Hemp hair dye with henna

Although hemp hair dye is not yet commercially available, you can try your hand at tinting your own locks with natural henna combined with hemp oil.

Henna is a safe, semi-permanent colorant that can be used to enhance all hair color, but is especially useful for brunettes and redheads.


2-8 ounces of henna powder depending on hair length (army green)

distilled or boiled water

1 tbls of hemp oil

glass bowl

old t-shirt

shower cap

lemon juice (optional)

disposable gloves

shampoo and conditioner

Tip: Substitute hemp oil with jojoba oil if you have seborrhea (excessive sebum)


1. Mix henna powder with warm water and the hemp oil to from a consistency of pudding.

2. Throw on an old t-shirt and protect your skin by applying a bit of oil on your ears and around the perimeter of your face.

3. Part hair into sections and using a brush or your fingers, saturate the roots. Once all is covered, repeat and work the henna down the hair strands.

4. Cover your hair with a shower cap followed by a towel. Leave henna in your hair for 2-24 hours.

Tip: Because henna is heat activated, you can use a hair dryer to speed up the process.

5. Rinse henna until the water runs clear and let dry naturally.

6. Later the same day, shampoo and condition as usual.

7. Repeat steps 1-6 if color is not uniform

Try different add-ins for different shades!

-apple cider vinegar or lemon juice for golden or copper highlights

-coffee to deepen browns

-steeped dried chamomile flowers for blondes

-cranberry juice or beet juice for redheads

-grape juice for a bluish black hue

Please note that henna dye is often a trial and error as everybody's individual body chemistry reacts differently.

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