How to lighten dark hair with henna

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How to lighten dark hair with henna

Henna powder has been used for centuries to dye hair naturally without the harsh chemicals found in modern day hair dyes. In fact, dyeing one's hair with henna is actually good for the health of the hair and the environment as the powder is biodegradable. It also improves the quality of one's hair by making it thicker and stronger. Luckily, the process of using henna hair dye is relatively easy and anyone can do it!

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Henna powder in golden, neutral or light brown
  • Chamomile
  • 1 quart of water
  • Shower cap

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  1. 1

    Visit your local health store to purchase a light-coloured henna powder. The light versions come in golden, neutral and light brown.

    How to lighten dark hair with henna
    Light henna powder
  2. 2

    Mix the henna powder with chamomile herbs in boiling water until you get a thick paste.

  3. 3

    Allow mixture to cool for a few minutes.

  4. 4

    Apply the paste to damp hair. Comb through to coat every strand.

  5. 5

    Fit the shower cap over your hair and allow the mixture to absorb for an hour to two hours.

  6. 6

    Rinse out your hair and style as usual.

Tips and warnings

  • For quicker results that will yield even lighter hair, allow the mixture to absorb while sitting out in the sun. The sunlight will accelerate the lightening process.
  • Test out a patch of hair before dyeing your entire hair as henna powder is extremely potent.

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