WHAT IS HENNA (Lawsonia inermis)?
Henna, also known by its scientific name; Lawsonia
inermis, is a plant. This plant is native to Northern
Africa as well as Western and Southern Asia. We grow
our Henna in New Delhi, India.
Before leaves are crushed, they do not stain the skin.
In order to become a staining or dyeing agent they
must be mixed with a liquid in order to release the
dye from the leaves. Common mixing liquids are those
such as Apple Cider Vinegar, Black Tea, and Lemon Juice.
This mixture must sit for an allotted amount of time in
order for the dye to completely release and become
effective. Morrocco Method Henna is recommended to sit
between 8 and 12 hours before use.
Henna on its own, is Red. In order to make Brown and Black
shades, it must be mixed with Indigo. Indigo, or Indigofera, is also a plant. Each packet of Morrocco Method Henna has a small pouch of Henna, and a small pouch of Indigo. The ratios of the two differ for each shade. For example, Light Brown has more Henna than Indigo, and Dark Brown has more Indigo than Henna.
HOW DOES HENNA WORK?
Henna works by staining and sticking to hair and/or skin. It does not
alter or chemically change the genetic makeup of the hair. Because of
this, Henna will fade a bit quicker (8-12 weeks) than chemical dyes,
however that also means it is much healthier and safer for your hair.
Because Henna sticks to hair instead of altering its genetic structure,
you can only go DARKER with Henna, not lighter. For example, if you
have Dark Brown hair and try to use the Light Blonde Henna on top of
it, you will not see any sort of difference. If you have Dark Brown hair
with White strands however, it might lighten those white strands and
impart natural type highlights.
The Black Shade works a bit differently, in that it is a two-step process.
You start by applying the Henna on its own and then later applying the
Indigo on its own. This will create a Black shade because of the fact that
they stick to one another and stain what's underneath. This is different
from the Brown in that after the Henna has sat for 8-12 hours, the Indigo is mixed into the Brown Henna before applying.
PICKING THE RIGHT SHADE OF HENNA
We recommend choosing a shade that is the same color as your natural hair color, or a shade lighter when starting with Henna. (Unless you are trying to achieve a totally different shade than your current hair color)
If you choose a shade and it comes out lighter than desired, you can add another application to darken the tone, however if the initial shade comes out darker than intended you cannot go lighter.
You may experiment to achieve other shades in between our delegated shades, however the outcomes are not guaranteed.
Below you can see shades of Henna on actual hair, so that you can select a color. Please keep in mind that these shades will vary depending on your current hair color, amount and type of greys, as well as time you give the Henna dye to release during prep.
What if I don't want any red tones? Fortunately, there are ways to tone down the Red and cool the tones, however it is rare to COMPLETELY rid the Red tones as Henna itself is Red. Using a Red base before your Brown or Black, as stated earlier in this page, can help prevent Indigo
from fading, making it more of a true Brown than Red. We also sell Amla Powder that when used in this dyeing process, can be an additional way to help Indigo stick. You can check out our Amla Powder here: Amla Powder
*Actual shades may vary depending on your hair's color and condition
DOES HENNA COVER GREYS?
As a general statement, yes Henna does cover Grey. However, there are some rules and tips you should know before attempting to cover your greys with Henna dyes.
You might not know this but all Greys are different. There are different
shades such as White, Silver, or Salt and Pepper greys. They also have
The easiest types of Greys to cover are thinner and white. Tough greys to
cover are darker Salt and Pepper and thick or coarse hairs. The BEST
colors to cover Greys with are Browns and Black.
There are a few ways to ensure that Henna will best cover your greys.
- Sometimes additional applications are needed. Example: Apply Medium Brown to hair, wait 72 hours and apply again.
- Having a pure Henna (Red) base will also help. As stated before,
Indigo sticks better to Henna than it does to hair so having this Red
base will give something for the second coat of Brown to stick
to, and prevent it from fading.
- Root touch ups are also sometimes needed. The good news is that
you can dye just your roots with smaller amounts of Henna instead of
doing your whole head again. For a video tutorial please see here: Root Touch Up Guide
- For those of you who are Blonde or are wanting Blonde highlights, please keep in mind that Blonde
is the MOST DIFFICULT to cover Greys with. This will often take multiple applications as well
as a Neutral Henna base. Blonde often does not cover any type of Grey besides White.
WHAT IS CASSIA OBOVATA?
Neutral Henna, or Cassia obovata is also a plant. Although commonly known by the term "Henna" it is in fact not a true Henna and does not depart any color. Cassia is used as a base for Blonde Henna or as a conditioning treatment for hair. It is perfect for adding shine or volume to hair as well as bringing out the natural color of your hair WITHOUT departing any sort of dye or color. It can also be used to elongate curls for those looking to add more definition and length to their already existing curls.
Similar to the Neutral Henna, Blonde Henna is not in fact a true Henna but rather it is the Cassia Obovata plant mixed with Chamomile and Marigold Flowers. When Marigold and Chamomile are boiled, they depart a sort of blonde dye, which mixed with Neutral Henna will stick to the hair and give it a gorgeous light blonde tone. This can also be used to create natural highlights in darker hair.