Henna Hair Dye: How to Dye Your Hair with Henna

Hair Dye

Whether its golden blonde, brilliant Brunette, or firy reds, everyone thinks or has thought of changing their hair color. However, what people do not know is that dyes that come in boxes, artificial and chemical dyes, seep into your scalp upon application. These toxins take three days to go through your entire body until they finally exit your body through the urinary tract. These toxins not only dry out your hair and expedite the growth of grey and white hairs, but also cause a lot of extra strain on your liver as it tries to cleanse them from your system.

So how is Henna dye different?

First let's start with defining Henna:

Henna Plant
Henna Plant

Henna: Tattoos and Hair Extraordinaire

Henna, scientifically named Lawsonia Inermis, is a flowering tropical shrub. What makes henna special is that its leaves, when powdered, produce a potent and non-toxic dye. Henna dye produces a red tint to anything it touches, although the powder itself is a green/yellow color.

Henna has been used since the beginning of time for tattoos and hair dyes.

Most notably, it was used by Native Americans. Some historians say that it is henna that gave Native Americans their reputation for their extremely shiny strong hair.

Henna Hair Dye

Henna is different from boxed dyes in that it doesn't seep into the scalp and simply stain the follicles. Henna powder breaks up into tiny particles which enclose each strand of hair in a cylinder of color. Because of this, hair is much healthier, thicker, and above all shinier. This cylinder of henna which surrounds each strand also protects hair from exposure to heat and makes it more resistant to sun damage as well as breakage.

Although henna is naturally red, when compounded with other elements, henna dyes range from blonde to black.

Red henna is the most natural because it is pure henna and therefore has no additives.

When mixed with other plant dyes, practically any color is available. For example, brown henna dye is a mixture of henna and woad, a blue dye produced from a woad plant. Black henna dye contains Vashma (fermented indigo), indigo, and Karchak. Blonde henna contains saffron to give it its golden color.


It is important to know that blonde henna will not turn your hair blonde if your hair is brown or black. It usually lightens hair color by two shades.

Red henna, similarly, does not dye hair red but gives it a redder tint. The longer the henna is left on, the redder your hair becomes.

Things You Should Know:

1. Henna smells very bad, (at least in my opinion). While some of my friends have enjoyed the smell, it is quite... pungent.

2. It stains clothing, carpets, and so on, so BE CAREFULLWHEN APPLYING!

3. Henna dyes that contain metalic salts can be very damaging. When buying henna, make sure that it doesn't contain any of the following:

  • Lead Acetate
  • Silver Nitrate
  • Nickle
  • Cobalt
  • Iron
  • Bismuth


As long as you keep these tips in mind when buying henna dyes, you are sure to have a gorgeous and lustrous mane of hair within hours!

The henna that I personally buy is from Lush, a store that specializes in organic handmade cosmetics.

Caca Rouge Henna Hair Dye from LUSH
Caca Rouge Henna Hair Dye from LUSH

LUSH Henna Hair Dye

About twice a year, I buy this block of Henna Hair Dye from LUSH called Caca Rouge, the reddest dye at LUSH. Total for the year, it costs $50, which is less than most color treatments, and my hair immediately after a treatment is strong and extremely shiny. I have brunette hair naturally, a dull brown. When I apply the Henna, my hair becomes a dark red. By the time I'm reapplying halfway through the year, my hair seems more brown, but definitely auburn, especially in natural lighting. Henna-dyed hair looks the reddest in overcast skies. On rainy days, it looks dark red. On sunny days, it shines a brilliant fiery red. I've dyed my hair with various dyes throughout my life, but I've gotten more compliments on my Henna-dyed hair than at any other times in my life.

How to Use Henna Hair Dye from LUSH

  1. Break the henna into big chunks. Usually, I break it into six. MAKE SURE YOU USE GLOVES!
  2. Heat water, almost to boiling and put into a heat-proof large bowl.
  3. Put chunks into bowl, let them melt for a couple of minutes and then start to mix until it forms a batter. Add water gradually so that you don't make it too watery because then it can be hard to apply.
  4. Coat hair with this batter from back to front.
  5. Cover your head with cling wrap and leave on for 2-3 hours. For only a slight reddening of hair, 2-3 hours will suffice. I leave it on for 6 hours for a pretty vibrant auburn. The longer you leave it on, the more vibrant the color.
  6. Rinse your hair. I like to rinse my hair without productg first under the tap with cold water. Then when there aren't any little chunks left, use shampoo and conditioner as usual. I like to use a lot of conditioner the first time I wash it after rinsing because henna can be very heavy and thus harsh on hair in the applying process, but very good for hair once applied...

NOTE: If you're not sure how your hair will turn out with the henna or how long to leave it on for, do a strand test: Only apply the henna on one strand and see how it turns out.

Check out this tutorial and review from a great beauty vlogger.

LUSH Henna: Tutorial and Review

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3 comments

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miss1magination 4 years ago

Stunning hair color, love strawberry red colours:)


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hubsy 4 years ago Author

Thnks for the comment! Strawberry red is gorgeous.


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Nora411 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

Ive used henna before. It is so much healthier for hair. Great hub!!

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