Henna at Home Tutorial

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Almost two years ago I tried Henna for the first time, after years of coloring my hair with chemical color. I was super nervous to try henna for the first time, so I went to Lush and had them apply the Henna for me. I wrote all about my experience, and also made a video. You can check out my first post about henna here! It’s almost two years later, and I’m still loving henna! My natural hair color is a warm medium brown, and I still don’t have any gray hair now at age 29. Well, I have found two that seemed to be trying to be gray, but I’m just telling myself that they are blonde. So no gray yet.

I do like to have my hair be just a little deeper brown color, so that is why I started coloring it in the first place. Darker hair just looks better with my skin tone, and makes my brown eyes pop a little. Lighter hair makes me look washed out and sickly. Not cute. I love that I can accomplish the exact look I’m going for with a natural, safe, and non-toxic hair color. Toxins are extremely important for me to avoid, since I just found out I am homozygous for the C677T MTHFR mutation. I’m planning to talk more later about why I decided to get tested for MTHFR, how it has affected me, and what I’m doing to treat it. Stay tuned for that in the future.

Anyway, I’m still really loving henna. Coloring with henna is a fairly long process, and something that you really need to be committed to, but I think it’s worth it. I also can really stretch the time in between applications. Since the henna fades slowly and evenly, I don’t feel the need to henna my hair very often. It also helps that my natural hair color isn’t much lighter than the color I use to darken it. I wait about 4 months between applications, and by the end of the 4 months I can tell that my ends are lighter, and so are my roots, but it isn’t until I apply the fresh henna and see my hair color after, that I really realize what a difference the fresh color makes! Once my hair is darker and richer again, my skin color perks up, and my eyes really pop. The other great thing about henna is that it’s really a deep conditioning treatment for the hair. After the application, not only is my color amazing, but the texture of my hair is amazing also! Soft, silky, and so healthy feeling.

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(Here’s what my hair looks like after a fresh henna application, only using a tiny bit of Primal Life Organics Hair Serum to style it)

The only thing that has changed since I started using henna on my hair is the type of henna I use. I now use Morrocco Method henna, in their dark brown color. Although the process takes longer for the Morrocco Method henna than the Lush henna, I like the color better, and I actually find the process and application easier. With Lush, the cocoa butter really makes things difficult. You have to chop it up, then make sure you have hot liquid to melt it down, and as it sits on your head it hardens and really hurts! I like that Morrocco Method is super easy to mix, and doesn’t hurt my head as much, and is easier to rinse out.

Morrocco Method Henna

When I used Lush I would use up all of our hot water trying to melt the cocoa butter back down to rinse it out of my hair. Not fun. I also had to use the black henna from Lush, which gave my hair a nice color, but the dark brown shade my Morrocco Method is a really beautiful dark chocolate brown. It’s a warm color, but doesn’t look red. It’s just a really yummy, rich color. I love it!


(Next up: how to henna your shih tzu! Don’t look so worried, Charlie.)

For those new to henna, you may be unsure of what will happen to your hair when you henna. Morrocco Method has you covered by answering all your questions on their site in the FAQ about henna. They also have henna specialists that you can personally talk to if you have an issue. They also offer some very thorough video tutorials on their site, to teach you how to henna at home. That is actually how I learned to use their henna myself! If you don’t want to watch their video on how to henna at home, check out this awesome step-by-step guide they have on their site! I really love how much educational information Morrocco Method offers for their products. It’s really helpful, because henna can be very intimidating, and there are countless horror stories being told about henna. It’s really important to understand what you are doing before diving into henna, and using really high quality henna is key!

This post is really just to show you my experience using henna. I am not a henna expert, or a hair stylist, so if you are trying to decide if henna is right for you, be sure to head to Morrocco Method’s website and take a look around! I hope you all enjoy my video. It’s long, but really shows exactly what I do at home when I’m going to henna my hair.


OH, and I almost forgot to mention. Morrocco Method is offering 15% off any product, (one per customer) using checkout code “Primalhair22”. The discount is valid until October 17th.

AND a Giveaway!

Morrocco Method is also allowing us to do a fun giveaway for you, too! We’re actually hosting the giveaway over on Instagram, but if you don’t ‘gram, you can enter by commenting below this post (any comment is fine, because I can’t think of anything clever right now). The giveaway will be open until Friday at 9PM EST.

Whats up for grabs? Your choice of Henna, plus a Euro Oil (shown below, but you’ll pick the henna color)

Morrocco Method Henna and OIl

And don’t forget to check out the video below!





P.S.- my friend Diane told me I needed to post outtakes, so here is that, too. Enjoy!


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    1. hollyc2424
      September 16, 2014

      Thanks for the info! It looks amazing. I have blonde hair and I know they have color for it, but I’d be interested to see how it would turn out

    2. heidenhope
      September 16, 2014

      I am going to check this out. I have gray hair and have had since my late 20’s 🙁 I really don’t like putting chemicals into my system every few weeks. Thanks for this post!

    3. hannahyareli
      September 16, 2014

      thank you for the video and introducing
      me to the Henna Haircoloring method. I have wanted to color my hair to hide the grays but hate to use chemicals but now I have this choice!! Thanks!!!

    4. justmellon
      September 16, 2014

      I’m excited about trying henna!

    5. mhacwhitney
      September 16, 2014

      This is awesome! I have been wanting to try out the blonde henna on their site!!!

    6. lindee.loo
      September 16, 2014

      I’ve always been interested, but too nervous to try!

    7. shannonlee
      September 16, 2014

      I’ve been wanting to try dying my hair darker with henna!! Such great info and opportunity to win!

    8. danipants
      September 16, 2014

      Henna my hair happy again! So ready to try and skip the harsh home treatments forever!

    9. allisonjones
      September 17, 2014

      yay! A hairstyling tutorial next – you make me want to grow my hair again 🙂

    10. main32m
      September 17, 2014

      Ok Im ready to try this. Wish me luck!

    11. Raechel
      September 17, 2014

      I have always been interested in using Henna. Your video has sealed the deal!

    12. catties
      September 17, 2014

      going gray, like to win

    13. irishis
      September 17, 2014

      I have a reddish brown color I use and wonder if you’ve ever heard of mixing colors of henna? I like a like auburn but don’t know how to achieve it

    14. brista
      September 17, 2014

      Your hair is GORGEOUS! My hair is a little past shoulder length and I’ve been going back and forth for the past couple weeks about whether or not to keep growing it or go for a pixie. I think your hair photos have convinced me to keep growing!! Hopefully I end up with something half as beautiful as your hair! I also agree that the rich chocolatey brown is a great color for you. I’ve always wanted to try henna almost went last year to Lush but chickened out since my hair is currently virgin after years and years of growing out and chopping off a bad home dye job.

    15. obe1
      September 17, 2014

      Love henna. Morrocco Method is the best.

    16. ShannMara
      September 17, 2014

      Henna is a fantastic idea — I’d love to try it out!

    17. Cares
      September 17, 2014

      I might have to try this! Thanks for all the insight and information!

    18. NatashaSawyer
      September 17, 2014

      So, I’ll be honest, I could care less about henna, but the outtakes were freaking hilarious. 😉

    19. lgndsdtr7
      September 17, 2014

      I’m going to have to look into this – thanks for the information!

    20. June6
      September 17, 2014

      This is exciting…….i would love to try henna!

    21. Katherinekelley
      September 17, 2014

      You are right. It is a commitment. Not only to the process, but also to the smell. 🙂 You have to be able to tolerate it well. I live in a rural area, so I apply my henna outside. I also give it a good rinse from the hose outside as well. I only bother with it when it’s warm enough out to do it. I haven’t tried the Morocco Method, but I’m intrigued. My color was always a bit more red than I would like.

    22. debkdd
      September 17, 2014

      I use Morrocan Method henna and I love it, my hair is so soft and healthy.

    23. megan in the tropics
      September 17, 2014

      I have been wanting to do this, but the number of crazy reviews both good and bad are overwhelming! I’m so happy to finally have a review from someone I “recognize” and know is credible! Time to go for it!

    24. Joanna Gray
      September 18, 2014

      I’m almost 10% gray at 32 and I’m so sick of the chemicals and brassy color. Your video was extremely helpful in persuading me to give henna a whirl. I need to watch the outtakes because your two minute detailed description of the resemblance to poop had me laughing!

    25. segordon21
      September 18, 2014

      How long would you say the henna lasts?

    26. renew detroit
      September 19, 2014

      I love henna! Want to try this brand!

    27. ernie990
      September 19, 2014

      Henna looks so interesting, and I’m getting sick of coloring my hair, I would love to go chemical free, and more natural too!

    28. tjb
      September 23, 2014

      Just used this exact product 2 days ago for the first time. Love it!! So safe I’ve also been letting my teen daughters use it with no worry of bad chemicals.

    29. Vic
      September 23, 2014

      This sounds great! I really want to try it!

    30. kravsue
      September 23, 2014

      Been wanting to try! Have been chemical free for almost 2 years and using no poo method. Gonna Def give a try!

    31. victoriabee
      September 23, 2014

      I have been using Henna for the last 3yrs and yes it takes longer, but being chemical free is what makes it worth it! I have very fine hair and the henna adds body. I have been buying body art quality henna from Mehandi and their website is awesome! LOTS of info, pictures, tips – so even if you don’t want to buy from there, you can learn a tremendous about from the website


      I personally, find that a 500g box of my favorite kind, lasts me a year. But I have short hair. You can also get root packets, so that you don’t have to buy a huge amount once you get into using the product….highly recommended 🙂

    32. tessajanes
      September 23, 2014

      Thanks for the tips!

    33. cschwamb
      September 23, 2014

      I love henna!! I would love to try Morroco Method. Thanks for the post and the tutorial.

    34. brandiejp0315
      September 23, 2014

      I have used the Morrocco Method before in Medium Brown…it’s very nice. It does take a long time, but it’s not bad when you just put it in and then do some chores around the house, watch a movie, have lunch…goes by fast! Thanks for the tutorials.

    35. eajones
      September 23, 2014

      I use Morroco Method shampoos, but have not tried their henna yet. I have been using a body art quality henna and indigo on my hair for several years. A pain to mix up, so this might be a good option for me.

    36. claireel
      September 23, 2014

      I have always wanted to try henna on my hair, but have been too big a wimp. Looks pretty though!

    37. bstone08
      September 23, 2014

      You have totally inspired me to try henna. I used to use it to dye my friend’s hair way back in junior high. Now I need it to cover a few greys.

    38. icalyn19
      September 23, 2014

      I love henna too! Morroco Method is also my fave. Like you I originally used Lush but didn’t care for the mess of cutting, melting, etc. MM is much easier to use. This would be an awesome giveaway for anyone to recieve. Thank you for sharing!

    39. ceraggio01
      September 23, 2014

      I’ve been wanting to try henna! I stopped coloring my hair a little while ago and miss it. I need to try this!

    40. NormaTTg
      September 23, 2014

      I haven’t done henna for ages. I am somewhat over due. this would be great to win.

    41. kristymcca
      September 24, 2014

      I have been considering trying henna for quite some time but I haven’t done all the research that I need to do first. I’m glad that you wrote this post so that I have somewhere to start. Thanks.

    42. Tyness
      September 25, 2014

      Your hair looks beautiful. I would love to try it!

    43. nmoore319
      September 25, 2014

      I would love to try MM’s henna! I love the color you use!

    44. heyjb
      September 26, 2014

      Can’t wait to try it!!

    45. wholify
      September 26, 2014

      I’ve been wanting to try henna for my hair but have been a little intimidated about choosing a product and the process, but now I feel up for it! I really like the color you chose too 🙂

    46. heyared
      October 9, 2014

      I have been using henna for years. It’s the BEST!! I am going to give MM a chance, after purchasing mine online elsewhere all of this time… Do they list the Lawsone content?

    47. heyared
      October 9, 2014

      I want to try MM!! 🙂

    48. Marilyn
      October 18, 2014

      Hi Hayley –
      This is just a quick note to say keep on being a rockstar. I love all the empowering information you give all us ladies!!!

    49. ErynRNY
      February 13, 2015

      Late to the party here…….thank you for this amazing video! I just started using Morrocco Method products and was watching a bunch of their videos on YouTube and just happened to stumble across yours. I’ve really been making an effort to get away from using all chemicals, and hair dye is pretty much the last thing to go. I’m 39 and I have a TON of gray, so unless I want to just go almost completely gray in front, I need to color. I was a little hesitant to try the henna, but after seeing this, I am going full speed ahead! The color looks fantastic on you! It’s much richer than I thought a henna would be. I understand that the grays will not be completely covered and come out more like a highlight, but I am ok with that. I think it will grow out much more natural looking than the horrible line I get when I color at the salon. Thanks again! Keep up the great work!

    50. segordon21
      October 26, 2015

      I am wondering why when I look on the MM website the tutorial has the product in plastic bags and you have to mix the indigo and henna separately at fist. Whereas in the video Hayley poured it all in from one plastic tub. Has the product changed?

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