Natural Henna Hair Dye - A Recipe for Perfect Color
Have you ever wondered how Grandma’s famous cake became so flawlessly enticing? The highly guarded secret to its renowned success is love, careful attention, trial, and error.
Similarly, it’s possible to discover the perfect recipe for your natural henna hair dye color with the same level of determination. Since we all have different natural colors, thickness, and texture of our hair, naturally, the formulation of henna hair dye that will yield the perfect hair color for you will be highly individualistic.
Fortunately, just as Grandma might help you succeed in the kitchen, we are here to help guide you in your perfect non-toxic hair color journey. Follow our simple recipes and steps and enjoy the hands-on and integrative approach to safely coloring your hair naturally!
Step 1: Choose The Right Henna Color For Your Hair
First, it is important to understand that, unlike chemical bleach-based dyes, natural henna hair dyes cannot lighten your hair. In other words, you can’t go from dark brown to blonde with just henna. Also, a common misconception is that henna can be brown or black. Real “henna” by itself is only one color: red. To achieve brown or black natural henna hair dye, the henna powder is combined with varying ratios of indigo (another plant), which creates darker tones.
If your goal is to match your current hair color with henna dye, choose a shade that is one tone lighter than your current color. For example, for dark brown hair, choose the medium brown henna. You should choose lighter shade than you think because henna colors dye your hair darker than most chemical dyes. For instance, if you were to part your hair and dye one side with synthetic medium brown and the other side with henna medium brown - the henna side would be darker and richer in tone. Keep in mind, you can always reapply henna hair dye until you reach your desired color - it is easier to go darker!
One of the beautiful things about all-natural henna is that it blends and combines with your natural hair color, whereas chemical dyes coat the hair strands. As a result, henna hair dye is not just a natural alternative to chemical dyes, but it also can look more natural as it will combine with the various highlights and lowlights in your hair differently – maintaining a beautiful color variation.
Step 2: Create Your Custom Henna Hair Color Shade
You will notice that in the Morrocco Method shop we sell a very limited number of Henna colors. Think of these packages as your base ingredients – your primary colors. How you mix them is up to you! Custom shades are a matter of changing the ratio of henna and indigo. More henna results in a lighter, redder color. More indigo results in darker tones.
Here are our starting pre-packaged base ratios:
- Red Henna: 100% Henna
- Light Brown Henna: 2/3 Henna, 1/3 Indigo
- Medium Brown Henna: 1/2 Henna, 1/2 Indigo
- Dark Brown Henna: 1/3 Henna, 2/3 Indigo
By blending the above, you can create the entire palate of henna tones!
Blend the henna powder with a mixture of black tea, apple cider vinegar or lemon juice and water. You can find detailed instructions for how much to use and how to do this (including alternatives and additives you can use – like essential oils) on our instruction pages here.
Once your ratios are mixed, allow the natural dehydrated leaf powder to absorb the natural fluids for 8 to 12 hours. It’s easy to prepare the henna dye in the evening, sleep, and wake ready to apply in the morning.
Step 3: Test!
Before you dye your whole head in a new henna blend, it is always smart to do a test piece. It’s easy, gather strands of hair from previous cut or brushing, mix a small amount of henna dye and apply. Let the strands sit for 72 hours for the exact result.
Step 4: Apply
It’s best to apply natural henna hair dye to clean, dry hair. Toweled-dry hair is acceptable but don’t apply the dye to wet hair. Simply section your hair and apply the dye at the root base and brush the dye out toward the tips of the hair. The use of gloves and a towel over your shoulders will ensure a quick clean-up. Also, you may choose to spread Morrocco Method’s Euro Oil along your hairline around your face, ears, and neck to help prevent staining from the dye.
Step 5: Let It Set
Once your hair is fully covered, wrap your hair with plastic wrap and a shower cap. You may also choose to wear fabric, like a knitted cap as the ideal condition is to keep the natural henna hair dye paste moist and warm. Let the dye set for 1 to 4 hours. It’s a perfect time to indulge in often much-needed rest and rejuvenation. These few hours could become a beautiful ritual of self-care.
Step 6: Rinse
Carefully unwrap your hair and rinse with water only, although you may use Pearl Essence Crème Rinse or a few drops of Euro Oil to aid in the henna rinsing process. For brown henna, the Morrocco Method Scalp Massager may also help remove the natural henna paste.
It’s best to not shampoo your hair until 24 hours after rinsing the natural henna hair dye. You may notice a greenish tint, which will oxidize and disappear within a few days. The full color will appear after 72 hours and will last 8 to 12 weeks.
Article credit : Brian Serven