Henna is a harmless herbal dye that can be used to dye auburn hair. Applying
Henna to your hair can be messy, and you’ll need to take a few precautions to ensure you don’t stain your forehead or the surrounding area. Once the henna is on your hair, you’ll want to wrap it in plastic and let it sit for a few hours before rinsing it out. The key to coloring your hair with henna is preparation, as
powder needs to be mixed and allowed to sit for several hours before you can use it, so be sure to mix
Preparation of applications
Mix the henna powder. Henna
comes in powder form and you need to mix it with water before applying it to your hair. Mix ½ cup (50 g) of henna with ¼ cup (59 ml) of warm water
. Stir to combine. Stir in more water per tablespoon (15-
ml) as needed until the henna paste is the consistency of
○ After mixing the
powder and water, cover the bowl with plastic and allow the
to develop at room temperature for approximately 12 hours.
○ When you are ready to apply the
colorant, add a little more water until you get a thick but spreadable
2. Shampoo then dry hair. Before using henna, you must start with clean hair.
shower or bath, wash hair with regular shampoo to remove dirt, oil and styling products. Rinse out all
Shampoo. After shower, towel dry, blow dry or air dry.
○ Do not condition the hair as the oil in the conditioner will prevent the
Henna from properly penetrating the roots.
Protect your hair with oil. If you have long hair, gather it up and tie it up so that your face, shoulders, and neck are exposed. For short hair, wear a headband to keep your hair from blocking your face.
Use your fingers to apply coconut oil, body butter or petroleum jelly to the hairline, including the forehead, neck and
○ The oil creates a barrier between the henna and the skin, preventing spots around the hairline.
4. Comb and separate the hair. Let your hair down and comb it with a wide tooth comb. It will remove
knots and knots without frizzing your hair. Part your hair in the middle and let your hair fall evenly on the sides of your head.
○ You don’t need to cut your hair because you will color it in layers.
5. Protect your skin. Henna tends to be everywhere, so it’s a good idea to wear old clothes and protect yourself with a rag or an old towel.
Towel draped over the shoulders.
Arrange the towel to cover your neck and shoulders
and secure it with bobby pins or bobby pins. Because
Henna can stain skin, wear a pair of rubber or nitrile gloves to protect your hands and nails.
○ You can also use a plastic sheet, a rain cape or a
○ Put a damp cloth nearby and immediately wipe the water droplets from the skin
Apply the henna cream
1． Apply the paste generously to a small section of hair.
Starting at the top layer of hair, the
catches fine hair 2 inches wide (5cm wide) from the center back of the head. Comb this section away from the rest of
‘s hair. Apply 1-2 teaspoons (2-4 grams) of henna to
‘s roots with a large color brush or fingers. Apply henna to the ends, adding more paste if needed.
Henna paste doesn’t spread as easily as traditional dyes, so it’s important to make sure
your hair is completely saturated from root to tip.
2. Tuck the hair on top of the head. When you have completely covered the front
hair, twist it a few times and twist it into a bun on top of your head.
Henna paste is very sticky, so a circle of hair will stick to it. If you want
, you can fix it.
○ If you have short hair, twist this section and pin it on top of your head to keep it out of the way
○ 3. Apply the paste to the next segment. Using the same top layer of
hair, take a 2″ (5 cm) section of fresh hair next to the original
section. Apply henna paste to roots with fingers or
Spread the paste towards the tip, adding more paste if necessary, until the entire section of
is saturated with henna paste.
4. Turn and turn over the original part of the bread. Twist the colored section of hair several times.
Wrap it around the original bun you made with the first section of hair.
Because henna is very sticky, the
coil will stay in place, but you can secure it with pins.
○ For short hair, twist this part and place it above the original part, pin
5. Continue to apply the paste to the rest of the hair. Work in small pieces as before.
towards the front of the head, apply the henna to the hair on either side of the area. Continue working in thin
2 inch (5 cm) sections to ensure good coverage. After dyeing the top layer of hair, repeat the same
process for the bottom layer until all hair is dyed.
○ Continue to twist and twist each section of hair around the original bun.
Touch around the hairline. When each section of hair is covered and twisted into a bun, work around the hairline and add more paste to areas where the henna looks sparse or needs more coverage
. Pay particular attention to the hairline and at the roots.
installation and rinsing 1.
Wrap plastic wrap over hair.
When your hair is fully covered, take a long piece of
plastic wrap and wrap your hair. Completely wrap the plastic around the hairline and completely cover your hair and crown
. Do not close your ears.
○ Wrapping your hair in plastic will help keep the henna warm and moist, and
this will allow it to set.
○ If you have to go out with your hair like this, you can wrap a scarf around
and cover it with plastic wrap.
2. Keep the henna warm and let it harden. Henna usually takes two to four hours to set. The longer it stays, the darker and more vibrant the
color will become. You can promote the development of the
color by keeping the henna warm.
If you go out in cold weather, stay indoors and wear a hat if you must go out.
○ If you want maximum vibrancy, you can leave your henna on for up to
○ If you only nourish your hair with henna, a few hours should be enough. 3. Rinse with conditioner
When the henna has had time to set,
puts on gloves and removes the plastic film. Jump into the
shower and thoroughly rinse the henna from your hair. Rub
Conditioner into your hair to help loosen the paste.
○ Continue conditioning and rinsing until the water runs clear and there is no more
paste in the hair.
Wait a few days for the color to develop. Henna takes about 48 hours to develop properly.
When your hair first dries, it will be very shiny and orange. Over the next few days the color will intensify and
become less orange]
5. Touch the roots as they grow.
Henna is a permanent dye, so you don’t have to worry about the
fading or fading over time. You can reapply for deeper, more vibrant color, or reapply Paste
as the roots grow. When you touch down the roots, let the henna sit for the same amount of time as it did originally to achieve a similar color.
Disadvantages of Henna Hair Coloring
Although henna has many advantages, it also has many disadvantages. Some are purely cosmetic, while others are more serious.
● Color may rub off initially
● Color may fade or darken over time
● Can only darken hair, not lighten
● Requires complicated application process
● May dry hair
Does not bleach
Stains skin and clothing
Color may be affected by heat styling
Not recommended for hair salt and pepper
May damage hair
May contain unhealthy additives
● May cause an allergic reaction
● May cause hair loss
● May cause loss of hair texture
Difficult to change color
Once you’ve dyed your hair with henna, it’s hard to
change it. Usually you’re about at
Henna “will sit deep in the cuticle, making it difficult for your stylist to open the cuticle, and the
will change the color,” says Monica Davis,
Professional Hairstylist and Founder. by My Straightener.
Bleaching is not easy
When bleaching hair after using henna,
proceed with caution.
You *can* bleach hair that has been dyed with pure henna.
Before doing this, make sure you are using 100%
% henna powder or paste.
Since many henna dyes contain additives, this is easier said than done.
You also have to wait for the henna to start to fade naturally. Otherwise, the bleaching process opens the hair cuticle
and deepens the red-orange or black tone.
Finally, Violetta’s hair isn’t as shiny as she thought.
She also noticed that her hair was getting “stretchy”, dry and brittle.
Finally, she posted this video explaining why she stopped using
Generally, the best thing to do is to remove the henna and let the hair grow back.
Best for dark hair
“Pure henna flower is great for dark hair,” says Salila Sukumaran, Ambassador for India’s Ministry of Health and founder of wellness travel consultancy Ayurgamaya.
On salt and pepper hair, henna leaves a bright orange sheen,” notes Sukumaran.
If you’re looking to cover up the gray, a better option is to use a high quality chemical dye.
May cause hair loss
Many people also complain of hair loss after using henna.
“Henna alone will not cause hair loss, but poor quality or misused henna can dry out the hair and scalp and
lead to severe hair loss,” says Davis.
Possible Health Side Effects
As Ayurvedic practitioners say, Sukumaran Overuse of henna can cause imbalances.
“Henna is very cool, if someone with a Kapha waist… wears a mask for more than
hours, they might get sick,” she said.
According to Ayurveda, leaving henna on the hair and scalp overnight can cause the following conditions:
Accumulation of mucus
Coughs and colds
Neck and shoulder pain
Additionally, the effects of leaving henna on the hair and Too long on the scalp can dry out the hair and make it brittle.
May react with metal
If you browse the web for information on how to dye your hair with henna, you may see a
warning not to use it in metal containers.
This is especially true when it comes to iron or aluminum.
Although Davis points out that most modern commercial henna dyes have antioxidant protection and do not react with metal
containers, it is difficult to tell if this is the case with the henna you are using.
Although there is no scientific evidence to confirm whether henna reacts with metal, it is safer to use a glass or
Henna Hair Coloring Although this is a long list of disadvantages, there are still many benefits of using henna for hair coloring.
● Can be made at home
● Less expensive than other
canned dyes ● Can be left on longer to deepen color
● Longer lasting than chemical dyes
● Provides a safe alternative to chemical dyes , especially for pregnancy
Seals hair cuticles
Improves shine and strength
Helps prevent dandruff
Reduces oily scalp
Helps prevent premature graying
4 May prevent hair loss
Henna can add shine, luster and strength to your hair
if you know which products to use.
“Due to the high concentration of tannins, henna is very effective
in preventing premature graying of hair,” says Davis.
If you’re obsessed with color, henna also offers the longest lasting hue.
“Henna provides a rich red that can last longer on hair than any
salon chemical dye,” Sukumaran explains.
In addition, henna nourishes and protects hair and scalp.
“It’s high in antioxidants, protein, and antifungals,” says Davis. “All three are great for a
It also provides your hair with a large dose of vitamin E, a natural conditioner.
Other Potential Health Benefits
Sukumaran notes that henna may also have Ayurvedic health benefits.
According to Ayurveda, henna is also a cooling agent that can relieve headaches and absorb excess oil from the scalp
Does henna damage hair?
Many rumors on the internet may suggest that henna can damage your hair.
Sukumaran shared a cautionary tale about a regular henna user who decided to bleach her
burgundy hair when the stylist was not using henna-safe bleach.
According to Sukumaran, a chemical reaction between henna and bleach caused client
‘s hair to smoke.
Although the stylist immediately washed off the bleach, the damage was done. The beauty of the
is that even if the hair shaft is damaged, it will grow back as long as the roots of the
are not damaged.
While this story is anecdotal, it’s still important to understand the powerful effects certain chemical and herbal combinations can have
. Some henna users, including YouTuber ife360TV, naturally find their hair looks damaged after repeated use of
Henna, including texture changes and hair loss.
Some henna blends may react negatively to bleach or chemical dyes.
Always tell your colorist if you have applied
Henna to your hair and always do a patch test and hair test to determine how any dye containing
will interact with your body.
What you need to know before coloring your hair
With the list of cons above, you’re probably good to go without using henna in your hair.
Before abandoning it completely, it is important to understand why these inconveniences arise and how to avoid them.
The effectiveness of henna for your hair depends on several factors, including:
whether you use conditioner
frequency of use
duration of use
porosity and texture
Everyone has a different experience when using henna.
This is because each individual has a unique hair porosity that affects how easily their hair accepts henna
dye and what happens to the hair after dyeing.
Henna is best for extremely porous hair or extremely absorbent
hair. Low porosity hair will not accept
People with curly hair may experience less tight or bouncy curls after using henna.
This occurs when Lawone molecules from henna adhere to
hair strands, creating a layer of color that alters the porosity of the hair.
It also weighs hair down and can damage curls.
The more henna you apply, the thicker the layer of lawone molecules on your hair becomes. While
produces deeper colors, it can also have a flattened effect.
“Regular use of henna can ruin curls,” says Sukumaran. “Henna tends to create a coating on the shaft of the
hair, straightening the strands. If you have wavy or loose curls, you can use the Curly Pattern
In addition, henna can dry out the hair.
“Regular, high-quality henna can make dry, frizzy hair even more dry and frizzy,” says Davis. Add moisturizers to the paste to counter this effect.
Bloom offers advice. to combat frizz loss, including adding
Hibiscus Tea Conditioner to your hair care routine and avoiding high-protein conditioners such as Egg Mask.
Frequency and duration of use application
As stated earlier, repeated application of henna to the hair causes up
protein molecules to form on the hair shaft.
This can make the hair heavier, less porous and lose its natural curl.
Sukumaran recommends leaving henna on your hair for less than an hour if you have curly or wavy hair.
As a person with curly hair, she herself noticed that after prolonged use of
henna, the curling products did not work as well.
“If you leave the henna on longer, the texture of the hair becomes smoother and straighter,” she says.
As with most ingredients and products, it is possible to be allergic to henna.
This can cause
irritation and redness of the scalp.
There are also henna scammers.
is an artificial dye based on p-phenylenediamine, sometimes called PDD. When PDD interacts with air, it oxidizes to indigo or
black, creating a “black” stain.
However, it can irritate the scalp, including:
Severe hair infection (in 4 severe cases) or hypersensitivity to prolonged exposure to the dye.
Some, like Davis,
, consider black henna application unsafe and won’t offer it in their salons.
Before applying henna to hair, always do a patch test to rule out allergies. Avoid black henna
, which is made from the synthetic ingredient p-phenylenediamine (PDD).
In addition to cheating, many henna powders, pastes and mixtures contain dangerous additives
444 Orange Dye Found May Cause:
● Chronic inflammatory reactions
● Delayed hypersensitivity reactions to hair products and fabric dyes
What to use
Commercially, you have several options when it comes to henna. Ready-to-use pasta is everywhere, but
it’s important to make sure the product you choose is of the highest quality.
Davis is concerned about the lack of quality control of henna products.
“Rogue manufacturers can simply sell contaminated products or add chemicals to reduce production costs,”
She completely avoids henna contact with clients.
If you choose to use it, she recommends that you look for a product that:
Godrej Nupur Henna is a popular choice. Bloom uses this product, Sukumaran recommends it for their Ayurvedic Beneficial Herbal Blend
Many henna users also recommend Lush products or The Henna Guys henna dye.
In India, Shahnaz Husain’s products are very popular and widely used.
This brand offers many Ayurvedic skin and hair care products made only from
botanical ingredients and herbs. The company also includes recipes for making pastes and masks.
Shahnaz Husain products include:
● Henna Powder
● Indigo Henna Powder
● Conditioning Henna Powder that can be used as a hair mask
Forest Essentials offers a powerful formula with Banana Pulp, Fenugreek, Hibiscus and other herbs A restorative mask to help combat the dryness that henna can cause. Traditional
henna recipes may include tea or coffee to enhance its coloring potential.
If using pure
henna you may also need to add the following ingredients:
Regular henna powder can be used as a base for custom pastes, but henna powder does not mix well with
liquid and is difficult to apply.
If you go DIY, be sure to follow your henna recipe carefully, including safety precautions.
After Color Care
After color care is as important as preparation. Here are the best practices:
1. Rinse off the henna thoroughly with water.
2. Let the hair rest for 24 hours.
3. Shampoo and conditioner after waiting period.
Treat your hair with a moisturizing mask.
“After applying the henna hair mask and washing it off, it’s best to let the hair rest for 24 hours,” says Sukumaran
, “this will help deepen the color and embed the beneficial properties.”
She recommends waiting until the next day before washing hair and conditioning for best results.
Davis also recommends treating your hair with a good conditioning and moisturizing mask.
Conclusion: is henna bad for the hair?
As with any beauty treatment, it is important to know how your hair and skin will react if you color your hair with henna.
Knowing what goes into henna dyes will greatly increase your chances of ending up with beautiful, healthy,
richly colored hair.
Henna is a harmless herbal dye that can be used to dye auburn hair. Applying