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Henna Recipes: How to Achieve Glossy Locks

Henna Recipes for your Hair

Gentlemen may prefer blondes.
But it takes a real man to handle a redhead.

Do you dream about having luscious, glossy locks?

But worry about the chemical colour that could take its toll on your hair?

Then look no further, we have you covered with these henna recipes, that will add a rich red shine to your tresses.

What is Henna?

Henna is a natural dye that possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Not only does it darken your hair, but it also restores the pH balance of your scalp and normalises oil production.

Even though henna is one tone- orange-red, it can be mixed with other herbs such as cassia to achieve lighter tones, gingers and coppers, and indigo for darker tones such as chestnut, mahogany, browns and blacks.

 Remember that any henna or indigo dye can take up to 3 days to develop after dyeing fully.

This is a great article on henna, which looks at this most interesting herbs in more detail.

Always do a strand test.

The best way to find your colour is to strand test before applying any henna mixture to your hair.

This is the most important step, as henna can look different on different shades of hair. By strand testing, it will give you a better idea of what to expect, and it will give you a chance to see if your mixes are in fact the colour you’re looking for.

As discussed above, to strand test it is best to use samples of henna and cassia for light, copper, strawberry blonde tones and if you want a rich ginger red, copper-red or deep red, use henna and indigo especially if you have brown or black hair.

We recommend using some of your shed hair from a hairbrush or the shower, and after your hair has been dyed rinse gently with water, let it dry and leave it alone for 2 days and then assess your colour. If the colour is too dark, adjust the time or colour ratio, if the colour is too light, leave the mixture on your hair for longer.

Bright red hair

If it’s vivid red you want, this is the recipe for you – it will turn your blonde hair bright red, brunettes can expect to go deep auburn, whilst all you folks with black hair can expect to get a hint of burgundy, for a bit of fun.


  • 4 tbsp henna powder
  • hot water
  • glass bowl
  • plastic gloves
  • plastic bag
  • 1 applicator


  1. Before you begin, please note this mixture should be applied to dry hair.
  2. First, add the henna to a bowl and add hot water to the mixture, until this forms a thick paste.
  3. Ensure the mixture is not so thin that it will drip; it needs to be thick enough to spread on your hair.
  4. With your gloves on, apply the mixture all over your hair from the root all the way down the hair shaft, as you would with a traditional hair dye. Make sure you leave no hair untouched.
  5. Once your hair is coated with the paste, cover it with a plastic bag, or a shower cap.
  6. Next, cover with a towel to help the process.
  7. Leave for 30 minutes, occasionally checking the hair strands to see how processed your hair is. Don’t keep the dye on your hair for any longer than an hour.
  8. Remove the plastic, then shampoo your hair and condition as normal.

Applying henna red streaks


  • 2 tbsp henna powder
  • hot water
  • glass bowl
  • gloves
  • aluminium foil
  • plastic bag
  • 1 applicator


With this recipe, you must NOT wash your hair first:

  1. Place 2 tbsp of henna powder in a glass bowl.
  2. Next, add enough hot water to the powder to create a thick, almost sticky paste.
  3. Put on the gloves and add the paste to your hair, where you want your streaks to appear.
  4. Wrap the strips in aluminium foil and firmly twist them in place
  5. It is essential that you completely cover every strand of the hair with foil; this will prevent the colour from spreading.
  6. Leave the foil on your hair for 45 minutes, occasionally checking to make sure the colour has processed. If the colour hasn’t taken after 45 minutes, leave for a further 10 minutes, but no longer
  7. Finally, remove the foils and immediately shampoo, then condition as normal and towel dry.
  8. If the henna is not the desired colour, you can always re-apply next time.

Henna hair wash

This will give your hair a nice pink hue and is ideal for mousey brown hair, giving it a lovely glossy shine.


  • 2 tbsp of henna
  • 3 cups hot water
  • ceramic bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • 1 applicator


  1. First, warm the water in a stove
  2. Put the henna powder into a bowl and add the hot water
  3. Stir thoroughly with a spoon until all the colour is fully mixed, the water should be pink in colour
  4. Next, shampoo the hair and use the mixture as a rinse, slowly pour over the hair completely covering every area
  5. Finally, shake out the excess water and wring until dry

Getting creative with henna dye

Tones from dark ginger all the way to burgundy can be achieved with using a pure henna mix. The final result will depend on the time the henna paste is left on your hair and how many applications of henna you layer over each other.

When henna is used alone, the colour is often richer and slightly darker than with cassia blends. For copper tones, leave the henna on for an hour, use hibiscus henna; use plain water with a few drops of lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, or even chamomile tea the liquid.

If you want to go dark ginger, leave the henna on your hair for 2-3 hours. The best henna for achieving dark ginger red is the Jamila henna powder. These tones may not require a repeat application, so root touch-ups may be essential, to keep your colour as bright and light as possible.

For a deeper red, leave the henna on for at least 4 to 6 hours. For burgundy, leave on overnight, repeat the henna application until you achieve the desired colour, and then proceed with the root application.

This is a brilliant resource that sells all of the above-mentioned colours, which will kick your henna dyeing adventures.


These great henna recipes will take you from dull to daring red in no time at all, and it is important to note; these recipes are using completely natural henna dye not the commercial store-bought type.

As discussed, henna most definitely depends on your natural hair colour, so don’t expect to go a light coppery tone if you have very dark hair.

If you have blonde, medium brown hair, the colour will be a vivid reddish tone. More bright red on lighter hair, dark red on darker hair and black hair, the dye may not be noticeable at all until you go out in the sun.

If you want to change the colour depth, this is where repeat applications come in. Henna is translucent, so more layers of henna build up over each other to create a stronger colour that will eventually give black hair that burgundy-black sheen.

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