Reshma’s Personal Tips on How To Use Henna

Applying henna as a hair color is a tradition stemming as far back as Biblical times Nowadays, this tradition has been adopted by millions of women (and men!) across the world. If you have never ventured into henna-dyeing, you may have a lot of questions on why and how to use henna.

There are many ways to mix and apply henna. This week, Reshma Beauty CEO, Reshma Dordi, is here to share some exclusive tips on using Classic Henna, as well as her own proven recipe for preparing the mix. Read on to find out!



First of all, why choose henna when there are so many alternatives? Here are just a few reasons.

Gray Coverage

Henna is an all-natural hair color that has been used for centuries by women around the world to cover the inevitable grays. Natural henna in its pure form gives a reddish tone – however, Reshma Beauty Classic Henna line offers 6 different colors that use all-natural plant ingredients to attain different colors, from Raven Black to Toffee.


Fuller, Thicker Hair

Unlike regular hair dyes, henna does not strip your hair of its color and leave your hair lifeless and dull. On the contrary, Henna gently coats the hair shaft, making your hair fuller by forming a protective layer over it.


A Natural Restoring Treatment For Your Hair

Henna particles bind to the keratin in your hair strand, helping restore its structure and smoothing out the hair strand, resulting in bouncier, more flexible locks.


Luminous Shine

There’s something about henna that leaves your hair with a noticeable shine. Could it be the the highlighting effect produced by henna color? Or is it that henna improves the overall health of your hair, giving it more natural sheen? The answer is: both! Henna really is a gift for your hair, that generously provides benefits with every use.

With all these positives in using henna, is it any wonder that more and more people are choosing henna over regular hair dye? It is an all-natural alternative to hair coloring – and it is increasing in popularity by leaps and bounds.

Now, let’s look at the how’s.



I tend to use the entire pack of 5.29-ounce Classic Henna because my hair is quite thick and below shoulder length. If your hair is above shoulder length, half of the pack should be sufficient.

Not sure how to store an open package of henna? It can be kept up to one year, as long as it is stored in an airtight container, such as a Tupperware dish or Ziploc bag, in a dry, cool place.



A lot of sources recommend adding lemon juice to your henna mix. This is a misconception, as lemon was never used in India traditionally. Personally, I have found lemon juice to be drying. Over time it can cause your hair to become brittle and prone to breakage.

Instead, you should balance the strengthening benefits of Henna with nourishing, moisturizing ingredients to maximize the conditioning effect. I have a few go-to ingredients that deep condition my strands as they’re being colored.

One of my favorite secrets is to mash up half of a ripe avocado and add it into the henna mixture. Avocado adds essential fats and amino acids that help revitalize your locks. Your hair will be softer and less prone to breakage.

I always like to add the Reshma Henna-Infused Oil for Normal to Dry Hair.  It contains an array of natural oils that stimulate the scalp and promote healthier hair. To name a few: Almond oil, which helps moisturize and add shine, Cinnamon oil to help reduce hair breakage, and Clove oil, to assist in preventing dandruff, as well as to thicken and volumize the hair. I usually add 3 teaspoons of the Henna-Infused Oil to the mixture per one full pack of Henna. If you are using half of a pack of Henna for your hair, even 1-2 teaspoon should do the trick.

Last but not the least is… beer. Yes, while it is a surprise for many people, this hoppy drink provides a set of benefits for stronger and thicker hair. Look for a beer variety made with barley rather than wheat to get the full benefits. Barley, along with hops and yeast contained in the beer, will enrich your hair with a complex of the vital B-vitamins, and add shine and volume, thus doubling the effect of Henna. The beer will make your skin tingle, as it’s stimulating your scalp and letting you know it is working its magic.



Choose your mixing bowl

Stainless steel, ceramic, or porcelain bowls are the best materials to use for mixing henna. Plastic dishes are not recommended as they are porous and can be stained by the natural tannin. Save the coloring properties for your hair, not your bowl.


Preparing the Mixture

Pour the henna powder into the bowl and mix in the liquid ingredients. I like to start by adding the Henna-Infused Oil for Normal Hair and the mashed avocado directly into the henna powder, then adding ½ cup of beer and mix well until all the ingredients are blended in. You can use the liquid ingredient of your choice instead of beer, such as water, or tea, etc. Keep adding the liquid gradually, until you reach a paste-like consistency. You want the henna mix to be easy to spread on your hair, but not too runny. Start with less liquid, and add more gradually.


Let Your Henna Mixture Soak

After preparing the mixture, it is recommended to let it sit a minimum of 30 minutes. However, I like to let it sit soak as long as possible, to give henna a chance to fully release its dying properties. Often, I’ll pre-mix the henna on a Friday evening and put it in the fridge overnight, to apply it the next morning.



A suggested minimum time to keep henna in your hair is one hour and a half. I like to set aside a morning and either catch up on some housework – doing laundry or cleaning, or squeeze in some down time with a favorite TV show!

Henna is easiest to apply if you start by sectioning out your hair, from the bottom up. Use as many hair clips as you need, starting at the back of your neck and making your way up to the crown of your hair. Make sure to use the gloves provided with the package of Classic Henna – the dyeing benefits of henna will work on your hands too if you’re not careful!

The henna will harden on your hair as it dries – this is normal. If you’re moving about the house, just cover your head a shower cap or throw a towel over the shoulders to prevent henna from shedding on the floor.

After you’ve kept henna in your hair for at least 1 ½ hours, it’s time to wash it out. First, rinse the hair out completely with just water, before using shampoo. Make sure to massage your scalp while rinsing. This will help ensure you get all the henna out of your hair, while stimulating your scalp for better hair growth. Once the water starts to run clear, then you can wash your hair with shampoo & conditioner like you normally would.

I like to use the HENNA Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Henna-Infused Deep Conditioning Hair Mask. These products are enriched with Henna and a set of other natural ingredients to moisturize and nourish your strands, as well as to protect your hair color.



While Henna is a 100% natural hair color, it is important to remember that sensitivities can be triggered even by natural ingredients. Always perform a 48-hour sensitivity test before applying henna to your hair.



Once you’ve established that you have no allergies to henna or other ingredients in your mix – it’s time for fun!

The shade of natural, pure henna is a coppery red. It may vary only slightly, depending on the timing of the harvest of the henna leaf, and the concentration of other ingredients. However, Reshma Beauty offers a line of 6 colors of Classic henna, which are achieved by mixing Henna with other 100% natural plant ingredients. For instance, the tempting and luxurious “Dark Chocolate” Classic Henna  comes from mixing Henna with Indigo, while the daring “Rouge” Red Classic Henna  gets it shade from the hibiscus flower.

Another fun way to change and deepen the shade is by preparing the mixture with different liquid ingredients. For a richer dark color, try mixing the henna powder with freshly brewed coffee instead of water. For a deeper and brighter red tone, prepare the mixture with black tea or beet juice!

Play around with different colors and find the natural shade that speaks to You!


Did you find these tips helpful? Is there anything else you’d like to know about Henna or our line of Henna-based products? Comment below and let us know!

Comments (25)

  1. Lisa says:

    This was so helpful, thank you. Lisa Taunton

    1. Reshma Beauty says:

      Thank you for commenting! We are glad you found the information useful!

  2. Chelle says:

    Thankyou Sue and Barbara!

    1. Reshma Beauty says:

      Thank you for reading!

  3. Dina says:

    Yes I did find this information very helpful. I’m very new to the henna hair product and the only information I had is a small paper that came in the box when I bought your natural chestnut hair product. Instructions stated 30-minute product, but I’m seeing that you say you should leave on for longer, so I’m a little confused about that still. But the information you provided about the different mixon’s you can use with the henna product is very helpful. I was wondering. I did look up info on read somewhere that people mix their henna with milk, or with lemon, so I just wasn’t quite sure, but this blog help me with that information, so I appreciate it. Lots of persons mention that there is some type of odor that comes from using this product. Have you found that? Just wondering. Thank you, excited to try!

    1. Reshma Beauty says:

      Hi Dina, thank you for your comment! We are glad that you have found this information helpful. Please note that the recommendations in this blog post are in regards to Classic Henna, which can be mixed with other natural ingredients, and can be kept in your hair for several hours (the longer you keep it in, the more effective the color coverage will be).

      However, the 30 Minute Henna is to be mixed with water only – and as the name suggests, it works in just 30 minutes; for stubborn grays we recommend leaving it in for no longer than 45-60 minutes.

      As for the smell – yes, Henna leaf does have a natural herbal scent. We have a dedicated blog post called”How to reduce the smell of Henna” (, that will hopefully be helpful.

      Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any further questions!

  4. jane3058 says:

    I just bought Reshma Henna with natural herbs (Dark Chocolate) and followed instructions to let Henna paste staying in my hair up to 3 hours. However it did not fully cover my gray hairs. I don’t know where did wrong. Any suggestions to improve coloring process. Thanks

    1. Reshma Beauty says:

      Hi Jane,

      Thank you for your comment and for choosing Reshma Beauty henna as your hair color!

      Our Classic Henna is made with all natural ingredients that includes food and plant based extracts which it might take a few applications to see full coverage. If you would like, you can try using our 30 Minute Henna Natural Dark Brown. Please note that it might include some catalysts if you do not mind.

      We hope you find this helpful. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any further questions.

      Best regards,
      Reshma Beauty Team

  5. Kayla Hightower says:

    Hello. I’m trying to see if you are able to go back to a regular dye after using reshma henna

    1. Kiara Thompson says:

      Hi Kayla,
      Our henna hair colors do not contain any metallic salts. Therefore, it is safe to use color that you are not allergic to. Hope this helps, please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns. Thank you.

  6. Angela says:

    Dear Reshma,

    I have been using Reshma Henna for 10 years with outstanding results. Thank you

    I bought a box with a 7/2018 batch date recently that is labelled new and improved. The product does not stain my gloves, nor skin, nor hair as the original.

    Is there a way for me to purchase the original product that I love so much?

    Thank you,

    1. Kiara Thompson says:

      Hi Angela,

      Thank you for your comment. Are you referring to the Classic Henna in Original? If so, please see this link.

      This item is currently out of stock. However, we are expecting it to be back in stock soon. Please stay tuned on our social media channels and feel free to check out our YouTube channel and subscribe if you haven’t already.

      And again, thank you so much for being a loyal customer.

      Reshma Beauty Team

  7. Joty says:

    Hi Reshma
    Which henna can i use to cover 100% grey without it turning orange or red? Tks

    1. Kiara Thompson says:

      Hi, thank you for reaching out to us. To better assist you, what color are you trying to achieve? We carry a wide range of Henna Hair colors from black, dark brown and light brown.

  8. TJ says:

    Hi… can I put this henna on wet hair? My hair had a lot of product on it and I was wondering if washing it first would be advisable. Thanks so much

    1. Kiara Thompson says:

      Hi TJ,

      Thank you for reaching out to us and for choosing Reshma Beauty henna as your hair color!
      As long as your hair and scalp is clean, you don’t have to wash your hair immediately before applying Henna. However if you do, please dry your hair completely before you apply Henna.
      The reason we suggest applying the henna on dry hair is that it makes the hair easier to separate into sections for application. It also ensures better coloring results.
      Second, it is important to avoid adding oils or conditioning products to the hair prior to using henna, as they inhibit dye uptake.

      Please SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel and check out the following Video on How to Use Reshma Beauty Henna Hair Color:

      We hope you find this helpful. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any further questions.

  9. TJ says:

    Hi. Just wanted to know can I use this henna on wet hair after I wash? My hair usually has a lot of product buildup on it.. Thanks

  10. Tamara Burkey says:

    My hair is bleached using a 10 Ash color. I want to try henna without going dark or reddish auburn.
    My hair tends to grab red which I do not like. What products do you recommend?

    1. Reshma Beauty says:

      Hi Tamara! Henna is natural, so it coats your hair; therefore, whatever color you choose is likely to darken your hair (particularly greys).

  11. May says:

    First time I used it, didn’t come out good for my gray hair, guess I dod not mix enough. Can I repeat or use more powder?

    Thank you,

    1. Trishta Dordi says:

      Hi May! We recommend that you mix the powder with water until it becomes a paste-like texture. However, for stubborn greys, we recommend you let the mixture stay in your hair for longer (i.e. for the 30-minute henna, let it sit in your hair for about an hour).

  12. May says:

    First time I used it, didn’t come out good for my gray hair, guess I dod not mix enough. Can I repeat or use more powder?
    (My first time to comment on your website)

    Thank you,

    1. Trishta Dordi says:

      Hi May! We recommend that you mix the powder with water until it becomes a paste-like texture. However, for stubborn greys, we recommend you let the mixture stay in your hair for longer (i.e. for the 30-minute henna, let it sit in your hair for about an hour).

  13. May says:

    Hi, Can you please advise/recommend something for my gray hair and also for falling hair.

    Thanks again.

    1. Trishta Dordi says:

      Absaolutely! We highly recommend our henna for covering grays. Henna is also all-natural and its protein binds to your hair, which thus strengthens it. However, the cause of falling hair can also be dry scalp, so I recommend our Oil for Thinning Hair and Skin.

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