Henna FAQ

1. Can I use any other other besides Euro Oil in the Henna?

Euro Oil is the most effective oil to use in Morrocco Method Henna. It has been said that Olive Oil works, however we have not tested it here at Morrocco Method so cannot guarantee the effectiveness and outcome of other oil use.

2. How many packets of Henna do I need for my hair?

One packet of Morrocco Method Henna Hair Dye covers, shoulder length hair. If your hair is longer than shoulder length, we recommend more than one packet.

3. What is Henna?

Henna is made from the leaves of the Lawsonia plant. It is a natural conditioner, able to dye your hair without damaging, drying, or chemically altering its structure. It is the ideal colorant. Our henna is 100% natural and free from synthetic chemicals, making it safe to use while pregnant or breast feeding. Unlike other Henna Hair Dyes, ours has no PPD, Metallic Salts, or Ammonia. Chemically-based dyes often cause split ends and lifeless hair; henna does not. Rather than chemically changing the hair structure and weakening it, henna binds with the keratin, preventing brittleness.

The henna plant, by itself, is naturally red. To achieve different shades of dye, we include a second plant, Indigo (Indigofera Tinctoria), for browns and blacks. For our blonde and neutral Henna Hair Dyes, we use another plant, Cassia, (Cassia Obovata), which by itself is colourless.

4. How long does Henna dye last?

Henna Hair Color wears off gradually over a period of approximately 8 to 12 weeks, (2 to 3 months) making it a semi-permanent dye. This time period usually coincides with new hair growth, meaning that your roots will most times match your henna hair color for a nice, even coat.

5. Which Henna Colour should I choose?

The color result of any henna application will be highly individualistic due to differences in base hair color, thickness and texture. An important henna dyeing tip is to always select a shade lighter than the color your are hoping to achieve, especially if you’ve never done henna before. As an example, if you wanted dark brown hair, then the best color to start with is medium brown henna. The reason for this is because you can always go darker with multiple applications; you can’t, however, go lighter.

In order to achieve the desired shade more than one application may be needed. You must wait 72 hours between each application to allow the Henna to oxidize in your hair and become it's true color.

6. Can MM Henna be used to lighten hair?

No, generally Henna Hair Dye will only darken hair. Henna works like layers of paint, meaning it will coat your hair's natural base colour, rather than bleach it. The end result, then, is a combination of your hair's base colour and the dyes colour.

Natural lighteners, such as lemon juice and honey, can help lighten chemically dyed or previously henna'd hair. For more tips, check out our blog articleon how to lighten hair naturally.

Using MM Light Blonde Henna on brown or black hair may product subtle blonde streaks but will generally have no effect.

7. How do I use MM Henna?

Most of our henna is applied using a 2 step process. Once you have selected your color, complete instructions for all our henna can be found in our Education Center. We also have demonstration videos available for how to mix, prepare and apply our henna, along with some helpful tips.

First you mix the henna, then allow it to sit for 8 to 12 hours to allow the dye time to saturate into the mixture. You may or may not add indigo powder, depending on the colour. Then apply the mixture to clean, dry hair, and allow to sit for desired amount of time. Once finished, simply rinse with a little conditioner and allow the hair to dry naturally. Once henna and indigo are mixed, please use within 2 hours. Colour result will not be predictable after this time. You may only keep henna and/or indigo in powder form in an air-tight container.

Using Neutral imparts no colour, but overall conditioning.

The final colour will represent itself within 72 hours after treatment.

One package of henna will generally cover shoulder-length hair of about medium thickness.

Henna Hair Instructions

8. Why does MM Henna come in 2 bags?

Our different shades of MM Henna are achieved by combining two plants: Henna, which is naturally red by itself, and Indigo, a blue/black plant. By mixing these 2 plants in various ratios, different shades of hair dyes, ranging from pure red to black, can be achieved. The two bags in your MM Henna packet contain pre-portioned amounts of henna and indigo that result in the color displayed on the package. Since our henna and indigo bags are pre-portioned, no measuring is required. Simply use the entire package when mixing as per the instructions to get the intended colour.

9. Can I create custom shades of Henna?

Creating custom shades is simply changing the ratio of Henna and Indigo. To lighten your dye and add more red tones, use more henna in the mixture. To darken your dye and add more cool tones, add more indigo. The following ratios for our MM Henna, which can be used as baselines for creating custom shades:

Red: All Henna

Light Brown: 2/3 Henna, 1/3 Indigo, or 2:1.

Medium Brown: 1/2 Henna, 1/2 Indigo, or 1:1.

Dark Brown: 1/3 Henna, 2/3 Indigo, or 1:2.

Black: One full package of Henna, One full package of Indigo.

You may mix the Light Blonde Henna Hair Dye or Neutral Henna Hair Dye to dilute the color in any of the browns, but doing so may cause a more orange result.

Please note that the results of custom Henna shades are not guaranteed. We recommend mixing Henna Hair Colors to only experienced users.

10. What is Amla Powder and how do I use it with my MM Henna?

Amla can be used with our Henna Hair Dyes to create cooler tones, prevent fading, enhance dye uptake, and prevent relaxed curls/waves from henna use. All directions are on the Amla Powder Page, located in the Henna Hair Dye Section.

Amla Powder is added directly to the henna mixture, never to the Indigo. If you were to add it directly to the Indigo it could stop dye release. When using Amla, do NOT use tea, lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar. Mix with warm water ONLY.

Amla Powder can also be added onto hair as a conditioner to add body after henna treatment. Please make sure to wait 72 hours, or 3 days, for the colour to set in your hair before applying.

11. How much Amla do I use for my particular colour hair dye?

The amount of Amla Powder used is different for each shade. For specific amount for each shade please see the Amla Powder Instructions on our website.

We do not recommend altering the ratios of Henna and Amla as the outcome is unknown. However, if you must use a smaller amount of Amla just divide the ratios in accordance to how much Henna you are using with the recommended amount to determine how much Amla to use for your altered Henna amount.

12. Can MM Henna be used to cover Grey Hair

Yes! MM Henna is a great natural option for covering grey hair. Coverage is best with the Brown, Red, and Black Henna Hair Dyes. If your grey hair is very light or white, blonde may work well for you. If one application does not cover your grays, you may apply a solid red base, wait 72 hours and then apply the desired shade on top. The red base will give the Indigo a foundation to stick to and prevent it from fading. For a more detailed description of that process, see below:

Blonde: Apply the Neutral Henna Hair Dye to your hair, as per the instructions. 24 hours later you may apply the Blonde Henna Hair Dye. Sometimes more than one application is needed.

Browns: You will need to buy two packets of colour: MM Red Henna Hair Dye and your desired colour. Apply the Red Henna Hair Dye to your hair. This will turn all hair that is lighter more of a red/orange colouring, but is necessary. You must then wait 72 hours for the colour to set, and then apply the Brown Henna Hair Dye of your choice, per the instructions.

Henna likes to stick to hair, while Indigo likes to stick to Henna. A good henna base will ensure that the indigo, (mixed in with the henna) will attach to give you a nice, universal colouring. Waiting 72 hours ensures that the red colouring will not impact the brown.

We recommend not using Euro Oil in the mixture when attempting to dye greys or white hair as this may limit the henna's attachment to the hair.

13. Can I remove my Henna Hair colour?

You cannot fully remove henna, but don't worry - it will fade over time. However, blonde and very light hair types might still have a dark gold tone. In the meantime, the best way to try to lift Henna color is with a homemade, overnight oil treatment.

Try Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, or Argan Oil.

Start by creating the oil treatment. Mix enough oil so that you have an ample amount to cover all of your hair, with a bit left over for touch ups.

When you have the right amount, apply the oil to your hair from root to tip. When your entire head of hair is covered, we recommend that you leave the oil treatment in overnight using a protective towel to cover your pillow. In the morning, to remove the oil treatment, first thoroughly saturate hair with an undiluted MM Shampoo and massage in well. (Since oil and water do not mix, wetting your hair first would require more shampoo). Rinse. Shampoo normally.

This process will cause the colour to fade. Multiple applications may be necessary. The number of applications varies from client to client depending on individual hair type, colour, and length of time henna is in your hair. And for some, Henna is very sticky and will not fade well.

For more information, check out our blog article on how to remove Henna Hair Dye naturally.

A note on green hair: This simply means that the indigo has not been washed out completely

14. Can I use Henna with colour treated hair?

You may put henna on hair that has been PREVIOUSLY dyed with chemicals. Because most chemically treated dyes contain ammonia, it is very important to wait between 6 and 8 weeks to henna your hair. This is non-negotiable. If you do not wait you could end up with orange hair.

You may also chemically dye your hair AFTER you have henna'd it. You will have to wait between 6 and 8 weeks, to be safe. If you do not wait the ammonia in the chemical dyes can burn your hair, turning it green.

15. My hair turned Orange / Red, what do I do?

Henna itself is naturally red and therefore has a slight red tint under the indigo. To reduce red, use Amla Powder with your Henna. Amla will help prevent the Indigo from fading.

If your hair turned completely red/orange, it is a case of the henna sticking and the indigo not. Remember, henna by itself is a naturally red dye and requires indigo to achieve shades of brown and black.

As strange as it may sound, the best way to get rid of the orange tint is to re-apply a solid red base, and then whatever shade you are trying to achieve after. The red base will give the indigo mix something to stick to so that it does not fade out as easily.

16. I have Henna that is over a year old, is it still safe to use?

Henna has a shelf life of one year so it will be safe to use up until that point, however, it may lose potency over time and may not be as dark as originally desired.

17. I am used to the old Henna dye when it was one packet; can I still mix Henna this way?

Yes. To match our old Henna Hair Dye when the ingredients came in one packet, simply mix the henna and indigo bags together and follow the old instructions. If you do not have the old instructions, contact our support team at: [email protected] and we will get them sent over to you.

18. Do you have any before/after pictures of your Henna Hair Colours?

To see some before/after pictures of our MM Henna, please check out our blog on Amazing Henna Hair Transformations.

Please note that henna is a highly individualistic dye. These results may not be the same for everyone. Henna Hair Dye works like layers of paint, meaning its final colour will be a combination of the dye's colour and your hair's natural base colour.