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How to apply Henna

Equipment Needed:
  • Henna Powder (100g-300g depending on length of hair: short to waist length)
  • Lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
  • Water
  • Disposable gloves
  • Cling film
  • Plastic mat to cover floor
  • Plastic cape to cover shoulders
  • Towel
  • Metal or glass mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • A person to apply the henna or help with it!
  • Vaseline (to prevent stains on skin)


  1. Mix the henna paste between 1 and 12 hours before it is needed (Jamila Henna needs 12 hours; Indian and Yemeni henna need 1-2 hours and Moroccan henna needs about an hour). This is to allow the dye to be released fully.
  2. Step 1: Mix the henna powder in a bowl to form a very thick consistency like mashed potatoes. Use lemon juice, orange juice or a mix of juice and water depending on how it reacts on your scalp.
  3. Cover the floor and your shoulders. Put Vaseline on the skin next to the hair line, the tops of the ears and neck to prevent stains on the skin.
  4. Step 2: Just before applying the henna paste. Mix more lemon juice into the henna paste to make it smooth like yoghurt.
  5. Section your hair and apply the henna paste thickly. Take care to apply to the roots of the hair and wipe away any excess before it makes your skin orange. Wrap your head with cling film or a shower cap to contain the paste and to help it warm and release the dye. Wrap a scarf or a towel on top to increase the warmth.
  6. Step 3: leave the paste on your head for between 2-6 hours.
  7. Step 4: wash off the paste thoroughly with warm water. Fill the sink and let your hair soak before rinsing off in the shower. If it really takes a long time, you can use a conditioner to help slide the paste off!
  8. If your hair is dry, rub in some warm olive oil to replace the moisture.

Click here to download the help file

Henna Your Hair in just 3 Steps!
Step 1 Prepare Henna Paste Step 2 Apply to hair Step 3 Wash out paste Results
Part 1 Mix henna powder with water and lemon juice and anything else you would like to add (see my recipe page). Mix till becomes like mash potatoes. Leave to mature overnight or at least a few hours Part 2 After leaving for several hours add more lemon juice or water to make the henna paste into a yoghurt-like consistency. Protect your clothes, floor and surfaces with plastic sheeting. Use gloves. Apply paste thickly all over hair. Divide and section long hair using clips. Rub paste right into roots. Apply as you would frosting to a cake. Gather hair on top of head and cover with a shower cap or cling film. Then put a towel or scarf on top to keep the warmth in and activate the dye better. Wipe off excess paste quickly from ears, hairline and neck. Leave on your hair for at least 2 to 6 hours. Use gloves to wash out the paste as it will stain your hands. Part 1 Fill the sink and dunk your hair into it to loosen the paste on long hair. Part 2 Wash off the rest in the shower. You can use conditioner to help the paste come out more easily (but do not put conditioner on your scalp). It can take between 30-60 minutes to wash out. Practice makes perfect... You may still have a thin coating of henna paste left on your hair when its dry. You will see it on your brush. This makes your hair mud brown and is not the true henna colour. Beautiful Soft Silky Conditioned Highlighted No grey Red/mahogany Hair! Minus dandruff and grease.

Click here to download the help file