How to dye hair strawberry blonde from bleached blonde

Updated November 21, 2016

Strawberry blonde hair is a rich shade that awakens the face and contrasts nicely with light-coloured eyes. This shade works best with a warm skin tone, which means you already have reddish or golden tones in your skin or eyes. Harsh chemicals are not the only way to get a dazzling shade of strawberry blonde hair. Henna powder, which is an all-natural red hair and skin dye made from pulverised henna leaves, can stain your bleached-blonde locks the perfect shade of strawberry blond.

Mix henna according to packet directions in a non-metallic bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon. Add a few drops of lemon juice to break up the cellulose of the ground leaves so that the henna can effectively penetrate the hair shaft. The henna should be thick -- the consistency of toothpaste.

Cover the bowl with cling film. Make sure that the plastic film touches the henna paste to keep oxygen out. The more oxygen the henna paste is exposed to, the less effective the colour staining will be.

Allow the henna paste to rest for up to 24 hours before dye release -- when the henna is at optimum staining capacity -- occurs. To determine dye release, use a spoon to examine the colour contrast between the top of the henna paste and the bottom. Ideally, the top should be a rich brown while the bottom portion is green.

Put on plastic gloves to protect hands from staining. Mix the henna paste again. Use your fingers to apply to 2.5 cm (1 inch) portions of hair, from the root to the tip. Twist each section and clip into place. Repeat until you have covered all of the hair with the henna paste.

Wipe henna paste residue off the face, neck or ears with a wet towel to prevent staining.

Cover the henna-coated hair with a cotton fabric shower cap to prevent drips. The cotton allows for scalp ventilation and reduces sweating.

Leave the henna on the hair for up to two hours for a light shade of strawberry blonde and up to four hours for a richer shade of strawberry blonde.

Removing henna from the hair can be very messy and a bit tricky. It requires a full-body shower with the shower head on the highest setting. Rinse your head under the shower and use your fingers to work the henna paste out. Massage a large handful of conditioner into your scalp to remove henna that is stuck on the skin. Work the conditioner into the hair to remove remaining henna paste debris.

Comb your hair, blow dry and style as desired.


Henna paste can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours to slow down dye release. Allow the paste to come to room temperature before applying.


When dyeing hair with henna, use only pure henna powder. Manufactured henna hair dye products contain chemicals that can have an adverse affect on previously dyed or bleached hair. In the case of bleached blonde hair, henna hair dye products have been known to turn the hair green or purple.

Things You'll Need

  • Henna powder
  • Plastic gloves
  • Lemon
  • Small plastic hair clips
  • Non-metallic bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cling film
  • Cotton fabric shower cap
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