Home-made henna (mehendi) hair dye

Does that premature gray in your hair embarrass you to no end? Has the natural process of ageing made your hair turn gray, with those first few strands of gray mocking at you, reminding you of your advancing age?

Well, if you are the kind of person who has an aversion to chemical hair-colors and dyes, then try out this simple home-made henna hair-dye and cover your gray.

Henna powder as per your need
Lemon juice
Curds – 1-2 tbsp
Coffee-powder- 1tsp (optional)
Tea leaves – 1 tsp
Amla (gooseberry) powder – 2 tsp
Mustard oil – ½ tsp
Cloves (optional)
Soak amla powder in half a cup of water overnight. Boil 1 tsp tea leaves in 2 tbsp water. Sieve it and allow it to cool. Keep this aside.

Now take henna powder, around 4-5 tbsp if you want to apply it only around the area which has gray hair and more if you want to apply to your entire scalp.

Make a thin paste of henna powder by adding juice of lemon, a tbsp of curd, a tsp of coffee powder (optional), the water of tea leaves and amla mixture which you prepared earlier. Add ½ tsp of mustard oil in this mixture to avoid dryness.

Leave this mixture in an iron vessel for about 2 hours.

During winter season you can add a finely grounded paste of 2 cloves to elude cold.

Apply the mixture on the hair carefully, cover gray hair completely. Leave this on for about 3-4 hours. (Some prefer to keep it overnight.) Then rinse off with water.

Wash your hair the next day with a mild shampoo. After your hair has dried, apply any hair oil.

Your hair will gain a natural shining red-brown color. Do this after every 15-20 days but in winter do this once in a month only.

Remember: See to it that your hair is oil-free prior to the application of henna paste.

See also: Herbal beauty hair care products from home

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  2. Anonymous9:58 AM

    I have been doing for at least 8 yrs now and if you use henna it is usually permanent. The pre mixed boxes often contain metallic salts and other things that can damage your hair and CANNOT be used along side any chemicals but if you use body art quality henna powder then you are fine but it is permanent and it won't fade.

    I say use henna along with indigo and that will give you the results you are looking for

  3. Anonymous9:58 AM

    Wash your hair with one of the following rinses. Pour the selected rinse through your hair 15 times, re-rinsing with the same liquid. On the final rinse, wring hair, and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing with clear water.

    Covering Gray: Simmer 1/2 cup dried sage in 2 cups water for 30 minutes, then steep for several hours. Apply to hair and leave on until dried. Then rinse and dry. Repeat weekly, until desired shade, then monthly to maintain color.

  4. Henna is the most popular natural colourants. It is easily available and easy to use. It conditions hair and has great protective and restoration powers. Such quality have made henna one of the most versatile ingredients.

  5. For gray hair, use a shade darker than the shade of color used on the rest of the hair.

  6. Shivani9:15 AM

    Henna is an excellent conditioner for the hair. For dry hair it is better to avoid it or use it as sparingly as possible, since henna tends to dry out hair further.

  7. Anonymous2:43 PM

    Get 100 grams of good, skin-quality, totally sifted henna powder, a bottle of lemon juice, honey, and 10ml of essential oil high in monoterpene alcohols such as lavender, tea tree, cajeput, ravensara, rosemary, clove bud, or eucalyptus. You will also need a sealable bowl, and a spoon.
    Put the henna powder in the bowl and add two or so tablespoons of honey.
    Shake the bottle of lemon juice and beging stirring it into your henna. You want it to get all the henna damp to a mashed-potato consistency.
    Seal the bowl and place somewhere warm.
    After a couple hours, check the bowl. If the top of the henna has browned like an apple left out in the air, or if you see little brown puddles, it's ready to use. If not, seal it again and check back later. Every henna takes a different amount of time to develop color, from under an hour to over twelve. Be patient and it will happen.
    Dump in your essential oil and stir until it's all mixed in. The henna may ball up like bread dough and refuse to cooperate. Keep stirring and it will eventually relax.
    Add lemon juice a splash at a time until you get a consistency somewhere between yogurt and toothpaste. If you have lumps, you may continue stirring, or strain them out.
    Add several drops of essential oils. This will help smooth the paste out and help more dye come out. Lavender is good for sensitive skin, while clove bud should only be used on those that aren't sensitive. The best oils are tea tree, ravensara, and cajeput. You can add other oils just for the scent, as long as they are skin safe. Citrus oils are phototoxic and should not be used.
    If you're going to freeze the henna for later use, do it now. Otherwise, put it in your applicators.
    Wait. Most henna is at its peak a day or more after the final mixing.
    Apply! Make sure the henna is all touching the skin over hairs, and that all larger areas are fully filled in. Leave on the skin for as long as possible, keeping the area as warm as possible.
    The henna will fall off on its own. Keep it out of water for as long as possible to allow it to darken. Lotion helps remove the henna. The starting color will be pumpkin orange and will darken over the next day or two to its final color.
    Seal your henna with sugar/lemon or hairspray before it falls off, as most henna designs need to stay on the skin 4-8 hours. You can wrap the design in tissue or paper tape to hold heat in. If you're cold-natured or in a cold place, wrap your henna in toilet paper, then saran wrap and leave it overnight.

  8. Prarthana2:44 PM

    Before the henna is totally dry, but after it stops looking shiny, apply a mixture of lemon juice and sugar with a cotton ball. This helps the henna stay moist, and keep it stuck to the skin. Heat equal parts sugar and lemon juice until the sugar melts and you have syrup.
    If you aren't sure how to pick a good powder, see the listing on How to Choose a Henna Powder.
    Add less honey if you're in a humid area, but don't add too much more or it will dry too slowly. You can also use white or brown sugar, melted candy, pure sucrose, dextrose, or fructose.
    You can try different liquids to make your mix. As long as it's acidic and skin safe feel free to try it. Tea, juice, clove buds, rosemary, dried limes, red wine, vinegar, coffee beans, and tamarind are all common ingredients in henna mixes.
    Warmth will make the henna develop color faster and cold will slow the process down.
    See How to Care for a Henna Design for more on aftercare.

  9. Swati2:45 PM

    Do not use metal bowls or spoons, as the henna can react with the metal and tarnish.
    Henna is a stain! Use latex gloves to protect your hands, an apron for your clothes, clean up any stray henna ASAP; basically do not allow the henna, even after applied, to come in contact with anything porous that you don't want stained. Bleach will remove henna from most bathroom/sink fixtures.
    Beware of any henna that claims it is "black" - these products often contain chemicals that are harmful, can cause allergic reactions and lead to scarring

  10. Anonymous9:33 AM

    hot hibiscus tea (a rich shade of deep red), enriches red tints in your hair while black tea rinses are supposed to bring out the golden highlights in hair. Onion or lemon juice works wonders to brighten the shades of natural henna while an apple cider rinse will help fix the color on Grey hair.

  11. Nupur8:54 AM

    Excellent hair conditioner & tonic.

  12. Make a blend of cucumber, orange & lemon juice with henna and apply. It is a good Herbal bleach

  13. Jayashree3:51 PM

    I always apply henna on my hair since many years... i love the texture of my hair after applying it and also it has colored my hair very well . thanks for the tips you gave

  14. Bhavana3:53 PM

    After using henna My hair is shinier and so soft that I really don't have words for it.My hair is more hydrated and silkier too. And, my curls are looking great.

  15. will you please add any remidy for home made henna for hands.

  16. Hi Shagufta, you will find the recipe for homemade henna for hands in th epost The Magnificent Mehandi


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