How Henna is Colored
The line of Henna offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is made exclusively with Lawsonia inermis, other botanical ingredients are included for the purpose of creating the many different shades which we have to offer.
Mountain Rose Herbs Henna is colored using the following botanical combinations which are combined during manufacturing…
Lawsonia inermis: Red
Lawsonia inermis and Indigofera sp.: Black, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, and Mahogany
Lawsonia inermis, Indigofera sp., and Cassia obovata: Light Brown
Cassia obovata is used to lighten Henna colors, and Indigofera sp. is used to darken some of the Henna colors. Indigo is a natural shrub in the legume family that thrives in dry and almost poor conditions. To date most of it is commercially grown in India, but the Chinese and other Southeast Asian countries are growing it with much success.
How do I color my hair with henna?
Henna may be applied to wet or dry hair that is clean. Towel dry hair if you wish to shampoo first. Apply cream or oil around the hairline, ears, and neck to avoid staining your skin.
Pour 4oz of Henna into a glass or plastic bowl. Gradually add boiling water. Use a wooden or plastic spoon to mix thoroughly until you have a creamy consistency. More liquid can be added if the mixture is too think. Add 1 egg, 2-4 Tbsp olive oil, or 2-4 Tbsp plain yogurt for dry hair or 2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar to help gray hair absorb the color.
Wear plastic or rubber gloves to avoid staining your hands.
1. Separate hair into 1 inch thick sections.
2. Using a brush, begin at the scalp and paint Henna paste onto hair from roots to the ends.
3. Continue applying until all hair is thickly coated with the Henna mixture.
4. Place a cotton or tissue band around the hairline. Cover hair with a plastic wrap.
Timing by color:
-Darker Colors: Leave on for 45 minutes with heat or 60-75 minutes without heat.
-Lighter Colors: Leave on for 30 minutes with heat or 45-60 minutes without heat.
5. After the appropriate wait time, rinse thoroughly with hot water followed by cool water. Shampoo as needed.
Henna may be applied every 4-6 weeks. The color will blend naturally and fade gradually without noticeable regrowth.
For external use only. Do not use around the eyes or on cut or abraded scalp.