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How To Use Henna Hair Dye

I recently learned that using henna as hair dye has been around for ages. It's used as a diy natural hair dye that will give you permanent color. This easy tutorial will show you how to use henna to dye hair. - The Kreative Life

My hair has been natural for a little over three years now. When I say natural I mean I haven’t put any harmful chemicals in my hair, such as dyes or relaxers.

I actually haven’t dyed my hair in over eight years (until recently when I started using natural henna hair dye). Yeah, that is a long time!

I started dying my hair when I was in junior high and I always kept color in it. When I decided to stop dying my hair I kept trimming it to get the dye out, so I could start fresh.

I dyed my hair so much that I literally forgot what my real hair color looked like until my mom told me that I was cutting out my naturally colored hair.

Since my hair is natural, I’m always looking for natural, healthy ways to take care of my hair. Coconut oil has been my best friend. I wanted to try something different as a conditioner.

That’s when I came across henna!

When researching henna, I found out not only does it condition and naturally thicken hair, it can also be used as a diy natural hair dye.

I wanted to try it for all three aspects and since henna is a plant I wasn’t worried about it being harmful to my hair. Now I know how to dye hair with henna as a natural alternative to chemicals.

Here are the steps for using henna for hair dye. It’s a long process, but it’s well worth it. Enjoy!

(*As with any hair application, consult your physician for any possible allergies or side effects before application.)

What You Need For Henna Hair Dye

  • Pure Henna
  • Cocoa Powder, Unsweetened
  • Water
  • Plastic Cosmetic Gloves
  • Hair Dye Brush
  • Vaseline
  • Old Towel
  • Plastic Cling Wrap

*Make sure that your hair has no oils or other products in it. If it does, give it a quick shampoo. Henna can be applied to wet hair.*

I recently learned that using henna as hair dye has been around for ages. It's used as a diy natural hair dye that will give you permanent color. This easy tutorial will show you how to use henna to dye hair. - The Kreative Life

How To Dye Hair With Henna

Mix the henna. Henna has to be mixed with something acidic, such as lemon or lime juice.

I read somewhere that cocoa powder is also acidic, so I mixed 100 grams of henna, with 2 tbsp. cocoa powder, and added ½ cup of water and ¼ cup after that until the mixture was a thick creamy consistency with minimal lumps.

I mixed for at least 5 minutes.

I recently learned that using henna as hair dye has been around for ages. It's used as a diy natural hair dye that will give you permanent color. This easy tutorial will show you how to use henna to dye hair. - The Kreative Life

Next, the mixture needs to sit for 4 hours. Yes, you read that correctly! Four hours!

You’ll know that it’s ready when you use a dye brush to scrape off the top. The top will be a dark brown and underneath will be a lighter brown.

I recently learned that using henna as hair dye has been around for ages. It's used as a diy natural hair dye that will give you permanent color. This easy tutorial will show you how to use henna to dye hair. - The Kreative Life

This is my hair color before I applied the henna. I applied Vaseline around my hairline, so my skin wouldn’t stain. Too bad I bought cheap gloves because my fingertips stained slightly.

Also, I made sure I used an old towel around my shoulders to protect my clothes.

I recently learned that using henna as hair dye has been around for ages. It's used as a diy natural hair dye that will give you permanent color. This easy tutorial will show you how to use henna to dye hair. - The Kreative Life

Start applying the henna at the top of the head. Use small pieces and use the dye brush to start at the roots and work your way down to the ends.

You should continue this process and stack the sections of the hair on top of your head until you are finished.

I recently learned that using henna as hair dye has been around for ages. It's used as a diy natural hair dye that will give you permanent color. This easy tutorial will show you how to use henna to dye hair. - The Kreative Life

Wrap your head with plastic cling wrap, making sure that all of your hair is tucked in. I kept the henna in for 4 hours.

I’ve read that people left it in longer and some who left it in for only 3 hours. This is my hair after taking the plastic off and unstacking my hair.

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I recently learned that using henna as hair dye has been around for ages. It's used as a diy natural hair dye that will give you permanent color. This easy tutorial will show you how to use henna to dye hair. - The Kreative Life

I recently learned that using henna as hair dye has been around for ages. It's used as a diy natural hair dye that will give you permanent color. This easy tutorial will show you how to use henna to dye hair. - The Kreative Life

This is my hair after shampooing it and applying a deep conditioner for 20 minutes. I wasn’t prepared for how long it would take to shampoo.

It came out pretty easily, but it was a huge mess. Luckily, I have a closed in shower and was able to wash down the walls while I was in there.

I recently learned that using henna as hair dye has been around for ages. It's used as a diy natural hair dye that will give you permanent color. This easy tutorial will show you how to use henna to dye hair. - The Kreative Life

I let my hair air dry after applying a little coconut oil to it. This is the color that I immediately saw.

It didn’t stain my hair all one color, but it added some really pretty red-tone highlights.

I recently learned that using henna as hair dye has been around for ages. It's used as a diy natural hair dye that will give you permanent color. This easy tutorial will show you how to use henna to dye hair. - The Kreative Life

I also noticed that my hair did feel a little thicker and looked healthier after my second henna application.

It was a really long process, but I think I’ll continue to use henna every couple of months.

Now that you know how to use henna as hair dye, will you give it a go?

I recently learned that using henna as hair dye has been around for ages. It's used as a diy natural hair dye that will give you permanent color. This easy tutorial will show you how to use henna to dye hair. - The Kreative Life

If you want to learn how to dye hair with henna, this easy tutorial will show you how henna hair dye can be used as a natural alternative for hair color.

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22 Comments

  1. Looks so beautiful and shiny! Love how it turned out and sounds so good and healthy for your hair too. I need to try this out since my hair is always really dry. I hear coconut oil is amazing for hair and if this is just as good, if not better, I’ll have to try it out!

    1. Hi, Meagan! I love using coconut oil in my hair because it is much healthier!

  2. Love you post, very informative regarding Henna. I am natural myself and will try give this a try. Glad I found you blog!

    1. Hi, Dee! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  3. Love how it works. I have always been afraid to do my own hair but that seems simple and easy to do.

  4. I hate to admit, but I have never tried hair dyes. I have been sprouting gray hair here and there and I am seriously considering hair dyes to cover them up. thanks for letting me know about a natural way to do it!

  5. wow, who knew that you could use henna for dying hair. Seems like an awfully long process but worth it in the end.

  6. I don’t think I’ve used henna before. It sounds like you need to put a little more effort but it’s also very rewarding compared to boxed hair dyes. Thanks for sharing your experience! Your hair looks great!

  7. I never knew that it could be a hair dye too. I must try this!

  8. Ooooo I would have never thought of using henna as hair dye!!! How neat!

  9. I’ll keep this in mind in case I ever decide to dye my hair. I’ve been pretty luck, I’ve not had to yet!

  10. My mom uses henna too! I haven’t tried coloring my own hair, I will try it soon.

  11. What an amazing difference! Your hair looked good before, but it looks fabulous now with the Henna hair dye on it. Seems like a great product.

  12. I’ve always wondered about using henna on my hair. I think I might give it a try. It does seem like a long process though – ouch.

  13. Looks great! I’ve been toying around with the idea of using henna to dye my hair, but am scared to take the DIY route.

  14. I had no idea that henna was used for this. How cool! Your hair looks great.

  15. Hi, Kendra! Thank you for giving us very helpful henna hair techniques. I will definitely try this any day from now.