Find the right colours and effects for your hair with these simple tips.
Whether it’s a change in season or time to cover those greys, a hair colour refresh makes us all feel better. For a natural alternative, henna hair colours offer organic healing properties and a glossy finish.
To achieve that perfect colour, you’ll need to mix henna powder with a few natural ingredients. Generally speaking, you can expect to achieve one of the following shades:
- Varying shades of brown
What about blonde henna hair dye?
Because henna does not bleach the hair, it’s difficult to find lighter henna hair dye colours. However, you can emphasise natural or dyed blonde tones with highlights of browns and reds – every result is different.
The good news is, whether you’re darkening or using henna hair dye for gray hair, you’ll also benefit from organic nourishment.
Choosing the right henna hair colour for you
The shade you eventually achieve with henna hair dye comes down to two factors:
- Choosing natural henna or henna with indigo powder (black henna for hair)
- How long you leave the powder in.
Always start with a skin test to check for allergies. 48 hours before you dye, add a little of the mixture onto your inner elbow or behind your ear. If there are no reactions within two days, you’re good to go.
Dyeing your hair black
Here you need to choose a henna powder that specifically contains indigo powder too. Then, you can follow the same steps as for brown and red/burgundy shades, as outlined below.
Dyeing your hair red or brown
Remember – the longer you leave the colour in, the deeper and richer the result. Start by gathering the following ingredients. You’ll need to prepare a day in advance, as follows:
- Henna powder (with indigo for black hair) – 100g for short hair, 200g for medium hair and 300g for long hair
- Coffee or tea (optional – for redder tones)
- Lemon juice
- Yoghurt or one egg for optional extra conditioning.
Start by soaking the henna powder in an iron container with coffee or tea-stained water. You need to have a paste-like consistency, so don’t add too much.
The next day, add a dash of lemon juice, and the yoghurt or egg for extra nourishment. Make sure your hair is dry and free from products.
Gently apply the paste to individual sections of hair, using a pastry brush or similar to cover every strand. Leave for a minimum of two hours – longer if you want a darker colour.
Finally, rinse well with water, and do not wash your hair with a chemical shampoo. Instead, wait until the next day and wash your hair with an organic product. Try Eastern-inspired Ayurvedic shampoos, which do not cleanse the hair of its natural oils.
No time to do it yourself?
If you’re cautious about mixing colour, try our pre-made henna powders, available in browns, burgundy, strawberry blonde and more.