Bleaching & Henna: Is This Okay To Do?

Can you bleach henna hair? What about bleaching, and then using henna – how does that work?

I talk about this and more in my video today, which you can watch here:

I have bleached two times in the past before and after using henna and have had a couple of issues.

1. The color doesn’t completely bleach out. I would have needed to do probably at least 3 bleaching sessions in order to completely strip the henna all the way out of my hair. Some of the hair was being really stubborn. And since bleaching that much is actually really dangerous and could cause my hair to fall out, I decided to just deal with uneven hair.

2. The henna color doesn’t hold onto my hair as well as it did before bleaching. After bleaching and then using henna, the henna would wash out almost immediately. By about the 5th wash I was dealing with an orangey bleachy mess. Not cool, right?  It’s taken me about 5-6 henna treatments to get my hair back to normal and holding onto the color well.

3. Now I have uneven roots. I can’t bleach them again or I’m going to be dealing with the color not holding onto the roots again and I’ll just look like I belong in the circus again. The clown look is not a good look on me.

So overall I do not recommend using chemical bleach for hair, and then using henna. I also do not recommend using bleach to strip out henna. I have had poor experiences with both.

If you do want to bleach and lighten your hair, you can try these natural methods:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Lemon Juice

In the video I also showed my mixture for creating my henna. I’ve been using this method for mixing my henna for a while now, and am pretty happy with it.


Recipe for Henna mixture used in the video:

  • 1/2 packet of Henna Sooq’s Red Raj
  • 1 cup red cherry or raspberry tea
  • 2 TB grapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 5 drops carrot seed oil
  • 5 drops citrus fresh oil

I use this brand of essential oils here.


1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a glass or metal bowl (it will stain plastics).

henna mixing

henna covered

2. Cover with plastic wrap, and then wrap it up in a towel.

3. Store in a cool, dry place for about 6-12 hours until the dye is set.

You can test to see if the dye is set by putting a little on your skin and immediately wiping off with a wrag. If it stains and is a little hard to get off, then it’s ready!

4. Put grapeseed oil or coconut oil at your hairline and around your ears to better protect them from staining.

5. Spread the henna evenly through your hair (please please please use gloves, as this will stain your skin!).

6. Cover head with plastic wrap, then a towel to keep your head fairly warm.

7. Let set on your head for 2-3 hours. Three is definitely best. I’ve done it for as little as 45 minutes, but the color didn’t stay as well.

If you have bleached and used henna before, and what was your experience? And do you have any questions about using henna? I’m happy to help!

Happy Henna-ing!

By |2015-03-04T10:22:49-04:00March 4th, 2015|Natural Products, Organic and Green Living|7 Comments

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  1. Nanci March 29, 2015 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    I use Surya Brasil henna cream… easy on… does fade….

    • Crystal Collins March 31, 2015 at 7:34 am - Reply

      Thanks for the recommendation!

      • Samara January 15, 2016 at 1:20 am - Reply

        Sura Brazil products are EZ-PZ, true, however, in the last year I have had several batches of watery product with black flecks of ???? at the bottom. I thought it was a formula change of sorts. Results were a nasty bright orange ‘rinse’ that looked like a bad bleach job. The company has NOT responded to my complaint. Stick with the powder, girls!

  2. Anne April 5, 2015 at 11:14 am - Reply

    I had been using henna for awhile, then decided to lighten my hair. I had it done professionally, and my hair turned green (I’m a brunette). I had to put commercial color over it to hide the green. My stylist said that is common with henna. Fortunately I wear my hair pretty short, so after a couple of cuts, the green (and henna) will be gone.

    I LOVE henna, but it’s already hot in Florida and I wanted to lighten up for the upcoming beach trips 🙂

    • Debbie July 8, 2015 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      Hi Anne,
      My hair is green in the middle and orange at the ends!!!!
      I’ve been using henna/indigo and put bleach on as was desperate to lighten and now look like a punk rocker.
      What commercial colour did you use to cover?

      • anne July 11, 2015 at 10:09 pm - Reply

        Hey, Debbie! I used Herbatint. I love it! I bought it at my local health food store but it’s much cheaper at I do love how henna made my hair feel but herbatint is much easier to use. Naturatint is good too. Good luck!

  3. Jenny June 29, 2018 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    I had bleached blonde hair, I put Light Mountain henna on it and it was beautiful. My stylist put Red color on prior and it was gone in a few days, but the henna lasted forever. It only fades ever so slightly between colors. I color every 8 weeks because my hair grows super slow. Henna was the only color that would hold on top of the bleached hair. As my roots grew out I just put more henna on. I haven’t used chemical color in almost 3 years now. You can see where the line is from my roots to the bleached are, but it’s subtle and looks kinda like an ombré look.

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