About Acacia Catechu

Acacia catechu natural hair dye is a powder extracted from the heartwood of the Acacia Catechu tree (Khair). It is a moderate size deciduous tree with rough dark gray brown bark. It belongs to the family Leguminoseae-mimoseae.

It is said that the name ‘catechu’ was given to it because its bristles resemble the claws of animals of the cat family or maybe because its heart wood contains cutch.

It is also called khoira, koir, kheriya baval, kher babul, kagli, cachu, kugli, kaderi and sandra in local Indian languages (Hindi, Punjabi).

Khair grows naturally all over Haryana and the rest of the Indian subcontinent areas which enjoy average rainfall. It also grows throughout the whole of the Indo Gangetic plain from Assam westwards, right up to Afghanistan, and from the sea coast to the Deccan Plateau and then northwards to the lower Himalayan ranges having an altitude up to about 1250 m or so. (* Information from http://www.haryana-online.com/Flora/khair.htm)

Acacia Catechu Hair Dye

Acacia catechu is used generally to add dark tones to henna. It will also turn light blonde hair colour dark blonde. And with just half a teaspoon of henna added it can push to strawberry blonde.

On darker hair colours, when you use acacia catechu powder with henna powder, you’ll get hair colour tones leaning towards brown.

Add half to one tablespoon acacia catechu powder to roughly 100gms of Renaissance Henna powder – follow instructions on your henna pack. Apply for normal length of time – about 2 hours.

You can buy acacia catechu here : https://renaissancehenna.com/shop/just-for-blondes/semi-permanent-hair-dye-copper/ All our products come with  information and instructions on how to use to help you gauge what you’re aiming for and how to achieve your desired hair colour with our natural hair dyes.


Woman dressed in black coat with grey fur neckline, long auburn hair draping over her shoulder, looking straight at the camera and appearing to hold a utensil like a crockery knife to her mouth. Her hair colour is a stunning natural light reddish brown hair colour which can be attained with Amla & Acacia Catechu natural hair dye
Natural hair colour Amla & Acacia  Catechu, a natural hair dye killer combo !