How To Remove Black Henna Dye From Hair

Can you remove henna from your hair? People say there is no way you can get it out of your hair. Yet there appears to be a solution. Read here which solution this is. And how to avoid dry hair by using henna.

How To Remove Black Henna From Hair

Removing Black henna from your hair

I will answer the answer below in parts, but first, I will explain what happens when you dye your hair with Henna. This will help you understand why it is difficult to remove henna from your hair.

When you know this, you can better decide:

Whether it is useful to dye your hair with Henna and which option to go for when you want to remove henna from your hair.

Once you dye your hair with pure henna, the following happens:

Henna forms a permanent layer over your hair. It presses down, as it were, your hair cuticles.

Because there is a permanent henna layer around your hair, it is difficult to dye your hair again when you have dyed it with henna.

Reason: in order to color your hair with (permanent hair dye), your hair cuticles must be lifted by chemicals. This allows hair dye to penetrate your hair, thus giving you different hair colors.

Henna thus prevents hair dye from lifting your hair cuticles. To do this, a hairdresser must use a stronger chemical to:

Remove the henna to lift the cuticle.

Not every hairdresser will want to do this because you are seriously damaging your hair. It can literally fall out as a result.

In addition, the henna used may contain metallic salts. When this comes into contact with permanent hair coloring, there can be a painful chemical reaction.

Now that you know this, I will answer the question, “How To Get Rid Of Black Henna From hair?”

You remove henna from your hair by:

cutting it out

or by performing the steps, you read in this article.

Keep in mind that you cannot predict based on the steps described:

  • whether the henna will fade at all,
  • how long will it take for the henna to fade
  • and to what extent you are damaging your hair.

According to several hairdressers, the oil method has a chance of success. Keep in mind that you will have to use a lot of oil.

Why did my hair break down because of henna?

This can have several causes, namely:

  • Your hair doesn’t like henna (because it’s not crazy about too much protein).
  • You didn’t use pure henna. You may have used a henna variety with additives, preservatives, and chemicals. This can indeed make your hair thin and dry.
  • You used too much lemon juice in your henna mix. This can actually make your hair brittle as well. It is said that it is better to use apple cider vinegar.
  • You used black henna: Kali Mehndi. This henna contains a chemical called PPD (paraphenylenediamine). Henna easily binds to the keratin in your hair. So you can compare it to a strong protein treatment.

For example, do you have (very) low porosity hair and use henna regularly? Then pay attention to what happens to your hair.

The ability of your hair to retain moisture could be disrupted. So you can get dry hair, and your curl pattern can become looser.

Therefore it is VERY important to moisturize your hair when using henna. So use, for example, a hair steamer and hair masks without (or with very little) protein.

Which henna is “safe” to use?

Cassia Obovata,

Cassia Angustifolia

or Cassia Auriculata

These are henna varieties that do not change the color of your hair but rather give your hair a boost. People also call this “neutral henna.”

What are the best color removers, especially for henna and black?

First and foremost, the BEST color remover is the professional hairdresser you trust to get rid of the unwanted color you’ve given yourself.

Although, given the large number of women who are comfortable coloring hair themselves – and who use a wide range of products – here is some information that may help.

Henna is particularly difficult to remove because it completely dyes the hair. Below is a method that will help remove henna:

  1. Saturate the hair strands with a mixture of 70% alcohol using sterile cotton props. Avoid the area around the scalp. 5 to 10 minutes later, put a layer of mineral oils on the hair. Put those oils on top of the alcohol. Again, avoid the area around the scalp.
  2. Cover your hair that is now greasy with plastic. A plastic shower cap can also be used. Sit under a dryer for 30-45 minutes. If you don’t have one, use a hair dryer and aim the diffuser directly at the hair.
  3. To remove the oil, put a little shampoo in the palm of your hands and then apply it to the oil BEFORE using water. After you put shampoo on the oily areas, turn the shower knob and lather everything up. Use a good cleansing or clarifying shampoo. You may have to wash your hair more than once to remove all the oil and henna. If necessary, repeat the treatment.
  4. Once you have removed the henna, apply deep conditioning treatments to restore moisture to the hair.


When in doubt about henna, do not apply such a coloring.

Take your time and do some research to make sure you are on the right track to achieving the desired color results.

With black hair (permanent color) it is generally suggested that you simply let the color grow out or else go to a professional to have the color removed.

There are color removers, but I am not advertising brands here. If you are going to try to remove the color yourself, I recommend doing some research.

Search online for color removers and take a good look at the products that appear on your screen.

Make sure you search further for the producers of these products and choose the one that you feel most comfortable with, and that is supposed to give you the results you want.

Whether it is henna or black permanent color, be careful when trying to remove hair color through lightening.

Henna can cause unpredictable results by its very nature, and depending on the base color of the black coloring, you may end up with very unpleasant color results when attempting to lighten colored hair.

Masks with the addition of various natural oils will also help reduce the corrosive color pigment.

Hair after applying these masks should be washed thoroughly with shampoo.

From sunflower oil. Sunflower oil should be heated slightly in a water bath and spread with a comb on the curls. After at least a few hours, rinse with shampoo.

From butter. Mix a little natural butter with a small amount of flax, warm in a water bath until a homogeneous composition, and apply it to your hair for several hours.

This procedure should be repeated several times.

From olive oil. Mix equal amounts of olive and mustard oil. Warm a little and apply for 30-40 minutes. Repeat several times a week.