If this is your very first time using Henna to color your hair (or one of the first times), head over to this post where I provide much more detailed instructions and tips. If you think the cliff note version is what you need, hang out here. Be sure to grab your Henna Dye HERE so that you can get a discount!
What and Why
Below is a picture of someone’s gray part line. It appears as though the last coloring this anonymous person had was quite some time ago. Well, we need to clean that up with some Henna. Just a recap- boxed dyes are filled with dangerous chemicals that have been proven to be associated with the development of cancers, as well as hair loss, skin damage, hair damage, and a slew of other unsavory things. Those companies torture animals to test these concoctions, and use animal parts as ingredients. If you’re interested in the most up-to-date evidence-based research regarding this, do check out that other post I wrote.
How and When
1. Get your supplies. You’ll need your Henna (I only use Henna Guys now and have done so for 3+ years because they are a quality product). You’ll also need a bowl, a fork or whisk, a measuring cup, good gloves, a couple of hair clips, vegan balm, old clothes, and old towels and rags. If you don’t mind leaving the house with the Henna in your hair, get a head scarf you don’t care about. If you do mind leaving the house with the Henna, make sure you’ve got what you need for the whole day.
2. Pick your day. This is an all day affair. Also consider the days following the coloring- you shouldn’t schedule any hot dates, anything for which you need to wear white, nothing with excessive sweating (i.e. hot yoga), etc. This is a precaution in case you stain your face, need to wear a hat because your scalp is stained, and also because the coloring really doesn’t show it’s true self until around day 3. Any staining should be gone by then too.
3. Wash your hair with shampoo ONLY and either air dry or blow dry.
4. Lay towels on the ground and work surface. Change into old clothes. Have dry and damp rags on standby. Drape a towel around your neck and shoulders.
5.Apply vegan balm around the hairline from ear to ear, making sure not to forget the in and out sides of the ear lobes.
6.Figure out how much Henna you need. Either check out my other post to see pictures of my hair for the 1 bag I use, or go by the parameters on the insert. Put on some gloves and mix the Henna with water. I personally use the ratio of 1 bag of Henna to 1.75 cups of cool water. Again, there are a variety of instructions on the internet and on an insert in the bag.
7.Begin to apply the color. Start at the roots of the hair around the face while you have clean gloves. Then work through all the other roots of the hair. Then through the length of the shafts.
8.Wrap hair into a bun on top of your head and apply the shower cap. Put the extra head scarf on if you want. Wait anywhere from 3-6 hours. I typically do 5-6 hours myself.
9.With or without gloves, your choice (I skip them here), hop in the shower and begin rinsing the Henna out. It will be very muddy at first, then begin to clear up after a few minutes. It will NOT rinse all the way clear today so don’t bother trying.
All done! Continue to protect your clothes and bedding until you notice your hair no longer bleeds in the shower. This could be a week, or could be longer if using red Henna.