A popular misconception is that applying henna will give your hair either an orange or reddish tint. This is not true. Morrocco Method Natural Henna consists of 7 colors, all derived from three basic shades: red, black, and neutral (colorless). It is the combination of these three shades, in varying proportions, that creates the dazzling array of truly natural Morrocco Method International Henna.Each shade will look slightly different on each individual. Morrocco's henna works subtly and will bring out the best in your natural hair color. Of course, for the adventurous, each color can be mixed with others to create new shades. Feel free to experiment until you find the perfect combination and shade for you.
Important facts about using Morrocco Method Henna:
- • Morrocco Method International Henna can be used to color, create highlights, even cover gray.
- • Choose 2 or more colors to create subtle, multi-hued highlights.
- • Pale Blonde may be the most versatile henna (next to Neutral). Use it to warm up or soften chemical highlights, get a natural blonde sun streaking effect on gray, white, or light blonde hair, or tone down color that is too brassy.
- • When used by itself, the Neutral (colorless) Henna will give your hair body, thickness, and a shiny, conditioned effect.
- • Every shade of Morrocco Method Henna is a high quality hair conditioner.
- • Morrocco Method Henna will not bleach or lighten your hair.
- • Morrocco Method Henna is completely color-safe; you can use it on dyed, bleached, relaxed, or sun-streaked hair.
- • After applying, Morrocco Method Henna will continue to coat and color hair for 72 hours. It is important to avoid shampooing your hair during this time to make sure the color sets completely.
- • After a single application, the color may last in your hair for up to 3 months.
- • Morrocco Method Henna can be used as often as desired—there is no risk of overuse; however, we do recommend waiting at least 72 hours before each application as the henna continues to coat and color hair during this time period.
How to Use MM Henna - You will need the following materials and supplies:
- 1. non-metallic (glass or wood) mixing bowl
- 2. wooden spoon
- 3. rubber gloves
- 4. plastic or saran wrap
- 5. Henna (see below for types and amounts)
- 6. Pre-made tea water: Bring two cups of water to a boil. Add tea bag and simmer for 15 minutes. Use 1 black tea bag for dark brown to black hair, or 1 green tea bag for blonde to light brown hair. For even better results, after letting the tea simmer, squeeze in the juice from half of a fresh lemon, a pinch of sea salt, and a teaspoon of plain, unflavored yogurt. Let the water sit until it is warm before mixing with henna.
FOR FIRST TIME USERS of MM Henna:
For your first application, Morrocco suggests applying a lighter shade of your desired color. Morrocco Method Henna only coats the hair—it does not penetrate the hair follicle like chemical dyes. So when using henna, you can always go darker, but not lighter.
Now, if you wish to go darker, wait another 72 hours (so the henna can fully saturate and coat your hair). The darker henna shade can adhere to the coating from the previous application. Repeat the process a third time with your desired (darker) shade.
For example, if you wish to color your hair medium brown, we would suggest using a mixture that is half medium brown and half light brown for your first application. Then, you can add more medium brown and less light brown to gradually go darker.
How Much Henna to Use:
- • For fine, short hair: use 4 tablespoons
- • For fine, shoulder length hair: use 6 tablespoons
- • For thick, shoulder length hair: use 8 tablespoons
- • For very long or very thick hair: use 10 to 12 tablespoons
How to Prepare Henna:
- 1. Place henna in the glass or wooden bowl. Gradually add warm tea water to henna, stirring until the mixture reaches the consistency of skin cream. It should not be too watery; you want it thick enough so it won’t run when applying. You can also add a teaspoon of Euro Oil or any good oil to the mixture so the henna will rinse out easier and tangle your hair less.
- 2. In order to achieve a stronger, deeper, and longer lasting color, let the henna sit for 8 to 12 hours before applying to ensure that the dye releases.
A Step-By-Step General Guide to Applying Your Henna:
Although this process requires much less maintenance than regular, chemical dyes, you will get far better results if your hair is properly prepared. Here are some tips:
- • Make sure your hair is clean and dry. Henna is most effective when applied to dry hair.
- • Timing is key. The longer you leave henna on hair, the more intense and dramatic the final shade will be. For a deep, dramatic effect, leave the henna in for 2 to 4 hours. If you want a lighter and more subtle color, a shorter processing time of 30-60 minutes is recommended.
Basic Henna Application:
- 1. Have saran wrap handy—cut a piece the length of your arm and put aside. When you’re finished with the application, you’ll wrap the saran wrap around your hair so your own body heat will work with the henna (instead of sitting under one of those hair dryers that only damage hair!).
- 2. With your gloves on, apply the henna mixture to your dry hair. You can use your fingers or a small paint brush for this step. This can get messy, so always work over a sink or in a bathtub/shower. You might also want to lay down newspapers and wrap an old towel around your shoulders. If the weather permits it, applying the henna outside would be ideal.
- 3. Divide your hair into four sections. As you part each section of hair, apply henna directly to roots and new hair growth areas first. Then, massage the rest of the henna into through the rest of your hair.
- 4. Cover your hair with the saran wrap to seal in natural body heat.
- 5. Leave in for 2 to 4 hours. (Remember: a longer time will result in a more saturated and deeper shade.)
- 6. Unwrap hair and rinse thoroughly with warm water to rinse henna from hair. Do not shampoo the henna out. Henna is most easily removed in the bath. Add a few drops of Euro Oil to the warm water or massage a few drops through your hair to detangle. Submerge your head in the bathwater and gently massage the henna out. This can also be accomplished using a sink full of water. Rinsing your hair in the shower is a third option, but this takes a little longer to remove the henna particles. The effect of the henna will become more noticeable after the hair is dry. Your hair will be brighter, shinier, and more luxurious.
- 7. For maximum color and sheen, DO NOT SHAMPOO for at least 24 hours. It is important to wait and give the henna a chance to fully saturate and coat the hair shafts.
- 8. The color will begin to fade in 8 to 12 weeks. To maintain your desired hair color, you can reapply every 72 hours if you desire. Because Morrocco Method Henna is so conditioning, there is no risk of overuse. More applications will only make color and hair stronger and more vibrant.
- 9. For minor touch-ups along your hairline, simply prepare a small amount of your MM henna and spread on your hairline, leaving it on for 45 to 120 minutes.
Step One: Again for FIRST TIME USERS choose the lighter shade and apply, let sit for 2 hours and rinse. after 72 hours or longer reapply and repeat.
Step Two: (COLOR)
- When mixing your color start with 50% your natural color and 50% next ligher color. For example you have short brown hair and will be using a total of 4 tablespoons of henna. You would then mix 2 tablespoons of dark brown henna (your natural color) with 2 tablespoons of medium brown henna (the next lighter color) You can always go darker on the next application.
- Leave on for 60 to 120 minutes before rinsing.
- REPEAT this 2 step process for THREE consecutive times to create a Deep, Rich color.
Remember: It is easier to go darker than trying to get lighter. You can always go darker, so use a lighter shade first, then gradually increase the darker shade until you achieve the desired effect in color. If this process does not work then you will need to use RED HENNA. First as a filler and then, the desired color thus allowing more build up. Follow the two step process - see below
Applying Henna for Brown or Black Hair with 30% or more gray coverage:
STEP 1 (FILLER):
Add your base color to the red henna. Use a ratio of 1/4 red to 3/4 base hair color when mixing henna. For example, lets say you have long, thick medium brown hair. Then mix 3/4 medium brown henna with 1/4 red henna. So I would mix 2 tablespoons of red henna with 8 tablespoons of medium brown henna. Leave on for 120 minutes or longer. If this does not cover the grey then next application use Natural Red Henna Only. This two step process is only necessary if all of the above does not cover your grey.
Follow with Step Two (Color) as previously described above.
Applying Henna to Blonde Hair. For fair hair, including 30% gray or more...
use a single-step application of your chosen color. Leave in for 120 minutes.
For a sunstreaking effects...
This is easy for grey or white hair will hold any shade of MM Henna and simply apply our MM Pale Blonde Henna. This will give all of the grey/white hairs a pale blonde color and will not color ones darker natural hair color. Thus creating the most natural and evenly processed sunstreaking effect that no hairdresser can achieve otherwise—its the ultimate in Sun Streaking hair.
Morrocco Method suggests Pale Blonde Henna. For this effect Morrocco suggests leaving in for 120 minutes. this may be reapplied 3 times to get the desired effect of light pale blonde or sunstreaking.