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A bunch of myths are often associated with a lot of successful products. Henna is no exception! Often, these so-called-facts try to put henna hair dying in a bad light. These myths originate from twisting some warnings or advantages until they start to lead their own life.  From actual henna hair dye facts, to complete ludicrous suggestions:  we’ve put them in a list for easy reference. Let’s get to it!

After using henna you can’t go back to regular dyes?


This is probably one of the bigger ones out there. You can perfectly go back to chemical dyes! There are however a few things to keep in mind. This is because chemical dyes and henna dyes behave in a different way! No structural damage will be done, but you might get a darker result than you originally expected. This is because plant dyes don’t lift as easily, which is also why chemical dyes might fade faster. Because henna makes your hair smoother and less porous, chemical dyes attach less well and thus washout faster with less shampoo! Getting darker is thus no problem at all, but going lighter might take some practice (and dye). I know what you’re thinking now: bleach my hair and be done with the trouble. Sure, but don’t forget that heavy bleaching also causes chemical dyes to hold less well (and damages your hair!).

Rule of thumb: if you have used indigo or large amounts of buxus, going lighter is often not a good idea. Peroxides in shampoo often remove all the other natural and plant pigments in your hair, except for indigo, giving you a greenish tint which will not take chemical dyes well. If there was no indigo in your mix, or only a small amount of buxus, you have nothing to worry about.

Dying with henna takes too long?

Myth with a little fact!
Like Einstein already proved a while ago: time is only relative! Yes, some people do a 1-color process with a chemical dye in 45 minutes, but often people are in a salon for at least as long than a henna application would take! It is however so that certainly not all henna hair dyes take a long time to set.  Harvest Moon’s hair dyes do not take longer than one hour in total.

Henna is safe for pregnant women?

Yes, henna is safe for pregnant women! It is also safe for nursing women, cancer patients or patients with auto-immune disease. This makes henna hair dye probably the only safe dye to be used by these people. This of course applies to 100% completely natural henna. Products that use henna as an ingredient can still contain harmful chemicals. Always check the ingredients list, or even better, consult your doctor.

Henna is a paint?


Henna works by staining your hair! This means there is a molecule in henna (lawsone), which chemically binds with cells below the surface layer! Paint sticks to the top layer, making it removable by using a certain solvent, which depends on the base of the paint. A resin-based paint can thus be removed by oil, while you can remove a water-based paint with water!

Henna hair dye will stain your face?

Myth with a little fact!

Who would use it if this was completely true? Yes, henna hair dyes might stain your scalp a bit but this should not last longer than several hours. Henna hair dye is different from henna body art! Your face produces natural oils that will keep henna from staining it permanently. Furthermore the turnover rate of your skin cells are an easy fix for this problem! Your normal shower routine should thus definitively get rid of it. Since other parts of your skin do not produce these oils, it is often advised to wear gloves while applying it.

No time? Some tips for quick removal:

  • Rub a bit of leftover dye into the area and rinse it immediately.
  • Make up a concoction of half lemon juice or baking soda to half dishwashing soap. Gently wipe the area with the liquid on a wash cloth.
  • Try using a make-up removing cream or towel.

There are a multitude of colors of henna?


Sorry, but just no! Natural henna will only stain in the red to brown spectrum. Anyone who tells you differently does not know what he’s talking about. “No way!” you say “I’ve used henna to get black hair!”. Yes, it’s true that other types of colors can be achieved with henna as an INGREDIENT! That’s why you should always check the ingredients in a henna package: some of these ingredients are harmless, but some (tricky) sellers add stuff as PPD’s to it, which can be extremely dangerous! Of course there are a variety of other ingredients available, of which the most popular one is probably indigo, which allow you to get a much wider spectrum of natural colours, but technically, this is not henna.

Henna is bad for your hair?


Honestly, I don’t even know who started this one… Henna is one of the safest things you can use for your hair. In our history of henna hair dying post we explored the origins of hair dying and discovered it has been around since people actually started with dying their hair. The track record of safety is simply put extraordinary. Some shady sellers (see the previous myth!) add dangerous stuff to the henna, which of course can have negative effects!

Henna smells “earthy”?


Yes, henna has a particular smell. Some love it, others don’t, plain and simple. The smell however does not last and disappears rather quickly (after rinsing it out or the next shower!). If however, you can’t stand it at all, a good idea might be to apply a natural moisturizer with a smell you love after the henna dying! Good smell and hair treatment, what a combination!

Henna can make your hair lighter?


Nope, henna is not able to make your hair lighter! This also means that, the darker your hair is, the less difference you will see. That does not mean that is not ideal to be used as a treatment for your hair or to get rid of persistent grey hairs or patches!

You can’t do henna hair dye properly yourself?


Some henna hair dyes indeed have sophisticated procedures in order to dye your hair, however there are a variety of high quality, easy-to-apply and non-expensive henna hair dyes directly available! These procedures only involve mixing the dye with water and applying it to your hair, simple as that!


Any more questions? Leave a comment below!


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