Henna Hair Dye Questions Answered

You Got Questions? We Have Answers!


There are many questions swirling around henna hair dye. Is it good for your hair? Is it permanent? Is it messy? How long does it last? Is it difficult to do? These are just a few of the questions we are going to answer in this post about henna hair dye. So let’s dive in.

Is henna hair dye good for your hair? The short answer is yes it is. Henna actually conditions the hair and scalp making it stronger, thicker and shinier. It also helps to restore the pH balance of the hair and scalp. It bonds with the hair coating it instead of stripping it, which is what chemical hair dye does. It helps by stimulating hair growth creating richer and thicker hair. It also helps to improve moisture, hydration, softness and shine while balancing the oil in the hair and scalp.

Will henna work on my hair? Henna hair dye actually works on all hair types. From frizzy to straw like. From coarse to fine. Henna works. Like it said in the above paragraph henna helps to condition the hair making it stronger, softer, thicker, shinier all the while improving hydration and moisture in the hair and scalp.

How long does henna hair dye last? The dye will last between 4-6 weeks depending on how often you wash your hair, products you use in your hair, styling tools and sun exposure. Just like other hair dyes it will fade over time; however, with henna it has a more natural fade as it grows out.

What type of products should I use on my hair? When henna hair dye it is very simple. Use a leave-in conditioner specified for color-treated hair, this will help keep the moisture and hydration in. Use a sulfate free shampoo and shampoo less but condition more. Keeping in hairs moisture is important. It is also recommended to use a deep conditioning mask at least once per week to lock in color and moisture. And when using styling tools be sure to use a heat protectant spray prior to use as this will also help keep the hair supple and soft, creating less damage to the hair and color.

Is henna hair dye permanent? Yes it is. It stays vibrant for up to 4-6 weeks and then begins to fade just like other hair colors, however, as mentioned above the fade is more natural looking than with chemical hair dyes. Remember to start lighter and then go darker with the henna hair dye as once you go dark you cannot go lighter.

 Is henna hair dye messy? Simply put, yes it can be very messy if not done right, but so can other dye jobs. Be sure to dye your hair in the bathroom, a safe place that is easy to clean up. Always use an oil or balm on your face, neck and ears to create a barrier to the dye. Just be careful and slow with the process, the more you rush the more mess you are going to make.

How long does it take for the dye to set? It can take a while, 1-4 hours depending on the color you have chosen and the vibrancy you want. It can take even longer depending on the instructions given. So grab a good book or start binge watching a new show cause it is going to take a while!

Will it even out my hair color? Yes and no. Henna, like other hair dyes, colors your hair in a solid color. If you already have highlights in your hair those may show through. Depending on the color of your hair and if you have roots you may still as well, a second treatment might be in order to help cover those roots up. The more you do it the better the color will turn out over time; more even and luscious. Patience is the key here. Though a great thing about henna hair dye is that it will actually cover gray hair!

Will it be difficult to chemically color my hair after using henna hair dye? Yes it will be. Talk to your stylist about it. Advise them of what you used, how often you used and for how long. They need to know all of the details on your henna hair dying journey so that they can properly treat your hair. Please note that it might take a few treatments to get back to the color you want 

What kind of henna should I use to dye my hair? Always, always, always use pure henna without any additives. Always read the ingredients on the packaging before you start or you could end up with either a color you don’t like or damages to your hair and/or scalp you didn’t see coming. Be sure to always, always, always follow the instructions as well. Doing it all willy-nilly could result in a poor dye job or unwanted consequences to your hair and scalp.