Tips and Tricks

Henna Hair Dye Tips

We get a lot of people asking or comparing our henna hair dye to other companies or asking why the other companies did not work. We want to set the record straight! Henna for hair sometimes gets a bad rap and this is mostly due to many companies not educating people correctly and selling outdated henna/indigo or just decide to get in the business and copy other people’s instructions. They also state “organic” on the label. These are all violations of the FDA.


Any food/cosmetic that is grown in other countries, by a separate company cannot state the henna is organic on the label “even if it is”.  The only people that can state this are the people growing it and the people that pay to have it certified organic. If it is grown in another country it cannot be certified in the USA, accept by great extremes and licenses. If you see organic on a label, simply ask to see their organic certification.



We do not mind helping people that are having issues with other company henna hair dye. We are on a mission for the people and the planet.

Do not assume the below do’s and do not's apply to all other brands, these are the recommendations of EarthDye henna hair dye ONLY. Always follow the package instructions on the package you bought from whom you bought. The internet can be very misleading and deceitful. We are here to educate and help people that want and need it.

Our henna hair colors work fast simply because we use private crops that are harvested 1 time a year.  We had to search 5 different countries and over 200 crops to find the absolute best. We love what we do and we are proud to help anyone anytime.

99.9% of our customers never have issues! However, if you do, please see the list of do's and don't.  Keep in mind we have new and updated instructions making it even easier than last year, we continue to do research in the hopes of improvement.

our henna hair dye is super easy to apply. The more you do it, the easier it is. People on the internet can make it seem harder than what it is.

I will make it easy and break it down with do not do first. These henna hair dye tips came from talking to thousands of people over the past 10 years and helped the majority of them that had issues. 
If you are having a problem, 99% of the time this will solve it. So I hope this can help a few people out.

First of all, you can mix and match most henna hair dyes.  Brands like EarthDye are all compatible. Want more red? Add red. Want brown with burgundy? Add burgundy.
The best way to find out what you are going to get is to do a strand test. This does take a few days as the dye can take up to 48 hours to get to its final stage, but can be very well worth it.


Here is a list of DO NOT DO:
If a chemical dye does not work on you, ours may not either. While both works differently some people are just dyeless. 


  • Do not wait more than 36 hours to shampoo after rinsing. While facial hair can be washed in as little as an hour, waiting over 36 to 48 can lead to oxidizing. Basically, this will give you many colors.

  • Do not use conditioner just prior to application.

  • Do not add oils to the color. Oils are only good for 100% pure henna. Adding oil to pure henna will amplify the natural red. Adding oil to any other color will strip the color leaving you a red-orange color.

  • Do not do oil treatments unless you have to, or you are using pure henna. Oil treatments will strip the colors over time. Beards and facial hair are OK. Hair not OK.

  • Do not wash with oil based shampoo prior to application. It prevents the dye from adhering to the hair.

  • Do not wash hair with baking soda, urine (yep absolutely had someone tell me they did this), dry shampoo, milk, vinegar, honey, beer or anything else. A clarifying shampoo works best.

  • Do not mix henna hair dye and leave out overnight.

  • Do not leave in your hair or beard longer than 1.5 hours. Anything longer will not accomplish anything.

  • Do not sleep with henna in your hair or on your face. Trying to get it off the next day would be brutal. If the dye does not work on you at all you might fall into the category of "dye-less". Simply put you have no pores in your hair shaft. Over the past 11 years, I have talked to less than 10 people that henna hair and beard dye do not work on.  Ironically no dye, not even chemical will work on them. While this is heartbreaking we are still working to find a solution for the few that are "dye-less".

  • Do not mix lemon in with your henna hair or beard dye. Lemon cancels out indigo. The entire lemon concept is used for henna tattoos, not dying your hair.

  • Do not wrap your hair or beard with saran wrap! This will keep the henna from releasing. While it might still work, longevity and quality will be compromised. If you use a shower cap, tear holes in the top to let it breathe.

  • Do not use distilled or bottled water. For some reason or another, a lot of people seem to get purple or blue effects long term.  If this happens just redo your hair again. Meanwhile, use room temperature or warmer tap water to mix your hair dye. Water from a well is OK as well.

  • Do not put aftershave or alcohol on your hair, unless you want purple hair. More alcohol = more purple. You can be macho sipping a beer from a straw.

  • Do not expect to go lighter using henna hair dye. It goes equal or darker, never lighter. So if you have dark brown hair and use light brown, your hair will be darker. Use dark brown in this case. If your hair is dark and its only the roots coming in, do only the roots.


List of Do’s

  • Do wash your hair twice with shampoo only before applying EarthDye.

  • Do use a toothbrush or beard brush with soft soap to clean your beard, sideburns, hairlines or eyebrows before applying. A soft brush with shampoo does wonders.

  • Do a strand before doing your whole head or beard, give it 24 hours. Keep in mind you can use EarthDye as often as you like, however, some people it gets darker over a 24-hour period. If it does not look dark enough in the beginning, it will get darker. If you see red, blue, green at first on white hairs DO NOT PANIC! It will turn to the color you are trying to achieve.

  • Do follow our directions on the packet or paper that came with the shipment.

  • Do wash your hair within 48 hours after you rinse out the dye.

  • Do root touch-ups to maintain the same hair color. If you are doing red or black you can do the whole head all over. Some colors will get darker and darker the more you apply. We have a kit just for this and it is cheap!

  • Do use common sense for the colors.

  • Do call us or email us if you need help or have questions!



Mix and Match Any Colors!

You can mix any of the colors to create more colors. For example, dark brown with a small amount (1/4 pack burgundy to 1 pack dark brown) of burgundy creates a deep chocolate dark brown. Mixing dark brown with deep red will give you hints of red. Mixing deep red with mahogany will give you an electric charge of mahogany. Be creative and try new things!

Henna hair dye is permanent and lasts longer than chemical hair dyes depending on where you purchase it. Try EarthDye! It's the best henna hair dye around!


Copper Head Brown

Light Brown


Dark Brown



Pure Henna (Natural Red hair)


Deep Red



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