Using henna to colour hair is a fabulous natural alternative to synthetic dyes, it is a non-damaging treatment for the hair and fades less quickly than artificial dyes. It is a transparent dye that coats the hair shaft, binding with the keratin in the hair. It conditions the hair, and gives it shine and body.
Choose henna that is body art quality because this type of henna is pure and has nothing added to it. To release the dye effect of henna, use acidic juices (lemon, orange, etc.), tea, or coffee. Mix a paste that has the consistency of a yoghurt, cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let it sit for 12-24 hours. Then apply to your hair and leave in for 2-4 hours or longer, for a deeper colour. Rinse out and style.
Things to know about henna before using it:
- Henna will always be green. It won’t come in any other colour.
- Henna will only give black hair a red tint.
- Henna does not change hair colour, it only coats it with colour.
- Henna stains don’t come off, so be sure to use gloves for mixing and application. Also, wear something old and cover your furniture with towels or bin bags.
Lesley of Freshlengths has some helpful videos on how to mix and apply henna to your hair.