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How to Henna Your Hair

Henna, which has been used for hundreds of years, is an all-natural, permanent hair dye. Color your tresses using henna dye for amazing, vibrant color.


  • Step 1: Mix henna Mix a cup of henna powder with citrus juice, such as lemon or orange juice, with water in a plastic bowl with a plastic spoon. Mix it until you get a paste-like consistency. Then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight.
  • TIP: Consider using body art quality henna, a higher class of henna than pre-mixed, store-bought henna that is available online or at specialty import retailers.
  • Step 2: Apply henna Section your hair. Wearing your gloves, apply the henna paste from the roots to the ends, making sure all of your hair gets covered. Wipe any excess henna from your face and neck with an old towel.
  • TIP: Protect items that may stain. Wear old clothes when you henna.
  • Step 3: Let henna process Wrap your hair in the plastic grocery bag to keep the henna paste moist and warm. Wait at least 2 to 4 hours for the dye to process.
  • Step 4: Wash out henna Wash the henna paste out of your hair with lukewarm water and rinse thoroughly.
  • Step 5: Apply conditioner Apply conditioner and then rinse. Your hair will be silky soft with a glossy red henna sheen.
  • FACT: Ancient Egyptian men dyed their beards with henna.

You Will Need

  • Henna powder
  • Citrus juice
  • A plastic container
  • A plastic spoon
  • Plastic wrap
  • Latex or rubber gloves
  • Old towels
  • A plastic grocery bag
  • Conditioner
  • Body art quality henna (optional)
  • Old clothes (optional)

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