Henna has been use to dye the hair for
over 5000 years. It's a beautiful, safe, and healthy way to color your
There are many myths about hair henna, so let's dispel those first!
Henna & Commercial Hair Dyes
You may have heard that you cannot use henna over already colored hair or use
traditional hair dyes over henna. Not exactly true.
You CAN use natural body art quality henna (BAQ) over already colored or
bleached hair. You CAN color over hair that has been colored with BAQ
You can NOT use chemically altered or poor quality henna with commercial hair
Body art quality henna is pure henna (assuming you get it from a reputable
supplier, like us, of course!) and will not cause reactions with chemical hair
dyes. Henna that is labeled as hair henna often has metallic salts, lead,
and other chemicals that can react VERY badly with chemical hair dyes, including
melting your hair. This is why you should ONLY use BAQ henna on your hair.
The Color of Henna
Henna is red. Period. Any henna labeled as any other color is mixed
with chemicals. Henna is a transparent dye, so it will NOT lighten your
hair. Just like henna on the skin, henna uses the color of the hair as
it's color base.
It is possible to get other colors like black or browns naturally by mixing BAQ
henna with other herbal options such as indigo. We only offer quality
natural BAQ henna at this time.
If you have white blond or gray hair, you will get a super bold red color.
If you have light brown hair, you will get a brown/auburn color.
If you have dark brown or black hair, you will get glossy red highlights in the
You will get a glossy natural looking color with natural highlights and
lowlights with BAQ henna. It covers gray beautifully and naturally!
How Much Henna Do I Need for My Hair?
If you have
exceptionally thick hair, add a bit more. If you have curly hair add much more!
Any henna you don't use can be frozen for later use or for use in a henna gloss.
Short Hair (Chin Length) = 50-100 grams
Shoulder Length = 100-200 grams
Mid Back Length = 200-300
= 500 grams
*TIP* To save money, buy henna by the kilo. Unopened henna powder is good for 3 years if stored in a cool dry place! You can also mix larger batches and freeze extra henna in individual sized "servings" for later use. You'll have already mixed, ready to use henna at your fingertips!
How To Mix Hair Henna and Apply Henna to the Hair
As with skin henna, there are a million different ways to mix henna for use on
the hair, but I'm going to give you the easiest most reliable recipe.
Remember, henna is a transparent stain that used your hair color as its base. Do a strand test before committing to hennaing your entire head to be sure you
like the results. Mix a little bit of powder and apply it to either you
hair or hair gathered from your hair brush.
- Mix fresh henna powder with warm water until
you get a consistency of pancake batter.
- Allow henna to sit and release dye for 4
hours or more. If you are using Jamila henna, allow 6 hours or more.
- USE GLOVES,
to apply the henna to clean dry hair, being sure to completely saturate
every strand. You will need
to knead the henna into your hair with your hands. Be sure you apply
the henna very thick.
- Either wrap your hair with plastic wrap or
put a plastic cap over your hair, pressing it down so it touches
- Wipe off ANY henna that is on the skin, as
it will stain.
- Leave the henna on your hair for 2-4 hours.
The longer you leave the henna on, the richer the color. You can leave the
henna on longer, and it will NOT harm your hair in any way. Some
people like to sleep with henna in their hair. I am not one of those
- Rinse the henna out of your hair. This is
not the easiest task and will take forever if you have long hair!
- Follow with a quick shampoo and conditioner.
The color you see now is NOT the final color of your hennaed hair.
The color will tone down, getting darker and less orange, over 3 or 4 days to your final color. This change can be dramatic, so don't judge the color until day 4.
Print Hair Henna Instructions
- You can add a little bit of
sugar or conditioner to the henna when you mix it to make it easier to
work in and out of the hair.
- You can add scent to your henna by adding
rose water or essential oils to the henna. If you add essential oil
only add a couple of drops or you WILL get a headache.
- If you don't like the smell of henna, add a teaspoon of ginger powder to the henna to neutralize the scent.
- The easiest way to rinse the henna out of
your hair is to swish your hair around in a bathtub to loosen the henna,
- For deeper color you can reapply henna as
often as you like.
- You can henna just your roots or your entire
- Some people report that
henna will dry their hair out, though the vast majority of people benefit
with softer better conditioned hair. Simply add conditioner to your mix to
prevent this possibility and do not mix your henna with lemon juice.
- If you have curly hair,
it may loosen your curl pattern.
Creating and Using a Conditioning Henna Gloss
Using a henna gloss is a
great way to pep-up your color every so often. It's also wonderful if you
don't want to commit to full blown henna, as a henna gloss does not leave nearly
as much color as the henna recipe above.
- Mix henna paste (henna and water) with your
favorite hair conditioner in a ratio of 1 part henna to 3 parts conditioner.
- Apply and allow to sit
on your head for 30 minutes to 1
hour. The longer you leave it in, the more color will be deposited on
Benefits of Henna
- Henna is a natural
conditioner and hair strengthener.
- Reduces or eliminates
- Henna is permanent and
does not fade as much as typical red hair dyes.
- Henna leaves a natural
looking color with natural highlights.
- Henna is great for men
to use both on their hair and beards.
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