a lighter brown, and also golden highlights, can I use henna, or must I wait for the highlights to grow out? the highlights are making my hair dry, also I have about 20% grey, under the highlights.

  80. Ramรณn Jurado

    omg can’t believe the product is called caca which is spanish for shit, and that’s exactly what it looks like!

  81. Maryam

    Just a suggestion to help prevent breakage and hair loss whilst using henna. I mix my henna with plain full fat yogurt. It stays creamy on your head and is much easier to wash out. I also it makes a richer , shinier look. If you use a low fat yogurt it will run easily. After applying henna mixture I wrap a headband or paper towel around my entire hair line, then a bag over top. As the yogurt doesn’t dry you need a cloth or headband to stop it from running down your face as it gets warm. Be sure to use organic yogurt. I find this method works faster as well . Good luck

  82. moyo

    henna hair dye is useless.i followed the directions and nothing happened. my hair is still the same hair colour as it was . FAKE PRODUCT

  83. Buddy02

    It sounds like you have a great formula. Please let me know if you are still having great results you love. I also have very long dark/black hair with lots of gray all over, with the majority being in the inside, under the top.
    Please let me know what is the best thing to do to use the henna to cover the gray but to also cover the gray so that it looks black or dark, not orange or coppery. I just used it for the first time last night and I got orange, coppery results in all of the gray, the black stayed black. But my quest now is to find out and continue to figure out how to get the gray to color BLACK.

    Thanks, please help me out anyone!

  84. CynM77

    I also had an allergic reaction to PPD. My doctor put me on steroids to eliminate the rash and day two and three I lost half my hair! I began using henna and my hair is starting to fill in within the month. The first color I used was too red – my grey roots came out like Bozo the clown. I switched to a Mahogany color and its perfect. I also switched to a natural shampoo with no chemicals. Seems to help! I think everyone should avoid chemical coloring and shampoos. Sodium laureth sulphate in most shampoos can make your hairtake longer to regenerate.

  85. Jen

    I am a hairstylist and honestly if you have put henna on your hair in the last 3-10 YEARS depending on length it will not be colored by me. It presents a large risk! This is very unstable with any color not only permeant. Everything we can uses usually turns red or black. You have to entirely grow it out before most professionals make an attempt.

    1. Vanessa at Henna Sooq

      I have to respectfully disagree. If one uses PURE unadulterated henna, it is safe to dye and bleach over. I and many others have dyed and bleached hair that has been coloured with pure henna with no ill effects. My hair is waist length hennaed and part of it dyed. The danger comes from henna that isn’t pure which contains metallic salts that can ready horrifically with chemical processes.

  86. Erin

    I was dying my hair with Lush Caca Brun for a while, loving it. then I had a crappy breakup and thought “I’m just gonna go blonde for once!” and went to the hairdresser. Didnt think to tell him I had been using henna until it was too late. He couldnt strip the henna, the highlights ended up a blue-green colour, which they kind of were able to turn into a rusty/red/blonde colour with a lot of toner.. now my hair feels super unhealthy and I hate this colour.. I’m hoping that I will be able to just dye it dark again? I dont know what to do! Hoping I can go to the salon and get it dyed dark brown.. because I’m assuming I cant use henna on it now that its been “stripped” (or attempted lol).

    1. Vanessa at Henna Sooq

      Your hair turned green due to the indigo being bleached and not the henna. Applying a pure henna or a red veggie dye or red toner should help tone the green into a brownish shade, then you can apply a brown demi over that.

  87. alj

    I don’t understand this need for “needing to be so natural”! If you guys actually understood why and how products are composed we wouldn’t be so paranoid. Sure we should be aware of what we put on/in our body but lets not be so extreme. Poison oak is natural but I wouldn’t be putting it on my skin! Folks, dont get caught up with the marketing and fear that companies try to brainwash you with.

      1. Cpt. S.A.

        Henna is the only product that helps me with my hair colour. It makes it nice, soft and shiny. All other products makes it dry and brittle. Also it keeps my grey a lot longer.

          1. Albena Todorova

            Do you mean to say you found henna that covers well the grey? What is it? In my experience this is exactly the problem with henna — that it is not strong enough to cover the grey roots, so I am forced to use hair dye which I’d rather not do. Please advise.

    1. Gaihel D'Antilio

      There is a great benefit to being natural, it has allowed me at the age of sixty to look 15 years younger. I have NEVER had to dye my hair and have not gone gray. I still have my full natural color with all the highlights because once every other year I use neutral henna to protect it. I also make my own natural cream that has enabled my skin to be wrinkle free. Since this also ensures the animals not being used or mistreated for the beauty of humans, to me it is a priceless gift.

    2. Amanda

      Most chemical hair dyes are poisonous carcinogens is why we prefer natural. This person just dyed their hair on a whim without doing any research. Henna is excellent.

  88. maggie

    Have you heard anything about how it does on grey hair? I color my hair but have my dark brown growing out and have a grey/darkbrown roots growing in. Any feedback would be awesome!

    1. Natalia

      To get darker colors for gray hair, color with henna first, wash it off with only water, then repeat with indigo. Keep each die on your hair for two hours for most beautiful black color. In my experience it is much less messy then chemical die and you do not need to be afraid of it getting in your eye etc. or worry about horrible stink of ammonia. Henna and indigo can be washed off any surface, if done quickly, but be careful with cloth. Chemical dies would not wash off anything. I love coloring my hair with henna and indigo: my hair gets better with age, not worse!3 years I am doing only natural hair coloring. Important: Use milk curd instead of water to make paste for both henna and indigo for better results, and it should be very warm.I use organic yogurt to get curd:just bring it to low boil and when separated strain cheese out with strainer, it makes a wonderful food item btw., use liquid to mix first with henna, keep for 2 hours then just before going into shower to wash henna off reheat milk curd and mix it with indigo to use it right after your shower on towel dried hair. With organic yogurt, good, all natural henna and indigo it is still a fraction of a price I would pay for some horrid carcinogenic crap. Yes, you will not be able to go back until your hair grows out! So start with lighter color by keeping indigo on less. Definitely try it on a strand first. You do not need any special shampoo for natural hair but why use chemical shampoo on natural hair? With natural color you can use clay shampoo, which I absolutely love, I never could do it with chemically colored hair. Check it out: http://www.terressentials.com/haircare.html

    2. Irma Mendoza

      Ayur rahashanti henna (mehandhi) powder 6.00 at amazon. Is prepared a day before . You will get gray hair cover with nice golden brown. Great product. Prepared with a spoon of instant coffe and 7 tea bag( you make a tea with this) then you mix the tea with hena, and add to mixture 1 and half of Argan oil let it stand all night. Apply next day. Leave it on 4 hours wash with conditioner only the first time. The dye will fade away and will turn your hair reddish for 2 weeks, then gray hair will be golden brown like high lights ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck . I use this for my gray hair.

  89. Diann

    I have mingle gray hair, I ordered the copper color what color will this turn my hair and how long does it last

  90. heather

    Seriously, people should read the comments before asking the same question over and over. There’s a lot of great info here, take the time to read it. I am a bit lazy, and am mostly okay with my white hairs, but they have gotten more numerous. I have reddish dark brown long hair. I only dyed my hair once with a henna kit years ago and it was lovely, despite the gross smell. I like the idea that it would make the white hair look like hi lights, and more natural as real hair is made up of many colours-unlike conventional dyes that give you a flat hair colour. There is apparently an eco salon in Vancouver that will do henna, but it sounds complicated and probably more expensive than just doing it at home.
    One thing I’d like Detoxinista to cover is how to get grey or white hair to go back to natural hair colour. This happens to me all the time! Not enough, but I regularly find white hairs that have gone back to dark at the roots, and the white grows out.

    1. Allie

      I had a similar experience re: gross henna smell – until today. I mixed mehandi henna with cranberry juice, and now my hair smells kind of fruity with a whiff of freshly mown grass. It’s actually quite nice. Still waiting to see how the color oxidizes, but I think I’ll stick with this method in the future.

  91. gaby

    Henna can be removed by using glycerin. I haven’t tried it but I read it somewhere. Maybe worth a shot if you aren’t pleased with the results.

  92. feather

    I have only used Harvest Moon thus far . And I ran into a problem recently because I did not know I wasn’t supposed to use box dye afterwards. (Although reading some of these posts I am not sure I did anything wrong)I waited like 4 months to re henna my hair but I ended up with a job interview and my hair was crazy different colors from growth and fading obviously so I went to the store and got me 2 boxes of good old brown permanent dye….Well I did my hair and it turned green in spots below the new growth.Did some research and found that not all henna is 100% natural and I thought maybe the henna had salts or metals but the packaging for Harvest Moon does say NO metals or salts or chemicals. So I am stumped.So I sucked it up and tied my hair up so it was harder to see. Well I waited another 3 months and tried again and still got green and some blue and little bit of ash tone (btw I was using a brown dye) It has now been 9 months and I decided I would try again since I have another interview ( I moved ). I went to Sally’s because online it said they carried henna I was great hopefully that will fix this mess. And they told me they did not carry it. And recommended Clairol Soy 4 Plex so I got 3 tubes of 3RR Medium Reddest Brown and some 20 volume developer used all 3 tubes to color and guess what only the hair that has never been hennaed took the color. The rest of my hair is a dark brown with tints of red and tints of green and blue are finally gone.. But my hair got so gummy that I had to cut chunks out. And my hair feels terrible. The hair that has been hennaed is not holding dye. I forgot to mention I tried using a deep conditioning color mask lasts like 3 shampoos to help as a filler and get some moisture in it about 2 weeks ago. So now I am thinking of buying the Cholesterol Conditioner for my hair. Anyone got any advice to lighten the bottom up and get it soft again? And I do not want to cut it I still have 2 foot to go to get it the length I want it. Thanks ya’ll

    1. Carol niemi

      Ask Sally but I think I used an ash brown over regular hair color not henna and it covers well. I have used the cholesterol and like b it. I have thin hair so I like the Paul Mitchell knock off brand at Sallys. I like the leave in conditionerror alot.

    2. Sally

      I recommend using a reddish brown semi permanent color to not further damage the hair from all the processing and the previous henna dye. The reddish brown will cancel out the greenish blues it sounds like the brown color you had is still too ashy and is not cancelling out the ash in your current hair color. I really like Ion shine brilliance demi permanent if you feel your hair can withstand some peroxide but remember a 10 volume or lower will give you the best results for deposit colors. Good luck!! Also invest in a deep conditioner mask they really help damage ends and keep your hair soft instead of brittle.

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    1. Megan Post author

      I imagine you could save the henna that you didn’t use, if there is a portion that you didn’t add water to. Once you’ve added water, I imagine it would be likely to spoil fairly quickly.

    2. Pam

      hi there you can freeze the remaining solution. I saved it in plastic food container for about 12 weeks and it eas fine after defrosting overnight.

    3. Misplacedhippie

      You can freeze the henna paste that is left over from the batch that you’ve mixed up for your hair. Just make sure you get it in the freezer in an air tight bag or container, and do it as soon as possible. you might like “mehandi’s” website. There is a wealth of information on there and they sell the best, purist henna in my opinion. I always get beautiful results.

    4. Christine Ruback

      I saved mine and used it a few months later because I had used two boxes and I had SO MUCH left. But, I Froze the gloppy remainder of my henna mix in a cheap plastic container and put another bag around it in my freezer. When I was ready to dye my hair again- I pulled it out of the freezer and had it on my counter to thaw for a few hours. That evening I decided I didn’t have the time and kept it in my fridge for two days until I had another day off and a lot of time to let the dye sit on my hair. It smelled the same and the consistency was about the same although I think I did end up adding a teaspoon or 2 of water to thin it a bit. This time I left it on my hair about 3 hours. The color turned out fine and what I really love about henna is that it improves my very dry naturally curly hair. It is like dye and conditioner all in one. I have to say that I don’t really mind the smell because it reminds me of green tea. I’d much rather smell it than some chemical dyes!

  94. Menahil

    Could anyone please tell me about their experience with black henna? Did it turn your hair to pure jet black?

    1. Ashley

      My natural hair color is jet black and I have very few greys but i had never dies my hair before and i didn’t what to use harsh chemicals. First I tried the Lush Caca noir it did nothing for color. I tried Mehendi henna and indigo( that indigo is the worst smelling indigo ever). I didn’t think it was possible but my hair seemed more black again nothing for the greys. Most recently I used rainbow henna which you can usually find in your local health food store and that worked perfectly my hair is a silky deep ink black and all my greys are out.

      Lush was the easiest to rinse out rainbow was the hardest the wash out. Light mountain is a brand my cousin uses and it worked well to also in health food stores. Rainbow is about $7 Light Mountain is about $6/7 I like the rainbow and light mountain because your hair doesn’t have to be dry.

      I washed my hair and detangled it combing it out in sections for henna then I covered my bathroom in plastic got the plastic wrap, gloves, and brewed some dark roast coffee. then i mixed my henna; my recipe for the rainbow henna is… 1 1/2 cup henna +2 tbsp vinegar + 1 egg+ 4 tbsp avocado oil (coconut oil can work) and 1 cup of boiling coffee mix add coffee gradually and mix until creamy texture add more coffee if necessary. I hope this helps

  95. Rae

    I am planning to use Lush’s Caca Rouge in September but I’m wondering if I do not like it, would it be okay to re-dye it using Caca Marron or Caca Noir? I understand using non-natural/permanent dye will have scary results. Anybody re-deye with the same henna different color? I trying to prevent significant damage or a nasty silt color.

  96. jay

    i’m very conflicted, i know you’re not supposed to put permanent dye over henna, but i tried black henna a week ago. after i rinsed it out, my hair was still it’s natural color and no darker. i bought black hair dye to use, but i’m seeing all these warnings to not use it on henna. i’m just confused because if the henna didn’t affect my hair in the first place, would the warnings really apply to me?

  97. Susan

    Has anyone else ever used colora henna powder? It does contain other natural plants besides henna. I use light brown or gold brown, sometimes mix them together as the gold is quite orange y on my naturally dark blonde hair. The top of my head is mostly gray and the colora covers it nicely. The ends wind up darker as I just do the whole head every time, but still a quite natural look. Lots of people ask me if my hair is natural. It seems to have different tones just like un-dyed hair looks. It is made in the USA, the company is in Little Ferry,NJ. I have been using this product for at least 10 years, yet have found very few other people who use this brand. My method is to mix the powder with warm water and microwave for about a minute, mix in a little lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to set the color. Apply to damp hair and wait an hour and 10 minutes. Rinse using plenty of conditioner to rinse out grit. Love it!

      1. Pat

        I just purchased some Colora on eBay. My hair is almost completely white. I, after ordering another color, realized it would make my hair a shade of red. I just received wheat blonde today, but have yet to try it. I used Henna almost 45 years ago and recall it leaving my hair gritty. Perhaps, I didn’t condition and wash it thoroughly. I now use Wen shampoo conditioner, but am still tentative about using the henna.

        1. Misplacedhippie

          Hi! I’ve used MEHANDI several times and it always makes my hair so silky and crazy shiny! I love it! I can promise you that it would never make your hair “gritty” …….quite the opposite. I don’t know what brand you used, but perhaps it wasn’t true henna? Or maybe it was old? I don’t know. The only con to using henna is that you have to leave it in for at least 3 or 4 hours. I think the longer, the better the results, but that’s just my opinion. And the other bad part is that it takes a little while to wash out in the shower. But I’ve found that if you have a good heavy conditioner that you can mix through your hair it helps the henna to slide off the hair much easier. Even after all that, it’s worth the results. And it doesn’t damage your hair at all like regular hair color does over time.

        2. Christine Ruback

          It does have a grit to it but that is just the tiny leaves of it. I find it conditions my hair and also find that it takes about 3-4 washes afterwards to get all the tiny little bits of the henna grains/leaves out from my scalp. I still think it is worth it for the conditioning effect and the deeper set dyeing effect that it gives my hair. I do have very dry fuzzy/curly hair though and it takes time to rinse anything out real good.

    1. Karen

      I’ve been using Colora Henna for over 35 years. I am highly allergic to regular hair dyes. I have a blender that I use only for mixing my henna. I’ve been using Red Sunset all these years. I put it in the blender with almost boiled water & a good quality olive oil.. I apply it with the squeeze bottles with pointy tops that salons use. I do my entire head every time. I love it and it covers my Grey. I put it on and pile my hair on top of my head making sure it’s all covered. Then I wrap my head in Saran Wrap & keep it on for 4 hours. At this point in my life I have it down to a science. It’s a little messy but always comes out great!! Because of my allergies, I have no other choice! My hair is dark brown naturally, but now it’s all grey, so it comes out RED! I have mixed some Colora brown in it too to cut down on the red!

      1. Becky

        I have black hair but I have lists of grey too. Recently I’ve developed an allergy to hair dyes. My hair has gone from thick to extremely thin in months. I’m just sick about it. Im oping I can use henna. Can I still get my hair dark without red.

        Worked and scared.

        1. Judy

          The same thing happened to me! Developed an allergy to hair dye and now it falls out like crazy! Did u try the henna

        2. Leslie

          2 step method for brown to black hair – works best for those trying to cover grey hair.

          Step One: How to mix henna for hair

          Mix henna powder (100 grams is a good amount to start for medium-length hair) in a bowl with water and a bit of acid, like lemon juice, vinegar or orange juice. Add enough liquid to make it the consistency of pudding. Cover the container with plastic wrap and let it set until you see dye release (Google it). Once the henna has dye released, apply the henna paste to freshly washed hair. Wrap head in plastic wrap, then place a shower cap over the top of that. Let set for 2-6 hours then rinse out the henna.

          Step Two: How to mix indigo for hair

          Place amount of desired dry indigo powder into a bowl. Add enough warm water to the powder to make paste the consistency of pudding. Stir well, until all of the lumps are gone, then immediately apply to the hair. You may need to add more water as you are working with the paste, as it will thicken as it sits. Wrap head in plastic wrap, then place a shower cap over the top of that.

          Leave the paste on the hair for the following amount of time to achieve the desired colors:

          Black – leave on for 45 minutes to 1 hour
          Brown – leave on for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on how deep you want the brown to be.

          Rinse the paste out. Do not shampoo for 24 to 48 hours, as the indigo will need time to oxidize.

          Special notes:

          If you have trouble with the indigo color staying in your hair, you can try adding the following:

          -Add salt to the warm water that you are mixing into the indigo. About 1 tablespoon per 100 grams of powder that you are mixing.
          -Add amla to the indigo. Mix the amla powder at a ratio of 1 part amla to 4 parts indigo. Mix both powders together dry then add the warm water.
          -If you’re trying to achieve a more auburn-brown color, try adding some henna to your indigo in the second step.

          1. ShyI'mNot

            I just had a henna Ms .Grinch emergency. I didn’t use red henna, just a brn mix and my greys tuned green. Well, thank you Annette at Light Mountain CS. She told me shampoo, rinse, then cover my greys in red henna for 20 minutes, tops. Then rise well and do my dark brn indigo/henna mix over the red areas 50-60 minutes. Well, it was still grn, but over the next 48 hours my hair oxidized a med brn w/ red highlights. My greys are covered. I really like the results.She said lemon will bring out the reds, so I skipped the acid effect. I’m thrilled. I also learned henna is temperature sensitive, so apply heat. I will always do the red, then brn 2 step process going forward. Fabulous results. I don’t want Breast Cancer or Lymphoma, and I was periodically using an “8” on the EWGs Skin Deep data base to cover my stubborn greys. Even if Henna isn’t 100% risk free (I read Chemistry Reports online-processing), it’s a better solution. Aging is hard on a woman, isn’t it?

          2. ShyI'mNot

            Oh sorry, Annette said the lemon would help the henna stick, but for this correction skip it.
            She is up there with other professionals and such a mensch.

        3. Ashley

          I don’t have thinning hair but henna does make my hair feel stronger and I love my natural black hair and have no desire to change it the best henna to keep your hair black that i have tried is rainbow henna I posted my recipe you can search for my name among the comments

    2. Viviana

      I have been using henna for over 25 years now!!! Its great and natural and my hair is soft plenty and shinny (I am 66!!!) I don’t use conditioner after shsmpooing with the great L’oreal Ever Pure-sulfate free!!! And this is an important information: to several dear friends that have been diagnosed with cancer in the last years : when their hsir regrew their phisicians recommended using any henna instead of chemical dyes. Hope this can help somebody

  98. karen

    can anyone tell me of a salon in little India (located in Cerritos, California) that might apply pure !00% henna to cover my grey roots? I might be able to buy the product myself or maybe they carry pure henna mix for dark brown hair.

  99. Jessica

    Hi, I am brand new to the whole henna thing and have a question I’m hoping you can answer. I’ve been using regular hair color for several years and am wanting to go completely natural (chemical-free) with my color but I’m very nervous about the fact that once you henna, you can’t use regular color anymore. I am considering a semi-permanent henna (2 to 12 weeks they say) and wonder if you know if it’s possible to revert to regular dye after using a semi-permanent henna color (like maybe after the 12 week mark?). I would hate to use henna, not like it, and then be stuck for the next few years, so I’m hoping the semi-permanent henna would be a good route. Any advice? Thank you!

  100. Ashley

    When trying a new product ALWAYS take the extra time to do your research! By the way the only reason regular dye is not to be used after Henna is because some brands of henna have metallic salts in them that have VERY bad reactions with chemical dyes. Look for henna WITHOUT metallic salts. I’m trying henna for the first time and, unfortunately, this is the least informed article I’ve read yet. I’ve spent nights staying up late researching this. After all, it is PERMANENT hair color. http://www.hennaforhair.com/faq/ has lots of detailed info and a hotline for product advice.

  101. Heather

    I used henna and my hair turned violent red. After patiently (6 weeks) trying everything the company (Morocco Method) told me to do, I called my hair dresser. She made me wait two weeks and then had me come in and she colored it, very successfully. I do want to add that they are an Aveda salon, using Aveda dyes, which are a little better than what you typically find in salons and a whole lot better than what you find at a drug store. I only use Aveda, I travel a lot and I can take the color formula anywhere there is an Aveda salon and they can mix the exact color.

    The thing about my hair is it’s white – not gray, white. I started loosing the pigment in my hair when I was a teenager and now the color’s just gone. Don’t use henna if you have white hair. Straight henna is the only henna that will bind to that kind of hair. So if you want violently red/orange hair, then use henna, otherwise, don’t use it. Go to an Aveda salon, it’s not a perfect solution, but it is better than nothing.

    1. Ellen

      How do you feel about working with Morocco Method. I’m new to henna and they have been advising me. However they have given me some conflicting information. Do they have quality henna and guidance?. Thanks!!

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  103. Namrata

    TRY THIS OUT! For Pinkish-Redish (dark burgundy)dark tint
    take natural henna powder 250gm
    1 lemon juice + 2 tsp coffee powder + 2 tbsp Amla powder (Phyllanthus emblica, its ok if not available) + 20-30ml amla oil or almond oil + **BEETROOT water (grate beetroot & boil it, drain the mixture, add when it cools down)
    MIX all ingredients in a iron container, keep overnight.
    While Applying add a egg to it, mix to a good consistency (you can add remaining beetroot water to get good consistency OR Strong black tea water)and apply.
    Keep it covered with shower cap for 2hrs, then rinse your hair.

    **NOTE : BEETROOT is very essential ingredient for the tint.

    Coffee is a good conditioner, lemon get rid of dandruff, amla adds darker shade & nourishes your hair. This mixture gives you shinny, dandruff free, lustrous hair with a beautiful color.
    Do try. Happy Coloring. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

  104. Jennifer

    I have bleached blond hair with abt 3-4 inch light brown roots. I was wanting to grow my hair out bc of the toll the bleach has taken on my locks. It’s just not very pretty to look at anymore and I am getting antsy. Is there a Henna or natural counterpart I can use to darken my bleached hair closer to my natural color (the color of my roots)? I am not walking back into a salon. I want to be in control of the health of my hair. What should I use to darken??

  105. Abbey

    I want to know how much water should we add to dilute the henna?
    also, if I accidentally stain some dye on my skin, can it be washed off?

  106. Ginger

    I found this post so great!!! Thank you everyone! I have been using henna for a year now and writing about it myself. I also had the same as Megan did in the beginning. I had roots and bleached out damaged hair. My daughters called it straw hair. Being a cancer survivor I should have known better than doing that to myself. I researched and made the plunge. Yes for the first 3 days I would say I was the brightest orange head. I would add to Megan’s post on one more thing to know. It takes a few days for your hair to oxidize and calm down. Knowing that now I wouldn’t have done it right before our grand opening event for our Happy Healthy Living LLC business. I wouldn’t go back to chemical hair dyes ever again though and there is such an abundant healthy feeling henna gives to me!

  107. Kris

    I started henna’ing my hair about 3 years ago and I love it. I don’t use henna to change my hair color but to cover up the mass amount of gray hairs I have. I get a medium brown color from Rainbow which is close to my natural hair color, and add coffee, vinegar and olive oil to the mix to help darken the henna, cover the grays and condition the hair, and then I put a plastic hair cap over my head, secure it with one of those fabric headbands that encompass your whole head (not just the top half like those plastic ones) and go to sleep. When I wake up, I wash it out and my hair feels and looks amazing. The grays turn to copper highlights, and although my hair does get a red (natural red) shine to it when in the sun, it looks like my natural brown color in normal indoor lighting. I’ve done the boxed hair dye game and have even gone to salons where they’ve left me under the dryer for too long, resulting in “platinum blonde” highlights… basically making me look like I had even more grays. I buy Rainbow henna which for the color of my choosing is a mixture of henna and indigo plant. They have all different shades of henna that are mixed with other plants to achieve the color you are looking for. You want to make sure the henna hair coloring you’re getting is all plant based though. So be sure to read the ingredients and google anything that doesn’t look familiar.

  108. Kelly

    I’ve had bad henna experiences from several companies including Lush ๐Ÿ™
    After lots of trial and error, and almost having to cut my hair ultra short to fix it, I found a powdered henna from Henna King (www.hennaking.com) and won’t use anything else. Even bought their Karma shampoo & conditioner line for the organic properties as well.
    Because I wanted to make sure that this dye was in fact 100% plant only, I called the company direct and received amazing customer service from an actual person who told me I could mix Henna King dyes together to make a custom color ๐Ÿ™‚

  109. Karen

    I started with grey/white hair with a bit of brown hair in the back after months of chemo and radiation. I started with Lush Brown. It turned out blonde. I went back to the store and they told me to layer it. The third time it came out orange. I put a rinse of soy sauce and vinegar overnight and the next morning I was back to blonde. I went back to Lush and asked them if I should try black and they told no and to melt the Lush brown without water.

    So I purchased pure henna from Silk and Stone. I followed a recipe from SuperPrincessJo. I added 2oz Greek coffee substituted for her Nescafe and mixed it with about a pint of warm brown tea. I put it in a cast iron pot and left it overnight. The mixture turned brown. I only kept it on for an hour because the smell was nauseating and the coffee gave me a headache. Where the Lush barely took, this henna took very well and completely covered the grey in a short period of time but it is flaming orange. I was going for brown.

    So I’m torn between trying a henna indigo mix or a Medium Brown Henna from the Henna Guys.

    I’m in a cold cap clinical trial that helps you keep your hair during chemo and I kept all of it. I can only use vegetable based dyes which as far as I can tell is henna.

    Any advice?

  110. storm5

    Shielo is my new holy grail shampoo! It leaves my chemically treated hair very clean, very moisturized, fuller looking and softer feeling, no matter which conditioner I pair it with. I use the Shielo Hydrate Shampoo & Conditioner and I seem to get fuller and healthier looking hair with each and every use. It’s the best shampoo I have ever used. In addition, it’s sulfate free.

  111. Pat

    I found that I’m allergic to most hair dyes from the store and at the hairdresser. Was wondering if I would be able to use Henna. Really don’t want to go completely gray! Saw this at Walgreens and wondered what you think? Light Mountain Natural Henna Hair Color and Conditioner, Chestnut. Would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks!

  112. Nikki R.

    Hi there… Wondering if anyone has any tips for me. I have been dyeing my hair with henna for a few months now. A little background: I have med-dark brown hair with quite a few gray strands that is naturally wavy and had become extremely dry and course from traditional hair dyes. I started using the mahogany color from the henna color lab (all natural) which is a mix of indigo and henna and is supposed to come out looking like a mix of brown, black, and red. Well even from the first application, I’ve always felt like my roots come out looking mostly Red and the rest of my hair comes out looking mostly dark brown/almost black. I’ve tried to brush it off, thinking that it’s just the way the light is hitting it, but I’ve asked family members and they agree. I feel like each time I dye it, this problem gets worse. It looks great until I wash with shampoo the first time, then as soon as I wash it, it looks Red at the top, dark on bottom. I use an all natural shampoo that is supposed to be color safe, so not sure what’s happening. With traditional hair dyes I would always just put it on my roots only to get even coverage when I was just doing a root touch up…I’ve been putting the henna all over every time because of the conditioning benefits, but maybe I need to do roots only. Anyone have any thoughts/tips?? Thanks!!

  113. suz

    how long to set henna? ‘overnight’ is not a time.

    how many hours?

    be specific. nobody lives in your house so we don’t know what your ‘overnight’ is.

  114. Heather Hailey

    I first found out about Henna when I lived in San Leandro Calif. Longs Drug store sold a brand in a pretty tin called Egyptian Henna and I bought the neutral for the conditioning properties. When I moved to Point Richmond, Calif. the grocery I went to sold COLORA HENNA. I loved it!! I’m a dark golden blonde and I was using Mahogany. The color was awesome and my hair was silky and shiney. It is a bit messy to mix as I used the dry form you mix with hot water into a paste. I was paying less than $4 a box. I had actually gone online to purchase some because since I moved back home to Hermitage Tennessee I have been unable to find it anywhere and what Hennas I did find were all jet black. Apparently, hair salons around here won’t touch it.

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  117. SM

    I just used henna for the very first time after I saw 1-2 grays. I used a mixture of red henna and black henna (equal parts) with coffee as the liquid and a tsp of amla powder. I ended up with a reddish tint on those gray hairs, but I’d like them to be a bit darker brown. I stayed away from Lush because they have a lot of extra ingredients and I thought that at one point, I had seen carrageenan, but I don’t see it now on their website. Will need to look again. It wasn’t as messy as I thought it would be, although it was a pain to leave it on my head for 4 hours! But, overall, I LOVED doing henna on my hair. I liked the grassy smell and I felt that my hair looked better. I plan to do it now once a month to see how it goes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  118. Kassidy

    As far as I know, it’s perfectly fine to use chemical hair dye after using henna to dye your hair….as long as you’re using 100% body art quality henna. I use Red Raj, though I know Jamila is also a good body art quality brand to use; I dye over my hennaed hair once or twice a year when the color has gotten too dark from too many back-to-back henna applications, and I’ve never had a problem. No damage to my hair, no scary green color, no chunks coming out. These are all issues you get when you use henna dye that also contains junk like metallic compounds.

    If you’re looking for all-natural body art quality henna, I consistently get good products from Henna Sooq. They have all their henna batches lab-tested for lawsone content before selling it, and the Sooq will give you personalized advice on how to achieve the specific color you want using henna mixed with other herbs.

  119. Bev mackenzie


    I’ve been using Glory henna for 20 years, after it was chemically fried at the hairdressers. I won’t ever change. But once u started using henna u have to let your henna dyed hair grow out before using any chemical product again.

  120. Khadija Dawn Carryl

    Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who gave Henna Sooq shout outs and recommendations ๐Ÿ™‚

    With Henna Sooq you can use and go back to chemical & color treatments safely. But why would you since our products WILL cover greys?! We can customize and guide you through your henna journey. Just drop us a line!

  121. Maria

    I have a question, if you have dyed red hair and then put red henna on top what would happen? Would it just revitalize the red? Thanks for the help and great article!

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  123. Anne

    I just used light mountain today for the first time – Auburn. My natural color is auburn (a dark brownish-red), but I’m going white and have used semi-permanent dyes for years. I wanted to go to something without any toxic chemicals because I am now having some kind of thyroid problem. This product was rated “0” by Skin Deep http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/719449/LAWSONIA_INERMIS_%28HENNA%29/

    I love the color my hair came out! Yes, the white hair is a bit bright red, but it’s fun. I would probably go for something a touch darker next time, but it is great anyway. This product contains pure henna plus senna and indigo, all rated “0”, except henna, which is rated “1” for occasional allergic reactions. I only left it on for 35 minutes. The white is covered. I’m very happy.

  124. Aysha Hiba

    i’m planning to just do streaks…i have very dark hair and i’m opting dor all natural henna with lemons and cloves..WHAT EFFECT WILL IT DO TO MY HAIR? i want red…

  125. Mary

    Just an FYI, if you want more even color you can reapply henna as many times as you want as soon as you wan after a previous application. However, waiting at least 72 hours between applications is advised simply because it takes that long for the true color to set. Also, do not wash it out in those 72 hours, rinse it out, and use conditioner if you want, but do not use shampoo, this will help the color stay even as well. As for chemical dyes, do not use henna about 6 weeks after a chemical dye job, and vice-versa, if you use henna and decide to go back, wait about 6 weeks after latest application.

  126. Nat

    I have used Lush henna for years and started when I had few white strands and am naturally dark brown. White strands pick up the red (rouge or marron) colors best, BUT it can get brassy (ie orangie). I do red first to color the whites then go over it w/brune a day or week later.

    To apply, I would break the brick into smaller blocks, and I store what I don’t use in the frig in a ziplock.

    Melt the amount you are going to use, apply with a brush like they use to apply highlights at the salon, then covere with plastic (you can use disposable shower caps) then USE A HEATING CAP for at least an hour. THE HEAT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE IN SETTING THE COLOR.

    Rinse your hair outside to prevent the mud going down and clogging your shower drain, shampoo after rinsing. Hope this helps someone, I took me a little while to figure out how to get the best results for my efforts

    1. jackie


  127. Barbie Madson

    I use Lush Caca Rouge Henna. I love the results. I only need a 1.5 squares. I added what other suggested, cinnamin, ACV and clove. From past experience I have noticed that if you don’t leave the henna in long enough the color doesn’t turn out at nice as it would if you left it in a minimum of 6 hours. I have darker brown hair with plenty of gray. My end result is awesome! I have beautiful red highlights with a deep brown/red base. My hair feels fully and healthy after and super shiny. I get many compliments. My gray actually looked a bit orange when I first rinsed the henna out but the color continued to develope and left beautiful color. Yes, appling the henna is a pain, messy, and takes a long time. The end result is worth it. And so is not having all those chemicals on my scalp, not having damaged hair because of it. I’ll take a henna anyday over traditional coloring options. I also never use shampoo or condition. I actually use 1 egg yoke with a few drops of essential oils added. I add warm water and mix just before I pour if over my head. I massage it in and rinse. That’s it. My hair is clean and healthy. I only need to do that once or twice a week. I no longer need any styling products. My hair has plenty of body and shine. I wet it down every morning with water and blow dry. Thats it!

  128. KW

    *** PLEASE READ! ***


    I finally colored my greys with henna today for the first time. After it sat on my hair for about 3 hours, I became nauseated,I had a headache, and I even had diarrhea. I even slightly started to feel as if my throat might be swelling. The symptoms subsided IMMEDIATELY after I began rinsing out the henna. I don’t know if this is normal, but please be aware that this can happen.

    1. Debi

      You mentioned you colored your hair for the ‘First time’… Could it be you may have been stressing a little bit about your ‘First time’ coloring your hair, and you’ve had an anxiety reaction. The symptoms you wrote are also stress related issues.
      All the best going forward ….

  129. monica

    i’m half indian and have very dark hair. i’ve been using henna once a week for the last 5 years, give or take. so i have many, many layers of henna in my hair. i get it done at my aunt’s home (she’s a beautician) and it’s either pure henna or henna with indigo. my thoughts are as follows:

    –no color difference on my very dark hair (except my 10 strands of gray, which are dark red and blend in well)
    –softer, shinier hair but only after 3-4 washes after applying henna. right away my hair is dryer and courser.
    –i keep mine on overnight and would recommend the same for anyone with black or dark brown hair, where color won’t be an issue. the longer the better.
    –if possible do NOT shampoo your hair after henna, just rinse and use conditioner. this is annoying, but it helps allow the henna to set.
    –detergent based shampoo will wear away the effects of henna. natural shampoos are best.
    –i never use chemical dyes and when i have in the past, DISASTER. if you henna, you can’t do anything else.
    –indigo is drying, so keep that in mind. if you want black hair, use henna first then apply indigo in a 2nd sitting. if you want brown hair, mix henna & indigo to your preferred result, i.e. add more indigo for darker result and more henna for redder result.
    –my hair is thick and strong, but naturally frizzy. henna really makes it softer and more conditioned but you have to put up with a lot. it’s messy. it needs to stay on for hours. hair is dry before it is shiny. sometimes there is henna residue even after washing, you can’t dye your hair with anything else, etc. etc. it’s a longterm commitment.

  130. Ksenia

    You can actually dye your hair with chemical color after- you just need to develop it differently. No need to wait for roots 10 minutes- apply to all hair for 30-40 minutes. Definitely go with darker color. Some highlights may occur, but overall it should cover it. After work with henna several times to get color you desire. Mixing it with herbs helps. I just don’t know which ones to use. Some I heard use coffee(strong brew, no instant).

  131. suzi

    i have left the salon behind but don’t like the grays or dullness of my natural hair. i have been using surya brand henna cream at home. i don’t like messy hair products or the drama they bring so this works perfect for me. look on vita cost.com for reviews and info. i have been very pleased with it and the results it brings, especially for the price!! its convenient, easy to clean up with little or no staining. the only downside is it washes out in about 2-3 weeks and summertime swimming is the biggest issue for me. stillโ€ฆ. a good alternative i think. check it out!!

  132. Melody Jorgensen

    Albena Todorova I had to go to henna as I am allergic to conventional dyes. My hair grows fast an inch a week . I have to cover gray every 2 weeks. I only do roots for covering gray. My hair is more than 50% gray and long- 8 inches below my shoulders. I have been using Henna for 10 years. 5 years from India, now 5 years Rainbow Henna from Vitacost.com. (I used semi permanent hair coloring for 10 years prior). I mix 2 colors and add 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to the mix and use coffee instead of water for the liquid. You can read everything about it on the vitacost.com website. Rainbow henna also has shampoo and conditioner. Hope it helps~ Melody

    1. Flor Alvarez

      Im tired of the quemical dyes and i want to try henna but i was reading that it has to be pure henna and from a reputable place.. Will u recond it then ?

      1. Corinne W

        I’ve been using henna for a couple of years now and at first I was scared to death but I felt like you…hated the chemical dyes and what they were doing to my hair. So I’ve been getting Red Raj henna from Henna Sooq which has a high dye content and has always worked extremely well and is very stable and dependable. Others I’ve tried that are good are from Mehandi.com. I don’t have to straighten my hair anymore, as henna has relaxed my curls and has smoothed my frizz. My hair is now wash and go and starting to use henna was the best decision I’ve ever made about my hair. I get more compliments now than I ever have. I color on 100% gray/white hair and it comes out this beautiful light auburn. Very shiny now, too. Sometimes it takes a few coloring to get it the way you want it, because it might be very bright and orangy at first, but since henna doesn’t fade and it just keeps depositing color, try it a couple more times if you’re thinking of giving up.

        1. Jojo

          Can you color it with henna twice in one day? Can you mix 2 colors of henna? I want auburn hair color and my hair is naturally white/ Gray. Also can you put henna over permanent color from a salon?

          1. Deborah

            Henna takes a long time to process. You need to leave it on ur hair anywhere from 4 hours to overnight. I don’t think you will want to put that much stress on your hair by doing it twice in one day. It gets heavy on your head. It’s like mud and weighs your hair down while on your hair. It is probably best to wait a couple of days if not a week because trust me the process takes hours.

          2. Stacy

            Yes but you need to wait a couple of months for the color to wash out. Box dye has nasty chemicals which react bad with henna

          3. J

            I had my last permanent color done at the salon, then when the roots start to grow, I’d touch up with henna on my own. I found this strategyy less intimidating since I’d have to only focus on putting henna only on my roots and not my whole head.

            The first time I tried using pure henna, my roots turned out red. Then I bought pure indigo. When I follow it with pure indigo for 20 mins. my hair did turn very dark. I really want a dark brown looks, so now it’s a matter of learning the right amount of mixture. I mix my pure henna with lemon juice and cover overnight. Then when I’m ready to color, I mix the indigo in a separate bowl and finally stir everything in together. I would process my hair about 2 hours. That’s as far as I have the patience for.

            What I enjoy about using henna is I can multitask at home while my hair marinade. And the fact that these days, young people are using crazy rainbow colors on their hair, I don’t feel too weird going around with my new experimental roots. This range from red, magenta, purple…but again, i’m talking about 20% gray, and that’s not too much to call for attention.

          4. Mel

            You can mix colors all you want! I purchase my henna from morroco method and I even chemically dyed my hair afterwards so I know it’s pure! Their website has tons of info about dying with henna.

        2. Cheryl

          HI what colour did your hair used to be before the grey? What hair dye colour did you use? I am thinking of using the blonde one or the honey blonde? My hair is very grey is spots ๐Ÿ™‚ Cher

          1. sonyah

            Henna does only ONE color. All the colors you see like Auburn, burgundy, black, etc, means henna is no ed with chemicals. So be careful. I have been using henna for ten years now and I know is a lot of work, but I don’t regret it.

      2. Laura

        Hello women, I need advice. I found pure organic henna on iherb.com here: http://www.iherb.com/Light-Mountain and I would like to order it for me and my mother, but I do not know what colour. My mother have brown hair and needs to cover gray hair to match her hair. There is regular kind and Color the gray kind of henna hair colour. I have read ingredients and it says lawsonia – henna, indigo and senna (depends on the color you choose). Pure red is lawsonia only. Do you think there is any difference between both kinds (except the size and packaging)? I would order light brown for her from Color the gray. And me, I have dark blonde hair and I would like to have really red hair, but not copper and I do not know which color to choose, bright red, red…? If I use red from Color the gray and I do not have any gray hair, would it be ok for me? I have long hair and this package would be better for me. Do you have any experience with this brand? Sorry for my English, I live in small country in Europe. Thank you very much for your help.

        1. Stephanie

          Henna Color Lab is the best. I’ve tried many different places and I’ve liked theirs the best. And they have a variety of colors!

      3. Chrissy

        I buy Ancient Sunrise Henna. The proprietor wrote her doctorate on henna so not only is she incredibly knowledgable and shares it via a FREE ebook (http://www.hennaforhair.com/freebooks/), she also sells very pure, affordable henna. I have dark, brown hair – very thick and long – and so I buy between 200 and 300 g of Rajasthani Twilight and an additional 100 g of Rajasthani Jasmine because it makes the batch super smooth. This time I ordered 12 g of a powdered citric acid called Malluma Kristalovina. I credit it for giving me the boldest red yet!

        I was able to hold out for 4 hours (trying to sleep) but between the increased bulk of my muddy head, combined with the sweat I could feel rolling down my scalp due to the plastic wrap turning my head into a little greenhouse, I finally just got up and rinsed. THE RESULTS MAKE IT ALL WORTH IT.

    2. Sara

      I have very long hair too, I have pure white roots that need touched up every 3 weeks . And if really like to just have plain (boring) light brown.
      1. Do you know if lite brown is available
      2. Do you touch up your roots w henna or w semi perm color ? (From a box??)

      1. Corinne W

        No. There is not “light brown” henna. Pure, safe henna comes in one color. red. Depending on what your hair color is now, your results will vary. Henna cannot make your hair lighter, it can only add color.

        1. Chantelle Bhana

          I colour my hair with black Henna and I would like to know can I put red will the black go red also or should i stay with black

          1. Misplacedhippie

            There is no such thing as “black” henna. Henna is “red” and only red. The black all naturally dye is called “Indigo” ……….If you want to dye your hair brown, using the all natural method, you must first use henna, then 24 hrs. later you mix your henna up and add some Indigo to the Henna until you reach the color brown you want. It’s a two day process, but it’s the only “all natural” way to get brown hair dye.

      2. Jen

        Hello, the best results would be if you use pure organic henna and pure organic indigo. There is a lot of good advise on the web. Wait at least 2 days before shampooing or re applying, if you would like stronger colors. The reason to wait is because henna and indigo would continue oxidizing and the colours would get darker. I have waist long hair with 50% gray and like it pure black or dark brown, so I apply the two step process – i.e first henna with amla, sleep over night, wash just with water and apply the indigo paste for just over an hour. It works for me very well.

      3. Dee

        John freida match to the nearest or a shade lighter. I was so fed up with chemicals I ordered lush caca rough a red arbun hair as I have grey roots I do touch up with John Freda range after trying so many. I will the whole of my hair 8 wks as henna is a messy but a worth it. Hope it helps please test box colours 48 hours before use.

    3. Heather B

      Please post here what the vinegar does to the henna? And you use coffee to darken it? I have red hair, but the gray coming out does NOT match my natural red when the henna is applied, it looks brassy -an orange tint and it’s a lot of work (I have very thick hair) so a 2-step process sounds horrible!

      1. Corinne W

        I have all – gray hair too. If yours is coming out too orange-y, perhaps you’re not using a henna with a high lawsone content. Buy one that certifies a high lawsone content. Mehandi.com or Henna Sooq. Make sure you’re using a terp oil to darken the stain. Lavender essential oil works best. Make sure you’re also leaving it on long enough – 6-8 hours. This together should all work to give you a nice auburn insteada of orange. I’ve had very good luck with that and I love my hair now.

      2. Darlene

        Heather – I don’t know what the vinegar does – I remember it sets Easter egg dye, so maybe the same for henna – I don’t know. BUT – what I do know is that if you put two or three bay leaves – the kind you cook with – in a pot with a little water and bring it to a nice boil and let it simmer 10 or fifteen minutes while you make the rest of your henna paste, then ad it to the mix (it won’t look like much – just clear, slightly brown water), your hair color will come out more auburn than orange. I have white streaks and if I don’t add the bay leaf brew the streaks come out Bozo the Clown orange, but with it they come out a pretty soft red and the rest of my hair comes out a really lovely dark auburn. I have dark hair, so for you I’m guessing your red will stay about the same but your white should mellow out. I also use whole-milk yogurt, olive oil, an egg and essential oils like rose and jasmine just for the nice smell. You could almost eat my paste for lunch. I wrap my head in two super market bags clipped to hold them, and only leave on the dye for about four hours, then shampoo out and go from there.

        Keep at it – I’ve been hennaed up for about nine years now and my only problem is my hair color and texture are too young-looking for my old face! Have fun!

    4. Maria Desquitado

      I started having grey hair when I was in my early 20’s. They are premature. In 2009, I started coloring my hair with commercial dyes through hairstylist because the greys are mostly above my forehead. I am now early 40’s and just recently after I got a new hair color in January, I felt my scalp got tired. Just this week, I decided to find a natural way of coloring my hair, so henna got into the picture. How would I know if the henna that I could buy is original? Please help. Thanks a lot in advance.

      1. Darlene

        Got to your local Middle Eastern or Indian grocery store. If you’re not sure which brand is the most natural, ask the check-out girls and they’ll know.

    5. Rose

      I have become increasingly more allergic to conventional dyes over the past two yearsโ€ฆ.the last time I went to the salon, I had actual burns that scabbed over, so embarassing and hurt! I did a lot of research and read a lot of reviews and came to the conclusion that henna was my answer. (I was nervous about the color (turning red, and the mess)
      I just used my first Rainbow Henna today. I used the dark brown with coffee and apple cider vinegar for covering the gray. I was pleasantly surprised! The mess was nothing like a typical dyeโ€ฆjust crumbly, I might add some olive oil next time. I left it on the minimum time which was 45 minutes because I was worried about it affecting my scalp. The color was beautiful! Next time, I will leave it on maybe five minutes more.
      My recommendation is once it on to cover it with a cap or hat to keep it warm, and then you won’t have to leave it on your hair as long.

      1. Michele B

        Hi Rose. I also, after years of dying my hair, gradually developed a reaction to the dye (itch scalp), until I had a full-blown burn and wound up in the emergency room. I found a product at Whole Foods that was (mostly) natural and it was ok for a while. I dyed my hair last weekend and my scalp is killing me and I have areas of burn/scabbing.

        I guess it’s time for plan C.
        I am not all over gray/white – but have the typical crown white roots.
        I’m glad to hear that Henna is a viable alternative.
        Any other information you can share will be appreciated.

        1. Darlene

          I’m a lucky expatriate living in a country where I can buy the most lovely henna – out of big barrel, by the kilo! It only costs about 10-12 dollars a kilo, which would last me for about a year but I buy by the half-kilo because of the room it takes in my cabinet. My point is, if you can get it from a market where things middle-eastern (or Indian) are sold, chances are it’s going to be more natural and un-processed. The problem with most beauty products in the west is that the producers can’t let well enough alone, and to make the products more attractive, they do weird stuff to it. Like Olive-oil soap (which I also buy by the kilo), which ends up soft, greasy and smelling of not-olive when you buy it in England or America, most of the henna on the western market has been gentrified and the cost reflects that. So you all you want your henna to look like is muddy-green powder. (and olive-oil soap should smell like olives!)

          But I’m old-fashioned….

          1. Reich

            Hi dear, where do you live, and can you buy for me and just pay you. Badly needed that kind of stuff. Thanks

          2. Karen McKinzie

            my sister is a henna artist. (henna rising) she will save the henna she doesnt use and freezes it for us to do our hair which weve been doing for years now. Ive always loved coloring w/ henna, it tamed my curly hair, always got compliment on it, and it made my hair grow long and full, no complaints re. henna other than the mess and length of time it stays in before washing
            Now at this point i have a good amount of gray,….my roots start to grow out w/i 2 weeks of coloring,..so I’m thinking of seeing what i look like gray,…and im tired of all the work to color w/ henna for 2 wks of real satisfaction.
            so now i have at least an inch of grey hair, looks awful and i have a funeral Saturday. my sis told me and i read that u cant cover over henna w/ chemical permanent dye because of the mineral salts in them. so i just got some temporary root cover up, we’ll see how that works. todaya Thursday, funeral on Saturday, no real room for error. wish me luck, im going in!
            p.s. henna rising sells henn! for hair including indigo, and other forms used to customize your color. lots of henna, lots of uses! she has a website as well as facebook,

        2. Evelyn

          This is my problem also, very itchy scalp all of a sudden. Would like to hear the reply to this question. Thank you.

    6. Sue Cosgrove

      Hi. I wonder if you could advise me. I too used henna for many years before starting to turn grey. Recently I’ve decided to chance applying henna again. There was only one type available, henna pulver. Although the shopkeeper said it ok to use on hair I’m dubious as it only showed skin dye on the box. Help!

    7. Jenny

      yj;i716ave tried to follow the directions to blend the rainbow henna. the end result is a very gritty texture (i saw from youtube that the final consistency is supposed to be a creamy texture) almost like the product never really combined. Do you have this experience? How hot is the liquid supposed to be when combining the product.


    8. Anu

      Hi, I have gray roots and waist length black hair. I just need root coverage. But I hate the orange color that Henna gives. Is there are way to make it brown or black? I tried Indigo powder, but it made my hair blue .

      1. Tracy

        you should look on hennahair.com it has before & after pics along with a detailed discription about what the henna was mixed with and how long it was left on the hair.

  133. Sally Hudson

    I am in my 40s and have fast growing grey hair. I had to dye my hair every 2 weeks to cover the grey hair.. Since i used chemical hair dyes. Every dying session was very irritating. And even chemical hair dyes were not lasting more than a couple of weeks. One can imagine , how much time consuming it is. I have always been searching for a better alternative.
    For that, i talked to my friends , searched on internet. And it took no less than 6 months to hear about pure and natural hair color. After that ,it was another search to find a brand , which really have pure and natural products. One of my friends purchased light brown from online store for me. I did the first application reluctantly, as never used such products before. I dint like its smell at all. But with its application, felt no irritation like as chemical hair dyes. It covered 70% of my grey hair. And gave a shiny brown color. Then on my own , i used dark brown hair color from same company brand name “THEHENNAGUYS”. I added few drops of essential oil for eliminating its foul smell. This product gave me exactly what i have been dreaming for and without any problem. With Dark brown color , all my grey hair with beautiful color. I do the hair color after 3-4 weeks. Since then i am stuck with pure and natural hair color from THEHENNAGUYS.COM.
    they also have plenty of information about hair colors and have other pure and natural skin and hair care products.

    1. Maria Jenkins

      Hi my name is maria I love u r honesty.considering trying this product.I have black hair down to waist I really like your recommendation to my hair.should I use how much my hair is almost50% gray. The last time I colored was in September of last year.I was tired of spending money every 4 weeks. A d hate the smell of it.would sent me the site again. Y coworker says that she add a whole egg with the mix for more protein and shine.what do you think.thankyou very much.

    2. Heather

      Hi there,

      How long do you have to leave the dark brown on for please? To cover Gray roots.

      Been having a night mare with orange vibrant roots. In desperation tried to lifhten the patchy black (from dark red henna over bleached hair to correct botched foils) the previous bleached has gone green ๐Ÿ™

      I’ve tried chestnut brown henna for 4 hours, gray roots go brassy gold/orange within a week.

      Can’t cope with the upkeep, especially if it doesn’t last.


      1. Maria

        I think all henna should be allowed to activate atleast 8 hours and left on hair for the bare minimum of 4 hours. Then it should last 2 months, atleast in my experience. Remember that the more often you henna your hair, the shorter it lasts.

  134. lauren

    Hey there, I’ve always used black box dies and I’m looking for a natural alternative. I’m naturally blonde and I’m worried that the black henna will fade to orange like the tattoos do. Anybody have experience with the black henna hair dye? Thanks, lauren

    1. Adelline

      Hi Lauren !

      As an answer to your question, I would suggest you to use lighter colors on your hair ( as you are blond any coulour would cone great ) and you can even try with highlights of different nuances. Chocolate coulour to dark brow or blond highlights would be a great choise.

      I’m suggesting this as it is a pitty to go straight black without taking advantage of trying different lighter versions; because black can not be removed or highlighted after neither to use chemical coloring because it will affect your hair. I used black henna ( as the original one can be only auburn red or black) and it faint away in a deep dark brown NOT orange in any case.
      So I would try to enjoy more colors then go straight to black ( which also make you look more mature ). I use henne Creme Color France, as a ready prepared cream ready to be used (2 in 1 product hair dye and conditioner ) they also provide a wide range of shampoo and conditioner that really gives glow to the hair ).
      Hoping this was useful,

      My greeting to all

      Adela D.

    2. Apirl

      I have hip length brownish- red hair and wanted to go to brighter red. I do henna tattoos, so I just went to the shop from which I buy my body art henna: Empire. I know they have a website, which I have included. Anyway, “black henna” is not henna and can be very dangerous. What you are looking for is indigo or indigo/henna mix, depending on what you want. You might want to give it a try. The owner did her doctoral thesis on henna and has a ton of information: The also have a number to call if you need any help with the process.

      I just buy Rajasthani Twilight, mix it with lemon juice and a cardamom and cloves tea. I do it all by myself and have never made a huge mess. I then wrap it in plastic wrap and a towel, sit back, and binge watch Netflix.


      1. Agnes

        What proportions if each ingredient are you using? I m about to try my first henna since chemical dyes damaging my hair. Thinking to start with simpler Rainbow research which is color ready, and then progress to make my own mixes.

      2. Sue Cosgrove

        Hi! I wonder if you know whether using henna pulver, used in body art, can also be used to dye hair. I bought a box from an Asian supermarket. The male staff told me I could but I’m a little dubious. Can anyone help?

  135. Carrie

    I’ve used Rainbow Henna for years- for a long time I used red tones, which gave my naturally strawberry blonde a very intense red. These days, I’m using the marigold blonde (still from Rainbow Henna) to cover my grey. It can be messy, but I just prepare for it. I’ve done it enough times now that I have a pretty good routine to control the mess! My hair always feels amazing after I do it- even if you just do the natural, colorless, henna once in awhile, it is so good for your hair.

    I love it! The biggest problem with using henna is that once you start, you can’t switch to other kinds of dye. For me, I ended up shaving my head a couple times over the years when I wanted to go back to my natural color. I know that doesn’t work for everyone, but I found it refreshing to do once in awhile. But that was back when I was doing the red. Now I’m just using blonde to cover grey, so the outcome is basically my natural color anyway (sans grey!). Also, it’s less work for me to cover grey- because I primarily am grey up front, around my temples. So I can just target those areas the majority of the time and then henna the rest of my hair only occasionally.

      1. Natalie

        You wont need help applying it.. It gets pretty messy so you just have to be careful. My mistake was that I like to go lighter in the Spring and dark in the fall. I used henna last fall and it washed out in a couple months. I thought all the henna was gone so I tried to go back light. My stylist attempted to do a balayage and my hair turned green.. After several attempts it’s still not lighter. If you want to freedom to go dark and light don’t get henna. If you usually stay dark henna is ok..

    1. Corinne W

      You can use all coffee for the liquid. Use a high terp oil to add in, too, to darken the stain. It still won’t come out brown, though. You’ll have brown hair with red tints and tones in it.

  136. rose

    I have never dyed my hair and i want to try black henna. How long does it take for the color to leave completely from my hair?

    1. Megan Gilmore Post author

      As I understand it, henna color doesn’t leave your hair, so you just have to wait for it to grow out. There are lots of tips in the previous comments, too!

  137. dj

    I’d recommend http://www.mehandi.com (ancient sunrise @ amazon). There is a wealth of information written by someone that researched henna for their Ph.D. at Kent Univ. She literally wrote the book (there is an ebook) on the topic. People get caught up in adjectives “natural”, “chemical”. Everything is a chemical. And natural things can be poisonous too. mehandi sells henna and it is tested by an independent lab for lawsone content, heavy metals, contaminants, adulterants. What I found while searching is that when people say they used henna isn’t always true. They used a product that contained henna and other stuff. My image of India is not “organic and pure’, but of over pop, poverty and the Ganges river. I definitely want anything coming from India tested. I placed my first order with them. The customer support was super helpful for this newbie, but I appreciate the the volume of material on their site and the independent testing. I know it takes some of the fun out it but I alway research everything I buy and check at sites like http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.

    They seem to say, in the troubleshooting section, that you can dye your hair with store bought dyes after “henna”. But with the caveat, if you used their henna, indigo or cassia. I believe they say that because they know the purity of their product and what’s in your hair, known and unknown, may react. So it seems you need to know the quality of ALL the ingredients in the product used if it wasn’t only henna.

    1. Apirl

      I do all my henna business with Empire (the physical store for Mehandi.com (The Henna Page). It is located in Kent, Ohio. I absolutely adore the people there and Catherine Cartwright-Jones, owner of The Henna Page, has done extensive research on henna–her doctoral thesis was about henna–and speaks out about the harm tat can be caused by so-called black henna.

      The customer service is outstanding.

      I had considered trying Lush, but decided to just go with a packet of henna from Empire, after looking at the ingredients and reading reviews. (Cocoa butter can inhibit the dying process. I use it around my airline when I henna my hair.) I have been doing henna tattoos for a long time, so I knew I could get a good stain with the stuff from Empire.

  138. Casey U

    I would never ever buy anything (again) from LUSH! I do not have allergies and loooove girly makeup, cosmetics and perfume; most of which I wouldn’t wear because of thier toxicity anyway. I tried Lush and every time – not exaggerating – it either made me get a headache or some weird reaction: the vanilla scented lotion bar did me in!
    Read thier labels, at least by law they have to list thier ingredients and they don’t lie – total chemical cocktails. Thier advertising is false about purity. ‘Detoxing’ with LUSH is an oxymoron, unfortunately. Too good to be true.

  139. Fatima Herrera

    I do like Lush cleansers, facial scrubs and mask and there bar shampoos, not a big fan of the conditioners. I, myself also tried the Henna hair dye, I used the Caca Noir, I was not happy with the outcome. My hair was dark before using the Henna. I read that the Caca Noir would have an Indigo/Blue-Black shade color with a touch of red. Let me tell you, there is not one strand of dark hair color in my hair. My hair is bright brownish/reddish. I should of done the hair strand test like they “recommend” we do. I already had dark hair, i thought it would make my hair look rich and healthy. That is not the case. I did reach out to customer service and they told me it was like a varnish, but if the first time I got more red than black, I don’t see the point in spending a lot more money for the same outcome. I am not happy with the results.

  140. charlene

    i would like to try henna, I do have questions though, I have right past my shoulders medium reddish hair. I have a lot of grey and need to do roots every 3 weeks at least. can I color my hair with henna and then retouch the roots with henna? how long does the henna last in my hair?

    1. Corinne W

      Henna is permanent and does not fade. at all. I am all gray and you can do henna on roots and all over. It makes your hair very healthy and shiny.

  141. Deepthi

    I got brown hair which I really don’t like and I would like to go with black hair…. what could be the suggestion… should I go with black henna or any other colouring agent…

    1. Corinne W

      There is no such thing as black henna. Henna is red. period. If you’re using something called black henna, it either has henna plus chemicals or henna with indigo. The indigo will fade slightly leaving you with red undertones, so that’s something to consider.

  142. Julie Wetzel

    I have been using henna in my hair for about three years now and I love it. I love the red color that it gives and since I started after beaching out my hair, it’s got this nice ombre going on. I’ve had so many stylists criticize my choice for using henna, but as long as I stick with my red, it works well.

    I use Reshma Femme Henna found in Sally’s Beauty. I mix it up with a teaspoon of lemon juice (the citric acid helps to release the color in the plant) and a dark brew of Rose Red Tea. I let the mixture sit over night to fully activate and then leave it on for about four hours. Yes, I do wrap my head in plastic wrap and a towel why it’s on my head, and yes it will stain anything it touches. Henna does smell odd, so I usually put in some sweet smelling oil like rose or jasmine to make it more pleasant.

    It’s been about 3 months since the last time I hennaed my hair and while I am showing roots, the colored part of my hair has not faded or gone brassy like chemical dyes.

    If you want more info on henna, you can check out http://www.hennaforhair.com/ They can answer most of your questions and their products are amazing, but I’m a bad procrastinator and usually wait until last minute to color my hair before some event. Hence why I get the Sally’s beauty stuff.

    1. stacy

      Which color of the FEMME HENNA do you use? I purchased the Rainbow Henna in Med Brown, my hair is brown now.. wondering what color I will come out with.. I want to add tea not sure which one to use.. I just want shine and some color but dont want a orangey color..

  143. Jo

    I’m pregnant and been debating if to colour my hair or not I read that henna is a safe option …is this correct ?

  144. Sara

    I have been using henna (Herbique henna) for the past 10-15 years. Recently I noticed that my very thick hair has change – I have almost bald patches. Could this be because of the henna? Do I dare to continue with it?

  145. Tamara

    So chemical dyes and henna don’t mix…. What about colourless henna for healthy, shiny hair? Do this combination (not simultaniously) mix?

  146. Chris

    I just used Lush henna like I’ve been doing for the past couple of years. For some reason, the consistency was thicker than usual…I think it got cold quicker this time. Anyway, I’m feeling freaked out that it might be blotchy. I’ve got another 3 hours before I wash it out. Has anyone here had a “bad” henna experience? Should I abort mission?

  147. Alice

    I’m 63 and have very fine, thin, short color treated hair. My natural color is a mousy brown but have some gray roots and especially at front hairline. I would like to have medium brown with reddish tones but unsure what brand of henna and mixture is best for me. The grays at my temples tend to be resistant to color and I really don’t want bright red hair. Any info would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

  148. Mayette Torralba

    I live in Davao City, Philippines. I have a very sensitive skin. I am allergic to chemicals especially hair dyes. where to buy henna products. I want to try henna

  149. Alicia

    Hello !

    I am a fan of Henna. I have never used permanent / chemical hair dyes.
    I have been using henna on my hair for over six years now. I apply it twice a month with coconut oil, castor oil and lemon drops. I leave it on my hair for 6 to 12 hours. My hair is and looks super healthy, shiny. I went from Brunette to jet black hair just with a mix of Henna and Indigo.

    Now that I have moved to London, it is a bit difficult for me to find pure henna powder but I found that the Henna from Lush does an ok job.
    My all time favorite is the Henna from Aromazone. It is amazing and they have great colours for next to nothing

  150. Puja Pal

    Before using henna or mehndi in your hair you should test a small piece of henna on your hand or somewhere on else so that you can know the side-effects of henna if you show some side-effect then you should not use henna on your hair.

  151. Sarah

    Hello, I went off colour for a year and today decided to do the Henna indigo 2 step process on my nearly 90% grey hair (only 52 years young). I left the henna (henna, black tea and alma mix) on for close to 3 hours on my hair and it gave me a bright orange colour. The second step of Indigo (mixed in warm water with a little left over henna and a teaspoon of himalayan pink salt) gave me a beautiful dark coverage, but with a blue green tinge to my hair ๐Ÿ™ !!!

    Any suggestions how I can fix this, or as I have read other posts where it states the colour takes a couple of days to oxidise, as such would it lose the blue green tinge and give me a nice black/red toned look?

    I will post back in a couple of days if there is a natural change in the colour, but in the meantime any suggestions/assurance would be great, Thanks

    1. Kathy

      I remember once, years ago, using henna that turned my brown hair a dark brown with green tints. It did fade, eventually, but not quickly.

  152. Peg

    Have any of you tried HairPrint (new product)?

    I tried it and it smells like Henna. Both to me smell like straw or hay.

    I am pleased with it. However, there is a lot of it, and you can’t just have a little bit (to my knowledge) to touch up your roots. I do plan to contact the company to see if there is a smaller amount I can purchase.

  153. Parul Sheth

    All Henna dyers: its convenient to apply henna at home but if you are travelling and need to touch up roots every 15 days, can you suggest temporary hair colour which can go well on henna dyed hair?

  154. Roma

    Hi! I have black hair & lately gray hair is showing up all over. I would like to cover my gray hair would rather have light brown or black. I want to try henna and not used any dyes before. Can you please help?

  155. Kathy

    I went to the stylist the other day for streaks, and it didn’t take. No colour whatsoever when she was done. Does anyone know if I can use henna now? I have no colour from the dye, but I’m wondering if it may have still altered the composition of my hair in some way. I’ve used hennas off and on for many years, never anywhere near hair dye, though.

  156. Kimm Hunt

    I use the henna powder you can buy at any IndoPak grocery stores. There’s many brands to choose from. I like Depur.

    I’ve been using henna for 3 years. It’s messy and a pain but for $5 a coloring you can’t beat it.

    I’ve found you have to leave it on for at least 3 hrs. I usually go to bed after applying and wake up in the middle of the night and wash it out. Takes 15 min. Soak hair lying in a bathtub and gently work the henna out. Then hop in the shower and wash w/ shampoo. I use conditioner w/ a few drops of evoo.

    I’ve never had problems with my roots being lighter than the rest of my hair. I usually dye my whole head but when I had very long hair I only dyed my roots for a year. There was no difference bw the new or old color.

  157. Deb

    The only henna I use is what I purchase from Mehandi Henna. They carry, only after testing the henna themselves for purity and content, the best henna for covering gray that is pretty much chemical free from harmful chemicals. I say pretty much because nothing is perfect in love and war. I mix my dry henna (which you keep in the freezer until you use it) with lemon juice until it has the consistency of thick pudding (it needs acidic content) and let it sit for the day until dyes are released. I put a wooden chop stick in it as it will show color on the stick so you know it’s releasing. I like to put my henna in the window so it gets the warmth from the sun which helps it to release faster. I then put it on my hair and let it sit for 2-3 hours. It covers my gray perfectly and gives me a beautiful red with highlights through it. Sometimes, I use their indigo if I want a more brownish henna. That you don’t mix in until you are ready to use your henna. You mix the indigo with water and then mix through the henna paste. Never put indigo in the freezer or refrigerator. That will destroy the indigo.

  158. Fab

    Thanks for sharing all of that stuff with us, and your tips for reach best results ๐Ÿ™‚
    My name is Fab, I’d like to ask for a piece of advice please ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    I dye my air with a mixture for a light brown which contains Cassia obovata, Lawsonia inermis and Indigo tinctoria, I do it every month since February …however my hair colour is a way darker that I wanted to be since I started…
    I thought I may start a new mixture to go lighter using Lawsonia inermis, Walnut hull, Cassia obovata, Curcuma and Add warm chamomile to it.
    I’ m Still waiting to wash away the Indigo as you can see in these pics..
    Are there any advice you could gently give to me pls?
    How long should I wait before to try this new mixture, based on your experience?

    Hope you can help me with that, I really do

  159. Amanda

    I grew very tired of my hair and thought I would just go gray and be done with it, I hated it. but now I am unable to re dye back to red, The color washes out as fast as I rinse, will red henna help hold any color ? my color now looks like straw pinky kind of almost blond..

  160. Julie Hiscox

    Google “Henna for Hair”. The website has very detailed information about using henna in addition to having high quality henna, indigo, cassia and amla for purchase. I started using henna about five years ago after a dye mishap that turned my hair magenta. After removing the errant dye, I tried henna. Not without misgiving because going in that I would have to let it grow out before I could dye it with a chemical dye. Fortunately, the red has been very close to my original color (back in the day). My hair and scalp are very healthy and everybody loves the color. Much better alternative than soaking hair and scalp in chemicals and the color is better than any traditional hair dye, especially for red hair. I am not associated with the subject website, but am a loyal customer.


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