How To Apply Henna Hair and Beard Dye
With endless videos and text on YouTube, blogs, social media and countless internet, how do you know who is or who is not correct? For some they never found the correct answer, for others they found this site. I can promise you this site has the latest professional answers when it comes to dying your hair with henna. What makes this site different? The fact that we have bust henna hair dye myth’s and have mixed hair dye thousands and thousands of different ways. I am a professional and not a rookie. I busted every single myth I could possibly bust and found quicker faster and more reliable ways to mix and apply your dye, and now I am going to share that with you. Please remember this is easy and do not panic! Once you learn it is super simple. K.I.S.S
To this day, nearly 12 years later, I am still doing research on how and what to do to make the application process easier, more effective and less time consuming. I am still learning more and more each day. If you have ANY suggestions, please leave them in the comment box below.
- Hair dye brush
- Shower cap
- Hair clips (optional)
- Gloves (very important)
- Mixing bowl
- Whisk or electric whisk (electric twin whisk makes it super-fast and easy)
- A friend (you can do this alone, but why not have some help?)
- Your favorite beverage!
First and most important is doing hair prep correctly. Not doing so can result in poor results or worse the natural dye not working at all. I see this time and time again and see YouTube after You Tube with false or incorrect information. I have helped thousands and thousands of men, women and teens with their hair and beards. I will not steer you wrong.
Wash your hair 2 times with a clarifying, oil free shampoo. Herbal essence is a great choice. If you have ever read the ingredients in shampoo you will see finding one without oil is almost impossible. If you have ever used oils or leave in conditioners do this 3 or even 4 times. Oils block the hair and keep the dye from connecting to your hair or beard. (See my article on “how to apply henna to your beard”)
If you are one of those that has stubborn grays, it simple be you have damaged hair or the oil is thick on your hair and gray hair usually has more oil than the colored area. You can simply use a soft bristle brush and gently brush the gray areas with the clarifying shampoo.
One of the biggest questions I get asked is does henna hair dye work on grays? Heck yes it does! Another is “do I need to dry my hair completely after I shampoo it?” Not necessarily. Towel dry is OK and will in fact help when it comes to applying, but the feed back is 50/50 on dry or wet hair. Some swear dry and some swear towel dry. You will be fine with either, but personally I think dry is better.
Go ahead and mix your powder mixing only what you need, to the consistency of yogurt. You can store what’s left over in a dry cool area, it should stay fresh for several months. Do not freeze left over dye or mixed dye, this damages the molecules and ruins henna quickly.
You do not need to let your mix set out overnight, add all kinds of oils or lemon, unless the manufacturer tells you to do so. There are 2 types of henna, fresh and old, the older it is the longer it must set out. Fresh henna is also referred to as “body art quality henna”, this means it is fresh quality henna and leaves a stain on the skin. Henna tattoo artist are usually the ones to use this example. EarthDye is a perfect example of a company that cares and has fresh henna. Once the powder is mixed, place some old towels and place it on the floor and one around your shoulders. Most will tell you to start applying from the back to the front, however most people have more gray in the front than in the rear. If this is the case start in layers from the front left or right applying on each side of the layer, moving the opposite side. Once it is applied across the top of the head start working your way back in layers. You will notice the dye penetrates the hair better and the back is a great way to finish up, especially as the back tends to be longer and darker, so you might want to “fade” the dye into the back.
Now that you have applied it, take the shower cap and poke small holes all over and place over your hair. The shower cap simply helps keep it from getting messy. I am sure you have seen all over You Tube and the internet telling you to saran wrap it. Simply put henna hair dye needs to get air to release. Period. If your paste is not runny you do not have to use a shower cap at all. Leave the dye on for 1 hour (remove shower cap after 30-40 minutes), facial hair 45 minutes the first time and see if you can do it in less or it takes longer. Everyone has different results and some can get away with as little as 10 or 15 minutes “lucky them”!
Rinse your hair or facial hair in the sink that has a disposal, not in the bath tub. Although I have never clogged a drain, common sense tells me garbage disposal, so this is how I have done it most the time. Facial hair you can shampoo within 3 to 24 hours, hair do not go longer than 24 if possible, over 48 is an absolute no-no. The dyes start to oxidize and can turn multiple colors after about 36 to 48 hours!
If your hair is super thick or long, you can use a cream conditioner to help rinse. This might strip the color a bit, however with some of you that is not an option. If you can avoid it do so. After 48 hours, you can go back to oil based shampoo’s, however I would look for all natural oil free.
Once you rinse your hair, you might see red, brown, blue, green or even purple. Do not panic! This is natural! Browns especially. Overnight they will turn to the color your using. Always give it 48 hours as some people take longer for the dyes to transform, great thing is you can use henna hair dye as often as you like. With brands like EarthDye, you can use it on chemical treated hair dye immediately or go back to chemical dye. Just remember, like chemical dyes it is very hard to go from a dark color to a light color.