Henna Add Ins

Common henna add ins are  temporary and don’t give lasting hair colour. You may achieve hair colour shades with add ins on lighter hair which won’t show up on darker hair.

We think it’s all part of the fun to add stuff to your henna hair dye – whatever henna add ins come to mind ! Beetroot water, squashed or boiled blueberries, chamomile tea, saffron, paprika, etc. But don’t expect permanent hair dye from these add ins as they will wash out quickly like a temporary dye.


hennas add ins, rack of spice jars containing different colour spices and herbs
Henna add ins include paprika & turmeric
Turmeric henna add in for blondesplate with turmeric powder and wooden spoon

Turmeric henna add in for blondes









Other stuff like crushed walnut shells and crushed cloves [for brown], paprika [ for spicy red hair colour ] , and turmeric [ for golden tones on blonde hair colour] , amongst other things, are sometimes added to henna mixes, in varying quantities, to produce different hair colour shades. Beware of nut allergies when considering henna add ins and remember that cloves can be an irritant.



Plant Based Hair Dye Renaissance Henna Specialists
Add ins are often added to plant based hair dye


It’s important to remember that henna and indigo will darken and not lighten hair. Those who will benefit most from henna add ins light brunettes and blondes who wanted a softer hair colour.

For darker hair colours we do not recommend using add ins on a first time henna hair application. This is so that you can appreciate how well henna and indigo work alone and so that you will be able to tell the difference in your hair colour shade on subsequent applications when henna additives are used – this  way you can determine the extent to which your add ins really do adjust your hair colour.

Add Ins for Light Brunettes

For a soft red hair dolour on blonde or light brunette hair colour,  mix up equal quantities of our henna with herbs and cassia obovata using a chamomile infusion (a chamomile tea brew) plus a dash of organic cidar vinegar.That’ll give you a milder softer red. We recommend that you always do a strand test.

henna with add ins on light brunette hair colour, photo of woman with long soft brown hair wearing a black coat with grey fur collar
Henna with cassia obovata  on light brunette hair colour
Acacia catechu with amla hair colour
Acacia catechu with amla on light brunette hair colour



Add Ins for Blondes

Add ins for blonde hair include our organic Indian rhubarb root powder for natural golden highlights in blonde hair. Used in conjunction with cassia obovata, Indian rhubarb root will help to naturally condition and highlight blonde hair without henna. It’s a natural hair treatment for blondes.


Short Blonde Afro Caribbean Hair on Beautiful Woam Wearing Fur Collared Coat
Cassia Obovata and Rhubarb Root Plant Hair Conditioner for Blonde Hair will condition and add golden highlights to blonde hair
Blue Higfhlights in Long Blonde Hair, woman with long blonde hair walking down a street
Indigo dye natural blue highlights in blonde or bleached hair
Hibiscus add in to blonde hair
Hibiscus  + indigo 50:50 add in to blonde hair for lilac hair colour



Hibiscus Plant Hair Dye is a Semi Permanent Natural Purple Hair Dye; beautiful woman in a field with long blonde hair with mild purple highlights
Hibiscus Plant Hair Dye is a Semi Permanent Natural Purple Hair Dye; on its own it gives ice pink hair colour in blonde hair


Our Moroccan Dbargh oakwood powder gives off a brick red colour which  you’ll notice immediately as you add it to your henna paste, but hair shade results will vary depending on how light or dark your hair colour is to start with.


Oakwood powder or dbarrgh powder colours blonde hair light copper red; picture of woman in a field against a soft sunset glow with fine long hair glowing copper red
Oakwood Powder also known as Dbarrgh is a plant hair dye which colours blonde hair light copper red



Amla in your henna paste will not only tone down your henna colour, it will also super boost your hair with vitamin C and add a touch of curl ! Amla is a great way to boost your hair and get  natural waves at the same time.


Amla curl and natural hair waves, woman with thick,curly hair, tight curls
Amla curl


Adding other stuff to henna to treat dandruff

Neem Powder is finally winning a well deserved seat of honour in clinical trials. You can add it to your henna or use it alone as an anti bacterial, anti dandruff hair treatment.


Visit our natural hair care shop for all add ins and natural dandruff treatments.