How long does henna hair dye last?

How long does henna hair dye last?

If you've recently used henna dye on your hair, then you probably would've searched the question, how long does henna color last. Henna hair dye is permanent, it can stick around for even months.

In general, Henna Hair dye is a permanent hair treatment that lasts anywhere from 3 to 5 months. The color is more vibrant in the first 4-6 weeks after this it will gradually start to fade away.

What Factors Affect the Life of Henna Dye?

As we told earlier, calculating the lasting time of henna dye is not a rule of thumb like other conventional dyes. Besides, it works better on some and may last longer. However, the duration is depended on a number of factors. This includes:

  • How long have you let the mixture paste to rest?
  • How long have you applied the mixture to your hair?
  • What liquid have you used during the mixing process?
  • What product have you used to wash off the mixture?
  • Your hair texture and overall health
  • The quality of henna dye used
  • How often you wash your hair

No matter the process, henna will actually begin to naturally fade from your strands without leaving the streaks or raccoon stripe at top of your head and roots. Make sure you use premium quality organic henna that does not affect your natural hair and protects it from damage.

How to determine the time duration?

The longer you leave henna on your hair, the darker the shade you will start with, which in turn means it will take longer for the dye to fully fade from your hair. Browns and blacks will definitely take much longer than using pure henna alone. Also, how often to wash your hair, use heat, or other products will also determine how long the color will last (the same as any hair dyes).

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We suggest dying your hair once and keep track of any fading and changes in hues. From there, when you dye again (which you can do at any time as there are no chemicals in the dye that your hair needs to “heal” from) you’ll more fully understand your own hair’s reaction to the henna.

Home Tips to Make Henna Dye Last Longer

Although many modifiable duration factors exist, caring for your dye can surely make it last longer. You can adopt some of the home remedies as explained below:  

  • Do not wash your hair for at least 24 hours after applying the dye 
  • Use organic natural oil to boost your hair color
  • Keep the paste on your hair for much longer than the average waiting time
  • Refrain from using hair-damaging tools like iron rods, straighteners, and blow dryers 
  • Wash your hair less often (not more than two or three times per week)   
  • Do use safe washing products like sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner

How Long Does Henna Tattoo Last?

Henna applied on the body fades away much faster than the hair dye. Commonly, it takes up to two weeks to completely vanish from the skin. Impure henna may last a bit longer (a couple of days), but it is unsafe to use, and we don't recommend it at all.

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Just like henna hair dye, a henna tattoo's lasting duration also depends on certain elements and almost similar ones. If you let it sit for longer, do not wash clothes or dishes often, and use good quality henna, it will not fade away within days.

How to Remove Henna Faster?

Well, that would require doing totally the opposite things that make the dye last longer, both as a skin tattoo and hair dye. You can reduce the sitting time of the paste on your hair if you don't plan it to stick around.

If you have already done the application process as advised, there are still a few things you could do. For hair dye, you may use shampoo often or simply dye your hair some other color. Regarding skin henna, you may wash it with soap, water, or baking soda, do scrubbing, or simply use a silicon-based makeup remover.

Also Read: Simple ways to Remove Henna from Skin - DIY Homemade Tricks

How The Henna Guys can assist you?

Find a henna product that is 100% pure in natural ingredients without any added fillers, and be sure to follow the directions completely without adding any lemon or other ingredients you think may help. This will ensure you benefit fully from the dye and it will last.

Reach out for a conversation with a member of The Henna Guys team today or take a look at our current stock to find the product that will work best for your hair type and requirements.


Thanks for your comment, Silvia! We’re glad you had a great first experience with henna. Your hair will look and feel even better over time.

The Henna Guys

This is my first time using henna and I am sold. The richness of the color,the way it makes my hair feel and the quality of coverage is amazing. I am so thankful to be able to have this product which is a natural product,better for me and cruelty free. I never thought of this option before but wish I had. Awesome!! I am going to try an essential oil in the henna next time. Thank you so much!

silvia hunkins

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