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Henna for Gray Hair

Updated on July 31, 2011

Gray hair is a big problem for young and old people alike. With excessive use of shampoo, conditioner, gel, mousse, and other hair styling products result is loss of color from hair in early ages. These products contain harsh chemicals that may impart temporary luster, volume and silky look but in the long run they cause weakening of hair and loss of hair color. 

If you are also among those who are facing problem of gray hair then be cautious in using hair coloring products. Hair coloring products itself become reason for faded hair. Rather than using artificial hair coloring products go for natural alternates that are safe and inexpensive too. 

Henna for Hair

Henna is one of the oldest and widely used hair coloring product. From antique time till now henna has been in use for coloring hair and painting other parts of body. Henna is obtained from henna plant which is usually cultivated in warm climates. The shrub does not grow very tall and its leaves are small. It is available in market in dry powder form as well as in the form of paste.

Organic Henna for Hair

Going organic is best strategy for living a healthy life, market is saturated with artificial products that are full of chemicals. These chemicals tend to cause permanent harm to the skin or hair. Henna is available in market in both organic form as well as in processed form, but if you want to apply henna on hair prefer organic henna which is free of chemicals and has no side effects.

Henna hair color is best when it is prepared from original leaves and other chemicals have not been added. It can be prepared at home by either using henna leaves or henna powder. Henna leaves can be dried in shaded area or they can be covered with muslin cloth and can then be dried under sunlight. Dried leaves are then pounded in fine powder form.

Preparing Henna Paste for Hair

  • To make henna paste for coloring hair, boil 2 cups of water and add 2 tbsp black tea leaves or tea grains. Keep boiling until it remains to 1 cup. St aside to cool down.
  • In the meantime take 1 beetroot and cut it into large chunks, boil it in 2 cups of water and again let it boil until the quantity remains to 1 cup.
  • When both liquids are lukewarm, strain away tea leaves and beet root from the extract and mix them together.
  • Add 1 cup henna powder in it and mix thoroughly, alternately you can store 1 cup of liquid in fridge for next use and add 1/2 cup henna powder in 1 cup liquid.
  • Add 1 egg yolk in this mixture and 1 tbsp oil too. Blend well until it becomes even paste.
  • Keep it in a warm place and cover it with a muslin cloth. It will take 6 hours for henna to impart color in the paste.

Application of Henna Paste on Gray Hair

  • Henna should be applied on clean, dry hair that are free of any chemicals (gel, mousse, etc).
  • Cover your neck and face so that henna does not stick to any other part except hair. In case henna paste stain your face or neck, it will be easily washed off and will not cause any allergy as it does not contain any chemicals.
  • Wear gloves and apply henna paste with a brush on each strand of hair. Henna does not contain chemicals therefore you need to apply large quantity to get good results. Apply henna on roots too as henna is a very good conditioner for hair too.
  • Cover your hair with a fine cloth and keep spraying water as you feel that it is getting dry.
  • Keep henna on hair for 4 hours, now wash it off with water. Do not rub your hair aggressively, be gentle and remove any traces of henna.

Precautions for Better Results

  • Henna color get fast if it is applied more than 1 time but do not apply it consecutively for more than 3 times. Keep a gap of 3-4 days between each application.
  • Do not apply shampoo on the first day of henna application. Shampoo contains chemicals which will rinse away the color from hair and henna needs at least 1 day to get fast on hair. After 1 day wash your hair with shampoo.
  • To get dark shades of henna cover your head with a warm cloth after applying henna on hair. Heat tends to improve henna color.
  • Henna may cause headache if it is applied in very cold climate. So stay in a warm place to avoid any headache.

Henna Kits for Hair

Henna kits are available for any occasion and for any use at Henna Caravan. They provide complete tips, techniques and tools to color hair or to paint body with henna. They also provide a henna and indigo powder mixture to impart better shades to hair. No preservatives or other chemicals are present in their henna powder.

Light Mountain Natural Hair Color is also very famous for coloring hair with henna. they guarantee customer satisfaction and do not use any chemicals in the henna powder. This product can be purchased online.

Henna kits are also available online at Ancient Sunrise. They sell henna kits in wholesale too.


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      MULU 6 years ago


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      gulnazahmad 6 years ago from Pakistan

      Swati Henna does not cause hair discoloration which I think is the major advantage of henna dye.

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      swati 6 years ago

      ya i too like henna as it works as conditioner n it also cover grey hair naturally for a longer time.

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      LittleFairy 6 years ago

      Cool hub! I love heena and it works well as a conditioner too. Thanks for sharing :)

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      gulnazahmad 6 years ago from Pakistan

      Henna color fads away but it takes time. While chemical hair colors take only 10-15 days before they are faded, henna take long time.

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      elnavann 6 years ago from South Africa

      I have that problem and every now and then think I must just let the hair go to gray, but I am not ready for that yet. I have to try this, although I have heard that you cannot add any chemical hair colour until the henna coloured hair has completely grown out.

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      uol 7 years ago

      awesome hub!!!

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      irum 7 years ago

      a very usefull article indeed