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.


  1. Angela says

    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

    • Carianne says

      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.

    • Emma Smith says

      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.

      • Meagan says

        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

    • Jane says


      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.

  2. Alina says

    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. says

    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.

    • carla says

      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 says

    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”… :)

    • Jessica says

      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.

    • Amber says

      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.).

      • Sam says

        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).

      • Tressie says

        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!

        • says

          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?

        • lisa says

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

  5. Rose says

    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

    • says

      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!

    • Megan says

      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.

    • meshal says

      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

      • Robin says

        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.

        • Indian says

          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.

      • Melissa says

        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.

    • Megan says

      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!

    • Jazz says

      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.

    • Megan says

      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.

      • brenda says

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

        • meshal says

          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 says

    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.

      • sarah says

        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 says

    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 people´s 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.

    • Maggie says

      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. :)

    • Sara says

      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. :)

    • meshal says

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

    • Virginia says

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

      • Heather says

        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.

        • says

          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.

    • Meagan says

      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

    • says

      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 years…Carol

  8. Bev says

    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 Sunrise® Henna for Gray Hair Kit – Item # 2528

    • DeeDee says

      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!

      • BJ says

        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. :)

      • Elaine says

        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. says

    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 says

    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. ^_^

    • Fawnita says

      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?

    • Tiffany says

      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.

      • feather says

        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.

        • Rylan says

          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.)

    • Rylan says

      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 says

    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!! 😉

  12. Raybena says

    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!! 😉

  13. Joe :) says

    Hello :)
    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?

    • callie says

      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.

      • gnatcar says

        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.

    • Maggie says

      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.

    • Sabine says


      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.

    • Mollika Doss says

      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.

    • Debra says

      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

    • Barbra Boiser says

      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.

    • HV says

      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.

      • says

        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. :) I use Red Raj from Henna Sooq.

  14. kenzie says

    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 says

    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 says

    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

    • Debra says

      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

    • Tiffany says

      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 says

    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 says

    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 says

    Try mixing sour curd and egg to the henna mixture before applying and keep this mixture in the fridge for atleast one hour :)
    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 says

    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. says


    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 :)


  22. Maya says

    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 says

    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 :) 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 says

    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 says

    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…..

    • says

      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 says

    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 says

    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 says

    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 says

    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 says

    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 says

    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 says

    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?

    • Maria says

      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 says

    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 says

    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).

    • enrique lewis says

      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 :-)

    • tami says

      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 says

    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 says

    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 :)

  37. Karen says

    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 says

    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 says

    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?

  40. Kay says

    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.

  41. says

    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!


  42. dee-ann farrell says



    • angelene says

      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.

  43. Vanessa says

    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.)

    • lucy says

      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!

    • 23rdMonkey says

      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

  44. Nicole says

    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! :)

  45. Lori says

    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?

  46. Monique says

    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

  47. Krista says

    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.?

    • Mollika Doss says

      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 !

      • Dalila says

        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.

    • says

      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.

  48. Elizabeth says

    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!

  49. Deanna says

    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.

  50. Leslie says

    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.

    • Rah-Rah says

      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.

  51. Menoa says

    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?

  52. Monique says

    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!!!.

  53. Katherine says

    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.

  54. says

    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

  55. Yasmin says

    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

  56. says

    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.

  57. Martha says

    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.

  58. linda gaskin says

    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?

  59. sandhya says

    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

  60. Kelly says

    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 :)

    • Ken says

      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.


  61. Smalm says

    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.

  62. Tina says

    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.

  63. Kirsti says

    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.

  64. Anni says

    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 :( i practically had virgin hair before i put henna on it …

  65. Karen says

    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

  66. Jenny says

    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.

  67. chandrika mangal says

    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/

    • Diamond says


      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.

    • says

      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.

    • Tami says

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

  68. Karen says

    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.

  69. Ares says


    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.

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  71. Chelsea says

    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?

  72. kitty says

    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.

  73. Debbie says

    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.

    • eliza says


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

      • luna says

        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)

  74. nikki says

    It was the very first time I dyed my hair. From black to chestnut brown, unfortunately it didn’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?

  75. Helene says

    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.

  76. Ramón Jurado says

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

  77. Maryam says

    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

  78. moyo says

    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

  79. Buddy02 says

    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!

  80. CynM77 says

    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.

  81. Jen says

    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.

    • says

      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.

  82. Erin says

    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).

    • says

      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.

  83. alj says

    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.

  84. maggie says

    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!

  85. Diann says

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

  86. heather says

    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.

  87. gaby says

    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.

  88. feather says

    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

    • Megan says

      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.

    • Pam says

      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.

  89. Menahil says

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

  90. Rae says

    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.

  91. jay says

    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?

  92. Susan says

    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!

      • says

        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.

    • Karen says

      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!

  93. karen says

    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.

  94. Jessica says

    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!

  95. Ashley says

    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.

  96. says

    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.

  97. Namrata says

    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. 😉 :)

  98. Jennifer says

    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??

  99. Abbey says

    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?

  100. says

    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!

  101. says

    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.

  102. Kelly says

    I’ve had bad henna experiences from several companies including Lush :(
    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 :)

  103. says

    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?

  104. storm5 says

    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.

  105. Pat says

    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!

  106. Nikki R. says

    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!!

  107. suz says

    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.

  108. Heather Hailey says

    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.

  109. SM says

    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. :)

  110. Kassidy says

    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.

  111. Bev mackenzie says


    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.

  112. says

    Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who gave Henna Sooq shout outs and recommendations :)

    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!

  113. Maria says

    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!

  114. afrouz says


  115. Anne says

    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.

  116. Aysha Hiba says

    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…

  117. Mary says

    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.


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