Tips and Trick’s
I will make it easy and break it down with do not do first. I have talked to thousands of people over the years and helped the majority of them that had issues.
While very few do have problems, this will probably never be read. However if you are having a problem, 99% of the time this will solve it.
First of all you can mix and match most henna hair dyes. Brands like EarthDye are all compatible. Want more red? Add red. Want brown with burgundy? Add burgundy.
The best way to find out what you are going to get is to do a strand test. This does take a few days as the dye can take up to 48 hours to get to it’s final stage, but can be very well worth it.
Here is a list of DO not do:
- Do not wait more than 36 hours to shampoo after rinsing. While facial hair can be washed in as little as an hour, waiting over 36 to 48 can lead to oxidizing. Basically this will give you many colors.
- Do not use conditioner just prior to application.
- Do not add oils to the color. Oils are only good for 100% pure henna. Adding oil to pure henna will amplify the natural red. Adding oil to any other color will strip the color leaving you a red orange color.
- Do not do oil treatments unless you have to, or you are using pure henna. Oil treatments will strip the colors over time. Beards and facial hair are OK. Hair not OK.
- Do not wash with oil based shampoo prior to application. It keeps it from sticking.
- Do not wash hair with baking soda, urine (yep absolutely had someone tell me they did this), dry shampoo, milk, vinegar, honey, beer or anything else. Do use a clarifying shampoo.
- Do not mix henna hair dye and leave out over night.
- Do not leave in your hair or beard longer than 1.5 hours. Anything longer will accomplish anything
- Do not sleep with henna in your hair or on your face. Trying to get it off the next day would be brutal. If the dye does not work on you at all you might fall into the category of “dye-less” . Simply put you have no pores in your hair shaft. Over the past 11 years I have talked to less than 10 people that henna hair and beard dye do not work on. Ironically no dye, not even chemical will work on them. While this is heart breaking we are still working to find a solution for the few that are “dye-less”.
- Do not mix lemon in with your henna hair or beard dye. Lemon cancels out indigo. The entire lemon concept is used for henna tattoos, not dying your hair.
- Do not wrap your hair or beard with saran wrap! This will keep the henna from releasing. While it might still work, the longevity and quality will be compromised. If you use a shower cap, tear holes in the top and let it breath.
- Do not use distilled or bottled water. For some reason or another a lot of people seem to get purple or blue effects long term. If this happens just redo your hair again. Meanwhile use room temperature or warmer tap water to mix your hair dye. Water from a well is OK as well.
- Do not put aftershave or alcohol on your hair, unless you want purple hair. More alcohol = more purple. You can be macho sipping a beer from a straw.
- Do not expect to go lighter using henna hair dye. It goes equal or darker, never light. So if you have dark brown hair and use light brown, your hair will be darker. Use dark brown in this case. If your hair is dark and its only the roots coming in, do only the roots.
Here is a list of Do’s:
- Do use a soft brush to shampoo the grays or stubborn hair if that does not help go to the next line. Always do the beard prep prior to application.
- Do add a table spoon of salt and vinegar to 1 pack if you have issues covering gray.
- Do use tap water to mix the powder.
- Do follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Not all henna hair dye are the same or equal.
- Do enjoy the younger looking you!
Mix and Match Any Colors!
Please do a sample strand test prior to applying to hair. If you have bad reactions to chemical hair dye, please try a small area on scalp,elbow or inner elbow. Some people are allergic to the sun or shell fish.
henna hair dye is permanent and last longer than chemical hair dyes depending on where you purchase it.
Pure Henna (Natural Red hair)
Learn more about Henna hair dye. Or to learn about beard dye for men.