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Let’s Talk Henna

All About Henna Hair Dye


Davis Finest Henna Powder is organically grown in organic fields in Sojat Rajasthan. Our henna leaf powder is 100 per cent pure herbal powder from Lawsonia Inermis henna’s botanical name and is also known as mehandi or mehndi powder. Henna is a vegan hair dye as it is a plant based dye suitable for use by vegans and vegetarians. We are not certified by Soil Association as our preparing processing packing and labelling are all done in the heart of Henna City, India. We don’t just slap a label on the packaging in the UK or US and say made in the UK or US we source fresh and directly from the farmers in India. We are working with Soil Association and hope they’ll find a resolution (if possible) to the problem so in the meantime we say 100% pure natural henna instead of pure organic henna until we can be certified by Soil Association and instead looking towards being certified USDA organic. Our customers are important to us so we think they should know this.

Henna powder is a natural product, hypoallergenic, ppd free and chemical free and a must for people with ppd allergy or wanting a change from synthetic and harsh chemical hair dyes. Henna powder can be used on sensitive scalp. Henna is not only a dye for hair and body, it also nourishes your scalp and hair and frequent use will give hair a natural shine.

Our body art quality henna has been grounded finely and triple sifted into baq fine powder used in creative henna body art work so it makes a very smooth liquid henna paste that is easy to wash out of hair. Natural henna powder can be combined with indigo powder to create permanent hair dye colours such as light brown ash brown dark brown medium brown and black to jet black natural hair colouring. It is not like the commercial henna herbal hair dyes that give instant colour. Our henna will not bleach hair but rather add colour to existing hair colour and can work with other powders to give a natural herbal hair colour. Not just for hair, natural henna hair dye is safe to use for men to colour beards, moustache and even sideburns.

Henna is also a deep hair conditioning and anti-dandruff treatment that can be part of your DIY hair growth treatment as it will leave scalp and hair healthy promoting growth whilst also leaving hair conditioned and soft with the most amazing gloss and shine. Great for dull dry lacklustre black hair. You will be left with shining beautiful hair.

Henna can be added to other natural powders for hair such as cassia obovata powder for a strawberry blonde hair colour or ginger hair dye or a variety of colours from blonde to copper red.

Manjistha powder and hibiscus powder can be added to henna mix for a fiery red hair dye, all experimental depending on red colour you want to get.

Amla Powder mixed into henna powder will tone down the red in henna so if going for a brown brunette hair colour this would be a good headstart.

Do you want to dye grays naturally? If so, then it would be henna and indigo. Henna does not affect black hair (although with frequent use your black hair will have a red tint glow visible in bright sunlight, a sort of red black color which enhances black hair colour).


Table with Dropdown and Different Data for Each Option
If your hair is Use cassia Use ¾ cassia and ¼ henna Use Henna Use 2/3 henna and 1/3 indigo Use ½ henna and ½ indigo Use 1/3 henna and 2/3 indigo Use Henna first, then indigo
Glossy Blonde Strawberry Blonde Deep Red Light Brown Medium Brown Darker Brown Black(may take several applications to get black). Use Amla Powder with Indigo


Can I use this to cover grey hair?

Yes you can. Will cover grey hair an orange red almost copper brown colour. To get various shades of red use henna only but to get various shades of brown (light, medium, dark) and black use with indigo powder.

How long do you keep henna on for?

As long as time permits but at least 2 hours. The longer the more beneficial to hair and colour.

Is Henna black or red colour?

This is pure natural henna powder which turns grey hair orange red or existing brown hair into auburn.

What colour does Henna give?

If hair is:

Blonde – vivid or bright red

Black – black with red glow (over time)

Gray – copper red

Medium Brown – auburn

Dark Brown – dark auburn

Red- vibrant red

What can I mix Henna with?

Any acidic liquid for longer lasting colour such as lemon, apple or orange juice (all can be diluted with water), tea (preferably chamomile) or coffee. Some people use apple cider vinegar.

Does colour run when hair gets wet?

Only initially when rinsing out but not noticeable over time.

Can you use this for nails?

Not advisable. 

Where does henna come from? Is it Asian or African?

It is Asian from Henna City, Rajasthan, India

Can I mix henna and indigo to cover 10% greys?

Yes you can but if doing a one step process where both powders are combined together will give shades of brown depending on proportions for:

Light brown - 70% henna and 30% indigo

Dark brown - 70% indigo and 30% henna

Medium brown - 50% henna 50% indigo

Nearly Black (very dark brown) - 90% indigo 10% henna

How do I get black hair with henna?

Use with indigo in a two-step process of putting henna on first, after required time on hair, wash out and apply indigo for at least an hour to get black hair, 1.5 to 2 hours to get jet black

Can you make mehndi paste for designs?

Yes, it is body art quality henna.

Is this body art quality henna?

Yes it is, triple-sifted.

Is this company cruelty free?

Absolutely, all our powders are made from plant, flower or fruit, organically grown, cruelty free and vegan

How do I make the red more of a dark brown or black colour?

Make henna up as directed and leave for dye release. When you are ready mix indigo and add together using the correct proportions, so 70% indigo and 30% henna will give you dark brown (66% indigo 33% henna also works - the more percentage of henna to indigo the lighter the colour towards light browns and the more percentage of indigo to henna the darker the colour towards dark brown). To get an almost nearly black you can mix 90% indigo to 10% henna this works if you have no grey hair but to get grey hair black, it is a two-way process, you will need to put henna on first, wash out and then apply indigo to hair.

Is this natural henna?

Yes, no colour or chemicals added

How do you apply henna to hair?

Comes with detailed instructions sheet. If missing please email

Instructions: How to Apply Henna (permanent hair dye)

1. Mix Henna with enough lemon juice in a non-metallic bowl (or any acidic liquid such as apple or orange juice) to make a thick paste (like extra thick set custard or yoghurt) cover with cling film and rest overnight to release dye. Will be lumpy but smooth after resting.

2. Next day or after a few hours (3-4 if short of time) uncover and mix into smooth paste. Apply to hair (washed or unwashed) with cone or simply using fingertips which is far easier (make sure you have gloves on!)

3. Start from the back of the neck upwards applying generously from roots to hair ends until hair completely covered.

4. Wrap hair with plastic wrap and leave in for as long as you can but for at least 2 hours.

5. Wash henna out with shampoo or rinse out thoroughly if you washed hair before applying. Finish hair off as normal OR, if using Indigo after Henna to achieve black hair, towel dry hair and apply

6. Hair colour will get darker within 2-3 days. 

Can I use on chemically treated hair?

Yes you can. However, if hair is bleached after using henna or indigo then hair colour will be affected.

Is henna a permanent dye?

Henna is considered permanent because although it appears to fade over time because it's a transparent dye that coats hair it will still leave red colour which can grow out; hair colour gets redder with each application of solely using henna. However it does appear to fade much quicker on gray hair depending on individual hair.

Can this be used for dying eyebrows?

There is no reason why you cannot as it is body art quality which is the same quality for hair, eyebrows or beard as it can only be one henna powder, although there are cheaper less sifted (and altered with chemicals) henna on the market. Unfortunately to get black will be the same process as hair but if eyebrows are already black then indigo only can be used to darken brows (10-15 mins and test otherwise brows might get jet black). Having said that, it depends on existing colour of eyebrows and intending colour i.e. nearly black using 90% indigo to 10% henna, light brown 70% henna to 30% indigo, dark brown 70% indigo to 30% henna and medium brown 50% each. Dye release henna as usual and add indigo to henna. Be careful to wipe off the excess from surrounding skin area before leaving to develop. Best to use an eyebrow stencils/shaper which would make the job a lot easier and better.

How do I get an ash brown colour instead of bright red color?

Amla powder can be added to henna to tone down red

Does this henna contain any metallic salts in it?


Can you use on beard?


Do I have to use lemon juice to mix?

No, tea or coffee can be a substitute or just water (but does not give a longer lasting colour as acidic liquid).

Can I use on African hair?

Absolutely, covers all hair types.

Is henna and indigo organic?

Yes, we are not certified organic but henna and indigo are grown and processed organically in organic fields by certified organic growers and suppliers.

Can I refrigerate mixed henna?

Yes you can for a few days but henna can be frozen until ready for use so no need for wastage. Can re-freeze too without affecting colour.

Can I mix indigo with lemon juice?

No just water as indigo will lose its dyeing capabilities easily.

Can I lighten hair using henna and indigo?

No henna and indigo do not contain bleach or ppd to lighten hair

How much henna or indigo powder do I need?

Depends on length and thickness of hair but as a guide:

Cropped 30g-50g

Short 50g-100g

Neck 150g-200g

Shoulder 250g-300g

Waist 350g-500g

If I mix henna with cassia what is resulting colour?

Depending on proportions a range from light blonde to copper/vibrant red colour. Bright copper red would be 50% henna 50% cassia. The more percentage of cassia the lighter the colour towards light blonde and the more percentage of henna to cassia the darker and redder the colour towards vibrant red.


Henna & Indigo

Plant Dyes

All plant dyes are naturally vegan hair dyes.  Plant dyes are very different to chemical dyes when trying to achieve varying colours.  It can be done but does require a certain amount of experimental trial and error for each individual hair colour.  When fruit juices containing anthocyanins (pigments that can appear red, purple, blue or black depending on ph levels) are used to mix henna, the dye colour may vary. Antioxidants may also vary colour.

There are many factors to be taken into consideration when using natural hair dye colours (i.e. body temperature, heat) but with frequent use you will get to know what combination suits your individual hair colour. Whatever you do you will never regret using plant dyes such as henna, indigo, cassia, manjistha natural hair dyes.

One thing to remember with natural plant dyes is that you can always dye hair darker but you cannot lighten dark hair colour unless you bleach hair first.

Henna Powder Hair Dye

Pure henna powder from the henna plant lawsonia inermis is a natural green powder, well a sort of yellow green colour (cannot be any other colour, if it is, i.e. red, then it is not pure henna and contains chemicals). When the powder is mixed with an acidic liquid it releases an orange red dye ready for use as a hair dye. 


Pure indigo powder from the Indigofera Tinctoria plant is also a natural green powder (any other colour i.e. black, then it contains chemicals). Indigo powder is also known as black henna because it gives off a very dark blue dye when mixed with water and together with henna makes a black hair dye. It is not the commercial black henna which is an instant black colour that does contain chemicals. Indigo must be mixed with henna to get a natural black hair dye.

Indigo by itself can be used on natural existing black hair (with no grays or any other colour) to give depth to black hair and a more blue black colour but never use alone on white or gray hair otherwise you will end up with blue-green hair.

Differences between henna and indigo

Henna is very dominant and easily overpowers indigo which is weaker as it can can lose dyeing powders easily but together, they can create any hair shades of browns and black.

Henna gives an orange red dye and indigo gives a blue dye and when both are combined in correct proportions can give light, medium or dark brown using a one-step process. To get black hair dye however requires a two-step process of putting henna on first, washing out and then applying indigo. The whole idea being blue over orange/red gives black or jet black. You can get a nearly black using the one-step process by using as much indigo as possible i.e. up to 90-95% indigo to 10% or 5% henna but never black. It just doesn’t work. 

Indigo with amla powder – mix amla powder into indigo powder to keep hair conditioned and soft but do not overpower indigo with amla as indigo is far less dominant than henna and loses dyeing power easily so the resulting color might be different than expected i.e. could end up with dark brown hair as opposed to black if indigo is overpowered as it may weaken dyeing capabilities but can use up to 50% of amla to 100% indigo

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