One of the most frequent questions I get asked is whether henna will cover grey hair, and yes it does! This blog post covers how to cover grey with henna and get beautiful natural multi-toned hennaed hair.

Henna covers grey hair beautifully but there are a ten key things to remember with grey hair to ensure that the application is a success.

  1. Use clarifying shampoo
  2. Use a very slightly ‘wetter’ henna mix
  3. Use a large cone / piping bag to apply the henna paste to your roots
  4. Wear gloves
  5. Mix your henna with tea for the most vibrant colour
  6. Leave on your hair for a minimum of three hours for a strong colour
  7. Cover your hennaed hair in cling film to ensure it doesn’t dry on the hair
  8. Mermaid
  9. Leave for three days to let the colour fully develop
  10. Use beautiful natural henna

Here is each step in more detail:

1.       Use clarifying shampoo

First of all, preparation is everything.  Grey hair seems to be affected more than non-grey hair by build-up of natural oils, shampoo, conditioning and styling products. This build-up can shield the hair shaft from henna, especially if you use silicon containing products.

It is therefore really important to remove this product build up by using a ‘clarifying shampoo’ on your hair before applying henna. Clarifying shampoos cut through natural oils and product build up to leave your hair squeaky clean and ready for henna application.  Although all hair types benefit from this preparation, it seems that grey hair in particular needs to be washed with a clarifying shampoo.

2.       Use a very slightly ‘wetter’ henna mix

Grey hair can have a rougher texture meaning that the henna paste sits on top of the hair shaft instead of fully coming into contact with it. Therefore, you may need to use a slightly wetter henna mix on your hair than before. If you haven’t used henna before, then the texture you are looking for is ‘yoghurt’ like.

In addition, you will need to ensure that you fully ‘squish’ the henna into your hair, especially at your roots and temples.

3.       Use a large cone / piping bag to apply the henna paste to your roots

The simplest and least messy way to get henna paste to your roots is to use a large cone or icing bag, to direct the paste right on to your roots. You can then use your hands to spread the henna paste down the hair shaft.  Ensure that all your hair is completely covered in henna, otherwise you will get an uneven colour. Pay attention to the crown of your head that can miss out on the paste.

4.       Wear gloves

Henna paste will stain quickly, and it just loves to stain skin and nails, so make sure you wear gloves for both application and rinsing out of henna. If you don’t wear gloves you will stain your hands orange, and your nails as well (this will be permanent until your nails grow out)

5.       Mix your henna with tea for the most vibrant colour

For the best results, use cooled down string black tea to mix your henna into a paste, and then leave it to rest for about two hours, before applying.

6.       Leave on your hair for a minimum of three hours for a strong colour

The longer you leave henna on, the stronger the colour. I usually leave my henna on for 3 hours, but if I want a particularly strong colour, I’ll leave it on for up to 12 hours.

See these posts for some examples of the different strengths of colour you can get on blond hair and brown hair.

7.       Cover your hennaed hair in cling film to ensure it doesn’t dry on the hair

I have conducted experiments that show that if the henna dries on the hair, it essentially stops the dying process. To ensure that you get the best colour, wrap your head in cling film, and foil, to keep the henna paste nice and sticky.

8.       Mermaid

When it comes to rinsing out your henna, you will find that my henna products rinse out like a dream. To make the process even less messy it is worth ‘mermaid-ing’ your hair. To do this you fill your kitchen sink or other large bowl with warm water and soak your hair for a few minutes. This loosens the henna and means that you can then rinse your henna very quickly out of your hair with a shower attachment.  Remember that whatever the henna comes into contact with, it will stain.

9.       Leave for three days to let the colour fully develop

Dry and style your hair as normal, and make sure that you wait for three days for the colour to develop. The first two days you will notice an almost neon orange glow which soon settles.  You will notice that your greys and dark hair stain slightly differently, leaving a beautiful natural multi-tonal colour that shines.

10.   Use beautiful natural henna

You should notice much improved condition and shine when you use henna on your hair – so keep on using it. But do make sure you buy from a reputable henna supplier. Here at Hennacat, we use our products all the time and make sure that they are of the highest quality.  Where possible we work with organic suppliers, and buy direct from the manufacturers to ensure the provenance of our products. You can check out our products over at our shop site.

So remember, the best way to cover your greys with henna is to follow the ten key steps above!

  • Use clarifying shampoo
  • Use a very slightly ‘wetter’ henna mix
  • Use a large cone / piping bag to apply the henna paste to your roots
  • Wear gloves
  • Mix your henna with tea for the most vibrant colour
  • Leave on your hair for a minimum of three hours for a strong colour
  • Cover your hennaed hair in cling film to ensure it doesn’t dry on the hair
  • Mermaid
  • Leave for three days to let the colour fully develop
  • Use beautiful natural henna

To buy henna for hair, go here. Our secure online henna shop has all the supplies you need! To talk to a henna for hair expert get in touch with hennacat through the contact form.

Tagged with →  
Share →

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *