How to Apply Henna On Hair

5 CommentsSaturday, 8 September 2012  |  Tricia

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 the underneath layer of your hair is completely coated, let down the top layer one section at a time, coating each one as you go.

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 hennacassia, 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.

  1. Improves scalp health. Henna helps improve and maintain scalp health with its cooling, antifungal and antimicrobial properties. It can help sooth aggravated and itchy scalps while also helping treat other issues like dandruff and fungal infections.
  2. Enhances hair colour. Henna is a well-known natural hair dye, but it can also improve your hairs natural pigment and prevent premature greying of hair.
  3. Conditions your hair. Studies show that henna has hair conditioning properties. This is because henna helps seal the hair cuticle so that it can retain moisture.
  4. Promotes hair growth and curbs hair loss. Henna benefits the scalp by improving follicle health. This, in turn, curbs hair loss and boosts the rate at which hair grows.

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.


Tuesday, 22 January 2013  |  22:28

Hi I have massive allergic reactions to hair dye and have also visited a and e because of this. I have also had an allergic reaction to black henna but been advised that this is not true organic henna. I have many grey hairs and was wondering if u could send me a small sample before I purchase so I can test on a small piece of hair. I am desperate to find something that I can cover my grey hairs with. I have even tried organic hair dyes before and had allergic reactions to these too.

Monday, 29 June 2015  |  0:03

Normally it's PPD or PTD you get allergic reaction from when you dye your hair. You should ONLY use 100 % pure henna (= orange or red hair) - with NO INDIGO! Pure henna does not contain any PPD or PTD, but indigo, also called "black henna" is not real henna, but often causes severe allergic reactions - or even deaths in worst case.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015  |  20:55

Hi Mette, It is true that its usually PPD that usually causes the nasty allergic reactions. None of our products contain PPD or PTD. Our indigo powder does not contain PPD, just the ground leaves of the indigo plant. You can use our indigo to mix together with henna to create a variety of shades.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015  |  21:05

Hi Liarna,
The Hair Colours we sell are totally 100% natural and unlikely to give you a reaction. However some people are allergic to natural ingredients too. The organic hair dye and black henna you had a reaction to previously may have not been really natural and may have had chemicals added. Before you use a new hair colour on your hair it would be advisable to do a 48 hour patch skin test first on the inside of your elbow. We have some small tester sizes of the some of the powder hair colours which you can purchase on this page:

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