Morrocco Method Henna Hair Color Powder
Morrocco Method Henna products are completely natural and free of any chemical additives and colorings. Henna acts as a hair stain, coating the outside of the hair shaft. Traditional, chemical based hair color changes the composition of the hair shaft itself.
Various colors are derived through the use of the same main ingredient: the natural henna plant (Lawsonia Inermis). By using different concentrations and parts of the plant, such as roots, stalks, flowers and the stem or the leaves, Morrocco is able to derive varying potencies. Thus, the stronger formulations give a darker effect, where as the lighter concentrations produce lighter colors - and all of this is done naturally.
Henna hair dye works its magic without damaging, without drying, and without chemically altering the structure of the hair. Specially recommended for those with chemical sensitivities.
I thought pure henna was only red. How can you offer so many colors?
The henna in Morrocco Method products is Lawsonia inermis, which is naturally a red-orange dye. In order to achieve a variety of colors they use other plant powders. The browns and black are mixtures of Lawsonia inermis and Indigofera tinctoria in varying ratios. Neutral Henna is pure Cassia obovata. Blonde Henna is actually Cassia obovata mixed with marigold and chamomile flowers.
MM Henna Colors:
Neutral - Colorless: Neutral Henna is completely colorless and is perfect for anyone looking to add shine and definition to their hair. Neutral Henna will bring out the natural brilliance of your hair color by conditioning deeply and treating the hair follicle. The neutral henna is also a fantastic curl elongater for people looking for more definition and length.
Light Blonde: Light Blonde Henna is the ideal for creating a natural sun streaking effect. This natural hair color contains chamomile and marigold flower to naturally bring out highlights and/or blend graying roots. Please note: Henna will not lighten naturally dark hair, but can bring out any natural highlights.
Light Brown: Light Brown Henna is the perfect color for people looking to enhance their natural shade of light brown while adding shine and warmth to their hair color. Using a specific ratio of the henna leaf and bark, MM offers the finest in chemical-free hair color.
Medium Brown: Medium Brown Henna is the perfect color for people looking to enhance their natural shade of brown while adding shine and warmth to your hair color. Using a specific ratio of the henna (Lawsonia inermis) and indigo (Indigofera tinctoria), MM offers the finest in chemical-free hair color.
Dark Brown: Dark Brown Henna is the perfect color for people looking to deepen their natural shade of dark brown while adding shine and intensity to your hair color. Using a specific ratio of the henna (Lawsonia inermis) and indigo (Indigofera tinctoria), MM offers the finest in chemical-free hair color.
Red: Red Henna is the perfect color for people looking to add subtle red to their natural shade of dark brown, as well as those looking for a natural “redhead” color. This color of henna is particularly beneficial for people dealing with grey coverage. Applied before the brown, this red henna will help the brown color to better adhere to your grey roots. Using a specific ratio of the henna leaf and bark, MM offers the finest in chemical-free hair color.
Black: Black Henna is the perfect color for people looking to deepen their already black hair and for people looking to darken their dark brown hair. Using indigo leaves in addition to a specific ratio of henna leaf and bark, this black henna is a powerful dark natural hair color. Please Note: When using henna, it is easier to go darker but difficult to go lighter. Start with a shade lighter than you expect if you are unsure.
The Color Chart chart below shows how the use of various henna hair dye shades may affect your natural hair color. Actual results may vary depending on your particular hair makeup and how the henna was prepared and applied.
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Multiple Uses for Henna
- Use Henna natural hair dye for total coloring, to touch up roots, create highlights, or cover grays.
- Every shade of Morrocco Method Henna is also a high quality hair conditioner that can be used as often as you wish.
- Henna natural hair color appeals to anyone, whether they’re simply trying to change their look, cover grey hair, or wish or need to avoid harsh, chemical toxins.
- It is also completely color-safe for dyed, bleached, or chemically relaxed hair.
- Morrocco Method Henna can be used to safely dye any light-colored natural fabric that you want to subtly darken, i.e. doilies, handkerchiefs, muslin, etc.
To learn more about henna, its origins & benefits (psst: it's not just for turning into a redhead!), read our blog, All About Henna.
Amla Powder - The Multi-Purpose Hair Boost
According to Morrocco Method, adding amla powder to their henna treatments will result in cooler tones, prevent fading, enhance dye uptake, and prevent relaxed curls/waves from henna use. It can also be used as a treatment by itself to add body and shine to your hair.
Amla prevents indigo from fading in black & brown henna, cools red tones in brown henna & darkens red henna. It also keeps light blonde henna from turning brassy.
1. Use Amla with Henna Hair Dye
Red or Light Blonde Henna:
Mix 2.5 tbsp amla to an entire packet of RED HENNA or LIGHT BLONDE HENNA powder, and then mix with warm water until a yogurt like consistency. Do not use tea, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 8-12 hours, then apply as directed.
Light Brown: 2 tbsp
Medium Brown: 1.5 tbsp
Dark Brown: 1 tbsp
Mix amla powder into LT/MD/DK BROWN HENNA powder, mix with warm water. Do not use tea, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 8-12 hours and then use INDIGO as directed. Never add amla directly to indigo, it will inhibit dye release.
Mix 2.5 tbsp amla into BLACK HENNA powder, and then mix with warm water until a yogurt-like consistency. Do not use tea, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 8-12 hours then use as directed in the Black Henna instructions.
2. Use Amla as a Conditioning Treatment & Curl Restorer
For amla to restore waves/curls from repeated henna use or condition hair:
Mix amla with warm water until it has a yogurt-like consistency.
Let sit for 15-30 minutes, then put on hair as you would a henna treatment.
Leave on for 30 minutes then rinse.
3. Use Amla as a Facial Treatment
Amla is high in antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and has antibacterial and exfoliating properties.
Mix amla with warm water until the paste has a yogurt-like consistency.
Let it sit for 15-30 minutes, then use as a facial scrub.
Rinse paste off with cool water.
MM Henna - Frequently Asked Questions
Why are there two bags in the foil pouch?
If you have a Brown or Black Henna Hair Dye, then one bag is HENNA and one bag is INDIGO. All the Browns add up to 4 oz, which is enough for one treatment of shoulder length hair. The Black Henna Hair Dye has a full 4 oz treatment of Red Henna (labeled BLACK HENNA) and a full 4 oz treatment of Indigo (labeled BLACK INDIGO).
Can I use henna hair color on chemically colored hair?
Yes! Morrocco Method suggests waiting 6-8 weeks since your last chemical treatment in order to ensure there is no interference with the henna.
Can henna cover gray hair?
Yes! The new henna line is the best yet at covering grays. But if you are having issues, there are two methods for covering gray hair with Brown (Light, Medium or Dark) and Black MM henna and they both involve using Red henna. Red henna sticks to gray hair the best and is an important part of covering grays, since the Indigo NEEDS henna to stick to your hair.
Do one full Red Henna treatment and then follow up with a Brown Henna treatment. You can also cover grays with our Light Blonde Henna which turns your gray hair into a lovely, sun-streaked blonde. This is a great option for people tired of chemical highlights and their gray growth!
Can I go back to chemical color?
If you choose to continue with chemical dyes after applying henna, you'll need to wait 6-8 weeks until it fades. It won't "burn" your hair, which is a reaction to chemically-adulterated henna, but it can give you unpredictable results. Plant dyes don't lift easily out of your hair, leaving the end color unpredictable, and it fades faster because henna makes your hair less porous.
Going lighter cannot be done with a box dye, and the amount of developer you will need to lift the henna will damage your hair to the point where it won't take dyes well. When dying your hair with henna and indigo, it will only lift the henna, and not the indigo, giving you green hair. The amount of chemicals you need to remove indigo from your hair will make your hair too damaged to hold any dye at all. You can, however, dye your hair the same color or darker.
What is different from the way you used to do henna, when it came in a jar?
MM switched to more economical packaging. For the Red and Neutral Henna Hair Dye, nothing has changed except the packaging! But for the Light Brown, Medium Brown, Dark Brown, and Black Henna, they used to mix the henna (Lawsonia inermis) and the indigo (Indigofera tinctoria) leaf powders together. After some further research, they decided to improve their henna hair dye by separating out these two ingredients. Their dye release times vary and while henna needs an acidic environment to release its dye efficiently, indigo doesn't like to be in acidic environments long. This way, there is little chance of getting an orange result and the browns are richer and deeper than they were before.
The Black Henna now contains the mandatory treatment of Red Henna, because you need henna for indigo to stick to your hair. Before, you had to buy the Red Henna separately and do the "Two Step Method" with the Black Henna. Now, you just buy one Black Henna!
The Light Blonde Henna Hair Dye now includes Blonde Tea, which is the best liquid to add to Light Blonde Henna Hair Dye. The ratios of herbal ingredients has also been tweaked, but nothing that changes the base ingredients.
Is it safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?
Yes! Henna is the only way to safely color your hair without toxins that won’t affect women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. There are NO chemicals in MM henna.
Yikes! I don’t like my henna hair color. Is there anything I can do to remove it?
You cannot fully remove henna but don’t worry — it will fade. However, blonde and very light hair types might still have a more dark gold tone. In the meantime, the best way to lift Henna color is with a homemade, overnight oil treatment. The most effective treatment is mixture of oils consisting of mostly olive oil, coconut oil and a bit of Argan oil:
- Start by creating the oil treatment. Mix enough oil so that you have an ample amount to cover all of your hair, with a bit leftover for touching up.
- When you have the right amount, apply the oil to your hair from root to tip. When your entire head of hair is covered, we recommend that you leave the oil treatment in overnight using a protective towel to cover your pillow.
- In the morning, to remove the oil treatment, first thoroughly saturate hair with an undiluted MM Shampoo and massage in well. (Since oil and water don’t mix, wetting your hair first would require more shampoo). Rinse. Shampoo normally.
This process will cause the color to fade. Multiple applications may be necessary. The number of applications varies from client to client depending on individual hair type and color.
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.
- Light 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:
- Small Mixing Bowl (glass or wooden preferable)
- Plastic Sealable Baggie, 2
- Mixing Spoon (wooden preferable)
- Measuring Spoon (wooden preferable)
- Gloves (vinyl/rubber)
A stand test is a good indicator of what to expect when using henna. Apply henna to a hair sample, gathered from your brush or a previous haircut. Unlike regular chemical dye, henna works as a gloss, resulting in a color that is a mix between the dye color and the base color of your hair. Keep in mind, henna takes several days to oxidize, meaning that the final color may become darker in the days following henna application. Lighter hair types may need to do multiple applications to achieve a darker color. You cannot lighten hair with henna. Blonde henna will not bleach your hair.
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 to Prepare Henna:
- 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.
- 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:
- 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!).
- 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.
- 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.
- Cover your hair with the saran wrap to seal in natural body heat.
- Leave in for 2 to 4 hours. (Remember: a longer time will result in a more saturated and deeper shade.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
How can I mix the different henna colors?
Mixing color is simply changing the ratio of henna and indigo. Add more henna to lighten, add more indigo to darken. Here are the ratios:
- Red: All Henna
- Light Brown: 2/3 Henna, 1/3 Indigo
- Medium Brown: 1/2 Henna, 1/2 Indigo
- Dark Brown: 1/3 Henna, 2/3 Indigo
You can mix in Light Blonde Henna or Neutral Henna to dilute the color of any of the browns, but doing so might cause an oranger result.
Black doesn't require mixing henna and indigo, but two separate treatments.