Caring for Hennaed Hair

For the most part, there’s no reason to change your hair care routine because you’ve started using plant dyes. Henna works with no ‘poo care regimens, daily bottled shampooing, and everything in between. There are just a few things that you may want to consider.

  • You may not need to condition as often as you have been. Many people find that they don’t need to use a bottled conditioner at all any more!
  • Those using indigo in their mix should try to avoid washing their hair for 24 hours after coloring it if possible.
  • Heat styling will darken hennaed hair. This happens because the oxidation process is hastened by heat.
  • If you use heavy conditioners or hair oil, make certain to get it all washed out before your next natural dye application.
  • Henna can cause a loosening of curl for some people. Using an amla treatment, or adding amla to the henna portion of your mix may prevent it.
  • Chemically lightening hair that has been hennaed is tricky at best, especially when indigo is involved. These treatments are known to remove all the natural hair color before starting to remove the henna. With indigo this can leave hair greenish! It's crucial to do strand tests before chemically lightening hair.
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