I’m sure you’ve all heard of henna before and maybe even gotten a henna tattoo in the past. As you can probably tell from some of my previous posts, my love for henna is undeniable. I usually count the days until my favorite professional henna artist, Allie Bee, dazzles me by adorning my body with her intricate henna tattoo designs. One of the things I like the most about her is that she never uses any pre-made or black henna which can be toxic but rather makes her own paste from natural products.
But my love for henna doesn’t stop there! And seeing as I always try to find more natural and healthy alternatives for everything from diet to skincare, I thought my hair deserved the same treatment. Lucky for me, henna is a flowering plant native to the Middle East that has multiple uses. For centuries, it has been used as an organic hair dye. Henna, not only serves as an all-natural hair dye, but also nourishes the hair leaving it silky and smooth.
I looked around for the best type of henna on the market but, seriously, who was I kidding? I’m currently obsessed with all Lush products so it’s fair to say that I didn’t have to look too far when it came time to choosing the right henna for this project. Their organic hair dye bricks are made of some of the finest ingredients including Persian henna and Fair Trade Cocoa butter. And having natural black hair, I decided to use the Lush Henna in the Noir shade to intensify my locks’ natural hue. Let me just say that I’m in no way affiliated with Lush so my love for their products is true and pure.
Here are some quick and easy DIY natural henna hair dyeing instructions.
- Cover your working space with newspaper in case any spilling or dripping occurs.
- Take your henna block and break it into smaller pieces. Place these small chunks in a heatproof bowl.
- Boil water in saucepan and place the heatproof bowl over it.
- Pour hot water over the henna while stirring continuously until the consistency of the mixture is mud-like or chocolate-fondue-like (sounds way more appetizing than it is!)
Now, make no mistake, things will get messy. Make sure you have some rubber gloves ready! I would also recommend applying some protective balm around the hairline to avoid dyeing your skin and doing a strand test before moving forward.
- Starting with the back of your head, apply the henna mixture to dry hair starting at the roots all the way to the tips. I used my gloved hands to apply it but you can also use a coloring brush. Gradually move to the front of the hair.
- For better result, keep the henna warm by putting it in a saucepan with hot water.
- Depending on the vibrancy that you want to achieve, leave the henna for at least one hour. I kept mine for 6 hours and didn’t wrap my hair seeing as I wanted a darker color. If, on the other hand, you are looking to get a redder color, you could try wrapping your hair in plastic or wearing a shower cap. Wash with shampoo.
Benefits of henna:
- Protects the hair by covering it with a protective layer around the strands.
- While henna doesn’t entirely cover grey hairs, it will highlight them in a darker shade, thus minimizing their appearance.
- Nourishes the hair leaving it healthy, glossy and shiny.
- Can help with dry scalp and dandruff.
- Natural and chemical-free hair-coloring option.
Try this all-natural hair-dye for more lustrous and gorgeous locks and let the vibrant results shine through!