Recipes

Mix recipes for obtaining different colours using natural products on your hair.

There are a variety of different methods, herbs and products that you can use to dye your hair. Using natural products on your hair means that you are ridding yourself of any chemical compounds that are present in the off the shelf packets or from your hairdresser.

The colour that you achieve depends on several factors. Condition of the hair, the time you leave natural products on the hair. Therefore it is advisable that if you have any doubt do a strand test first. This will tell you what colour you will obtain and then you can go from there.

At Henna Boy we supply mixing instructions based on percentage ratio's for different colours - This enables you if your unsure to mix our products lighter or darker according to your desires. Simple eh!

Lets start with conditioning your hair but before we do....lets check how much you need for the length of your hair.

100g - Enough for short hair

200g - Enough for face length hair

300g - Enough for shoulder length hair

400g - Enough for mid-back waist length hair

Note if your hair is curly measure your hair when wet!

Cassia Obovata - 100% Neutral - No Dye Content. Cassia Obovata is a natural conditioner that will leave your hair smooth and silky and with repeated application will leave your hair in super condition. Using Cassia couldnt be simpler. We recommend that you mix with luke warm water until it looks like yoghurt, apply to your hair and wrap in cling film leaving for around 2 hours. Wash out and towel dry your hair. You can use Cassia independantly as a hair conditioner or with henna. Use before colouring your hair with henna, henna/indigo and inbetween colouring your hair to keep your hair in great condition. Or mix in with henna - try our great mixes for strawberry blond, copper red and red highlights mixes below!

Amla Powder - Also contains no dye content. However Amla Powder has properties that will assist the hair in taking other dye. Not only does it condition your hair but the extra natural plant properties will give you a darker result if you wish to use henna. Amla should be used before applying henna, henna/indigo to your hair or in small amounts with henna, henna/indigo. On its own mixing with luke warm water until yoghurt consistency apply to your hair and wrap in cling film for around 2 hours. If mixing into henna, henna indigo please refer to the recipie for the colour you wish below!

Ginger Powder - Some people like to dye their hair with henna but are not fond of the smell. Add ginger powder 5g for every 100g of henna will make it smell nicer and less like a dog caught in the rain!

Red Henna Hair - 100% natural henna with no other products will dye your hair anywhere from orange, red, copper depending on the colour of your hair as it is now. You can offset the red by using or adding other products to henna. Amla will offset the orange colour turning the henna colour more brown. So will indigo.

Using 100% natural henna. Mixing in a non metalic bowl with either luke warm water or lemon juice until you reach a nice smooth texture like mashed potato. Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for 12 hours. Remove and add more water/lemon juice until you reach a yoghurt consistency. Leave for a further 12 hours. Now your ready! Add the henna to your hair. Wrap in cling film and leave on your hair for 2 hours for a light henna colour, 6 hours for a deeper henna colour. Wash out and towel dry.

Cassia Copper Mix - You can get a copper red colour on blonde or grey hair. Mix 50% Cassia with 50% Henna with lemon juice or orange juice in a non metallic bowl until like yoghurt. Leave for 12 hours for dye release and then apply to your hair. Wrap in cling film and leave for 4 hours. Rinse out and towel dry. Also try this on dark brown, black hair for red highlights! Make your hair have a red shine when the light hits!!

Cassia Strawberry Blond Mix - You can get a strawberry blond colour on blonde or grey hair. Mix 80% Cassia with 20% Henna with lemon juice or orange juice in a non metallic bowl until like yoghurt. Leave for 12 hours for dye release and then apply to your hair. Wrap in cling film and leave for 4 hours. Rinse out and towel dry.

Just Henna for Copper/Vivid Red - If you have light brown/mousey hair then we have a great recipe to get your hair red. Mix the appropriate amount of henna according to the length of your hair. We recommend Jamilla Henna for this. Mix your henna in a non metallic bowl with Apple Cider Vinegar to a yoghurt consistency. Add in bit of ginger if you dont like the smell!! Place somewhere warm (consistently warm so on top of a water boiler for example) leave overnight. Now add to your hair, wrap in cling film and leave for 3 hours. Rinse out and towel dry!

Katam Colours. Use our Yemeni Katam with cassia and/or henna for great natural hair colours on light blond and grey hair!

Strawberry blond - 80% cassia with 20% henna on light blond or grey hair
Light ash brown - 80% cassia with 10% henna and 10% Katam on light blond or grey hair
Medium ash brown - 50% cassia with 25% henna and 25% Katam on light blond or grey hair
Light brown brunette - 50% henna with 50% Katam.