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Common Mistakes And Tips: Henna For Hair

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After so many years of doing henna and natural herbs for hair, and getting all sorts of questions, I really felt we could use a good post on common mistakes and errors, when it comes to henna for hair (and herbs). We’ve included some amazing tips that everyone should know.

Beautiful Rich Henna and Indigo'ed Hair

This list will never be complete, and we’ll need all of you to help add to it. Henna and natural hair care is all about being open, having a good vibe, being natural, and accepting each and every recipe as special, and unique to every person.

  • Henna is a plant, not a chemical, or ink. Henna is a natural plant, and it grows in very hot climates. As a natural plant it makes only one color: orange-reddish tones. Plants don’t give us more then one color. Typically blueberries stain blue, just as henna stains red. Commercial boxes of henna will tell us they are henna “colors”, but in fact they are pre-mixed boxed of henna that contain other herbs, and ingredients (sometimes even chemicals, additives, or metallic salts). It’s also not an ink. Henna powder is mixed into a henna paste, which can be used to dye your hair (permanent until it grows out), or to create henna body art designs (temporary) on the skin. Please read our recipes and how to’s section to find out how.
  • Henna colors, is this possible? A lot of commercial boxed henna hair dyes will have a variety of colors available. Natural and 100% pure henna only dyes orange-reddish tones. Please always read the list of ingredients on the boxes you purchase, or just purchase 100% pure henna powder from a reliable supplier.
  • Henna will not lighten your hair tone. Henna is a chemically-free all natural hair dye. It doesn’t contain chemicals, or bleaching ingredients that would lighten your hair.
  • Neutral Henna. Cassia obovata is sometimes called neutral henna, but in fact it is another plant that has a low yellow dye molecule, that can color grey, light, and blond hair. On dark hair, cassia obovata will not usually show any color. Using cassia obovata will give you all the benefits of henna, but it does have to be done a bit more often, as the results are not as long term as henna is.
  • Black Henna. Indigo is sometimes called black henna, but this is yet another plant that will color the hair brown to black tones (must be used with henna to give these results). Indigo does not have dye release the same way that henna does, so it must be mixed and used right away, or within 15-20 minutes. Please make sure your indigo does not contain PPD, which is can be quite damaging to the hair, and skin.
  • If I use henna I won’t ever be able to use chemical dyes/treatments on my hair. As long as you use 100% pure henna powder, then yes you can use chemical dyes/treatments as you normally do. You won’t have to wait months to do your chemical treatments/dyes as the hair dresser would like to tell you. Keep in mind, that the hair industry is run by major companies that push all types of chemical products. They are in no way trained, or specializing in henna, and natural hair care (for the most part). You should give your hair a break in between treatments. Roughly about 1-2 weeks.
  • How much henna do we need to use for our hair? No, you don’t need 500 grams of henna powder to color (treat) bra strap length (BSL) hair. First thing that needs to be asked is, how long is your hair, and secondly, how thick is your hair. Those are questions that need to be answered first in order to access how much henna powder you’ll need. You also don’t want to spend more money on products then you have to.
    General speaking, shoulder length hair needs about 100 grams of powder, bra strap length about 200-250 grams, hip length about 300-350 grams, and so on.
  • Should I use lemon juice in my recipe? No, you don’t have to use lemon juice as your primary, and only liquid ingredient in your henna (herbal) hair recipe. So many people would have turned away and abandoned henna and natural herbal hair care, if they thought they could only use lemon juice. Lemon juice is acidic, and can be very drying on your hair. You can add a small splash of lemon juice, if you’d like. We usually add a bit of lemon juice. The most highly recommend liquid to use is warm water. You can even use tea (any variety of your choice), or coffee brews as well (for dryer scalps be careful with these as they can also be a bit drying). Chamomile tea has become quite popular to use in henna hair recipes.
  • Is henna a temporary hair dye? No, henna is not temporary. It is a permanent hair dye. Henna alone only dyes orange-red tones. The only way to remove it is to let it grow out, or cut your dyed hair. That is why it is always recommended you do hair strand tests before making the “full head” committment.
  • Can henna, and herbs for hair be drying? Yes they can be drying. If you have a dry scalp, then you will need to moisturize. You can add moisturizing oils, yoghurt, or a conditioner to your henna recipe, or use a good hair oil after your herbal hair treatment.
  • Does henna lock out moisture? Some people believe that because henna coats the hair strand that no amount of moisturization can reach it. In fact no, henna will not lock out moisture from your hair. Oil, and condition your hair as usual, and as needed. The results will be amazing, and your hair will get all the moisturization it needs.
  • Using a metal bowl, or spoon is it safe or not? When using pure henna powder (body art quality), and herbs for hair, you can use stainless steel bowls. Traditionally, they have used iron bowls, as it has shown to bring our more dye release. We typically use a spatula to mix it. We don’t usually use plastic bowls because they are porous, and the herbs will stain the bowl. The commercial boxes of henna, and henna “colors” that contain other ingredients, herbs, additives, metallic salts, etc..would more so cause reactions with metal bowls, then 100% pure herbs would.

Naturally Curly Hair

  • Can henna loosen my curl pattern? Yes, a lot of people have seen loosening effects of their curls when using henna and/or cassia obovata. There is a small percentage of people that don’t get any loosening of their curls. If you prefer to maintain some of your curl, then add amla powder to bring them back. Keep in mind, that amla powder also tones down the red of henna. You can also use amla powder in your henna/cassia recipe to maintain the curls in your hair, in case you don’t want to lose your curl pattern.
  • So many henna powders. How do I choose? Keep in mind that some henna companies do re-name their henna powders, and this causes more confusion then necessary. The basic, and most important information would be which country is the henna from, how fresh is it (current crop year is best), and how well sifted is it? Please read: How to Choose the Right Henna Powder. There is no henna for a particular race or culture. Henna doesn’t discriminate. It is for everyone to use. If you were to say that a particular henna powder is very well sifted and therefore better to use on curly or african hair, then that we’d understand. But giving a henna powder a new name, is just for marketing purposes. If your henna comes marked with Jamila henna powder in red writting in any format on the foil packaging, then that henna is Jamila henna powder, not any other generic name that it has been re-named. Please read more on Jamila Henna.
  • Body Art Quality: What does that mean? This is another marketing term that basically means 100% pure henna powder. This pure henna powder is safe enough to use for body art, and most likely finely sifted. Body Art Quality can’t apply to any of the other herbs we use on our hair, because that would mean we are using these herbs for body art, and we aren’t. They are being used for hair usage. Make sure you get yourself 100% pure henna, and herbs. Getting organic herbs is even better because you are guaranteed that the company/farm has gotten proper certification, and inspection that there are no pesticides used, and is an overall healthier, and safer product.
  • My katam/indigo didn’t work for me. Indigo and Katam should be mixed seperately from the henna paste, in a seperate bowl. They are fussy herbs, and need to be started out in their own bowl. Allow it to sit 15-20 minutes, and then put the indigo/katam paste into the henna paste (bowl).

Sarah smiling with deep rich henna'ed hair

Tips that work!

  • Putting henna (and any herbs) onto damp hair really helps it go on much easier. Also applying indigo onto damp hair (with a dash or so of salt) has gotten the indigo to absorb better and give even darker, richer black color results.
  • Adding sugar to your recipe makes the henna paste smoother.
  • Pre-oil your hair, if you tend to get really dry when using henna, and herbs in your hair. This will give you the moisture boost you need. This also helps prevent dripping when dyeing your hair. Some of the best hair oils to use are olive oil, coconut oil, argan oil, and camellia oil.
  • In order to get deeper, richer red results use a good, fresh henna powder that is known for giving rich red results (such as yemeni henna). After 2-3 applications, the color will deepen further.
  • Wash your henna, and herbal hair treatments out really well. Use a lot of conditioner to help with the process. If you don’t wash it all out well, then your scalp will feel itchy, and gritty.
  • Rmemeber to always be opened minded, and if needed, adjust your recipe to suit your hair. Just because someone else does it, doesn’t always make it right for you.
  • Keep your recipe simple. Don’t get overwhelmed with a lot of the other ingredients that are added to recipes.
  1. The damaged parts might need to be cut off and eventually as they grow out you will be rid of them. Also it sounds like you may need a hair oil. Did you get one of those from us? I also really recommend you use a more natural soap such as our shampoo bars as they are superfatted and this means they have extra oils in them that are unsaponified and very beneficial for the hair.

    A good oil for damaged hair would be our Golden Jojoba.
    http://hennablogspot.com/henna-sooqs-golden-jojoba-oil/

  2. Sue McCall says:

    I have used henna for 15 years on my brown hair. I am now 54 yrs old and my greyer hairs are courser in texture than they used to be, and now go very bright orange with the henna. I am very allergic to any dyes in the henna. Is there a natural way to use the henna without the course hairs and roots turning orange.I have been using a pure henna from India, not a boxed one. I have tried the Glory make henna dyes but react to them. Any ideas?

  3. Hello Sue, thank you for your post.

    You can use 100% pure henna powder and use indigo to tone it down, or even amla powder tones it down some. Indigo is better as it’s stronger if you wanted more of a browner tone.

    To avoid the coarseness in your hair, you have to moisturize as well, like use a good hair oil like Camellia oil or argan oil.
    We carry those products at http://www.hennasooq.com
    You can also look into our rich, moisturizing and cleansing shampoo bars that are 100% natural and handcrafted. Those 3 items would get you a good start for a better hair regimen. I hope this helps!

  4. South African says:

    I have used the Glory make henna dyes and would just like to know how safe it is and if I can colour over it with semi-permanent hair colours?

  5. Thank you for your post South African. Unfortunately I am not familiar with that brand of henna and I don’t know exactly what it contains…so I can’t say for sure how safe it would be with a chemical dye. Sorry. I know with 100% pure henna, and pure herbs, that it is safe to use chemical treatments/dyes, but with yours I am unfamiliar

  6. Courtney says:

    Could I use aloe vera juice infused with hibiscus to mix my yemeni henna?

  7. If the infusion is known to work well on it’s own, then for sure it would be fine with yemeni henna powder. I’d just warm it up a little bit, if possible.

  8. Courtney says:

    I’ve never done it before (nor have I heard it done before) but I was just worried that lemon juice or ACV would be too harsh. I’ve read that aloe vera juice can be moisturizing. I just don’t know if it would be ok to use with henna. I may just do it with hibiscus tea to be safer, if that’s even safer

  9. Lemon juice and ACV can be very acidic so it can be harsh for some hair types. I think the other choices are good.

  10. Hi,
    I am loving henna now that I am using the good quality powders from your shop :)
    Question – I am still having a hard time getting the right mixture to cover my very gray roots. I have been mixing indigo and henna about half/half and the result is still too orangy for my liking. I have added wine,cherry juice, amla powder..do you think I should add some katam into the mix?
    Could you suggest a good ratio? I’m looking for a dark medium shade of brown with some dark reddish highlights.
    Thank you!
    deb

  11. Hi Deb, thank you for your post.

    I’d definetely say then that you’d need to make it at least 60% indigo, and 40% henna powder and perhaps some amla powder. I’d say try to up the amount of indigo first, and use hot water when mixing it and let it sit for at least 30 minutes, as the organic one needs a longer sitting time, we’ve noticed. This should really help and saturate the areas of grey that are not coloring well, and add a touch of salt to the indigo to help it cling to your hair strand. I hope this helps!

  12. Thanks! I’ll try that and let you know how it works.
    deb

  13. Hi, I used Glory henna in shade Light Brown on my hair and it came out orange red! PLEASE help me to get it out or correct it? The ingredients on the package are as follows: Henna powder, P-Amino Phenol, Citric Acid, Barium Peroxide, Magnesium Carbonate. It is manufactured by Kuria Mal & Sons in Delhi.

  14. Thank you for your post Sherry. In order to correct that we’d need to know what your natural hair color is, and what color you’d like to achieve? Then we can make specific recommendations.

  15. Hi! I loved the site and it was a great read. Sarah’s hair is amazing.

    Here is my story lol, I have NEVER used henna bc I was told it was too hard to get what you wanted. I had been using a highlighting kit from the store, the one with a cap. It ended up not coming out so well the third time I used it (months apart btw) and so by a friend’s reccomendation I used a hair bleach (lightening I think it was called) and bleached all color out. Then the next day I used a store bought deep auburn color, which looked great the first day but began to bleed out. So I re-colored it a day or two later thinking it would be the LAST time I would abuse my hair, just to get rid of all the uneven spots bc it was cleeding out unevenly. I had never treated my hair so cruelly in my life. I never use hair dryers or straighteners or even hairspray, and I had soft silky hair. Now my hair is quite angry with me to say the least, the second application of hairdye is also not sticking.

    I heard henna is good for your hair and can fix damage, so, can I use it now? Or is my hair too stressed out? I dont want to go bald and after the second application of hair dye when my hair is wet some of the hair gets really weak and springy, almost like I hit it with nair by accident. I would love to be a deep auburn color or like the movie Pretty Woman, like Sarah above. My hair is light coppery blonde now and doesn’t look to obad, but I’d prefer the dark deep red and I need to fix the texture, I’m hoping that henna will do both. Tell me exactly what to buy from your site and how to mix it and use it and I will gladly buy it now if it will help. My hair is just below shoulder length, not quite bra strap length yet.

    Thank you in advance.

  16. Hi Annie, thanks for your post.

    I’d say you may need to give your hair a general break, just to recover at least because the things you’ve done so far have been pretty close together, and your hair needs a breather. Give it at least 4-6 weeks to get all its natural ways back.

    Henna yes will be your best option after all of this. If you want red tones, then henna is what you should use. Yemeni henna powder is a good choice and our 2010 crop is coming, in about 1 week. How thick is your hair though? Generally you’d need at least 100 to 150 grams depending on your hair thickness. You can just get yemeni henna powder, and what is your scalp like? oily, dry, normal? I’d recommend a hair oil, or shampoo bar as well to add to your new natural hair regimen.

  17. loretta says:

    I have very darkhair and would like the few strays of grey only, to go brown or blondish, not red.

    can i achieve this with henna?

  18. Thank you for your post Loretta. With henna alone, no, as it will yield red tones when used alone.

    For blondish you can use cassia obovata alone to give you all the benefits of henna without red tones, but it has a low yellow dye molecule which adds shine and blond/golden tones.
    For brown tones you’d need henna with indigo. I hope this helps!

  19. how blonde will cassia go on white and what colour on black hair? is it better to use the henna w/indigo on white hairs to mke it blend in with black hair?

  20. Cassia won’t show up on dark hair, and about a golden tone on white hairs. Eventually or if you want to cover your greys better and for longer periods of time, or when you get more then you can use the henna and indigo to make it blend better with the black hair. It would be up to your preference

  21. I’ve been applying henna to my hair (which is originally light brown and goes halfway down my back–the individual strands are thin but there are a lot of them) for about 5 months (about 5 times so far). It feels very nice and I enjoy using something natural to mask the gray hairs that are starting to show. BUT the henna is not going on evenly: my bangs and the top “layer” are bright (almost coppery) and the crown and nape of my head, and the lower layers of my hair are quite dark. My hair seems to get less evenly colored each time I use the henna. Last week I mixed three times more henna powder than all the other times with lemon juice, left it over night, applied it with a brush, then massaged my head with the thick henna on it, tied on a plastic bag and waited 4 hours–and I got the two-toned effect again. It seems to me that it’s more extreme than it was the last time. Would you you have any tips?

  22. Thank you for your post Nancy.

    Are your bangs or certain parts of your hair light or grey? That might contribute to the brightness.
    WHich henna powder are you using? Did the bag get tied too tightly and perhaps squeeze off some of the henna paste? I usually personally use a shower cap to cover my head.

  23. Thank You for the advice, I have bought a few samples of your shampoo bars and a hair oil from your store. My hair is not thick and is fine, so all in all it is not the thickest hair there is. I will give it a break like you have reccommended, and appreciate your advice :)

  24. Aside from a few gray hairs, my natural color is light brown–and it’s all the same color.

    I used a henna powder that I bought in NY (now I’m in Berlin): “Colora”–”natural organic haircolor conditioner & thickener”. “Buttercup Blond”. The box say it “might also contain indigo, centaurea, indigo, lichen, litmus”. I had bought several dif ferent boxes (“gold brown” and “apricot gold”)and the other colors were too red. The first time I used “Buttercup Blond”, it was really lovely. But it didn’t last long.

    And now it is much redder than I like–and uneven!

    The bag was on tightly but it was holding down the paste. Since I began using henna 5 months ago, but before I found your blog, I had researched more and learned about letting the henna past sit over night, using apple cider vinegar and not shampooing out the henna…I did all that with the last application, a week ago.

    I’ve seen other women with very uneven hair coloring–but I can’t understand how I’ve got it, too!

  25. Welcome Annie!

  26. Nancy, wow, that is really something else. The blond toned boxed henna powders are really cassia and it isn’t as long lasting as henna can be. So it fades out. Cassia is the herb that has golden tones in it, a low golden dye molecule.

    It may be that the product you are using is not a good enough quality for covering, but I can’t say for sure a I’d need to see hands on what is going on, and what to recommend. Do you want to email me photos to our email address? It’s hennasooq@gmail.com

  27. where is your store located in brampton?

  28. Thank you for your post Loretta
    We are no longer located in Brampton. We have products located at Green Instead at 200 Spadina Ave downtown, or you can order online at http://www.hennasooq.ca and you can have it shipped to you. We no longer will be taking local pick ups from online orders.

  29. Melody Vie says:

    I am 13 years old. My hair is about 5 inches past my shoulders and light golden(ish)-brown. I would like to dye my hair with henna, but there are many questions I have not had answered despite all the research I’ve done.
    1.) I would prefer a deep rich red, but I will be content with anything that isn’t orange or orange-based. What do you reccomend?
    2.) How long does shipping take from [where you are] to Austin, TX, roughly?
    3.) I have looked into Mehandi.com, are you familiar with this site? Is it reliable? If so, what do you reccomend from there?
    4.) If I were to make the simplest recipe possible with your Yemeni henna, and were making it as red as possible, what would the whole thing be? I never get the amounts from all the other sites. I would like to try to use hibiscus tea, but am not sure how much to use and do not know what else I would need.

    Melody

  30. Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond but I really wanted to try one more application of henna and let it “take”. I am sending you the photos now.

    I think I’ve hit on a reasonable answer to my problem: After the first several applications of henna, I read–somewhere–that henna should be applied to dirty hair. So, although the instructions on the box of henna say “wash first”, for the last three applications, I’ve applied henna to really dirty hair. And, despite very thorough application to the roots and underparts of my hair (and very little to the rest which already has plenty of color), there is no difference! It’s as if I had not done anything, although it was a long process. I think it is a bad idea not to wash my hair first–probably too much oil on the hair prevents the henna from “taking”, and that would explain the difference in the areas that absorb henna: nearer to the roots, there’s more oil. Also less conditioner, since I apply that mostly to the tips…

    I’m sending you photos from May and from August in which it’s obvious that there’s no difference!

    Beyond that, I rather like the color but think maybe more brown would be more appropriate. You can see my (dirty) original color (with virtually no gray hairs–I don’t know what’s happened to them!) on the crown of my head. Would you have any suggestions for a mix to make light brown? (I don’t care for a “rich” brown.)

    Thanks for your thoughts!
    Best, Nancy

  31. Barb Murrey says:

    I am a natural fading strawberry blonde. About 5wks ago I did a full henna treatment and my hair came out brilliant scary orange. Luckily it turned into a darker bright red with orange tones. I’ve been on another site that recommends Buxus to tone down the orange. I haven’t seen any posts on this blog about Buxus and was wondering what experience anyone has had using it. I do not want my hair darker, just to warm up the red and tone down the orange.

  32. I am planning on mixing 25 grams of buxus dioica(separately, of course)with 200 grams of cassia obovata to make an ash blonde dye for my bleached, pale blonde hair. I know the recipes for ash blonde vegetable dyes to include henna, but, from what I’ve seen, they yield very warm, non-ash results. Will mixing katam and cassia in the proportions I just mentioned giving me the very ash blonde result I’m hoping to get? Another thing, I’m not trying to go too dark of a blonde. I want my hair at a medium blonde tone. How long should I leave it on for?

  33. Hi Melody,
    Sorry for our late reply. Tahnks for posting. For deep red tones, you can use yemeni henna powder. It’s really rich, and deep but it might take 2-3 applications to build up that rich, red henna tone you want. We’re shipping from maryland now so it will probably take about 2-3 days.
    I really recommend the products at http://www.hennasooq.com
    Instructions come with our henna powder, and that recipe will be perfect as it’s simple and easy, yet really affective and it’s the same methods I use personally.

    I’d recommend at ;east 2 bags of hibiscus tea to about 3/4 cup to 1 cup of water should be effecient and you’ll use about 150 grams of henna powder for your hair length. I hope this helps get you started.

    Thanks Nancy! we just got our internet established permanently again, so there was a bit of a delay. Did you send the photos already? I usually apply onto, damp relatively clean hair, never dirty hair. Let’s touch base since it’s been a while since you posted here.

  34. Thanks for your post Emily. Did you ever get a chance to do the recipe? Did it come out well, or dark? Let me know as I was away for awhile and didn’t get a chance until now to get back to you

  35. Thank you for your post Barb. Here are some additonal recipes for using henna and cassia together as these help lighten it up some as well: http://hennablogspot.com/how-to-use-cassia-obovata-and-henna-together-detailed-recipes/
    amla and katam would be helpful as well without going too dark.

  36. Hello. I will be a first time henna/indigo user.
    Can you tell me the difference between using salt in the indigo and using amla? (can both be used?)
    (I have some white hairs in the undersides, the rest of my hair color is varied as I have sun bleaching on the outer sides and darker underneath. (hair fine and porus) Aiming at reproducing my normal real dark brownish black color.)

    Also after I henna/indigo then do I just rinse it out after the 2 hour wait? Can I condition hair eventhough I cannot wash for 24to 48 hours after treatment?
    If I can condition after treatment do I use bit of oil or can I use aubrey organics honeysuckle rose conditioner?
    Thanks kindly for all your time and assistance!

  37. Thank you for your post LJ.
    Both can be used, but indigo is used to make browner to black tones. (darker tones), whereas amla powder only tones it down some and it a good herb for hair growth.

    You would use henna and indigo as a 1 step process for the tone you’d like to achieve.
    I’d let your hair settle down a bit after coloring it. Just a bit of oil after you’ve shampoo’ed it out.
    Once you apply the paste onto your hair leave it on for at least 3-4 hours and then rinse out

    I hope this helps

  38. Thank you for your reply but Iam still a bit
    confused. A friend gave me enough 2010 jamilla henna and (new, yr?)indigo to try hair strand tests and told me the two step method best for white hair coverage and to get more black than brown color. So far have done 10 hair sample tests and none match. I understand working out the right color and all takes time but Iam scared to henna/indigo
    now as I cannot find the right color.
    So far done(One step)-2henna(lemon)/1Indigo (salt)(result:too red/brown. (One step)-1henna(lemon)/2Indigo(salt)(result:too brown)
    ; (One step)-1Henna(lemon)/1Indigo (amla)(Result:too red brown); (One step)-1henna(lemon)/2Indigo(amla/salt)(result:realized amla makes too red brown for me); (One Step)-1Henna(lemon)/3 Indigo(salt)(Result:chestnut,hate the color.realized
    my undercolor is more blackish where Iam trying to color the white hairs); (2Step)-1henna(lemon) left on 2hrs/1Indigo(salt)(amla) left on 40 min (Result:Red/Brown/chestnut color.Yuk.);
    (2Step)-1Henna(lemon)(amla) left on 2hr/1Indigo(salt)(amla) left on 50 min (Result:Lighter Brown chestnut); (2Step)-1Henna(lemon) left on 2hr/1Indigo(salt) left on 50 min (result:Chestnut; Next 2 step left
    chestnut color also but bit darker (60 min Indigo left on); Final test so far was also (2Step):Left Indigo on 1hr and 20 min: still
    chestnut but darker.
    Not sure where to go next.(Each test is tiring as I have to wait the 12hrs before using jamilla). Any assistance would be sincerely appreciated. Also thank you for reading all of this!!
    PS:Hair color to date is dark underneath with many white hairs, Light brown/red top side and bottom front ends sunbleached light brown to blond. As I am porus I have picked up color from soapnuts, health food store shampoos leaves me blond due to camomile.., now Kesh shampoo bar. I look like
    a multicolored wolf. A close to even color is my objective not to mention color white hairs so I can put up my hair.

  39. Hi LJ, thanks for your post. You did a lot of tests. Good for you for being so thorough. Amazing! Plus you are taking your time to decide. I’d need you to call in to make some suggestions as you need a bit more attention then what I cna put in words here. Call us at 410-579-4543 when you have a chance and we can discuss this further.

  40. Thank you for reply. Cell plan doesnt allow US calls.Have called Khadija when placing a Canada order.
    Tried another 2 step,left Indigo on hair sample for 2 hours. Noticed none of samples
    seem to change after inital color (ie after day or two wait). Iam using dulse salt.
    In the meantime I thought I would try
    a silly test with some henna my friend brought back from India for me. Have only used it as henna tattoo because it has lots of other stuff mixed. Just tired of not finding the right mix for me.(going to use pooja herbal henna plus or the sunshine henna plus) with indigo.
    I actually thought I wouldnt have such problems with henna/indigo but alas that is my lot so far.
    PS:I dont have any chemical dye on my hair.
    Have only used henna many years back for reddish tint.

  41. Dear Admin, been thinking about your words and wish to respond. By the way listed my name as LJ not LG twice. As I understand when going through this site to date everyone
    new to henna/indigo is cautious. No reason to state my attempts as amazing, everyone goes through their version of trial/error. You said (I need a bit more attention?) No different than anyone else who has written in with questions/difficulties.

  42. Welcome LJ. We can call you then. Can you email us your phone number? Then I can give you a call.
    What color exactly are you trying to get? Remind me.

    Sorry for my typos with your name :)
    I just want to make sure you get the help you need, that’s what I am hear for, and when posts are a bit long, and detailed, it’s better to give a call to the person to discuss. I would do this for anyone in this situation, and would want the same for myself.

  43. I just used the Jamila henna I bought from your site. I did it on Friday and today it is Monday and I cannot believe what a gorgeous and glossy colour it gave me! I used to have bleached blond hair and I wanted something that would blend in my roots and this product is amazing! My roots are just a darker auburn and the rest is a glorious flaming red! I never got this red years ago when I would use hair dye.

    Thanks so much for your great information on BAQ henna. I tried store bought henna twice and was disappointed with the results that were not that bright and faded quickly, but this jamila henna is a wonderful product.

    I will definately be buying more of jamila in the near future!

  44. Thank you for your post Martine. I am so glad you are loving the Jamila henna! You’re welcome. You’ve made my day!

  45. hi! I’ve recently lightened/bleached my hair and was planning to dye it red with a storebought hair dye. A friend reccomended I try henna instead. However I’ve gotten the impression that if you henna over a lighting your hair goes green.

    On the other hand my friend stated she knows of someone who regularly uses henna over newly bleached hair.

    What am I missing? Is there some special henna formula to avoid the frog butt green issue? Or does it depend on what lightning product I used.

    thanks in advance.

  46. Hi E, Thanks for your post. No it won’t go green, not henna. Maybe other herbs like indigo but when you use 100% pure henna powder you are going to be SO SO RED. Plus we have free samples, you can try it out by doing a hair strand test to be certain. For a real awesome red, choose yemeni henna powder.

    It does really depend on the henna you use for sure. I hope this helps! Let me know.

  47. Hi, I recently bought Glory burgundy henna and just wanted to know if you had any advice on how to use it as the instructions aren’t very clear e.g. they don’t give a specific time to leave it on for. My hair is natrully black and I was hoping to get a deep red colour after dying.

    Any help would be much appreciated!!

  48. Thank you for your post CC.
    I am not familiar with Glory brand. But can you tell me what are the ingredients listed? I’d need a bit more info to help recommend how you can use the product. Is it all in one package or two?

  49. The box includes 6 sachets of 10gand the ingredient are henna, amla, shikakai, katha, 2 nitro ppd, citric acid barium peroxide and magnesium carbonate. It says to mix the powder with water, but i’ve seen from different sites etc. that it’s usually left to rest for a certain amount of time before use, although that was with pure henna so I wasn’t sure if I needed to do the same in this case or should the y be used completely differently?

  50. Also, I was just wondering if it’s possible to get a deep shade of red on black hair using 100% natural henna? I have seen elsewhere that it would only tint the hair, but i’m looking for a bit more colour

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