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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.