6 Things To Know Before Using Henna Hair Dye

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If you’re considering using henna hair dye as an all-natural alternative to traditional hair dye you’d use in a professional salon, there are a few things you should know before getting started. The first time I used it, I hadn’t done my research and regretted it!

I’m sharing these tips so that YOU won’t make the same mistakes I did.

before using henna hair dye highlighted hair

Here’s what I think you should know.

1. Is Henna Good For Your Hair?

Henna hair dye is considered a good conditioner for your hair, and as a result can make it stronger, thicker, and shinier. It may help to restore the natural pH balance of your hair and scalp, too!

applying henna hair dye

2. How Long Does Henna Stay in Your Hair?

Henna is a permanent hair dye. The color is most vibrant for the first 4 to 6 weeks, and in my experience it starts to gradually fade after that, but I’m not sure it ever goes away completely.

Keep in mind that if you want to dye your hair later, it may be difficult to go lighter in color. Henna is very hard to lift out of your hair later! (I found this out after the fact– and was disappointed that I couldn’t get my hair highlighted for nearly a year after dying my hair with henna.)

3. It’s Messy to Apply & Can Stain Your Skin

The first time I used henna, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I highly recommend working the henna through your hair in the bathroom– ideally standing in a dry shower, so you can rinse away any mess when you’re done.

hand holding henna hair die

When mixed together, henna has the texture of mud and it can feel a little awkward to apply. As a result, there’s usually some that drips on the floor, and down your forehead.

henna hair dye mud in hair

Before you apply the henna dye, protect your skin by using a thick balm or cream to create a barrier. I rub it around my forehead, ears, and neck.

applying lush balm on forehead

4. Henna Hair Dye Can Take a Long Time to Set

Depending on the vibrancy you want, henna can take 1 to 6 hours to develop.

henna hair dye shower cap

That’s a long time to have your scalp wrapped in a shower cap. (The shower cap keeps the dye warm, and therefore, more effective, while also preventing drips so you can walk around your house!)

I should note that I can only last 2 hours before my patience gives out, and usually my hair turns out well!

5. Henna Will Not Necessarily 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. (Henna can cover gray hair, but it’s a slightly extra process.)

red hair color

I happened to have roots and highlights the first time I used henna (you can see before pictures of my highlights and roots at the top of this post), 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. Without the noticeable roots, I think this would be pretty!

6. It Can be Difficult to Change Your Hair Color AFTER using Henna

Some brands of henna dye have metallic salts added to it, and as a result, you cannot use chemical hair dyes over them. (The result is a chemical reaction that causes your hair to smoke!) It’s important to let your hair dresser know that you’ve dyed your hair with henna before you get started, so they are prepared.

In my case, I was able to even out my hair color after using henna using a semi-permanent dye. My stylist had to apply it twice, however, because she said my hair was not receptive to absorbing the color after using the henna. (Normally, my hair takes to dye very quickly!)

before after henna hair dye

It should also be noted that my hair did not lift with bleach easily after using henna, so we had to go a shade darker, rather than lighter. I love getting my hair highlighted, so this something I wish I knew before getting started!

Which Brands of Henna Hair Dye Are Best?

There are always new brands entering the market, but I’ve only tried two brands so far. Most recently, I used Morrocco Method when trying to cover gray hair, and it worked really well! I love that it has no metallic salts added, so I didn’t have to worry about my hair smoking later if I got my hair dyed at a salon.

The very first time I dyed my hair with henna, I used Lush brand. According to their website, they add ingredients like lemon juice and coffee grounds to their henna, but I don’t believe they add metallic salts to their products, either.

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?

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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.)


    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!


    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


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! 🙂


Also, henna will ONLY make your hair red, if it claims to turn your hair anything else, it is not pure henna.


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?


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


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

    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 !


      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.

    Vanessa at Henna Sooq

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


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!


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.


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.


    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.


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?


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!!!.


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.


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


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


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.


“Caca marron” literally translates to “crap brown” I thought that was humorously ironic. 😛

Trade Winds Store

Yeah Henna can be very messy. If you’re not trying to color your hands when dying your hair, it’s very important to use gloves of some sort.


How long does it take for the natural hair color to return after using henna?


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.

linda gaskin

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


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


    If the henna is pure it is good for your hair. If it is mixed with heavy metals and chemicals it isn’t.


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 🙂


    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.



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.


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.


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.


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 …


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


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.

chandrika mangal

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



    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.


    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.


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


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.



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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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?


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.


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.



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


      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)


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?


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.


This was a GREAT read. Thanks for sharing your experience!

Ramón Jurado

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


Thanks for posting. I have had my hair colored for over ten years and I like to look for some good hair colors on this page.


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


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


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!


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.


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.

    Vanessa at Henna Sooq

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


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).

    Vanessa at Henna Sooq

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


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.


    exactly! after all CACA (poop) is also a natural product and I wouldn’t put it on MY hair hahaha

    Vanessa at Henna Sooq

    Some have severe reactions to commercial hair dyes which is the biggest reason to use henna. 🙂

      Cpt. S.A.

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

        Cpt. S.A.

        Sorry meant it keeps my grey AWAY a lot longer lol

          Albena Todorova

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


      That’s right

      Joanna Panzera

      For years I wondered if I was missing out on something until not too long ago a friend mentioned her experience of henna with me. FYI this is a women who never dyed her hair and the only thing she ever did try one time was Henna. She said it changed the texture and her hair looked redish. She had light brown hair. This is all I have ever personally heard from someone I know on Henna.

    Gaihel D'Antilio

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


      what is the wrinkle cream that you make ?


      What is the recipe of cream you use?


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


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!


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

    Irma Mendoza

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


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

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