Using Henna in Hair: Coloring Tips and Ideas

Follow This Henna Hair Coloring Advice for Beautiful, Healthy Hair

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Henna is a popular way to dye your hair. Not only will it add a nice red color, but it also conditions. It is all natural so it's not harmful like other dyes found in stores today. Some other benefits are that it strengthens your hair, makes it easier to manage, and can even get rid of dandruff. Follow this advice for how to use henna in hair.

  1. Henna is red in its natural state and using it as a hair dye will normally make hair more red unless you add other additives. With the addition of walnut plant dye or coffee, it can be brown. With the addition of chamomile, saffron, or senna, you can use henna to dye your hair blonde. If using just the pure henna, blondes will gain a natural red color, redheads will boost their color, brunettes will become auburn, but those with a full head of grey will only get orange hair. If you have ten percent or less grey hair, henna will dye the grey so that it looks like highlights.
  2. When preparing to use henna in hair, buy from a special store online, a beauty store, or possibly even a Middle Eastern specialty shop. You will need 100 grams of henna if you have short hair, 200 grams for collar length, 300 grams for shoulder length, and 500 grams for waist length hair. You will be able to buy the henna prepared or in a powder which will come with directions on how to prepare.
  3. You may want a friend to help you when you are using henna in hair, because it can get really messy. Drape your shoulders with a towel and wear plastic gloves. It's a good idea to do a test on hair from your brush before actually dying your entire head. Start at the bottom layers of your hair and work your way up. Keep parts not ready to be dyed in a clip on top of your head.  Apply the henna paste to thin strips, one at a time. Apply evenly. Keep doing this until all your hair is covered.
  4. Wrap your hair in saran wrap or a shower cap. Now you must wait two to four hours.
  5. Rinse your hair with cold water and a good conditioner. This will seal the hair shaft and make it shiny and healthy looking. Rinse until all of the paste is out.
  6. Now that you've used this advice and your hair is colored with henna, you must avoid any chemical processing and products, such as straightening, perming or using other dyes. This will counteract the henna and cause damage. Your hair can be safely dyed over and over with henna to achieve your desired color. 

Now that you've learned how to use henna in hair, you can use these coloring tips for covering gray or just enhancing your own natural color.


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