Want to naturally colour your hair without any added toxic chemicals? Henna has been used for hundreds of years on skin, hair, and even nails as a semi-permanent beauty trend and is still just as popular today.
Different types of henna
Neutral henna: This is the standard green powder which is used for mostly hair and semi-permanent tattoos. It should smell like freshly cut grass and is of a fine consistency.
Red henna: Using red henna will most likely stain your hair a red-orange colour – this is most commonly used to create a bright, vibrant colour.
Black henna: Finally, black henna is actually of a dark purple consistency and is used for body decoration. It typically stains lighter skin tones, so make sure to use this with caution.
Colour your hair with henna
1 thick brush
1 large spoon
1 container with a lid
500ml whole or full cream milk
200g henna or mehendi powder
- Pour 250ml of the milk into a large container and the rest into a cup.
- Combine 2-3 tablespoons of henna or mehendi powder into the container and mix well.
- Pour the rest of the milk into the container and keep mixing until you have a fine paste. Use just a splash of water to clean the sides of the bowl and combine the rest of the mixture.
- Add some filtered water into the container, then pat it lightly over the paste. Store in the fridge overnight and allow it to develop.
- The next morning, your paste should look like a whipped paste. Apply it on clean, dry hair and work your way from root to tip. For pale skin, apply a moisturiser on your hairline so it doesn’t stain.
- Let the henna develop for 2-3 hours and wash out with lukewarm water.
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