My Henna Hair + The Benefits of Henna Hair

If you’ve ever wondered about using henna for your hair, then this is the guide for you. I’ve used henna in my hair in the past, but then ended up switching to an herbal color because I wanted a deeper red than I had been able to achieve in the past. Using the herbal color was really drying out my hair, and I was having constant issues with trying to find some sort of remedy. I remembered that thicker, stronger, and softer hair were all benefits of henna hair and decided it was time to switch back.

But I didn’t just want to switch back to the old ways. I wanted to find a way to achieve the deep “Ariel” red color that I have been striving for for so many years.

If you guys have followed my channels for any amount of time, you know that my hair color has changed shades of red so many times that I might as well be called the “50 shades of red girl.”

So I went on a journey to see if I could achieve this red, and filmed the process along the way. In my first attempt, I achieved a more natural red (minus all the spots I missed…I really should get someone to help me do my hair). So if you are looking for a more natural red color, here is the video for you:

As you can see, by the end of the video I didn’t achieve the vibrant “Ariel” color that I was hoping for, so I made a second attempt. You can watch the process here, and I think you and I can both agree that I most definitely need help applying so that I don’t miss any spots. But besides that, we can also agree that I finally achieved the right color. Here’s the video:

So now that you can see the process I took, let’s talk about some of the benefits and potential drawbacks.

Benefits of Henna Hair:

  1. Over time, the hair becomes fuller.
  2. Hair becomes shinier.
  3. Henna hair is stronger.
  4. Henna hair is softer.
  5. You aren’t putting toxins on your scalp by using a chemical-ridden hair color.
  6. You aren’t breathing in the fumes of toxic hair color.
  7. Henna acts as a natural hair growth remedy.
  8. Henna is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.
  9. It doesn’t penetrate the hair, but coats it and protects it.
  10. Henna is a permanent dye, and lasts longer than other hair colors.

Potential Drawbacks of Henna Hair:

  1. If you do use Henna, you should note that last benefit as it could also be seen as a drawback. Henna is pretty permanent and can actually interfere with chemical colors if you try to use them while henna is still in your hair. To remove henna completely, you will need to do a mineral oil treatment.
  2. What works for one person may not work for another. Henna can take some trial and error (as you all saw that it took me three different attempts to find what I was wanting).
  3. Henna cannot make your hair lighter. You can only go darker with henna. If you have darker hair and wish to get a nice red or strawberry blonde with henna, you will first need to bleach your hair.

benefits of henna hair

And because I know you’re going to ask, here are links to the items I used in my videos. If you do purchase them through these links, you’ll be supporting this site and my videos, so thanks! Be sure to also leave your comments to let me know what other types of natural things you’d like me to test out in a future video for you!

Products Used:

By |2014-09-02T23:28:06-04:00September 2nd, 2014|Natural Products, Organic and Green Living|9 Comments

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  1. Heidi September 3, 2014 at 12:32 am - Reply

    Crystal you are a HOOT to watch! This was interesting for sure. But I do have a question oh wise henna one….can you use henna over chemically dyed hair? I got the red thing going on too but I use the drug store dye in a box stuff to get there. I would love to try something chemical free though.

    And one more question, what is your natural hair color?

    • Crystal Collins September 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      You can but it’s recommended you wait a few weeks after coloring. And there’s no way to predict how your hair will turn out, because Henna can act differently based on what is in your hair. And my natural hair color shall forever remain a secret…bwahahaha! Not really..I have light brown hair with red highlights…or at least I did when I first started coloring my hair. 🙂

  2. Olivia February 9, 2015 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Hi Crystal,

    I have a question for you. I saw on another post that you had some trouble getting the Ariel red on your rooths and used bleach. I just bought the heena you used and look forward to try it! I wonder if I have to bleach my air in order to achieve the Ariel color on my natural roots (wich are medium brown). Did you bleached the lenght of your hair previously so it’s why it sticks this well?

    Thank you very much for your advice!

    • Crystal Collins February 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      Good questions Olivia! I did bleach, but had colored with henna about 2 times prior to using this ariel red color. If you bleach and try to use this (which I have done before) it will come out orange, so you may need to do about 3 treatments to get to the red directly after bleaching. Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

  3. Ashley M. March 2, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    I was wondering what your opinion is on using Coconut milk in the henna mixture? I found a recipe using 1/3 cup tea, oil of some sort, then coconut milk.

    • Crystal Collins March 4, 2016 at 10:57 am - Reply

      Hmmm… I haven’t tried that one yet. If you do it, let me know how it goes!

  4. Jessica Gardner July 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm - Reply


    So, I’ve been using red henna for approx. 1 1/2 year. At first it was super vibrant and bright red and now it seems to be getting darker and darker arguably brownish in color. I am 100% trying your method just have quick question about the list you provided:
    Henna Maiden Wine Red (Ariel color)
    Rainbow Henna Persian Red (natural red/orange color) (DO I NEED THIS? I DID NOT SEE THIS IN THE VIDEO?)
    Grapeseed Oil
    Black Cherry Tea (in the grocery aisle)
    Clove Oil
    Apple Cider Vinegar
    Coffee (check your cupboard – heh!) (DO I USE COFFEE OR TEA??) also what kind of tea should I use?

    Do you have any updated pictures of your hair today?

    Thanks!!! <3

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