How To Use Henna For Hair Growth

This natural hair dye can boost your hair growth and give you the hair of your dreams.

By Anjali Sayee

Hair growth can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. You can encourage faster growth using hair treatments, but the chemicals may create some degradation and breakage to your hair over time. Therefore, try henna for hair growth, a natural, DIY treatment that you can make at home.

The hair-dyeing capabilities of henna are well-known. However, it has a lot more hair benefits. Henna can and is often used to encourage hair growth. We explained how henna could aid hair growth and included 7 easy ways to use it. Keep scrolling.

Stylecraze Trivia
The women of Istanbul and Smyrna used around 15,000 pounds of henna annually to color their hair during the end of the 19th century.

Benefits Of Henna For Hair Growth

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1. Maintains Scalp Health

Henna has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties (1), (2). It can be cooling for the scalp and help maintain scalp health. It inhibits the growth of Malassezia, fungi that cause dandruff (3).

2. Balances Oil Production And pH Levels

Henna not only keeps issues like dandruff at bay but is also an excellent ingredient for balancing oil production and the pH of your scalp (4). It removes the excess oil from your hair and also restores the normal functioning of the sebaceous glands (4).

3. Promotes Hair Growth And Reduces Hair Fall

A study showed that henna helped reduce hair loss (5). It also prevents split ends, reduces hair damage, and boosts scalp health. Boosted scalp health, unclogging of pores, and balanced pH levels can put a stop to hair loss and promote healthy hair growth.

4. Repairs And Strengthens Hair

The nutrients in henna help nourish your hair while also repairing the damage. Research shows that henna reduces split ends, hair loss, and hair damage, making hair strong (6). It also helps prevent scabies and scalp acne, keeping the scalp clean.

5. Conditions Hair

Henna is a conditioner that keeps hair moisturized while removing excess sebum. It can be especially beneficial when used in hair packs in combination with other hydrating ingredients. Henna helps minimize issues, such as hair breakage and split ends (6).

6. Medicinal

Henna possesses a large range of beneficial properties. It has antioxidant, antimicrobial, antidiabetic, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antidermatophytic properties, anticancer, antiviral, wound healing, immunomodulatory, hepatoprotective, tuberculostatic, antifertility, and protein glycation inhibitor properties (7).

Henna For Hair Growth – Side Effects And Precautions

Henna paste and powder for hair growth

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It is crucial to ensure that the henna you are using is 100% organic. This is because most henna powders available on the market include harsh chemicals, such as PPD (Paraphenylenediamine), to improve the color results. These chemicals can cause the following problems:

  • Paraphenylenediamine is an allergen that can cause adverse reactions upon contact with skin. You may not have a reaction from the first couple of uses, but the more your skin comes in contact with the chemical, the more likely you are to have an allergic reaction (8).
  • The chemicals added to henna powders can also be extremely drying. They may end up overprocessing your hair, causing it to become rough, dry, and unmanageable. This can lead to issues like breakage, bad hair texture, and extremely unmanageable hair.
  • If henna comes in contact with your eyes, it can cause redness, irritation, watery eyes, and itching (9). If this happens to you, rinse your eyes with cold water immediately. If problems persist, visit an eye specialist as soon as possible.
Did You Know?
The American Contact Dermatitis Society voted p-Phenylenediamine – PPD as the 2006 Allergen Of The Year.

With this out of the way, let us look at the different ways in which you can use henna to promote hair growth.

How To Prepare Henna For Hair Growth

Ingredients for a basic henna hair mask

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This henna hair pack will not only boost your scalp and hair health, but it will also help color your hair and cover grays. While the henna colors your hair, it unclogs your pores, removes excess oil, balances pH levels, and strengthens your hair. If you do not want to use henna to dye your hair, do not let it develop overnight and start applying soon after mixing it with water.

You Will Need

  • 1/2 cup henna powder
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • Gloves
  • Coconut oil
  • Applicator brush
  • Shower cap

Prep Time

12 hours/5 minutes

Processing Time

2-3 hours

Process

  1. Mix the henna powder and water in a glass bowl until you get a thick, smooth, and spreadable consistency.
  2. Set this aside for about 12 hours for the color to develop. If you do not want the color to develop, you can start applying the mixture to your hair.
  3. Apply some coconut oil to your hairline, ears, and neck to keep them protected from the color.
  4. Throw on some gloves and start applying the mixture to your hair with an applicator brush. Start from the roots and make your way to the tips.
  5. Wrap each section around the top of your crown as you apply the henna so that you end up with a bun.
  6. Once all of your hair is covered in the mixture, cover your head with a shower cap and wait for a couple of hours.
  7. Rinse the henna out of your hair with shampoo. Skip conditioning.
  8. Let your hair air dry.

How Often?

Once a month.

Henna, by itself, is an excellent ingredient for hair growth. However, using it in combination with other ingredients can improve its efficiency. Here’s a list of seven henna hair treatments that help boost hair growth.

How To Use Henna For Hair Growth

1. Amla Powder And Henna

Amla has high vitamin C, iron, and carotene contents that help stimulate and boost hair growth (4). The vitamin C helps boost collagen levels, which, in turn, results in faster hair growth (10).

You Will Need

  • 1/2 cup henna powder
  • 2 tablespoons amla powder
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • Gloves
  • Coconut oil
  • Applicator brush
  • Shower cap

Prep Time

12 hours/5 minutes

Processing Time

2-3 hours

Process

  1. Mix the henna and amla powders with warm water until you get a thick, smooth, and spreadable consistency. You can add more water if the mixture seems too thick.
  2. Set this aside for about 12 hours for the color to develop. If you do not want the color to go too deep, you can simply start applying the mixture to your hair. Amla powder helps neutralize the warm tones that henna imparts to your hair.
  3. Apply some coconut oil to your hairline, ears, and neck to keep them protected from the color.
  4. Throw on some gloves and start applying the mixture to your hair with an applicator brush. Start from the roots and make your way to the tips.
  5. Wrap each section around the top of your crown as you apply the henna so that you end up with a bun.
  6. Once all of your hair is covered in the mixture, cover your head with a shower cap and wait for a couple of hours.
  7. Rinse the henna out of your hair with shampoo. Skip conditioning.
  8. Let your hair air dry.

How Often?

Once a month.

2. Aloe Vera And Henna

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Aloe vera is another ingredient that can help in promoting hair growth (11). In this pack, it helps condition your hair and keeps it from drying out. It also boosts scalp health, fighting off issues like dandruff and scalp irritation/aggravation.

You Will Need

  • 1 cup fresh henna leaves
  • 1 aloe vera leaf
  • Gloves
  • Coconut oil
  • Applicator brush
  • Shower cap

Prep Time

5 minutes

Processing Time

30 minutes

Process

  1. Wash the aloe vera and henna leaves.
  2. Using a knife, slice off the thorns that are on the sides of the aloe vera leaf. Chop the leaf into small pieces, with the skin still on.
  3. Grind the aloe and henna leaves together until you get a smooth green paste.
  4. Apply some coconut oil to your hairline, ears, and neck to keep them protected from the color.
  5. Throw on some gloves and start applying the mixture to your hair with an applicator brush. Start from the roots and make your way to the tips.
  6. Wrap each section around the top of your crown as you apply the henna so that you end up with a bun.
  7. Once all of your hair is covered in the mixture, cover your head with a shower cap and wait for a couple of hours.
  8. Rinse the henna out of your hair with shampoo. Skip conditioning.
  9. Let your hair air dry.

How Often?

Once a month.

3. Coconut Milk And Henna For Hair

This henna and coconut milk hair pack is an excellent deep conditioning treatment. It not only boosts hair growth but also repairs your hair and makes it super manageable. This treatment tackles dryness, prevents split ends, and adds shine to your hair (6).

You Will Need

  • 2/3 cup henna powder
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil (optional)
  • Gloves
  • Applicator brush
  • Shower cap

Prep Time

12 hours/5 minutes

Processing Time

2-3 hours

Process

  1. Mix henna powder and coconut milk in a glass bowl until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Set the mixture aside for about 12 hours so that the color develops. If you do not want to color your hair, you can skip this step.
  3. Optionally, you can add four tablespoons of coconut oil to the mixture once you’ve let the color develop. But, keep in mind that this is only for dry hair types and that it inhibits the color from transferring onto your hair.
  4. Apply some coconut oil to your hairline, ears, and neck to keep them protected from the color.
  5. Throw on some gloves and start applying the mixture to your hair with an applicator brush. Start from the roots and make your way to the tips.
  6. Wrap each section around the top of your crown as you apply the henna so that you end up with a bun.
  7. Once all of your hair is covered in the mixture, cover your head with a shower cap and wait for a couple of hours.
  8. Rinse the henna out of your hair with shampoo. Skip conditioning.
  9. Let the hair dry out.

How Often?

Once a month.

4. Beetroot And Henna For Hair

Beetroot contains folate, which is important to prevent hair fall and graying (12). It has antioxidant and anti- inflammatory properties (13). These may help keep the scalp clean and reduce oxidative stress. It nourishes your follicles while also boosting the color that is being imparted to your hair from the henna.

You Will Need

  • 1 cup grated beetroot
  • 1 cup henna powder
  • 2 cups water
  • Coconut oil
  • Gloves
  • Applicator brush
  • Shower cap

Prep Time

20 minutes + 2 hours

Processing Time

2-3 hours

Process

  1. Add the grated beetroot to water and bring it to a boil in a pot. Once the water is boiling, lower the heat and let the water reduce to half of its quantity. Set aside to cool.
  2. Once cooled, blend the grated beetroot with water to get beetroot puree. Add a cup of henna powder to this and mix well.
  3. Set this mixture aside for at least 2 hours to let it develop.
  4. Apply some coconut oil to your hairline, ears, and neck to keep them protected from the color.
  5. Throw on some gloves and start applying the mixture to your hair with an applicator brush. Start from the roots and make your way to the tips.
  6. Wrap each section around the top of your crown as you apply the henna so that you end up with a bun.
  7. Once all of your hair is covered in the mixture, cover your head with a shower cap and wait for a couple of hours.
  8. Rinse the henna out of your hair with shampoo. Skip conditioning.
  9. Let your hair air dry.

How Often?

Once a month.

5. Egg And Henna For Hair

Egg and lemon juice are wonderful ingredients that work with henna for hair growth

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This henna hair mask also doubles as a protein treatment. Eggs contain peptides that can boost hair growth (14). The lemon juice nourishes your scalp with vitamin C, which, in turn, gives it a collagen boost, promoting faster hair growth.

You Will Need

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup henna
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Coconut oil
  • Gloves
  • Applicator brush
  • Shower cap

Prep Time

1 hour + 10 minutes

Processing Time

2 hours

Process

  1. Mix a cup of henna powder, an egg, and a cup of water in a glass bowl until you get a consistent mixture. Let this develop for about an hour.
  2. After an hour has passed, add half a cup of lemon juice to the mixture and mix well.
  3. Apply some coconut oil to your hairline, ears, and neck to keep them protected from the color.
  4. Throw on some gloves and start applying the mixture to your hair with an applicator brush. Start from the roots and make your way to the tips.
  5. Wrap each section around the top of your crown as you apply the henna so that you end up with a bun.
  6. Once all of your hair is covered in the mixture, cover your head with a shower cap and wait for a couple of hours.
  7. Rinse the henna out of your hair with shampoo. Skip conditioning.
  8. Let your hair air dry.

How Often?

Once a month.

6. Curd And Henna For Hair

Curd conditions the hair and makes it soft and healthy (15). It contains probiotic bacteria that maintain scalp health. It also helps reduce and prevent dandruff.

You Will Need

• 1/4 cup henna
• 2/3 cup curd
• Heat pack
• Coconut oil
• Gloves
• Applicator brush
• Shower cap

Prep Time

1 hour

Processing Time

2 hours

Process

1. Mix a quarter cup of henna powder and two-thirds of a cup of curd in a glass bowl until you get a consistent mixture. Let this develop for about an hour.
2. Wrap a heat pack around the bowl for added heat while the mixture develops.
3. After the hour has passed, apply some coconut oil to your hairline, ears, and neck to keep them protected from the color.
4. Throw on some gloves and start applying the mixture to your hair with an applicator brush. Start from the roots and make your way to the tips.
5. Wrap each section around the top of your crown as you apply the henna so that you end up with a bun.
6. Once all of your hair is covered in the mixture, cover your head with a shower cap and wait for a couple of hours.
7. Rinse the henna out of your hair with shampoo. Skip conditioning.
8. Let your hair air dry.

How Often?

Once a month.

7. Castor Oil And Henna For Hair

Castor oil is a well-known hair conditioner, trusted by many as evidenced by the plethora of anecdotal backing. It is known to help preserve hair endings and prevent hair damage (6). It can help prevent hair loss and dandruff and enhance your hair’s natural pigmentation. It also antifungal and anti-inflammatory (16).

You Will Need

• 2 cups henna leaves
• 500 ml castor oil
• Gloves
• Shower cap
• Hot towel

Prep Time

2 minutes

Processing Time

1 hour

Process

  1. Combine the ingredients in a glass jar and shake it well.
  2. Take about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and heat it for a couple of seconds until it is slightly warm. Store the rest away in a cool, dark place for later use.
  3. Wear your gloves and start massaging the mixture into your scalp. Slowly work it through the length of your hair.
  4. Massage your scalp for about 15 minutes and leave the oil in for an additional 45 minutes.
  5. Cover your hair with a shower cap while you wait. Wrap a hot towel around the shower cap for added heat.
  6. Shampoo your hair and condition.
  7. Let your hair air dry.

How Often?

1-2 times a week.

  1. Why buy expensive hair treatment products when you can make your own? These henna treatments can not only aid faster hair growth but also give you healthy hair with vibrant color.

Now that you have read and understood how to make and use henna for hair growth, you can try them at home too. Henna preparation is a time-consuming process that requires patience. Applying the paste and thoroughly wiping it off can be done with a little help from a friend or relative. You will see amazing improvements if you use them at least once a month. Henna has a lot of benefits for your hair, and it is included in a lot of hair care products like shampoos, conditioners, and masks. Make sure the henna you buy is organic or pure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which henna is best for hair growth?

Use organic red henna. Commercial black henna may contain synthetic ingredients like PPD, which can leave your hair rough and cause side effects like itchiness, sore eyes, redness, and blisters.

Should I oil my hair after applying henna?

Yes. You may oil your hair after you have washed the henna off. However, avoid shampooing as it may make your hair rough and dry.

Does henna work better on wet or dry hair?

You can apply henna to both damp and dry hair. Some believe henna is easier to apply on dry hair, while others believe wet hair absorbs henna easier. It all depends on your personal preference.

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