Natural Hair Coloring Tips-Henna for Hair

Chemical hair dyes might cause allergies and does more damage to the hair and the scalp. Over time, it weakens and destroys the hair shaft. In ancient times, before chemical dyes were invented, henna was popularly used to color the hair. Henna not only colors the hair but also conditions the hair and helps to get rid of dandruff. Henna is a safe and natural way to color your hair. It gives the hair a dark red color in its natural form.Let us see how to prepare henna for hair at home.

Henna – Natural hair dye

Ingredients needed 

Henna powder (natural)- 1 cup or as required ( available in the market)

Dried Gooseberry powder- 1 tbsp

Coconut oil or olive oil – 1 tbsp

Fresh lemon – 1  (juice of lemon)

Tea – 1 tbsp

Boil 1  tbsp of tea powder in 200 ml of water until it reduces to half the quantity. Strain the decoction. Keep it aside.

Mix henna powder, gooseberry powder, juice of 1 lemon, oil and tea decoction together and leave it overnight in an iron vessel.

Apply it to the scalp in the morning. Remain for 1 hour, rinse out the henna. Shampoo and condition your hair as usual.

How to apply henna for hair

Wear a gloves and divide the hair into sections first.

Then apply the paste to the hair, starting from the roots to the tip of the hair. Then pile the hair on the top of the head in a knot.

Leave it for a minimum of half an hour and then wash it off for a total conditioning effect.

If you want deeper color, leave the henna for 2-3 hours. Henna gives a deeper color if it is left on the hair for more time.

For a deeper shade – When a deeper shade is desired, mix half a teaspoon cloves powder (or powder 3-4 cloves) and add it to the the henna mixture.

For silky hair, beat an egg and add to the henna paste in the morning.

For a total conditioning effect, mix it with little plain yogurt/curd, 1 beaten egg and few drops of lemon juice.


For hair that has turned fully grey, henna gives only a reddish orange color.

Henna gives a lovely brown color for hair that has not turned grey fully and it blends beautifully with the rest of the hair.

Variations -Henna with beetroot and coffee powder

Grate a medium sized beetroot and boil it in a cup of water with half a tsp of kattha. Strain and mix it with a cup of henna powder. Add a heaped tsp of coffee powder (pure) to it. Leave it overnight in an iron vessel. Add 1/4-1/2 cup of curd to it in the morning. Apply it to the scalp and wash it off after 2 hours for an auburn tinge.(Use only pure coffee powder and not the instant ones).

Disclaimer-Perform a strand test before using the recipes on your hair to be sure you like the color and result.