Ever thought about henna for blonde hair? Henna is known for being a versatile natural hair colourant, with a variety of shades available in browns, chestnuts, reds, auburns and blacks. Some of this comes down to the individual natural ingredients in the henna powder. For example:
- Darker shades such as black contain Indigofera Tinctoria leaf powder, giving them a dark or even purply hue.
- Brown shades such as chestnut contain Cassia Italica leaf powder.
- All shades contain extracts of the Lawsonia Inermis plant.
So, what about henna on blonde hair? Is this lighter shade possible? If you want to dye your hair blonde naturally, you need to set some expectations.
Blonde henna will NOT bleach your hair.
Traditional high street hair dyes full of chemicals will contain ingredients such as ammonia and peroxide. These non-hypoallergenic products can cause reactions, particularly in sensitive skin. Likewise, these ingredients can make your hair weaker and brittle as they cut through the hair cuticle to dye the hair.
In short, if you’re looking to go from brunette to blonde or want a full platinum look, you won’t achieve this with henna! The good news is that there are a huge variety of gorgeous shades you can experiment with – without damaging your skin or hair.
Blonde henna works best on naturally lighter hair.
Instead, you should see blonde henna as a complement to your natural colour, using henna hair lightening to bring out a broad palette of shades through highlights. The term ‘blonde henna’ is something of a misnomer – it doesn’t actually contain extracts of the henna plant, but instead, rheum palmatum root extract or cassia obovate. This is known colloquially as ‘neutral henna’.
How to mix blonder henna shades
With the right mix, you can achieve a variety of golden brown, honey or strawberry blonde highlights. But there are some steps you should take before you start mixing those henna hair colours.
- Keep your hair free of all product and chemical residue. You might want to start with a light henna shampoo to help remove build-up.
- Add a little lemon juice to your henna powder as you mix it (see mixing instructions above). This will help the blonde highlights come to the surface, particularly if you dry your hair in the sun.
- For an even more enhanced colour, add a little oil to the hair before applying your henna mixture. This can help to bind the colour to the hair more intensely – try organic argan oil or almond oil, but make sure it is designed for use on the hair.
- Once applied, get some sun on your locks! This will react with the colour (with the help of the lemon juice, as above) and bring out brighter shades.
Perfecting henna for blonde hair
As with all henna dye jobs, the thicker the mixture and the longer you leave it in, the more intense the result. Rinse with cool water and allow to dry naturally. They say blondes have more fun, so go enjoy your new look!