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Henna Dye

Alyssa J.
5 years ago
3 posts

I was wondering how to do dye my hair with henna?

I want to dye some of my dreads with henna at some point, and I hope to achieve a deep auburn color (my hair is naturally chestnut brown). They're six months old. How old should they be?

updated by @alyssa-j: 01/13/15 09:11:14PM
5 years ago
6 posts

It doesn't really matter how old they are. You can dye your hair with henna at anytime. Don't worry about damaging your hair, henna doesn't damage the hair and the worst that can happen is the colour isn't what you expected. Usually it comes out as an auburn colour. You simply cover the hair in the henna paste, make sure it's saturated. Leave it in for a while and then wash it out. I'd suggest being cautious at first, leave the henna in for only 20 min or so and see how the colour is. If you want more, just dye it again and leave it in for longer this time.

You'll probably want to add things to the water that you mix the henna with, it helps with the colour. I use a mixture of 2 cups of black tea mixed with the juice of 1 lime and 1 teaspoon of cloves. Make as much of that as you need to get the past the consistency you want. You can also add other ingredients to change the final colour more. For example

Strong coffee or espresso - Shifts the colour towards a rich, dark brown

Cloves - brings out a chestnut brown

Cognac - shifts the colour towards reddish orange

Camomile - lightens the colour

Olive Oil - extra conditioning

Keep in mind that obviously henna dyes clothes and skin as well. So be careful

5 years ago
13 posts

oh! great tips- thanks.. i'm looking to try this as well

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