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Using Henna on Dyed Hair

by Gail
(St. Louis, MO)


If henna might turn chemically treated hair green, what do I use until it grows out?

I have not dyed my hair in months, just really busy and after hearing about bad chemical reactions I decided that I really did not want to risk it again... So I am researching about natural ways and from what I read Henna is the best. But I can't put it on already chemically treated hair... So what do I use or do in the meantime? Do I have to let the grey grow all the way out prior to trying the henna?

Thanks so much!!

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Dyed Hair NEW
by: Anonymous

We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with valuable info to work on. You've done an impressive job and our entire community will be grateful to you.


Using Henna NEW
by: Anonymous

We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with valuable info to work on. You've done an impressive job and our entire community will be grateful to you.


Dyed Hair NEW
by: Anonymous

We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your website offered us with valuable info to work on. You have done a formidable job and our entire community will be grateful to you.


Thanks! NEW
by: Kyley

Thanks Anna, if this was facebook I'd like your comment :)

I'm so grateful for everyone who shares their knowledge - makes me think the world is a pretty good place after all!!!

Henna on color treated hair NEW
by: Annie

I used PURE tatoo henna - not henna boxed color - over previously colored hair without ill effects.

HOWEVER; The color I was using was permanent single process (ie store purchased Clarol out of the box) and not double processed or stripped AND it had been two months since I had last colored.

To be sure, mix up a tiny bit of henna and try it on some hair from your brush or a bit of your own hair to be sure BEFORE you color your head. It's a good idea the first time you use henna to also allergy test just in case. Some people, though few, do have bad reactions to henna.

Read the previous comments for links to Henna websites that have excellent question and answer areas.


Using Henna on Color Treated Hair NEW
by: Kyley

According to everything I've read, body art quality pure henna powder is safe to use on colr treated hair. Not so much the box colors. The comments below recommend some brands that sound good.

I'm seriously considering trying it for my next grey-covering hair treatment. If I do, I'll let you know how it goes :)

Good luck with your hair too!

What did you suggest for doing Henna with color treated hair? NEW
by: Anonymous

I saw your post from a woman who wanted to begin using henna after she had already been using chemical dyes on her hair. You responded to her, but did not include your response on your blog. What was your suggestion? Will the Henna cover the treated hair and make the transition smooth?

I have long hair and am in a similar situation. I was considering doing highlights of the color treatment on the roots in henna while waiting for it to grow out, doing fewer and fewer over the next few years. I didn't know if there was a good way for the transition to happen?


You're welcome! NEW
by: Annie

You're welcome Kyley, glad I could help!
Hope the website helped as well.

Karie - That's a great idea! One I'd never thought of! =)

FYI: super sifted (no sticks or leaves) bulk Henna powder is available from Rina's Garden at by the pound at a very reasonable price. The sifted powder works very well when mixing and applying. i purchase the Lawsonia Inermis type: ( ) for a red tint. Since fresh henna is best and a pound lasts a long time, I keep my bag of henna in the freezer to keep it fresh.

The mixture i use is:
1/2 cup henna powder
1/4 cup lemon juice (helps it penetrate)
1/4 - 1/2 cup water*
1 Tablespoon olive oil (helps keep it smooth and on your hair)

- *sometimes i use coffee, wine or tea in place of the water but i really haven't noticed a difference in the color -

mix this in a glass container with a plastic spoon (i use a chopstick)(henna will stain everything including your skin) *using just enough water to make it look like pudding.
place plastic wrap on top and let it sit for a few hours - a brownish liquid will form when the colorant has released.

i then spoon it into a hair coloring bottle and squeeze it onto my hair. after my hair is thouroughly covered i place a plastic bag over it to help the color penetrate, leave it on for a few hours and then rinse it out. (it's messy so i normally rinse it well and then shower.
the color will continue to change for a couple days becoming deeper and more brilliantly shiny.

in between colors - to brighten it up - i sometimes mix a tablespoon of henna with water and add it to my hair with my shampoo and/or conditioner and let it soak in while i shower.

What a great idea! NEW
by: Kyley

Karie, what a great idea for testing the color. Thanks! That's a much less scary option - no commitment!!!!!

You guys rock!

Congrats for switching! NEW
by: Karie

Keep the hair out of your hairbruch and dye it first!

The Henna is going to make you hair so healthy and beautiful!

Henna for Hair NEW
by: Kyley

Thanks Annie,

It's funny how things happen just at the right time. I was just talking with a friend who used henna over her commercially dyed hair and it didn't go green. I would much rather use henna, but I've been nervous about it because my hair is commercially dyed.

Your comment about using pure henna is super helpful and came just at the right time. Thanks!

Thanks for the link too, I'm off to check it out now..

Henna for Hair NEW
by: Annie

I used Henna for years to color my hair with wonderful results.

--Please note that Henna colorants in the box are harsh and may indeed turn your hair green.

What you need to color with Henna is pure sifted Henna. (the sort used for body art tattoos)

Remember; Pure Henna can only give your hair red tints and highlights but they are beautiful in the sun shine!

This web site is filled with useful information:

Happy Coloring!

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