Henna for Men
Henna for Men: How to Dye Your Hair and Beard with Natural Henna Hair Color
When society talks about men and graying hair, we often hear words like distinguished, handsome, and debonair to describe the just-a-hint-of gray-at-the-temples look that makes a man feel aged to perfection. Once those grays creep from the temples into the rest of the hair and beard, some men may start to feel self-conscious. It's a perfectly natural reaction -- and Morrocco Method has a 100% natural solution.
Salon and drugstore hair dyes contain all kinds of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals can cause chemical burns on men, who often naturally have less hair and more exposed skin for dyeing. Even worse, chemical-based dyes can also contribute to hair loss. Morrocco Method’s 100% Natural Henna is the perfect all-natural way to cover gray hair without harming your body.
Fortunately, Morrocco Method’s henna hair dye won’t harm your hair or body. It can blend with your natural tones leaving a more discrete, organic appearance versus a stark, synthetic appearance. Henna also has anti-fungal properties that can help heal skin conditions under the beard. Compared to synthetically treated beards, henna treated beards are stronger, shinier, and smoother.
Henna Hair Dye Tips For Men
Whether you’re choosing to dye your hair or beard, Morrocco Method recommends you take a gradual approach. Rather than going from salt and pepper to jet-black overnight, choose a slower transition. Henna hair dye results in darker tones and for this reason, Morrocco Method recommends using a lighter color and a two-step application process when you first try henna. Space the applications out over a few days for optimal results. When using these techniques, you can be assured that you won’t go too dark, resulting in a noticeable, drastic change of appearance. One of the great things about Morrocco Method’s Henna Hair Dye is its ability to blend with your natural hair, it can be reapplied, and each subsequent application will darken to your desired results.
How To Dye Your Beard or Moustache with Henna
Facial hair is thicker and grows more quickly than the hair on the head. Before dyeing your beard, sideburns, or moustache, it’s important to exfoliate so that the dye can go as far down on the hair shaft as possible. Gently scrub and brush your beard, to lift the cuticles of the hair to better receive the dye. Then gently wash your beard and let it dry before applying our Euro Oil to the surrounding skin as a barrier to prevent dye bleeding into your skin and dyeing it in the process. Then, follow the same instructions for applying your pre-mixed henna paste as you would when dyeing the rest of your hair. In fact, you can dye both at the same time for even results!
To effectively restore red, blonde, brown, or black tones if you have silver, darker gray, or salt and pepper hair, requires a 2-step process.
First, an initial color base needs to be established using the red henna and amla powder. Whereas cassia (neutral and light blonde hennas) and red henna sticks to the hair, indigo does not. Indigo, which is used to achieve various shades of brown and black, sticks to henna. So, the first step is to use Red Henna Dye mixed with Amla powder to establish an initial color base.
To apply the henna hair dye paste, wear gloves and work the dye down to the skin. With paste at the roots, pull it up through the ends. For longer beards, you will need to section off areas to assure full coverage. Once satisfied with the coverage, wipe off any extra that may have gotten on the skin around your beard/hairline, and then keep your henna moist and warm by wrapping your beard in plastic wrap, or cutting smaller pieces and applying it over your beard if it's short. Let the henna remain on your hair beard for up to 4 hours before rinsing. The longer the henna is on your hair, the richer the stain will be. If you are using an indigo mix, rinse at 3 hours or sooner so stop the red henna from showing through the indigo stain. For the next 72 hours, the henna will go through a process called "oxidation" where it will continue to darken.
Because you can always go darker, but not lighter, we recommend waiting the full 72 hours for the red henna to oxidize, but if the red is just too red, you can move on to your second application of henna/indigo based on your color goal. As is advised for lighter hair tones, Morrocco Method recommends first-time users to choose a brown or black dye that is a shade lighter than your desired tone - you can always go a shade darker.
Be sure to rinse the dye from your beard thoroughly. A few splashes of water over the sink rarely cuts it. Taking a warm shower and using a natural conditioner is the best option to remove excess dye. We recommend not washing your beard for 24 hours afterwards. Towel dry and don’t forget to moisturize your beard when you are done.
Touch-Ups for Long Beards
Once you’ve dyed your beard and found the right tone, it’s not necessary to dye the entire beard for a while, you can touch up the new growth at the roots. A small sample of henna hair dye is all that is needed and with the use of an old toothbrush or tinting brush, you can apply the paste at the roots.
Can You Dye Your Eyebrows with Henna?
We don't recommend it. The end result is a poor stain on your eyebrows that doesn't last because they are replaced so frequently, and an orange stain on your skin that will scrub off in 3-7 days due to the thin nature of the skin along the ridge of your eyebrows.
Common Questions and Answers
Is Henna good for men's hair?
Yes! Henna has amazing restorative and thickening properties and is the perfect way for men to dye their hair naturally and without any chemicals.
Can I dye my beard and moustache henna?
Yes, our henna can be used to color most kinds of facial hair. Please be careful during application as it will also stain your skin. Consider using our Euro oil around the area you are applying the henna to help prevent staining of the skin.
How do you dye your beard or moustache with henna?
To dye facial hair with our henna, you will mix up the henna just as you would if you were dyeing the hair on your head. For application, a small brush would be the easiest route to go for your hair and beard. The henna should be kept on the hair for 1-4 hours and rinsed out with water and conditioner. Please do not wash the hair with soap for at least 24 hours following the application.
How can I naturally darken my beard or moustache?
You may darken your facial hair with our henna. We have a variety of color options including light brown, medium brown, dark brown, and black.
How long does henna dye last?
The color will fade towards a red hue over a period of 8-12 weeks if you used an indigo mix. Depending on how quickly your hair grows you may need to dye more or less frequently.
Does dyeing your beard or moustache damage them?
No, dyeing your facial hair with our henna will not cause any damage. Our henna is 100% pure and natural, with no metallic salts, PPDs, or other chemicals.
Does dyeing a beard or moustache make them look thicker?
Yes! Since henna bonds to the outside of the hair strand, it adds an additional layer, therefore increasing the diameter of the strand, reflecting a fuller and thicker look.
How often should I dye my beard or moustache?
You may dye your beard with henna every 72 hours. This allows the previous application to fully oxidize and reflect the true color result.
Will henna dye stain my face?
Yes, our henna does dye the skin. This stain will fade within 72 hours. Consider using our Euro oil around the area you are applying the henna to help prevent staining of the skin.
How do I remove beard dye from my skin beneath my beard?
You can try using a gentle exfoliant such as the Morrocco Method Feng Shea Facial Scrub, but the stain should fade within 72 hours.
How do you prevent dyeing skin when dyeing a beard?
You must be very careful with the application. You can also apply our Euro oil on the skin around the area you are dyeing to avoid staining the skin. Don't put Euro Oil on your beard to try and prevent the skin beneath from being stained, this will inhibit the hair's ability to receive the color from the henna.