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.
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.
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
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 different thicknesses.
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.
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.