Is Henna Worth it? You Decide

By Jarmelia of DIY Hair Care Blog

Pros, Cons & Other Effects of Henna:
Henna has some undeniable benefits for hair, which is why so many people use it and love it.

Some of these pros include:

Stronger Hair - The lawsone (dye) molecule penetrates the hair shaft, binding with the keratin in the hair. This makes hair stronger, but also is one of the qualities that makes henna removal near impossible. Henna also coats the hair and fills in rough spots on a frayed cuticle. This adds a second layer of strength, but it DOES NOT lock out moisture.

Smoother, Shinier Hair - Henna, as stated above, does coat the hair, but it is a permeable coating that does not lock moisture out. The henna helps fill in rough spots on the cuticle. With the cuticle rough edges smoothed over, the hair feels smoother and the cuticle takes a lot less damage during combing and manipulation. It takes several days for Henna to stabilize. It becomes more flexible and durable as it oxidizes and cures–it is in fact a plant resin that is flexible and solvent enough to penetrate the hair at the cuticle, carrying pigment with it.

Non-Fading Red - Anyone that has used red chemicals dyes knows how badly they fade. Henna may fade a little after the first application, but after the second application fades very little.

The Absence of Chemicals - Chemical dyes are not only VERY damaging to hair, they can also cause scalp burns, allergic reactions, and recently studies have linked long term use to cancer.

While there are benefits, there are also some drawbacks as well:

Application Process - Henna can be hard to apply evenly on your own, can be a huge mess, and is tiring on the arms and neck. It also has to be left on for a longer time than commercial chemical dyes (4-12 hours), so more time has to be slated for the process.

Henna for natural hairExperimentation - To find your ideal mix, dye release time, application time, rinsing method, etc. all require some experimentation. It is not out-of-a-box color, and it may take some tweaking to find your ideal results. Your perfect color is never a guarantee.

Dry Hair - Some people report dry hair after using henna. It mimics a protein treatment and you MUST follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner.

These may be pros for some, cons for others:

Loss/Reduction in Curl - Many users of henna report a loss of curl. This is by no means a universal effect, and should be neither discounted, nor counted on. It seems that wavies (s curls) are the most susceptible to this, though some curlies are as well.

Cannot Lighten Hair - Henna cannot lighten your hair, ever. On some colors of hair it may appear to brighten it, but you should count on any color you get with henna being darker than what is already on your head.

Darkening with Multiple Applications - Henna will darken with multiple applications. If one wants to keep a lighter color, only the roots should be touched up, and repeated whole-head applications will progressively make the color less orange and more burgundy.

Cost - Depending on your mix, how much hair you have and how often you henna, it may either be more or less expensive than chemical dyes. Though that doesn’t factor in one very important thing… the price your hair pays on chemical dyes. Many people find that they only need to do a full-length application one or two times, and the because henna doesn’t fade much, they can save a lot of cost by only redoing the roots.

The Smell - Some people love it, some people hate it, but the smell of henna lingers in your hair for awhile after the application, often reviving when your hair is wet. Some herbs, such as ginger, can be added to shift the smell of the mix, but nothing will eliminate it entirely. Most people feel it has a smell somewhat like grass or hay.
Variable Color - Henna can and does shift in color depending on the light the hennaed hair is placed in. The same head of hair can go from burgundy to firey copper, just depending on the light.

Where do other henna colors come from?
Go to any local health food store and you’ll see boxes and boxes of “natural” hair coloring products claiming to be 100% henna. Well, we know that henna only comes in red, so what gives with all the shades of brown and blonde and black? Many natural hair colors are a blend of henna, cassia, indigo, and other color enhancing herbs. Beware, though. Many “henna dyes” contain things other than herbs, that can SERIOUSLY damage your hair.

What is Neutral Henna (Cassia Obovata)?
Cassia Obovata is often referred to as “neutral henna.” It is not henna and it does not alter the color of hair greatly, though it may give more golden tones with repeated applications. It has similar conditioning benefits as henna, but they are not permanent, and they disappear without reapplication.

Are you interested in Henna?

Have you ever used Henna?

Did you like the results?


About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • Gracie Facie

    I’ve gotten it done a few times but I did not see any changes with my hair =/ My hair is quite stubborn, it just shuts everything out lol

    - Gracie J

    • queenbee9

      Your hair may have high porosity. To open your cuticles, use heat then apply the henna OR apply the henna then put a cap on and get under a thermal cap or hot dryer for about 2 hours, then put a winter cap on and sleep in it overnight before rinsing–condition but do not wash the hair for at least 2 days–it takes 3-4 times of doing henna before seeing any real changes unless you have very light or soft hair.

  • Shanesecolon

    I have been thinking about doing a henna treatment on my hair but I’m still a little weary on doing it. I would like to find a website or store that sells authentic henna. Any suggestions

    • Guest

      Check out http://www.mehandi.com.  I get m Henna from them.

    • Leshellem

      This is the best place to get it. mehandi.com.  I have been buying from there for two years now.  If you do try it and like it, order multiples of henna at one time to save on shipping. 

  • Stephanie Onofrio

    Is there any place or business that does professional henna treatments?  Or a pre mixed Henna treatment?

    • http://twitter.com/etniqminerals Leah Patterson

      Hey Stephanie!  I am beginning to offer pre-mixed Henna treatments to my Etniq Minerals customers.  I’ve been henna’ing my hair for about 10 years and am always experimenting with different natural ingredients to get different/deeper colors.  Do check out my facebook page where I mention it http://www.facebook.com/etniqminerals .  If I continue to get a lot of requests, I’ll go ahead and add it as a regular item on Etniq’s website.  We’ll see!  


    • Leigh Walters

      Lush may have the pre mixed Henna treatment. I go to an Indian shop to get my eyebrows threaded and they do Henna treatments as well. You should check out nearby Indian salons near you.

    • wisdom

      Ill tell you the best place for henna and indigo. this is where i got mine and the results are impeccable. http://www.mehandi.com/

    • queenbee9

      LUSH will do your henna if you buy theirs but they have some of the most expensive henna they will not rinse for you–just apply it and they do not add conditioners to it. I find LUSH hennas to be very, very gritty and drying and so will go back to my Jamila and Rajasthani Hennas from Mehandi and Henna sooq

    • queenbee9

      Be careful of premixed hennas as substances are usually added to stabilize the dye release because if they do not, the product loses potency. You never know what all is in a premixed product and henna like most hair products is very individual–a product that works on one person’s hair may be HORRIBLE for your hair even if you think you have similar hair types.

  • Tishana Trainor

    I did it a month ago, and it made my hair more smooth, added a red tint, but nothing else. I love it. Gonna do it again in a week.

  • ELA

    I’ve been thinking of adding some colour to my hair. Might give it a try at some point. I have always been weary of dyes…

  • Sandra

    I love it! But I had to use it twice before I saw any difference. I do the henna followed by indigo treatment. I was getting a little gray and wanted to stay natural, no chemicals, so the henna/indigo does that. My wig-wearing skeptic sister had to admit it was, and is, worth it. I also purchase from Mehandi. OK, it does take time! But well worth it for me. Thicker, glossier, shiny hair with no gray. I will continue to do every 4 to 6 weeks. I’m glad the left-over henna can be frozen for future use.

  • onyinyechi uwakwemdike

    henna is a great natural dye solution for me…i love it!

  • ronnie

    I think most naturals use henna mixes without reading up on the effects of what it may do to your hair. I reap great benefits from henna. A lot of naturals like to use black tea & that stuff with dry your hair out. I think its best to use something with more conditioning proprieties such as hibiscus, honey, and so fourth. Everything doesn’t work for everyone, so sometimes you have to make a mix that best suits your hair.

    • MonicaT

      I use hibiscus tea to boost the red tones and I add honey and 1/3 cup of moisture conditioner and sometimes coconut oil of shea butter. I love it leaves my hair soft, full and I get a lot of compliaints on my hair color. Subtle but very noticeable in the sun the red tones. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!! I’ve been using henna for a little over a year now!

  • Del Natural | All Things Hair

    I’m thinking of using henna after I big chop.. My hair is naturally light brown but I’ve always had a thing for red hair.. I’ve read that adding lemon juice to the henna before applying it to your hair will bring out more of the red color. Anyway, I’m really excited about trying it out.


    • queenbee9

      Try mixing Rajasthani red twilight henna (from Henna Sooq or Mehandi.com) with Hibiscus powder and the water from steeped dried hibiscus flowers–this will deepen the red and take away the raw orange color that often is the first application. Wait 2 days to see the color of your henna–most have to do at least 3-4 apps to get the true color that they want–it time the colors overlap and get deeper and deeper and more red/auburn. They are like glazes going over each other–You can add the hibiscus water to lemon juice if you like. good luck!

      • Del Natural | All Things Hair

        thank you! This is awesome!

      • MonicaT

        I’m a henna girl and love it! I’ve been using henna for the last couple of years and I also use Mehandi with hibiscus powder and red zinger tea. I recently used Red Raj because it has 3.29% lawsone content. The henna has added a burgundy-reddish tone to my hair within 3-4 treatments. My hair looks and feels healthy and has great shine. My hair is much more manageble especialy since I have 4B/4C hair. The hibiscus powder and red zinger tea I use to enhance the red tones. Henna is great for conditioning your hair.

  • Shelise

    While I know you should love and accept your natural hair’s texture, if it’s not manageable I believe its best to find a remedy, especially a natural remedy, to better its health. That’s why I turn to Henna. I have fine/thin, dry and limp 4b/4c hair, therefore my hair is prone to tangles, breakage and single strand knots. Henna will give my hair more body and strength as well as loosen my curl pattern.

    I however do not use it for the color, just the conditioning benefits, so I don’t let my Henna mix (half GVP Conditioning Balm, half Jamilia Henna from Amazon and green tea) sit for 24 hours for the color to release. Instead I make just enough to cover my hair, apply and keep in for 4 hours or overnight if I applied the Henna late at night.

    • sade

      I have the same issues with my hair as well. So the henna has loosened your pattern?

      • Shelise

        Absolutely. I have noticed that my braid outs don’t shrink and frizz as quick as before.

        I have also seen a dramatic change in a few strands in the back of my head. My 4B textured hair is now a 3B/3C. I know, weird but luckily its only apparent after a deep conditioning under a heat cap so it reverts back.

        I don’t want my curls to loosen that much but I don’t think my whole head will go that far so I’m not worried. But there are definitely looser curls.

  • wisdom

    I just used henna and indigo for the first time to dye my hair black and I am amazed by the outcome. I first left th henna in my hair for 4 hours. After the henna application I then put Indigo in my hair and left it in for 2 and half hours. The outcome is shiny, gorgeous, black hair from root to ends. I will never use commercial dye ever again. I highly recommned henna and indigo if you want to dye hair darker colors.

  • http://newbienaturl83.tumblr.com/ newbienatural83

    The first time I used henna, I was so excited because I’d watched Iknowlee’s YT video and she stated a lot of benefits to henna, and swore up and down that she applies henna monthly.
    I got my henna from Whole Foods, and it was supposed to add a burgundy hue to my curls. My results were so-so. I left the henna in my hair under a plastic cap for about 3 hours. I had incredibly dry & crunchy hair afterwards, and yeah, I continued to find little bits of henna in my hair. My hair did have that burgundy that I wanted, but I can definitely say I was underwhelmed.

    • queenbee9

      Hi. Many people who try henna for the first time state they have had a similar experience to yours. Often, if they do a bit more research and tweak what they have done, they become confirmed henna users.

      The primary goal of henna is NOT to color the hair for most naturalistas. Many Naturalistas turn to henna instead of protein treatments in order to strengthen and thicken hair strands, repair frayed or torn cuticles and to retrain their hair for softer and easier manageability. Many curlies are dark haired so the highlights from henna often does not show up at all.

      Those who are grey or blonde have the best results for color BUT henna is a glaze at best. it often takes 3 or 4 cured applications before those who want color get the results that they crave.

      The main benefit of henna is that unlike regular protein treatments, it does all that a protein treatment does EXCEPT it does not suffocate the hair after repeated and frequent applications while protein will do that and break the hair. so many use henna as a repair tool in lieu of protein.

      Like protein treatments (which also make hair hard and crunchy) henna binds to hair keratin and coats the strands filling in gaps and making weak places stronger, henna improves porosity so that hair can retain moisture better and coats the hair to decrease SSKs and split ends.

      Those who henna a lot often agree that the best sources for henna are those who have access to fresh crops–that would be Indian stores or online sources such as Henna Sooq or Mehandi.com. These online companies carry only certain brands.

      Most henna heads (confirmed henna users) swear by BAQ henna. BAQ henna means Body ARt Quality henna and ensures the strongest color of any henna.

      How well your henna takes, depends on :

      A. How fresh your henna is–did it sit on a shelf in all kinds of temperatures for years or is it this years crop which you must freeze excess in order to store it?

      B. Where it came from–is it a lesser quality African henna or a Henna cut with other unknown ingredients or is it a renowned crop from a reputable Indian or Persian source. Where it came from determines if it has been sifted for twigs, grit, or had fillers such as mud and sand added in order to dupe the customer. I personally would not buy either henna, black soap, shea butter or any ethnic imported product from an American grocery store because most products in stores have profit instead of quality and source as their bottom lines.

      B2–how you prepare your hair before the henna—the better your hair is prepared, the easier the process and the less harsh henna is to your head. Henna can be put on dry or wet hair, but it should ALWAYS BE CLEAN hair. It is best to prepoo with a conditioner and a favorite oil then rinse it out and cowash rinsing with very warm water to leave cuticles open–this uber conditioning (I leave my prepoo on overnight) does not stop henna penetration and serves to aid the henna in penetrating the hair shaft

      C. What you mix your henna with: Henna should be mixed with room temp green tea or black tea, better yet is a mixture made with lemon juice or apple juice or another acidic juice NOT pomegranate or orange juice. Many people (me included) mix my hennas with coconut milk which has emollients that help to condition the hair even while the henna is on it. Henna must dye release for about 12 hours BEFORE you ever apply it. If you have an instant mix henna–you get what you pay for–it takes about 12 hours for henna to adequately confirm dye release –people who use it earlier than that get a lesser or weaker henna app. People also add balsam conditioners or honey to aid in conditioning as they henna

      D. How long you keep the henna in your hair. Many henna heads prepare their henna one day and let it dye release, then apply it in the evening and sleep on it the next day. 8-12 hours of henna ensures a strong color BUT–since henna is a glaze, the first henna is the weakest henna BUILDS on after each application

      E. What you rinse the henna out with. Many naturalistas who henna use a cheap conditioner like Herbal essence hello hydration –to rinse out the henna. good hennas are presifted so there are no twigs or rocks or plant material–just soft, bright green henna (which turns dark brown to black after dye release). the conditioner is applied right along with the henna when ready to rinse, and the conditioner begins to bind to the henna and it slides right on out. do this 3 or 4 times and the hair is clean, rinsed and has been slightly conditioned.

      Because henna binds to the hair shaft, several deep conditioners are needed in order to soften the cuticle and balance the henna with emollients. After my hennas, I usually use one deep condish and go under my heat cap, then rinse, then I apply a thick butter like Qhemets Amla and olive oil butter, JBCO twist my hair up and sleep with a plastic cap and a winter hat on –in the morning I wash it out with a cowash then use a leave in and then moisturize.

      NEVER use a shampoo after a henna–it is already drying and henna takes at least 48 hours to cure–if you use a shampoo you can wash the color and some of the conditioning out before it even had time to really take.

      Over time, the best benefit to henna is the softer hair. I have used henna on 4c hair and with about 6 applications the 4c hair looks, feels and behaves like 4b or 4a hair. Not everyone wants more manageable hair, but if you do, henna may do this for you.

      If ever you want to try henna again, hopefully this information will help–for henna it is all in the technique–here is one of my favorite henna recipes:

      200g of Rajasthani red Twilight Henna (from Mehandi.com or Henna Sooq)
      1/2 c hot freshly squeezed lemon juice or 1/2 c apple juice
      3 T hemp oil
      1 can coconut milk (full fatted ) use all the solids, and 1/2 the liquid
      honey (optional)

      Mix the Henna powder and the apple juice or lemon juice until looks like cake batter–if need more use hot tea–mix in glass bowl cover with plastic then a plate and put it in a cool dark place for 8-12 hours. it will change to a color of black refried beans on top–that means the dye has released.

      Take the bowl out and add hemp oil and coconut milk–you can also add honey (about 3 T ) if you like.

      I do my henna in the tub, with a book on CD, my bowl of henna, two shower caps, one winter cap, some plastic wrap and plastic gloves. I run a tub full of bubble bath, and turn my book on

      4 butterfly clips, rattail comb and Vaseline for around my head and neck.

      I apply the Vaseline, get in the tub and starting in one section at the very bottom/back of my hair, begin scooping up the henna, take a 1/4 inch section and apply making sure to take the mud all the way to the ends, let it fall and grab another piece just above the one I just did.
      I continue until all of my head is done then wrap my head in plastic wrap, put on both caps then the warm cap, clean the tub, wash all my bowls and tools and set out my dc, plastic caps, and hello hydration or another cheap conditioner (use an full bottle)

      I go to bed with an old towel on my pillow. The next morning, I run water again, this time clear, and on my knees in the tub begin rinsing out the henna slapping in tons of conditioner and going section by section. I do this 3 or 4 times letting out all the muddy water–after the 4th time, I lay back in the tub and let the water flow over all of my hair, I massage the roots and come up–grab some more conditioner and put it all over massaging it in–now back in the water, by now the water should be running clear–

      IF you still have henna in your hair days later, you may not have waited until the water was clear to decide you had rinsed enough.
      After that, I put on a towel, take my self to my shower and cowash for real, preparing for my first dc. I dc 3 times in order to get my hair super soft, conditioned and moisturized. I think it is worth it, and my day of henna is reserved as a hair spa day–a treat and time I give my hair and myself.

      • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

        Wow! Great info!

      • K Webb

        How often do you do a henna treatment on your hair? How long have you been hennaing? What are some pros/cons that you have noticed with your hair?

        • queenbee9

          HI. I began using henna in 1998 and used it not only on my own hair but also on my childrens. It was not until 2003 when I stopped wearing relaxers that I became comfortable enough to do henna routinely instead of occasionally. I only henna around 4 to 12 times a year depending on how I am wearing my hair.
          If I am in a protected style, then I always henna when I take that style out. Some years I can wear braids for 4 months without taking them down then take them down and wear my own hair out for 2 weeks. During those 2 weeks, I have been known to henna once every 7 days or twice.
          Some years (2012 comes to mind) I only wear my hair about 6 weeks to 2 months because it was growing really fast. During those times, I might henna twice or only once.
          The reason to henna so much in a row is a personal choice as unlike with protein treatments, henna does not cause damage when used repeatedly and allowed to overlap previous hennas.
          There are many reasons to “do henna “more than once per take down session. here are 3:
          1. to get saturated color.
          2. to make their hair appear thicker and stronger (my reason)
          3.to make curls and coils looser and silkier (works on some hair)
          PROS of henna are:
          more shine, silkier hair, stronger hair cuticles, covers gray if you have it, thicker appearing hair strands, decrease in split ends and single strand knots, more gentle alternative to protein treatments, makes hair more manageable, can be done by your self, and can be used on children. is a natural product
          time consuming, messy, use of natural product also means NO Guaranteed consistency from batch to batch , due to most henna being produced in 3rd world countries, just going to an Indian store and picking some up make it a buyer beware product.
          Not all henna sold as henna is NATURAL or contains only henna. These countries are not required to disclose their ingredients list in English, nor do they have to list everything. Some hennas contain metallic salts or other harsh chemicals. If a person has chemically treated hair (relaxed or permanent dyed hair) and tries to either relax or permanently dye their hair AFTER the henna, they may get a chemical reaction that causes their hair to fall out or break off.
          NATURAL henna does NOT contain those salts but how can you tell which is good henna and what is fake or filled with nasty salts?
          1. BUY henna ONLY from a reputable source (I use henna sooq or mehandi as recommended on the CurlyNikki site)
          2. Recognize the biggest negative of henna: you can henna as much as you wish BUT understand to be safe, it is a one way coloring source..henna does NOT wear off or wash out. Once henna is used, many permanent hair dyes can react so for color junkies, hennaing is NOT the best choice because henna accepts other hennas BUT may not play well with other coloring systems.
          if a person likes to change up colors a lot, henna is not for them
          if a person want deep rich color immediately, henna may not be for them (henna builds color and strand thickness over time)
          if a person likes to use a lot of chemical processes such as relaxers, blowouts, permanent dyes, texturizers–henna may not be for them.
          Henna binds to hair for life, you have to grow it out and go back to virgin hair to change safely back to man made colors. Some people go back and forth with no problems–they are lucky, many who go back and forth relaxing, and using BOTH henna and box dyes could tell true horror stories, the fact is, if you do not know for sure if your henna is completely natural, then stay away from unnatural chemical processes until you are prepared to lose the henna part of your hair if the relaxer or coloring goes wrong.
          does this make sense? the rule for already relaxed hair is you can henna OVER relaxed or dyed hair no problem BUT you may have problems if you decide to relax or dye over a henna. relaxing should only be new growth so that should not be a problem (but it could be) BUT dying is over the entire head and THAT might be a problem.
          so the last con is that Henna is a “JEALOUS MISTRESS” and once you begin to henna for color or other reasons, it is not always easy to overlap other chemical treatments.
          With my own hair, the pros are stronger hair which appears a lot thicker and more manageability, the cons are a much looser coil and curls to the point that some parts have changed types and are more like straight poof instead of my wonderful coils–if you notice hair is losing it’s curls or coils then use like touching up a perm or relaxer and only do the new growth.

          • Simply Beautiful

            That is excellent information. Are you able to share a “how to” with me starting with purchasing and on to mixing, etc? I can send you my e-mail address. Thank you kindly…

          • queenbee9

            sure. Understand that there is another element which determines success in the use of products–your water source. the harder the water, the more alkaline, the more alkaline the more alien to your hair’s preferred environment. to minimize alkalinity naturals may choose to use distilled water which is neutral, if not for the entire process then for a final rinse and to mix any products like vinegar or aloe rinses.

            Mehandi.com is an excellent source for info on Henna. Purchase a BAQ henna I like Rajasthani Twilight even though it is difficult to see on my 1B hair. Jamila Henna is an excellent brand also. Hit me up with an email and I can walk you through the process and tell you also where to go on youtube to get a visual how to.

          • Denisha

            Hello Queenbee I am interested in using Henna on my gray hair. I have heard of Mehandi before. What YouTube tutorials do you recommend?

      • Bria James

        I use mehandi henna 100% natural which I get from my local Indian market. I mix it with a little ACC and freshly brewed green tea, and a bit of olive oil, a few drops tea treated oil and a generous amount of conditioner for easy, smooth application and easy rinsing. I NEVER have a problem with tangling and my hair comes out shiny with a very noticeable burgundy tint and my grays are a fun bright red (some say brassy but I love it!) I let sit for 24 hrs and then after application I leave on for 8 hours (max) depending on how lazy I am. I get great results and although gray hairs cone back in a little over 6 weeks, I am always satisfied. its alot of work but worth it and since I am not ready to apply anything damaging to my natural hair yet, im sticking with it for a while. Im all for anything that can strengthen my hair so im #teamhenna all the way!

    • Msvvaall

      I think you might want to consider Mendhi henna from mendhi.com I’ve been very impress by it. That’s if you want to try again.

  • http://newbienaturl83.tumblr.com/ newbienatural83

    Whoa you are called queen bee for a reason!!

    Thank you so much for that Henna explanation. I now know what I was doing/ expecting wrong and I know that moving forward from this i will def reap the real benefits of henna!!


  • http://newbienaturl83.tumblr.com/ newbienatural83

    I just have to say:

    I used Queenbee’s advice, and I read an entire booklet on how to mix & apply henna on the website she suggested, and now I love Henna. My hair looks so good. It feels softer, stronger, and yes, my curls have loosened quite a bit. I’m gonna add henna to my subscribe &save Amazon list, this will ensure that every month I’m using henna.

    • queenbee9


  • Susie H

    One other negative for some: once you have used henna, you cannot colour over the top (at least that is not recommended). So if you like to experiment with hair colour or might want to try another colour some time, bear this in mind.

    I used henna (Jamila BAQ purchased quite easily in the UK) quite happily for a couple of years on my then shoulder length 3c/4a hair. Over time my curls did loosen and because I have two different textures on my head the loosening was uneven. I found that the looser curls (never that great at holding their shape after twist outs etc) would just get messy very quickly after twist or braid-outs so I was wasting a lot of time doing protective styles that in the end didn’t last.

    I have now cut my hair very short and have coloured it too, a risk I am prepared to take because I plan to keep it short for a while and would not dream of using repeated commercial dyes on longer hair. I have no plans to return to henna for the moment but may go back to it in the future. When I was using henna I loved the deep red colour. It covered my grey hairs to an extent but they never went much deeper than a bright coppery red, even with repeated applications done using the CurlyNikki method. I didn’t mind this at all, but others might feel differently.

    • teaberry73

      My grey hairs also didn’t get dark when i was using the Jamila brand. Since then I found hennas with a deeper dye content like Ancient Sunrise Rajasthani Twilight. My greys are now burgundy and blends in well with the rest of my hair. I also tweaked my recipe to what was suggested on the mehandi website (don’t use boiling water, use lemon juice or something acidic to mix, don’t add oils, etc). The results were the bomb! If you do go back to it, I would definitely recommend that you try the deeper dye content hennas like the Rajasthani.

  • Sweet T

    I am sitting with henna red in my hair right now. I have to boil 2 teaspoons of coffee and 4 teaspoons of tea, I added some Dabur Vatika coconut oil to it. Just waiting on the results. Chemical dyes DO NOT penetrate my hair, they never have so it was always a waste of time for me but that was when I was not natural. I have not tried any dye in my hair since. I have read up on the benefits of Henna Red and can’t wait to see the results. I will let you guys know how it turned out.

  • http://www.premhenna.com/ Nisha Kaveri

    Great things you have suggest in this blog post. I am using red Henna to
    Dye Hair last two years and I have been very satisfy with the result. I
    am using Prem’s Nisha Henna Hair Color Product. It is really natural
    & chemical free natural hair color and always been very good for me.
    Now I feel look very good in crowd.


  • Netta Fairfoot

    One of the best accounts of henna I have ever read. Very clear, and I (as a long time henna girl) was nodding my agreement at every sentence! It is the only thing I know of that will strengthen my hair if I’ve been at the bleach or other hair dyes (currently wearing a cap of it now, lol). Thanks again. Will bookmark.

  • playnice

    I just henned for the first time last month to cover my color resistant grey and I am beyond pleased. Not only did it cover the grey but my hair seems fuller and stronger than it has been in years. I’ve also seen a big growth spurt with it, which I attribute both to the henna and the retiring of my torturous flat iron. Honestly my hair looks and feels great.

  • Tania

    I have been using henna with m mum since i was 7, it’s jut a part of of our culture. I absolutely love the smell, and how strong my hair become after applying. sure, conditioning is needed, but i do that anyway, so it’ really not added effort for me. I think the worst part of applying henna to my hair, is that i have very long hair (past my bottom) and it can be VERY heavy on the neck and shoulders. But all in all, I very much love henna and would recommend it to anyone who doesn’t want to cause damage to their hair b applying chemical dyes. Also, you can alter the result b adding different things to your mixture. For example, if you want to make it darker and less red, add coffee. If you want to enhance the reddness and make it easier to apply, a tea, and so on. x

  • bacalove

    Henna made the hair I had damage in and took 8 months to grow back, fall out again! If you use Henna, only apply to your healthy hair.

  • Jaswinder

    The explanation is very good. I am using henna, when I was 30 years old and now I am 50. My hair are healthy and strong. I use it once a week or sometimes if little lazy, then after two weeks. I put henna in iron pan and put some yogurt and sometimes lemon juice and apply for 3-4 hours. I don’t like to dye my hair with artificial colors.



  • altaria de LionCourt

    I am interested in using henna to highlight the red within my dark brown locks and I am a 4b type so does anyone have any pictures as to how the henna has affected your curl pattern? much appreciated

  • Crystal

    Can anyone recommend any good henna brands? Thanks

    • cassandra

      @Crystal Mehandi is the brand I bought and use. They have 100% henna and there are no other chemicals. If you purchase this brand and decide later to relax your hair (if you are natural), it would still be okay. I have been natural for over 2 years and I used it and it did wonders for my hair. Good luck!

    • Anthro Pop

      Lush Cosmetics has the best henna. It’s premixed with everything you’ll need. It comes in bricks that you can break apart and use for at least 3 applications depending on the length of your hair. It’s awesome. It’s 25.95 (3 uses)


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  • Ash

    Do you have a recommendation for color for natural hair for a person who wants to stay natural. Henna sounds nice but I don’t like the fact that I may lose my curls, or that I will be stuck with a color forever. I really want to dye my hair but am not willing to sacrifice my natural status for it. Thanks!