Henna is one of the most powerful beauty ingredients from India, it has the availability to work as a tattoo tint to create the most beautiful body art, but its most famous use it’s as a hair dye, although it is not the only benefit that it can provide to your hair.
Henna promotes hair growth, nourishes the hair to make it soft, and hydrated. Directly works in the scalp controlling the excessive sebum production, preventing, and reducing the appearance of dandruff, and reducing hair loss. Are you already convinced to try it? We are going to explain to you how to make your own henna paste to start taking advantage of all the benefits it offers for your hair. How to make henna paste for hair.
Steps to make henna paste for hair
People originally used the henna leaves to dye hair, but now the most common way to use it is as a henna powder.
How to choose the right henna? This depends on what you are expecting to achieve. We recommend you choose 100% pure fresh henna (check that it doesn’t contain any chemicals or pesticides) but keep in mind that pure henna just provides orange-reddish colors, and does not work to lighten your hair. I strongly suggest not to use chemicals. (Read my natural solution to curl hair overnight with socks and straighten hair naturally at home.)
If you are looking to achieve a different tone (brownish-blackish tone) you can look up for a henna powder that contains additives that are able to darken your hair (like indigo) or to lighten it a little bit (like cassia ovata) just make sure neither of those contains PPD which is a dangerous chemical compound that can damage skin and hair.
A hair pack of henna powder contains about 500 grams, but you are most likely not going to use it all, it all depends on the length and amount of hair you have.
If you have a lot of allergies or a sensitive skin make sure you do a patch test, put a small amount of the henna mixture in your skin, wait for a few hours and notice if there are any reactions.
Once you are sure about the product you bought let’s move to the next steps:
Prepare the mixture
You can prepare your henna mixture with different ingredients according to the look you wish to get. Here are some of the most-known ingredients you can use:
- Sesame oil, and curry for grey hair.
- Beetroot juice for a burgundy shade.
- Hot black coffee.
- Lemon juice, red wine, and vinegar to achieve a strawberry blonde shade (if your hair is too dry or damage don’t use lemon juice).
- Brandy to get an intense shade of red.
- If you wish to make the henna mixture smell better you can rosewater or essential oils.
Mix henna paste
You can use stainless steel, iron, glass or ceramics bowls to mix it, Gradually incorporate the liquid (we talked about them above), and stir until it has a dense texture like a cream. We recommend you wear gloves during this process to avoid getting your hands colored.
Time to wait
Coven in plastic and let the henna mixture sit in for a couple of hours. Wait until it oxidized to use it (is going to turn in dark brown).
We are ready for the great part
Make sure to certain tools on hand:
- Vaseline for your face (if you happen to accidentally dye your skin. the vaseline will make it go off easier).
- An old towel.
- Please don’t wear your favorite clothes that day, wear something you don’t mind getting messed up.
Now coat your hair with the henna mixture, make sure the ends and roots are well covered in the mixture.
Cover your head in cling film (that helps the henna to dry slower so, it maximizes the dyeing process)
You can leave the mixture overnight just make sure to don’t mess up your pillow, you can also leave it for just a few hours, although if you want a more intense look you have to leave it overnight.
Put in a position where you are not going to dye all your body and rinse out the henna, wear gloves for this process, rinse until you notice the water runs out clear, then apply shampoo, and a deep conditioner to add hydration to the hair. Find out more tips here.
¡Now you are ready to show up your beautiful hair!