Henna is a non-damaging plant based dye that you can use to stain your hair a reddish-brown colour. Applying henna dye to your hair can be quite messy, so you must take some precautions to make sure you don't stain your forehead or surroundings. Once henna is on your hair, let it soak in for a few hours in a plastic cap or film before you rinse it out. Keeping reading to find our step by step tutorial on how to best apply henna to your hair.
Firstly, mix up your organic henna, as per the instructions. Here is how it should look like when it's all ready to go.
Next, prepare your hair. It should be clean, without any conditioner or other products. Section off the top layers of your hair with hair elastics or clips. Make sure to use gloves to protect your hands from stains.
Next, section off small pieces of hair and put the paste on with your fingers, working it in to fully cover every strand in the section.
Doing the front sections of your hair should be easy. For the back, you can look in the mirror, but it’s still a bit tricky. Unless you have double mirrors, you can do it by feeling around or get someone else to help you apply it at the back.
When all of your hair is totally coated, you can gather it on the top of your head, then cover and leave to dye, follow the instructions to see how long to leave henna on hair.
Our henna, cassia, and indigo powders are quite finely ground and so not at all gritty or twiggy. They will mix into a smooth paste which is easier to apply than some poorer-quality henna powders. You can purchase our henna, cassia and indigo powders here...
Applying henna yourself is always a bit tricky the first time, but will become easier the more you get used to applying it yourself.
What are the benefits of using henna?
Henna is best known for its many benefits including relieving headaches, detoxifying the body, improving skin and nails health, and reducing inflammation.
Using henna on your hair can also bring lots of benefits, this versatile hair care ingredient can be used to maintain overall hair health. Conditioning, repairing damage, and balancing pH levels are just some of the many benefits that henna offers.
How can you determine the colour outcomes of dying your hair with henna?
Everyone’s hair is different and will take the colour slightly differently. Different application methods can affect the colour result. Trial and error may be necessary to get your desired shade, so strand testing is an excellent way of experimenting to find the right shade.
Henna coats your hair with a semi-transparent layer of colour, so some of your original hair colour underneath will show through to some extent, thus affecting the final colour outcome.
For example, on white or very light coloured hair, red henna will be a coppery orange colour. On dark blonde hair it is likely to be a natural auburn red shade, and on medium brown hair, a rich reddish brown. On dark brown hair, it will be a lot less red, more of a slight red undertone in the light.
When henna is used with indigo, it can give different shades of browns to black on grey hair. The resulting colour depends on the method, how long you leave it on for and the proportion of henna and indigo used.