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Easy Henna Recipes to try at home

Written by on November 28, 2023

Mixing henna is a fun and easy way to make fresh dye at home. It is a lot like mixing a cake batter – Add in the ingredients, stir the powder, and voila! The mixture is ready to apply.
But unlike a cake batter, henna can be mixed with other natural herbs, such as fenugreek, amla, neem, bhringraj, and more. Each one of these powders has its own benefits that can be fulfilled once you follow the application routine.
So, if you’ve recently bought henna and are looking for some exciting recipes, follow along as we have some amazing tips to share.
The common ingredients required for Henna Recipe
Ingredient for henna recipe
To start with any DIY recipe, the first thing you have to do is to grab all the right ingredients. In our case, henna being the main highlighted ingredient should be fresh and of high quality.
It is not recommended to use old henna or something which you find in the open market. Many brands sell henna with plant debris that not only affects your overall results but can also damage your hair.
The same goes for all the other herbal powders you will use. Buy the supplies from a reputable store to ensure the quality of the product. Make sure the ingredients are pure and there are no value-added preservatives. Once you’re satisfied that your ingredients are pure and natural, the next step is to grab the materials.
  • Bowl and spoon/spatula: Required for the mixing process
  • Water or Coffee: The main liquid to mix the ingredients
  • Plastic Wrap or Cling wrap: Used to cover the bowl and prepare the mixture
  • Essential oil: Used for a variety of different purposes
  • Sugar or Lemon: Used to make the henna mixture more subtle and vibrant
  • Applicator Kit: Used during the application process of the mixture
  • Best Henna Recipe for Hair & Skin
    A list of the best henna powder recipes for your hair. Perfect to colour, condition, and cover greys naturally.
    1. Pure Henna Powder for Hair (Original)
    pure henna powder for hair
    Main Usage: In case you want the purest henna to enjoy orange to red tones, this one is best for you. The pure henna mixture can be used as hair dye, to cover greys, for touch-ups, and for skin art as well.

    • Pour the henna powder into a bowl and slowly add distilled water while mixing
    • Keep on stirring the mixture until you get a yoghurt-like consistency
    • Once mixed, let the mixture sit to activate for 8-10 hours
    • Use plastic wrap to cover the bowl
    • It is recommended to mix henna the night before the application
    • Open the bowl the next day and again mix it for the final time
    • Divide your hair into four sections and apply the mixture to your hair
    • Use a hair colouring brush to distribute the henna in every direction
    • Once done, wrap your hair with a saran wrap
    • Wait for 2-3 hours to let the mixture sit on your hair
    • After the set time is up, wash your hair with a sulfate-free conditioner
    • The henna colour will continue to darken after 2-3 days
    Detailed Guide: Step-by-step Guide on How to Apply Henna to your hair (With Images).
    1. Henna Powder for a Darkened Hair Color
    henna powder for darken hair
    Main Usage: Perfect for someone who is looking for a dark red to orange hair colour. This time, instead of using water, we will use coffee.
    • Pour the henna powder into a non-metallic bowl
    • Instead of using water this time, you have to mix the henna with coffee
    • Gradually add coffee to the bowl and keep on stirring
    • Once you get a thin paste, cover the bowl and let it rest overnight
    • Apply the mixture the next day
    • Make sure to cover each strand of hair, from the roots to the tips
    • Wait for 2-3 hours for the colour to develop
    • Wash it with a sulfate-free conditioner
    Note: The application instructions are the same as above
    1. Henna Powder for Lighten hair
    henna powder for lighten hair
    Main Usage: Perfect for those that already have a dark color or someone who’s looking for a lighter tone. The following combination is used to best lighten your hair color.
    • Add henna powder into a bowl and mix with water
    • Add 2-3 tsp of lemon juice to the mixture and stir
    • Let the paste rest for 2-3 hours, and apply the next day
    • Wash with a sulfate-free conditioner
    Note: Make sure to do a patch test first.
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