How to get black henna color out of hair

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How to get black henna color out of hair
Removing black henna from hair is difficult. (black bruch image by Alexey Klementiev from

Henna, a natural substance native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa and Southern Asia, is often used to dye skin and hair. Black henna, actually a form of Indigofera tinctoria, commonly known as Indigo, is used to colour hair a dark black or to deepen an already dark shade of hair. While henna and black henna are great alternatives to chemical hair dyes, individual results can vary widely. Removing black henna from your hair can prove difficult.

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Things you need

  • Alcohol with 70% concentration
  • Mineral oil
  • Cotton balls
  • Shower cap
  • Blow dryer
  • Clarifying shampoo
  • Deep conditioner

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  1. 1

    Using the cotton balls, apply alcohol to the strands of your hair until the hair is saturated. Avoid the scalp area, leaving it to the very last. Leave the alcohol on your hair for 5 to 10 minutes.

  2. 2

    Apply mineral oil over the alcohol, again avoiding the scalp until last and using sparingly around the scalp area.

  3. 3

    Cover your hair with a shower cap.

  4. 4

    Heat your hair with a blow dryer for 30 to 45 minutes.

  5. 5

    Apply a small amount of shampoo to your hair on top of the mineral oil, and then get in the shower and lather. Once you have rinsed most of the oil out, shampoo again until your hair is completely clean.

  6. 6

    Apply a deep conditioner to your hair and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Rinse and repeat, if necessary. If your hair is still an undesirable shade, make an appointment with a colourist as soon as possible.

Tips and warnings

  • Black henna is very hard to remove and can remain in your hair for several months. Your chances at successful removal decrease the longer your wait, so begin the removal process as soon as possible.
  • Do not attempt to remove the dye more than once on your own as you can significantly damage your hair. If you have trouble removing the henna, seek the assistance of a qualified colourist.

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