Henna – Mehndi

by maria updated March 25, 2014

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I am excited to share with all of you one more of my beauty secret for long, dark and healthy hair. I am gonna talk about Henna Coloring and they are everlasting benefit. I have been using Henna since my school days. I was just attracted to henna with its uncanny fragrance and cooling effect.

Henna has great properties and is very beneficial for hair. If used daily can make wonders to your hair. Henna – Mehndi is  a great god gift to Mankind. Mother Nature has bestowed us with real miracles which creates magic to our bodies and hair.

I know you will have many questions as to how to use henna ? How it is beneficial for your hair? How it will color my grey?

Don’t worry I will tell you everything about Henna and How to use it for your hair.

Let me share with you the Benefits of Henna first:

  1. Cooling effect – If you apply regurarly Henna to your hair your head will stay Thanda Thanda cool cool. Its great to apply during summers and has got great antiseptic properties.
  2. Stop Dandruff and other Hair problems – Henna is a great remedy for Dandruff, Irritation of scalp and itching on head. Once you use it daily. You will realise Henna Benefits on your hair.
  3. Promotes hair Growth – Henna has natural properties which will promote new hair growth and make your hair strong,  healthy, wealthy and complete.
  4. Covers Grey Hair and Curbs Greying – Regularly application of henna will completely cover your grey hair and will curb greying to a larger extent
  5. Henna On Skin – When you use henna pack on skin it will give you clean and clear glowing skin. Also Henna curbs  acne and blackheads making your skin lovely deep within.

How to make Henna face Pack?

For Henna Face Pack take Henna Powder and Mix water in it. The consistency of the pack should be fluid unlike hair pack. Add water and making it into thin paste. Apply all over face except eyebrows, eye area. Keep pack for 1 mins and wash it off. If used weekly will clear your skin and there would be no Blackheads or Acne problems. Your skin will be clear and clean.

So do make this paste and let me know how was your experiene?

Hair Coloring with Henna – Mehandi:

There is a wrong notion with people if you have grey hair than only use Henna. Its a misconception Henna is a great conditioner and can be used by everyone. So all teeny boppers and adults can use Henna to your hair for conditioning your hair.

The Basic question is how one should make Henna Pack for great color. Don’t worry I have answers to all your questions.

Basic Henna Hair Pack:

  • Good and Pure quality Herbal Henna( free of chemicals)
  • Water
  • 1/2 Lime Juice Or Vinegar Or 3 tbsp Curd ( I always use curd avoid lime and vinegar)
  • 1 egg white (optional)
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee powder
  • 2 tbsp tea Powder
  • 1 cup beetroot juice (optional)
  • Mix Herbal Powder(1tbsp Manjistha Powder+1 tbsp Bhringraj + 3 tbsp Amla Powder + 1 tbsp Shikakai Powder) is OPTIONAL

Preparation Time: 15 mins ( To be Soaked Overnight)

Method:

Firstly it is very important you select a good brand of Mehndi. The Mehndi should be olive green in color and smell nice. If the Mehndi is light green or grey in color please refrain from buying them. Its best you buy from a Rajasthani Dealer or buy it from an authentic ayurvedic shop. I buy from Ayurvedic shop mostly or buy it from shops who sell Rajasthani Mehndi.

Henna - Mehndi

Take a vessel put water and tea leaves. Ensure you keep the vessel on low fire. Once the water starts boiling. Switch off the gas and keep this mixture aside to cool down. Strain the water and discard tea leaves.

Henna - Mehndi

Once the mixture has come to room temperature. Take a Iron vessel than add tea water to it. I can’t give you the exact calculation for Henna as it will depend on the length of your hair.

Add henna and mix it with your finger tips or you can take a spoon. Keep mixing until there are no lumps. Now add the instant coffee powder, Mix Herbal Powder and as per given in the Ingredient list. Herbal Pack is optional if you wish to enhance and nourish your hair.

Henna - Mehndi

Aamla,Manjistha, Shikakai, Bhringraj Powder are easily available in any ayurvedic shop.

Henna -Mehndi

Mix everything with a spoon.

Henna - Mehndi

Its better if you use iron vessel because that will help in oxidizing. Also will give deep rich color and tint to your hair.  Keep this mixture soaked overnight or you can use in 6 hours. Reason being henna needs to get soaked properly than only will give good color to your hair.

Next day before using this pack. Add egg whites mix it well. Now add either Curd/Lime juice/Vinegar to the mixture to enhance the color. Lime and Vinegar helps in giving highlights to grey hair. However too much usage of lime may grey you hair so use curd instead of lime juice.

If you have cold or sinus related problems you add Curd(dahi) and egg whites before applying Henna Pack to your hair.

I usually apply oil to my hair for about 1 hour. Post that I apply Mehndi to my hair. I have curly dry hair hence prefer applying oil and than putting henna to my hair.

You can cover your head with a hot damp cloth after you apply henna. This will help in enriching henna color. Also apply a little oil to your forehead and skin areas near your scalp. This will help your skin not to get dried up once henna is dried on your head.

Henna mixture an application is a tedious and time consuming process. But the results are amazing. Keep this Henna Pack for about 2 to 3 hours. First rinse your hair properly and try to remove the henna with plain water. Now you can use a mild shampoo and wash your hair gently.

After shampooing your hair you can use a conditioner for colored hair or just shampoo you hair. Pat dried towel on your head and rub it gently else your hair might break. So be kind and gentle to your hair. Don’t rinse your hair twice with shampoo as this might result in henna color loss (:

Wait there is one more secret if you wanna Burgundy Hair color. I will give you free advice. Take Beetroot slice them. Now add sliced beetroot with a cup of water in grinder. Extract the juice and discard the beetroot pulp. Now add this beetroot water to your henna. This will give you beautiful burgundy color.

There is a true saying “No gain without Pain”.

You can also have a dark red color if you add Katha powder to your Henna pack. Katha looks similar to a supari but its different. Katha you will easily get at your nearby Panwala shop. Take Katha and make powder than add to you henna pack. This will give you deep dark brown henna color. Further you could also add Clove Powder for deep red color in Henna.

Tips:

  • Henna can make your hair brittle and dry so keep oiling your hair. You can also apply oil before application of henna.
  • Ensure you use good quality of henna before buying them.
  • Its better you don’t use any soap or shampoo after applying henna. You can rinse your hair in plain water and use a good conditioner to remove tangles if any.
  • You can straight away apply henna pack to your hair. Rinse them after 3 hours with water only. Now apply oil when your hair is in a Semi dry state. The water will dry out leaving oil behind. Massage your hair with oil.After 1 hour of Oil application rinse your hair with mild shampoo.
  • Also note henna color will darken on your hair the next day post application. Its miraculous darkening is after 1 day because its mother nature right!

Also note you can make your shampoo mild. Just take few drops of shampoo in your jug add double the volume in it. Now shake it until frothy and use it. This is simple but very good as your shampoo will be mild and gentle on your precious hair.

Do try all these and let me know your feedback for sure!


{ 155 comments… read them below or add one }

saswati kavya September 14, 2014 at 10:31 am

How to get a dark Brown colour

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jarjeena August 31, 2014 at 11:34 am

i have dry hair and it falls a lot. Does henna helps in curing it. And how often can i use henna, does it have side effects?

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Sudha August 28, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Can you suggest any parlour that applies henna for the hair in mumbai suburbs. Will appreciate your reply on this matter.
Thanks

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maria August 28, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Sudha mostly any parlor would help you in henna application only the hi-fi ones focus on chemical color and not henna.

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risha August 15, 2014 at 9:49 pm

hi, I am using heena on my hair I have some greys , I want dark brown colour on my hair with heena powder ,suggest me,lots of love and hugs……

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maria August 18, 2014 at 11:51 am

Risha try using coffee powder for dark brown color.

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sri August 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Hi maria,
I have a few white hair.I am using henna.I have a small doubt. If i apply henna, only the white hair turns dark(brown) or even the black hair also turns brown.

I want only the white hair turn brown. Please tell me the recipe for that(if any?)

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sushmita August 8, 2014 at 11:42 am

Hello maria,
I have been using curd and mustard oil with henna paste n it was always just fine fr my hair…
But this is the first time that I have added 2 drops of ACV and 1 spoon of coconut oil(pure from my granny’s house , they have coconut trees)
And I used to form the paste using water but this time I used green tea ….
Can you help me tell which thing I did right or wrong and at color wud I get out of it…

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Maryam August 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Hello Maria,
How long will the colour of the mehndi stay in my hair and will washing the hair effect the colour changing in terms of fading
Thanks ..please reply x

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maria August 1, 2014 at 7:40 pm

The mehndi would stay until your hair starts growing from the roots. So keep applying after fifteen days.

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Parul July 1, 2014 at 11:28 pm

After henna paste is made how long can it stay before I apply it in my hair ?

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maria July 1, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Parul soak overnight or for 3-4 hrs.

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Parul July 2, 2014 at 12:12 am

Can I leave it soaked for 2-3 days or will it loose its power ?

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maria July 2, 2014 at 10:58 am

Nopes only overnight not more than that it’s not recommended. But if you have left over henna paste then leave it in the fridge else it might catch fungus or get spoiled if kept soaking for more 2 days outside. Hope this helps you.

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Yogita June 17, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I have oily hair. If I apply oil or add oil (mustard oil) to my henna, my hair falling increases. Any advice on what to do in this situation?

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maria June 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Yogita don’t add oil in that case. Try using olive oil and massage your hair with it. Hair fall could be for many reasons like lack of vitamins, hemoglobin, sleep etc. Please consult a doctor.

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Yogita June 17, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Thanks Maria :)

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maria June 17, 2014 at 9:15 pm

welcome Yogita :)

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shilpa June 11, 2014 at 12:44 pm

is that henna pack helps for split ends?
iff not please help me what helps for my split ends

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maria June 13, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Shilpa henna may make you hand dry if not oiled properly so please consult an hair specialist for split ends.

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Chetna June 5, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Hi .. I wanna knw dat Hw cn v get brown colour or any other colour except burgundy from mehendi . I don’t like brgandy colour

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maria June 5, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Try adding coffee powder to henna for brown color. Hope this helps Chetna.

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amy June 3, 2014 at 12:46 am

Hi Maria
This is the first time I m writing you. I have read somewhere that I can mix (coconut/olive)oil in my mehndi paste instead of applying directly on hair. Is this right? N when I must shampoo my hair after Heena pack?hair become dry after washing heena

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maria June 3, 2014 at 11:22 am

Amy you could apply oil to your hair then apply henna or mix with the paste too. First just rinse your hair with henna then oil it and wash next day. If your hair is getting too dry then try applying a good conditioner. Hope this helps you.

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tejaswini June 2, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Hi maria, if I am soaking 250 gms henna then how much quantity of herbal powders do i add.how much of manjistha ,bhringaraj,alma,shikakai powder do I add.how much curd do I add,how much coffee and tea and beetroot juice.pls do let me knew all the proportions for that much quantity henna

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maria June 3, 2014 at 11:20 am

Tejaswini add 1 tbsp of each and amla add 2 tbsp, First add coffee powder and water to make a thick paste. Soak overnight the before applying henna add beetroot juice or curd anyone. Hope this helps just ensure you don’t make the paste too thin.

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Roshni Bhosle May 30, 2014 at 4:54 pm

hi

You told some one ”In that case don’t apply henna as it might change you hair color. Hope this helps.”But i want to change the colour becz yesturday was i highlight on my hair but this is very dark like golden , And dont want to this .then can i used

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maria June 2, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Roshni I am not sure if henna could be applied to color treated hair. Please check with your beautician or doctor.

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Roshni Bhosle May 30, 2014 at 12:11 pm

hi

Yesterday was am coloring on my Hair that is Strex Hair color brown .But now this looking very dark like golden type and now i don’t want it , Then can i apply Heena Mehandi on my Hair ,after that my hair clr is change like red type .and also confirm if am applying heena then there is no side effects right

Pls help me

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marian May 20, 2014 at 1:37 am

henna is the best for coloring hair.

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yamini May 14, 2014 at 5:01 pm

i want apply this my daughter she is 6 years old i don’t want color only i want her hair silky and long what i will use her hair tell me ………..

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maria May 14, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Yamini just apply henna for 30 mins and wash for conditioning and not coloring. Also use castor oil mixed with coconut oil.

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Anindita May 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Hi!

Is VLCC henna or Shahnaz Husain henna good enough? I do not know of any Ayurvedic shops from where to buy henna:(
Please advise.

Thanks.
Anindita

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maria May 7, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Yes Shahnaz Husain henna is suppose to be good else you could check out for pure rajasthani mehendi or organic henna.

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anindita May 7, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Thanks Maria:)

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maria May 8, 2014 at 12:43 pm

welcome Anindita :)

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sneha May 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm

hi
i have lot of white hairs i would like apply henna to get black hairs or dark brown i dont want red color can u help me by giving some tips

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maria May 7, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Sneha I have mentioned tips in the post for red color. I don’t know how it could be further darkened.

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Adelene Tirkey May 1, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I have recently got highlights and red streaks how wil mehendi work on my hair.Wht mixture wud give me a great luk i hv brown skin tone. Kindly comment

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maria May 1, 2014 at 11:46 pm

In that case don’t apply henna as it might change you hair color. Hope this helps.

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aishwarya das April 25, 2014 at 11:40 am

i don’t want to change my hair colour… but want to moisturised my hair with henna…. so does it effect my hair colour a lot if i use henna????….

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nivi April 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm

if i apply mehndi on hair within 1 month of 1st applicatin of mehndi…….it will affect my hair??? it wil cause to hair fall??

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maria April 24, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Nivi if you oil your hair you shouldn’t have hair fall however if your hair is on the dry side the henna could make them more dry and brittle. So apply oil before applying henna hope this helps you.

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arun April 13, 2014 at 10:00 am

wow wow you are awesome

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Smita March 29, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Hi Maria,

Great to see the tips from your end regarding mehendi application.Just wanted to check if we can apply oil the very next day of henna application.

thanks
smita

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maria March 30, 2014 at 12:22 am

Yes you could apply olive oil but wash them with diluted shampoo else the color of henna would wash out from your hair. You are welcome.

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anju March 26, 2014 at 8:52 am

adding katha powder to heen will give red colour or brown?
you have written both.

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maria March 26, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Anju depends on the quality of henna sometimes brown or red color.

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amar March 25, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Hi Maria..
you told to take few drops of shampoo in jug add double the volume in it..
my question is what is to be added..water..???

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maria March 25, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Yes add water to dilute the shampoo.

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amar March 25, 2014 at 11:11 am

Hi Maria…
can i apply mehndi mixture everyday on my face..
as my skin is not even..
so if it can be happen..
plz help me out..
i applied last day and i feel good..
but if it is effective so suggest me if i can apply everyday on face…
thanks..
is there any other thing for dark circles..???

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maria March 25, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Don’t apply henna everyday as it would make your skin dry. For dark circles you could keep a slice of potato or cucumber or ice bag on your eyes for 2-3 mins.

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amar March 26, 2014 at 10:20 am

Thanks Maria…:)

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maria March 26, 2014 at 10:21 pm

welcome

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amar March 23, 2014 at 3:37 pm

hi Maria..
i want to know how much time i have to kept heena mixture for face..
and how long i have to kept on my face..
do i put anything in that mixture…

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maria March 23, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Just keep for 5-6 mins else it would start leaving color. Add water to henna that’s it hope this helps you.

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sarmili March 11, 2014 at 10:44 pm

hi , can we use beetroot juice, clove powder, and katha powder simountenously

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maria March 12, 2014 at 12:03 am

Don’t use all together use katha powder first then while applying add beetroot juice… clove powder is optional. You could skip adding cloves.

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Ju November 29, 2013 at 10:11 am

Hi Maria,
Could you tell me how to get a black tinge with henna to blacken the grey hairs..
Also what is the recipie if i want to apply the henna instantly .. WOuld the color not be dark?

Thank You In Advance

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maria November 29, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Henna takes a while to gets soaked hence cannot be applied instantly. Henna can give dark brown Or red color but black tinge isn’t possible. Hope this helps you.

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Karolina January 29, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Hello,

There is one thing i would like to ask you. I have been using Royal Henna (mehendi) to dye my hair black, but my natural hair colour is blond.
So now i am tired of having black hair and i want to go back to my original hair colour meaning i will have to bleach my hair with bleach.
However, i have read all over the internet that your hair will turn green or it will fall out due to a chemical reaction.
Please advise me what to do? and is the myths true?

Thank You.
Hope you have a good day.

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maria January 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Karolina I have no clue about Royal henna brand (: and also about discoloration of hair it will be better if you consult a skin and hair specialist. I am sorry won’t be able to assist you on this question.

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maria January 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Karolina I have no clue about Royal henna brand (: and also about discoloration of hair it will be better if you consult a skin and hair specialist. I am sorry won’t be able to assist you on this question.

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ishwari patil January 22, 2013 at 10:22 am

hi, nice information. i have some questions about actual coloring procedure. actually heena particles gets embeeded in outermost layer of shaft that is cuticle. and due to that hair cuticle get damaged and final result is breakage of hair. i have confusion in my mind. is this true?????????? pl expiain.

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maria January 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Ishwari I have been using henna from my teenage I never had any such problems add oil before applying henna and try some time applying henna if it gives you problems stop applying. Also use of proper conditioner will make your hair soft.

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P S December 12, 2012 at 1:55 am

I have two questions
Can you just make henna paste with herbal henna (Nupur), amal powder and beet juice to get dark burgandy color on your grey hair ?
Can you use henna on hair that is previously colored with boxed chemical dyes?

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maria December 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I don’t know about branded henna as I use only the henna which is available in ayurvedic shop. Also I don’t know if henna will color on dyed hair I am sorry it will be better if you consult a beautician.

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maria December 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Thanks for coming here I don’t know about branded henna as I use henna from ayurvedic shop also about henna coloring on dyed hair I have no idea. It will be better if you consult a beautician thanks .

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sultana November 8, 2012 at 9:57 am

Hi

A verrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy big thanks to you for providing henna receipe for hair. I will try. i have one query can you plz let me know how many times should henna apply for hair in a month. means once in a month (or) twice in a month (or) thrice in a month.

Waiting for your reply.

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anita November 6, 2012 at 2:12 am

Pls let me know when to add Beetroot juice.Should it be soaked with henna or add them just before applying?also when to add egg white?

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maria November 6, 2012 at 4:04 am

You could add beetroot juice while soaking henna also egg whites are optional you could mix egg whites Or curd in henna just before applying to your hair. Hope this helps :)

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flax12 November 4, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Hi:
Very nice and complete info about henna.
You mentioned that is better to mix “curd” than lime or lemon with the henna. I wonder if that curd is the same like that part of milk that coagulates when the milk sours or is treated with enzymes?

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maria November 5, 2012 at 3:49 am

Thanks Felinus :) curd is also known as yogurt yeah mostly its sour milk tarns-formed into yogurt! hope this helps you.

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K October 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Hey hie.. I have a simple doubt.. ‘m planning to apply henna for the fist time as i got few strands of hair which are grey in color and want them to turn black!! the point is very simple.. I do not want to change the color of my hair.. just that i want black hair!!! so is applying henna going to help?? i have read an article that henna and indigo are to be applied to obtain black hair!! is it so?? or will henna alone solve my problem??
thnx in advance for the reply :)

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maria October 15, 2012 at 3:03 am

Hi Kalyani Henna will give deep red color if mixed with beetroot juice Or 1 tbsp clove powder. I have no idea about Indigo. Hope this helps you :)

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maria October 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Thanks Sanjay for highlighting have already messaged them thanks a ton :)

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Khurshid October 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Dear Maria,

I have a great hair fall problem, please advice me what to do, applying heena will solve my problem.

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maria October 10, 2012 at 5:09 am

Khurshid henna is for conditioning and coloring. You could use castor oil mixed with coconut oil and apply to you hair. Best would be to consult a doctor as hair fall can be caused to various reasons.

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pallavi lokhande October 4, 2012 at 9:27 am

hey hiee dear,
actually i hv sm doubts ….today i brought heena black mehndi n mixd it wid simple cold water n lemon n curd bt at d tme of dis mix.it produces very hot fumes lyk acids fumes..so wnt to knw dat sholud i still use it for dyng or nt??n wat abt dat fumes its genral or cuz of sm mistakes it produced…plz reply soon..

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maria October 4, 2012 at 11:24 am

Pallavi I don’t know anything about Black Mehndi I have written only about Green Mehndi. Also the fumes and acids please avoid applying else it appears to be a chemical reaction. Please check with the Doctor before applying this.

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poonam September 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm

hi maria

i m 26 n i have hell lot of grey hair. i have been applying henna for about 10 yrs now…. i apply it every month… i have light brown-black hair too.my hair turns orangish (esp where thr r more greys)…… i will try ur way soon…… which z good for grey hair, lime or curd??? n can i add clove or make it into a paste and add???/
ne other suggestion regarding hiding grey….vl be highly obliged.
thanks

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maria September 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Poonam you could use clove powder grind cloves into processor and make powder. Also curs is better than lime. Use soaked methi seed and make their paste use hibiscus flower paste for hair pack for curbing grey hair. Hope this helps you :)

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Pathma September 16, 2012 at 3:24 am

Hi Maria,
Your henna recipe for hair seems to be very interesting esp. clove powder. I can’t wiat to try it on my hair. Applying oil before henna paste on hair sounds new to me ‘cos here in Singapore, hair salons don’t practise that. The hairdressers’ advice to us is by doing so, the henna will not stick to hair and it serve no purpose. Your advice, please on the above. Thank you. Pathma

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maria September 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Pathma I always apply oil before henna application would request you try both ways and check out the difference.

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Indrani Kapoor September 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

Hi maria,

You advise to oil the hair before applying henna. But if I want a rich colour, will oiling not prevent henna from rich colouring?

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maria September 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Thanks Indrani :) I always put oil as I have dry hair. You could apply henna directly if you wish. With oil also it gives nice color :)

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Deepak Patel,Gujarat,India September 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Hi, Superb information given about how to use or apply mehndi(heena). I use mehndi (Heena) 10 yrs ago.During this 10yrs.i applied four times. By use of heena hair become Too much Dry .Mehndi is hiding only white hair..but according to my opinion mehndi is better then Hair color.Mehndi has no side effect on eye and skin..strictly apply oil on hair before apply mehndi.in oily hair mehndi can’t give you more color on hair.. Thanks

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Ilene August 10, 2012 at 1:09 am

Hi Maria:

Thanks for your website. I am now allergic to chemical hair dye so I did some research on using henna instead. I got some body art quality henna and mixed it with tea, coffee, and beetroot juice. However, since I have a lot of gray hair, the coverage was not good at all. The gray hairs became an orangeish-red color. Do you have any suggestions for me? I would appreciate it very much. Thank you!

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maria August 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

Hi Ilene you could add some clove powder to it which helps in giving rich dark color. Mix some curd to the henna just before applying to hair. Oil you hair before applying henna. Try using mild shampoo for washing hair. Also using aloevera pulp to your scalp will reduce your greying hair. Have lot of almonds daily also amla juice is good for hair. Hope this helps if its not giving you satisfactory result please consult a doctor Or hair specialist.

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janet July 21, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Hi Maria…Just wanted to say thank you so very much regarding henna for my hair,it completely covered my grey and gave me beautiful high as the same time,just one question.Do you think it would be too much to do the henna evey other week since it so good for the hair.

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maria July 22, 2012 at 4:27 am

Janet I am not sure about the time gaps as some say it should be applied after 30 days. The reason could be as henna tends to make hair dry. if you put every week it would be at your own risk so regular oiling, add curd in henna might help.

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kusum July 21, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Hii,
i ried henna for a couple of times and my grey hair turned out to be red and these grey hair turned out to be red can be seen very prominently..is there any way that i can make my hair to my natural color like deep brown or something like that? I greatly appreciate your response.and can you pls tell me the intervals between henna applications.
Thanks,
kusum.

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maria July 22, 2012 at 4:29 am

Kusum I am not sure about the gaps as guess it should be 30 days atleast. Deep brown color not sure which ingredient will help. But adding lots of yogurt before applying henna may help in highlights. Also have mentioned in the post for highlights. Hope this helps you :)

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Subha S July 21, 2012 at 3:00 am

Hi mam,
Nice to see your valuable info about henna…….
how many days gap will have to apply henna for hair?
can you………

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maria July 21, 2012 at 9:52 am

Subha I am not sure about this but I guess atleast a month gap is required. But you can confirm with a beautician as it depends on hair type. thanks

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janet July 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Thank you Maria I am mixing it right now,I will let you know how it trun out…Have a bless day.

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maria July 21, 2012 at 9:50 am

Great Janet will await for your feedback!

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janet July 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Hi Maria
I have grey hair and woud like to obtain the highlights what do I use to bring it our even more

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maria July 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Janet I have described in the post how to get highlights. Also you could add some clove powder and curd for dark red color. Good Luck have a crowning glory!

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xyba June 27, 2012 at 8:22 am

maria i have long thin hair so can u advice to increase its volume with the help of henna

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maria June 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Xyba start oiling your hair every week also henna can be applied with curd and wash off in an hour’s time. As the longer you keep henna it will dry and make your hair brittle. So just apply henna once a month..

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xyba June 27, 2012 at 8:18 am

thanks for ur valuable n helpful posts

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maria June 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm

You are welcome Xyba :)

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Kavitha June 21, 2012 at 1:20 am

Hi Maria,

I am not sure if my previous msg reached you so re-posting my msg :)

I am really glad to find one good recipe to start with henna. Thank you for the post. Will have to try soon. But, I still have few questions. Please please do let know for sure :)

1. I do not have any iron vessel other than aluminum and steel ones. Can I use a aluminum one?
2. I dont want to change the color of my hair. I have black medium curly hair. How do I retain the black color after using henna?
3. I have increased hair-fall these days.. do you any tips for this?
4. I use hair straightener occasionally. Will that do any harm to my hair or decrease the henna’s affect?

will wait for your reply :)

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maria June 21, 2012 at 5:38 am

Thanks Kavitha for coming here :)

1) You could use a steel vessel but iron vessel yields better results.
2) If your hair is jet black henna will just give a red tinge color but if you have greys then it will give dark red color if you follow the instructions mentioned.
3)Hair fall has a lot of reason try oiling your hair with castor+ coconut oil.Sleep well don’t take stress. Avoid harsh chemical shampoos use mild shampoos. Eat lots of green leafy vegetables, almonds and loads of water. Hope this helps you.
4) You could use hair straightener but once in 4 months is fine. Straightener Or blow dryers always harm as it provides artificial heat so the lesser we use the better for us.

Thanks,
Maria

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Mrs. S May 31, 2012 at 6:38 am

Dear Maria

Thanks for sharing your tips.

I’m planning to follow your instructions for henna application. Yesterday, I purchased Indian and Yemeni Henna powder. Planning to mix a little of both. I checked for iron utensils but I believe I don’t have any, all of them seem to be either aluminium or stainless steel, and teflon-coated ones. Before I apply henna, I would love your advice regarding what ingredients to add or avoid from the list above with regards to my hair type.

I possess dry and weak hair, and that has been splitting and falling more than usual since the last month or two. I also have a very mild dandruff condition throughout. I would apperciate your advice asap especially with regards to ingredients like curd, egg and coffee powder or if anything else need to be added.

Regards
Mrs. S

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maria May 31, 2012 at 8:09 am

Thanks Mrs S however henna application will further dry your hair and make them brittle. You can try applying henna with curd but please seek help from Doctor.

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Alisha May 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Hey,
How can I remove the colour of henna (mehndi) from hair.
Please help!

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maria May 28, 2012 at 6:50 am

Hi Alisha,

Henna color doesn’t comes out easily. Only after several hair wash with shampoo it will go away. So be patient!

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Hussaina April 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Hi Maria,
its really nice tips i’ll surely try it…. Can i take Brite henna mehendi instead of heena???

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maria April 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Thanks Hussaina I don’t know about Brite brand use any brand which is genuine and good quality.

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Vidya April 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Hi Maria, I applied the henna hair pack you had given and I’m very happy with the results. My hair has become beautiful and more thick. I’m eager to try out your honey face pack soon. Thanks once again. Please keep me updated with your suggestions.

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maria April 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm

You are welcome Vidya :) I am glad you got better results. I will keep you posted! take care have a nice weekend.

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anindita April 5, 2012 at 11:28 am

Thanks.

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anindita April 5, 2012 at 4:03 am

Thanks Maria. But many years ago I had tried Johnson’s Baby shampoo…it made my hair horribly dry. I am too old rather my hair is too old for it to work, huh:) So…I think I should stick to Dove or..what else do you suggest? I am 43!!

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maria April 5, 2012 at 7:56 am

Anindita I am not sure about Dove as I don’t use it but you could use any mild shampoo of goof brand and dilute shampoo in water before applying.

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anindita April 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm

BTW, is Dove regarded as a mild shampoo? I use that.

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maria April 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Hi Anindita,

I am not sure about Dove but Johnson Baby shampoo is a mild shampoo :) ………………..

Love,
Maria

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Anindita April 4, 2012 at 11:54 am

Thanks Maria:)

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maria April 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

You welcome Anindita :)

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Anindita April 4, 2012 at 9:11 am

Hi Maria, I followed this recipe today:

Hi Maria, If I crush thinly sliced beetroot, squeeze out the juice and add it to henna powder + plus water in an iron bowl and leave this mixture overnight, and then apply it in my hair and scalp for one hour next morning, will I get a burgundy hair color instead of orange?

Kindly advise.

But my hair is still orange:( Please suggest recipe for BURGUNDY HAIR.

Thanks.
Anindita

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maria April 4, 2012 at 11:04 am

Hi Anindita,

I will advise you to use curd instead of lime as lime tends to make hair further grey. Also don’t slice the beet root chope them into small cubes and put in the processor with some water. Mix this water with henna powder. Add 2 tbsp instant coffee powder + 2 tbsp clove powder. Leave overnight into iron bowl. Put 2 tbsp curd before applying to your hair. Apply next day leave for 2 hours and rinse with a mild shampoo else your hair will get orange again. Apply some oil to your hair before putting henna. If this is not helping yout then you try the other one.

Boil 3 tbsp tea leaves with 3 cup water. Place on low heat. Once its starts bubbling. Strain the tea. Allow the water to cool down. Once it cools down mix henna, amla whatever you wanna add. Add 2 tbsp instant coffee powder to it. rest you can follow the insructions mentioned on my blog…take care.

Love,
Maria

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maria April 4, 2012 at 11:04 am

Hi Anindita,

I will advise you to use curd instead of lime as lime tends to make hair further grey. Also don’t slice the beet root chope them into small cubes and put in the processor with some water. Mix this water with henna powder. Add 2 tbsp instant coffee powder + 2 tbsp clove powder. Leave overnight into iron bowl. Put 2 tbsp curd before applying to your hair. Apply next day leave for 2 hours and rinse with a mild shampoo else your hair will get orange again. Apply some oil to your hair before putting henna. If this is not helping yout then you try the other one.

Boil 3 tbsp tea leaves with 3 cup water. Place on low heat. Once its starts bubbling. Strain the tea. Allow the water to cool down. Once it cools down mix henna, amla whatever you wanna add. Add 2 tbsp instant coffee powder to it. rest you can follow the insructions mentioned on my blog…take care.

Love,
Maria

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Anindita March 22, 2012 at 8:41 am

Hi Maria, If I crush thinly sliced beetroot, squeeze out the juice and add it to henna powder + plus water in an iron bowl and leave this mixture overnight, and then apply it in my hair and scalp for one hour next morning, will I get a burgundy hair color instead of orange?

Kindly advise.

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maria March 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Thanks Anindita for visiting here :) My advise would be do all except putting lime juice add little dahi to the henna mixture just before applying to your hair. Also grate the beetroot Or make its puree otherwise juice won’t come out easily. Leave on you hair for atleast 2 hours and then wash. Ensure you just wash once with shampoo and then rinse with conditioner else henna will start losing it’s color and start becoming orange. Hope this helps you regular application will make it red in color.

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georgia February 17, 2012 at 11:38 pm

how long can i keep henna after its been mixed

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maria February 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Hey Georgia keep them for 4 to 5 hours Or overnight then apply to your hair. Keep on your hair for 2 hours then wash.

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Ash February 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Hi,

I got grey hairs here and there and it just started. Does this help me to stop the hair greying. Is there any tip to get black shade instead of red and orange.

Thanks.

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maria February 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Hi Ashu,

Henna curbs greying Try using castor oil with coconut oil. Keep it for 1 hour then wash. Also aloevera pulp if applied on hair scalp curbs greying. Try eating almonds, sesame seeds, nuts to increase your vitamin. Also sleep well eat well and take less stress. Black shade is difficult to get in henna. However it can give you deep burgundy and rich red color. Try the method given in the post. Also boil beetroot grind into processor with water. Soak henna in this water and add little curd. This will give you deep red color. Also clove powder gives red color. DO conduct a patch test before experimenting what I just shared with you. Good luck and have beautiful lustrous hair.

Love,
Maria

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Rupal January 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm

For face pck,,heena mehndi pwder or which heena pwder to b used??

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maria January 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Rupal you could use henna from ayurvedic shops as they are genuine ones :)

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sangita January 18, 2012 at 7:42 am

hey I tried applying henna on my face and must say it brightens my face clears it thanks for wonderful tips

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maria January 18, 2012 at 11:14 am

Great Sangita you are welcome :)

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Mamatha January 16, 2012 at 11:44 am

Hi maria,

Thank you for your suggestion. I will try the henna paste and let you know the result. Once again thank you very much.

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maria January 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Mamatha you are welcome do try and lemme know how was it?

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Mamatha January 13, 2012 at 9:12 am

Hai Maria,

I read about your henna hair pack. I want to try this. You have mentioned that, manjista powder to be mix with the paste but this powder, as I know, is used for the skin problem in the form of decoction. will this not effect to the hair? and tell me how this benefits to the hair? Please clarify me.

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maria January 14, 2012 at 7:07 am

Hi Mamatha,

Manjishta is good for increasing iron content hence for the hair. You could always skip it if you don’t wish to add. Have great hair :)

Love,
Maria

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madhurya January 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm

hey maria, thanks so much…im definetely gonna try this.. :)

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maria January 9, 2012 at 6:33 am

Thanks Madhurya do try and lemme know your views!

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madhurya December 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm

hi maria,

im 20 years old and my hair is ‘thick and jet black’, but i have dandruff and my hair tends to split easily. so i just wanted to know if i have to mix coffee powder and tea powder in the pack??, will it suit my hair??…

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maria December 30, 2011 at 11:51 am

Hi Madhurya,

You could soak methiseeds in water overnight. Grind to a paste next day. Mix methi paste along with 2 eggs and combine with soaked henna. Don’t add tea coffee powder instead add beetroot juice. Have a lovely beautiful crowning glory.

Love,
Maria

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neha December 22, 2011 at 10:19 am

hi maria, i tried henna recipe and the result is very good. i also added beatroot juice before applying got burgandi tint .thanks a lot.

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neha December 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm

hi maria;

i want to know whether i should use same measurment of herbal powder mentioned in the recipe[ henna hair pack ] for hundred gms of henna powder.

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maria December 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm

You could use this meaurement for 250 gms.

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Manmeet Kaur December 12, 2011 at 8:19 am

Please give suggestions for acne marks..?????

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maria December 12, 2011 at 9:08 am

Thanks Manmeet however I am not sure anything about acne marks?

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myrtle November 21, 2011 at 6:13 am

hi Dear,
I quite don’t underdstand applying heena on face. Will not become colored or stain,
as u know it stain n it’s quite difficult to remove. Just for 1 min will not stain is it true…
Pls reply.
Thks/Myrtle

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maria November 21, 2011 at 11:05 am

Hi Myrtle,

When I say Henna on face I mean Henna Pack. Just mix henna with some multani mitti (fullers earth). Apply this pack for 5 to 7 mins. Don’t keep for a long time. Also alternatively you could just apply henna pack on acnes, pimples and was out after 5 mins. This will not give color to your skin.

Thanks,
Maria

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Sami November 19, 2011 at 2:07 am

Hi
You have described everything so nicely.
It really helped
i am doing heena treatment myself after a long long time, your tips helped me catch up with my long ago left routine.
I love heena.
Thanks a lot

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maria November 19, 2011 at 3:35 am

Hey Sami,

Thanks a ton! yeah Henna is a good resource for hair. DO try them and lemme know if it helped you.

Love,
Maria

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Kats November 18, 2011 at 5:24 am

Thanks, Maria.

I had oiled my hair and then applied the mehendi pack. I didn’t leave it on for 2-3 hours, but for only 45 minutes. It didn’t cover my greys.
It was my first time and I was a little apprehensive seeing the dark color on my hands. I wanted my greys to be covered, but didn’t want my hair to turn orange like few people I see (why does this happen?). :-) Silly me, but I have no experience. :-)
If I apply oil and then apply and leave the mehendi pack for 2-3 hours, will it cover my grey hairs? Will my hair get highlights? Please advise. Thanks!

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maria November 18, 2011 at 8:33 am

Hi Kats,

I know the orangish color …actually all hair color is different. If you have lots of grey it tends to give orange color. However if you use good quality mehndi and soak in iron vessel. The mehndi would get nicely oxidised and give a deep red color. Also if you need more richer deep red color add clove powder Or katha powder to your mehndi. Also as I have described in the post follow that. For highlights just 5 to 10 mins before applying mehndi add 1 lime juice, 2 tbsp curd this will give you highlights. I don’t have grey so this doesn’t highlight my hair. However if your hair is light brown Or grey your hair will get the highlights. best of luck and keep me posted. Try to keep mehndi for a longer time for better color.

Love,
Maria

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Kats November 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Hi Maria,
I applied Mehendi for the first time using your recipe and I’m very happy with the results. Thanks!
Please let me what should be time gap to apply this pack.

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maria November 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Hey Kats,

Great you are the first one to reply on this! I am happy you happy withe outcome. You could apply once a week if covering grey hair. If using just for conditioner just apply once in 15 days. Take care and have beautiful, lustrous hair.

Love,
Maria

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