Henna is a natural dye that gives your hair a rich reddish color while at the same time making it silkier, shinier and stronger. For hair and for human health in general, it is completely harmless. This is one of the reasons for the popularity of henna. However, when it’s time to change hair color or if you were not happy with the result, it’s necessary to know how to remove it. Unfortunately, henna is a very resistant dye, and you cannot get rid of it quickly. Even experienced hairdressers can struggle, but there are effective ways to deal with it.
How to remove henna from hair
Often, by following a few tips, it is easy to remove henna from the hair. First, you need to remember that the longer the pigment has been on the hair, the less likely it is to eliminate it. If the color is not as originally expected, it is best to wash it in the first 3 days, after which it will be much more difficult.
Secondly, you should not try to color over the henna in your hair with other substances. Synthetic hair dyes are not a viable option as henna reacts with the components of artificial dyes, resulting in fantastic shades of green, yellow, orange, etc. Ridding yourself of these colors is even more difficult.
But before becoming completely dissuaded from using this particularly useful product of nature, know that there are a lot of recipes for various rinses and masks, but they need to be chosen depending on the type of hair.
When the choice is made, experts recommend using the composition on only one strand. It is best to choose strands on the back of your head. Then, in case of failure, they will not be visible. After applying the henna, you need to allow the dye to set, paying attention to the change in color. And then, depending on the result, the henna can be washed off from the hair or applied to the entire length.
When preparing mixtures for washing out the henna, it’s important that you use only fresh, natural ingredients. For instance, choosing local farm fresh eggs over store-bought eggs, and unpasteurized milk over pasteurized will increase the chances of removing unwanted color.
Masks for washing the hair should be applied in the same way as ordinary conditioners. Before removing henna from the hair, rinse the head and curls thoroughly, first with shampoo and then with water. Masks should be applied to clean hair which is slightly damp. There’s no need to rub it into the roots and the skin, simply distribute the mixture along the length of the strands.
The mask can then be washed off with clean water. You may choose to add low concentrations of suitable herbal decoctions. If the components of the mixture from henna remain on the strands, you may rinse them with shampoo. Don’t apply such masks more than 1 time in 2-3 days. It often takes 5 procedures to fully remove the henna, although the number of sessions can increase up to 10 depending on the time that the pigment has been on the hair and your hair type.
How to get rid of henna – homemade masks recipes
The success in washing off henna from curls depends a lot on the mask and its composition. Natural products such as dairy and egg are both safe and effective in tackling this situation as they contain many essential oils, organic acids, as well as fruit, lactic and fatty acids. These ingredients help push dye out. There are many recipes for washing henna from hair, but keep in mind each of them is suitable for a particular type of hair.
For each mask, the duration each should be applied for is different, but usually it varies from 20 minutes to 1 hour.
• This mask is more suitable for excessively greasy hair. It is necessary to take an alcoholic (or vodka) tincture with a red pepper base. No additional ingredients should be added. This liquid should be distributed along the length of the hair. The tool is very effective in gradually reducing the brightness of the henna. The mask should be applied each time for 20 minutes, no more. Keeping it on longer may lead to burns.
• This recipe is also more suitable for strands that are more on the oily side. Take 3-4 tbsp. of blue clay (white clay is also suitable) and mix the powder with kefir. Given that the hair is already oily, it is best to choose kefir with a low percentage of fat. After thoroughly mixing, you should get a substance that resembles sour cream in consistency. The mixture is then applied to the hair strands. The mask should be applied for no more than 1 hour. If desired, you can replace kefir with yogurt.
• For normal hair types: You need a raw egg yolk mixed with brandy (no more than 50 ml). You can substitute with rum, but in both cases don’t cut corners and use the cheap variety. This mask should be kept on the hair for about 45-50 minutes, and then be washed off. The effect will be noticeable after the first session, and after the fifth application the henna coloring will have disappeared.
• Another suitable mask for normal hair requires about 1 cup of medium-fat kefir (2.5% is best). Then, dissolve yeast in the kefir. Apply to the strands and after half an hour (maximum 40 minutes), wash off thoroughly. As an added benefit, kefir and yeast are great for hair. They will nourish the skin, follicles and the hair strands themselves, gradually helping them to grow faster and acquire a healthy glow.
• This recipe is recommended for dry hair. It will take 2 chicken eggs (raw). Beat them thoroughly with a whisk, and then add burdock oil (not more than 4 tsp.). This composition will not only remove the bright color, but also moisturize the hair. You can also add 0.5 tsp of mustard powder to the mask. After adding a small amount of warm water, mix thoroughly. Apply the mask for 1 hour. Burdock can be substituted with castor oil.
• Another simple mask for dry hair types is sour cream (medium fat). You don’t need to add anything, it’s that simple! You just need to put it on your hair for an hour, and then wash it off.
How to remove henna from the skin
Before dyeing hair with henna, it is necessary to figure out how to wash henna from the skin, since it is near impossible to avoid unwanted coloration of then skin. Most of us don’t really want to appear at work or school the next day with a red forehead, ears and cheeks. Simple tips and recipes will help you prevent staining, or wash it off if you could not avoid it.
How to prevent staining
How to wash henna from the skin is a matter of urgency, but hopefully it’s a situation that can be avoided by preventing it in the first place.
Before coloring your hair, apply a greasy cream on the skin along the perimeter of hair growth. Do not go light with the cream, the thicker the layer, the more reliable. Beeswax is also a great option. Simply warm it up in a water bath so that it melts a little. Then put it on the same way as you would the cream, and do not forget to smear your ears.
The most effective ways to remove henna
If, however, you did not manage to avoid dyeing your skin, the following proven recipes will come to your aid.
• Alcohol-containing lotions. Sprinkle a little lotion on a cotton pad and wipe the skin. If you do not have such a lotion, try using regular vodka. This method, of course, will not remove all the paint, but will at least make it a lighter tone.
• Vinegar solution. You can try to wash the stained areas with a solution of vinegar (1 part water, 1 part vinegar). Use a cotton swab or disc. After the procedure, rinse your face with warm water.
• Scrub. Remove the unwanted effect with the help of an ordinary scrub. Apply it on wet skin, massage it and wash it off. The skin will become noticeably lighter.
• Lemon juice also has a whitening effect. To do this, just squeeze half a lemon, soak a cotton pad in the resulting juice and thoroughly wipe the skin.
• Soda in combination with lemon juice. Before applying, add a little lemon juice to the soda, add water, bring to the consistency of a wet paste. Apply to the colored skin, leave for a few minutes and wash off with warm water. Immediately after this, scrape the skin. If this does not work, repeat the procedure again.
• There are professional products specifically for removing henna from the skin. You can buy them in specialized stores. Though pricy, they help to remove pigment from both the skin and hair. When using, put on a gauze mask, as they can be very pungent.
• Sea salt. Wash your face with water and rub your skin with sea salt. Its grains scrape the skin, working as an exfoliant. Keep in mind this method isn’t recommended for those with pimples or other cuts on your skin as the salt burns.
• 10% ammonia solution. This method almost always helps. Apply with a wet cotton pad and wipe the skin. If necessary, repeat the procedure until the henna is completely removed from the skin.
After henna has been removed from the skin, be sure to apply a thick layer of moisturizer on it, since the aforementioned products tend to dry it. You can also use cosmetic oils such as almond, or olive oil.