Henna has been used to dye the hair for over 7500 years. Natural henna is a beautiful, safe, and healthy way to color your hair. Henna leaves the hair glossy, soft, and beautifully conditioned. Natural henna is great for all different types of hair including straight, wavy, curly, and kinky (1a-4c hair types). Keep in mind henna can loosen your curl pattern.
How Much Henna Do I Need for My Hair?
Henna is generally sold in 100 gram packs.
- Short Hair (Chin Length) = 50-100 grams of henna
- Shoulder Length Hair = 100-200 grams of henna
- Mid-Back Length Hair = 200-300 grams of henna
- Waist Length Hair = 400-500 grams
- If you are just doing roots on any length hair, you obviously don’t need as much henna.
If you have exceptionally thick hair, add more henna. If you have curly hair, add even more henna! Any henna you don’t use can be frozen for later use or to be used as part of a henna gloss.
*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 of henna paste and freeze it in individual sized “servings” for later use. Let it thaw and you have ready to use henna at your fingertips!
How to Mix Henna for the Hair (Hair Henna Recipe)
As with skin henna, there are a million different ways to mix henna to use as a hair dye. Not all of them are good for the hair. This is a simple straight-forward hair henna recipe. It’s easy and reliable without weird ingredients.
- Mix BAQ henna powder with lukewarm water until you get a consistency or pancake batter.
- Set henna aside to await dye release.*
ORa henna and most other hennas need about 4 hours for dye release when mixed with lukewarm water.
Jamila henna requires 6 hours or more for dye release when mixed with lukewarm water.
- USE GLOVES, to apply henna paste to clean dry hair, being sure to saturate every strand. Knead the henna into the hair with your hands. The henna should be applied very thick.
- Either wrap the hair with plastic wrap or put a plastic cap over your hair, pressing down so it touches the henna paste.
- 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 hair, the richer the color. You can leave the henna on for longer and not harm your hair or skin. You can even leave the henna on overnight for really rich color.
- Rinse the henna out of your hair. This is not the easiest task and will take forever if you have long or curly hair.
- Follow with a quick shampoo and conditioner.
- IMPORTANT! The color you see after rinsing your hair 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 four.
Mixing and Using a Conditioning Henna Gloss
Using a henna gloss is a great way to pep-up your hair color and add intense conditioning to your hair every so often. A henna gloss is also a wonderful option if you don’t want to commit to full-blown henna color. A henna gloss leaves less color than a full henna recipe.
- Mix henna paste (as instructed above) with your favorite hair conditioner in a ratio of 1 part henna to 3 parts conditioner.
- Apply to hair and allow to sit for 30 minutes to an hour. The longer you leave the henna gloss , the more color will be deposited on the hair.
- 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.
- If you don’t like the smell of henna, add a teaspoon of ginger powder to the henna to neutralize the scent.
- 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.
- The easiest way to rinse henna out of your hair is to swish your hair around in a bathtub to loosen the henna, then shower.
- For deeper color, reapply henna as often as you like.
- You can henna just your roots or your entire head.
- For hair henna, so not mix with lemon juice or it can dry out your hair. Add conditioner to the henna to add a touch of extra instant conditioning.
- If you have curly hair, henna may loosen your curl pattern.