Lawsonia Inermis - Henna is a shrub native to North Africa, West and South Asia and northern Australasia. It thrives in regions with temperatures between 35-45 degrees Celsius and it is in these parts of the semi-arid and tropical world that henna leaves produce the most dye.
Henna has been used for over 6000 years to give copper reds and reddish browns to hair, skin, textiles, and leather. The active colouring component in henna is lawsone which is released when dried leaves are ground and a mild acid (lemon juice or vinegar) is added. The dye easily bonds with the proteins in hair and skin.
Henna Recipe for Hair
For copper reds to reddish brown colours
A variety of shades can be achieved by using henna alone or by combining it with indigo.
Always do a strand test
▶ Mix henna, hot water, lemon juice and (optional) cinnamon or ginger.
▶ Stir well until there are no lumps and consistency is smooth.
▶ Add the oil and mix well. Cover paste with plastic wrap—pressing it against the paste so there are no air pockets. Let sit for 2-4 hours in a warm place. Stir well before using. Before applying the consistency should be that of creamy yogurt or pancake batter.
See our full Hair Dye & Mehndi Instruction Sheet.