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Henna For Hair: 9 Simple & Effective Hair Packs

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Henna For Hair: 9 Simple & Effective Hair Packs October 11, 2017

Henna is the go-to ingredient for the hair coloring needs of every natural hair care enthusiast. But did you know that henna can do a lot more than just color your hair? The versatile hair care ingredient can be used to maintain overall hair health. Conditioning, repairing damage, and balancing pH levels are just some of the many benefits that henna offers. Read on to find out how henna helps improve hair health and how you can incorporate it into your hair care routine.

Benefits Of Henna For Hair

1. Improves Scalp Health

Henna helps improve and maintain scalp health with its cooling and antimicrobial properties. It helps soothe aggravated and itchy scalp while also treating issues like dandruff.

2. Conditions Your Hair

While henna by itself helps remove excess grease and dirt from your scalp, when combined with hydrating ingredients like egg, it helps condition your hair. Using a henna hair pack to condition your hair can leave it feeling smooth and silky. This is because henna helps seal the hair cuticle so that it can retain moisture.

3. Repairs Damage And Strengthens Hair

Henna is extremely nourishing which helps repair damage in the hair shaft. It also improves hair elasticity and strength which keeps your hair from breaking off. This also helps prevent the splitting of hair.

4. Balances pH And Oil Production

Henna is one of the best ingredients you could use for oily hair. It helps calm down overzealous sebaceous glands thereby controlling oil production. It also helps restore the pH of the scalp to its natural acid-alkaline level. This helps strengthen the hair follicles.

5. Promotes Hair Growth And Curbs Hair Loss

Henna’s benefits for the scalp assist in improving follicle health. This, in turn, curbs hair fall and boosts the rate at which hair grows.

All of these benefits make henna an excellent hair care ingredient. Keep reading to know the 9 different ways you can incorporate henna in your hair care routine.

How To Use Henna For Hair Care

1. Henna, Egg, And Curd Hair Pack

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You Will Need
  • 2 tbsp Henna Powder
  • 1 tbsp Shikakai Powder
  • 1 tbsp Curd
  • 1 Whole Egg
Processing Time

45 minutes – 1 hour

Process
  1. In a bowl, make a paste out of the henna and shikakai powders by adding a little bit of water to the mix. Let this paste soak overnight.
  2. In the morning, add one egg and a tablespoon of curd to the soaked henna mix.
  3. Apply this mix to your hair, starting at the roots and working it through the entire length of your hair.
  4. Leave it on for about 45 minutes to an hour.
  5. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool water. Do not use hot water as this can end up cooking the egg in the hair pack.
How Often?

Once a week.

How This Helps

This hair pack makes your hair glossy and much more manageable. It is rich in proteins and has rich conditioning properties. It acts as a mild cleanser that removes impurities from your hair and follicles without drying too much.

2. Henna And Banana Hair Pack

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You Will Need
  • 2 tbsp Henna
  • 1 Ripe Banana
Processing Time

5 minutes

Process
  1. Dilute the henna with some water to get a thick consistent paste. Let this soak overnight. (You can also use leftover henna for this mask.)
  2. In the morning, mash a ripe banana in a bowl and to it add the soaked henna. Set this aside.
  3. Wash your hair with your regular shampoo and switch your conditioner with the henna banana mix.
  4. Apply the mixture to your damp hair and leave it in for about 5 minutes.
  5. Rinse your hair out with cool/lukewarm water.
How Often?

Once a week.

How This Helps

This hair pack helps make your hair glossy and more manageable. It also improves hair elasticity and keeps it conditioned until your next wash.

3. Henna And Multani Mitti Hair Pack

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You Will Need
  • 2 tbsp Henna
  • 2 tbsp Multani Mitti
Processing Time
  1. In a bowl, dilute the multani mitti and henna with some water to get a smooth, consistent paste.
  2. Apply this pack to your hair before bed and wrap your hair in an old towel that you wouldn’t mind getting stained.
  3. Leave the hair pack in overnight.
  4. In the morning, wash the hair pack out with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
How Often?

Once a week.

How This Helps

This hair pack is ideal for curbing hair loss caused due to oily scalps. It helps cleanse your scalp by removing grease, dirt, and impurities.

4. Henna And Amla Hair Pack

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You Will Need
  • 1 cup Amla Powder
  • 3 tbsp Henna Powder
  • 2 tbsp Fenugreek Powder
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 Lemon
Processing Time

45 minutes – 1 hour

Process
  1. In a bowl, make a paste out of the henna, amla, and fenugreek powders by adding a little bit of water to the mix.
  2. To the paste, add the rest of the ingredients and let the mixture soak for an hour.
  3. Apply this mix to your hair, starting from the roots and working it through the entire length of your hair.
  4. Leave it on for about 45 minutes to an hour.
  5. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool water. Do not use hot water as this can end up cooking the egg in the hair pack.
How Often?

Once a week.

How This Helps

This is a protein-filled, nourishing hair pack that curbs hair fall and promotes hair growth. The egg and the fenugreek powder are rich sources of protein that boost hair growth while the henna and amla powder curb hair loss.

5. Henna And Hibiscus Leaves Hair Pack

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You Will Need
  • A handful of Henna Leaves
  • A handful of Hibiscus Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
Processing Time

20 minutes

Process
  1. Grind the henna and hibiscus leaves together to get a smooth, consistent paste. You can add a little water to the mixture in case it is too thick.
  2. To the henna and hibiscus paste, add a tablespoon of lemon and mix well.
  3. Apply this hair pack onto your scalp and hair.
  4. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water.
How Often?

Once a week.

How This Helps

This hair pack helps control dandruff and maintain scalp health. Hibiscus also efficiently conditions your hair, making it smooth and silky.

6. Henna And Coffee Hair Color Pack

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You Will Need
  • 5 tbsp Henna
  • 1 tbsp Instant Black Coffee
  • 1 cup Water
  • Aluminum Foil
Processing Time

3-4 hours.

Process
  1. First, boil the water and coffee powder in a pot. Let the decoction boil for a couple of minutes before turning off the flame.
  2. While the coffee is still warm, slowly pour it into a bowl containing the henna powder. Mix well to ensure that the paste is free of any lumps.
  3. Section your hair and start applying the henna and coffee mixture to it. Ensure that you cover your roots well.
  4. Once your hair is fully covered in the mix, leave it on for 3-4 hours. You can cover your hair with a shower cap and hot towel to improve the efficiency of the pack.
  5. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water. Proceed to condition your hair.
How Often?

Once a month.

How This Helps

While henna, by itself, imparts an orange-red color onto your hair, this coffee-henna mixture dyes your hair to a dark brunette.

7. Henna And Coconut Milk

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You Will Need
  • 10 tbsp Henna Powder
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
Processing Time

1 hour

Process
  1. Warm up the coconut milk and to it add the 10 tablespoons of henna powder and 4 tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Mix well until it is free of lumps and you get a smooth, consistent paste.
  3. Apply this hair pack to your scalp and hair.
  4. Leave it in for an hour and then wash it off with a mild sulfate-free shampoo. Proceed to condition your hair.
How Often?

Once a week.

How This Helps

This is an ideal henna pack for those with extremely dry hair. The pack adds weight to your hair, smoothing it down and controlling frizz.

8. Henna And Fenugreek Hair Pack

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You Will Need
  • 4 tbsp Henna Powder
  • 1/2 cup Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1 cup Curd
  • 1 Lemon
Processing Time

45 minutes

Process
  1. Mix the curd and fenugreek seeds in a bowl and leave it to soak overnight.
  2. In the morning, grind the curd and fenugreek into a smooth paste and to it add henna powder and the juice from one lemon. Mix well.
  3. Apply this pack to your scalp and hair. Leave it on for about 45 minutes.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water. Finish with conditioner.
How Often?

Once a week.

How This Helps

This is another wonderful hair pack for improving scalp health. It tackles dandruff while also moisturizing your hair.

9. Henna And Lemon Juice Hair Pack

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You Will Need
  • 1 cup Henna Powder
  • 1 cup Freshly Brewed Green Tea
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
Processing Time

3 hours

Process
  1. Dilute the henna powder with the freshly brewed green tea while it is still warm. Mix well to get a smooth consistent paste and let it sit overnight.
  2. In the morning, add the lemon juice to the paste and mix well.
  3. Apply this to your scalp and hair and leave it on for about 3 hours.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water. Finish with conditioner.
How Often?

Once a month.

How This Helps

This hair pack helps color your hair and cover grays. If you want a brown color, rather than an orange red, you can substitute the green tea with black coffee. This pack is ideal for people with oily scalps. It helps improve follicle health, and the green tea gives your scalp an antioxidant boost to keep it free from damage.

Who knew that henna could be used for so much more than just coloring hair? Include this hair packs in your hair care routine to boost hair health. Do you know of any other way on how to use henna for hair care? Tell us by commenting below.

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