Henna Hair Dye History

The farthest back I could find henna was the early 1800's in a old English dictionary dated around 1830.

The word henna : 

Hen'na (hên'nå),  n.  [Ar. hinnā alcanna (Lawsonia inermis).

1. An Asiatic thorny lythraceous tree or shrub (Lawsonia inermis) with small opposite leaves and axillary panicles of fragrant white flowers, used by Buddhists and Mohammedans in religious ceremonies; - sometimes called also alhenna. It is much cultivated in Egypt, whence it is called also Egyptian privet.
2. A reddish orange dye obtained from leaves of this plant.
3. A paste made by mixing powdered henna leaves with catechu, much used in the Orient as a cosmetic.

Proof Henna Was Used As A Cosmetic


This is proof henna was already used in the Orient as far back as 1800 as a cosmetic. I will continue my hunt for an older literature that has more information. This was a huge find for me.


Henna History