How to do a Henna Gloss: Make your Hair Shiny Instantly - hair buddha (2023)

Do you want incredible shine and tint from henna?

But without too much fuss – do a henna gloss.

You do use henna for henna gloss, but it’s used in lesser quantities than you would use in a traditional henna.

Gloss refers to the conditioning and moisturising ingredients such as yogurt, egg, coconut milk or any natural conditioner. You can use whichever your hair likes.

I have been shying away from henna for the mess it creates and how effortful the whole procedure is. But ever since my discovery of henna gloss – a few months ago – I am a gloss addict.

I like how easy it is to apply and rinse as compared to usual henna-ing. It adds fantastic copper-red shimmer to my hair. Plus what I like about the henna gloss is it makes my fine hair look thicker, fuller and bouncier.

Henna gloss vs Henna-ing: Henna gloss offers you more conditioning with the benefits of a subtle colour change. While a full on henna application requires more time and effort, but the results are stronger and more vivid.

Besides, if you have been wanting to put henna and are apprehensive about its outcome, I encourage you to try henna gloss. It can be your first stepinto the mystic world of natural colours.

Also, the henna gloss is not just about color and luster, there are some amazing hair benefits too…

Amazing Hair benefits of Henna Gloss

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  1. Conditions hair: henna + conditioner equals fab.
  2. Peps up your natural hair colour and creates a vibrant shine.
  3. Henna coats the hair shaft, giving it more body and making it visibly fuller.
  4. Tames flyaways and makes hair softer, smoother and healthier.
  5. Reduces split ends
  6. Protects hair from the elements
  7. Gives faint gray coverage
  8. Henna helps remove dandruff and cure itchy scalp

How to do a Henna Gloss: Make your Hair Shine Bright

To do a basic gloss, you will need just 4 ingredients listed below.


  • 5 tablespoon henna powder
  • 1 tablespoon amla powder (to helps dye release, you can also add vinegar or lime juice)
  • 1 egg (as a glossing ingredient, if you have dry hair use yogurt or coconut milk instead)
  • 1-2 tablespoon almond oil (or any oil of your choice)

Optional add-ins

You can also add one or more hair nourishing herbs to suit your hair’s need.

How to Make

Mix henna and amla powder with some warm water to make a smooth paste

1. First prepare the henna paste. Mix henna and amla powder with some water to make a smooth paste. It should be the consistency of yogurt. (You can also use lime juice or apple cider vinegar instead of amla powder; any sour ingredient helps to release colour.)

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2. Cover the bowl and let it sit for 15 to 60 minutes for dye release (you can also leave it overnight). The longer you let it sit, the stronger the henna will be – which means you will get darker colour results. For those with lighter hair or wanting less colour effect, 15 to 20 minutes should be enough.

3. Next, add the glossing ingredient. My favourite glossing ingredient is egg – I use two eggs for my mid-length hair. I also add shikakai powder, brahmi powder and almond oil* to the henna paste, and mix everything really well.

*If I have already applied oil to my hair I don’t add extra oil to the henna paste.

Tip: If you are using dry powders such as shikakai, brahmi, etc mix them with water before adding to the henna paste. This will create a smoother creamier gloss.

After the dye release, add the eggs, shikakai, and brahmi powder to the henna paste.

Applying Henna Gloss

I lightly oil my hair before applying henna gloss mix. This is because henna can be drying, especially in winter months, and use of oil will prevent hair from drying out.

I also comb my hair – this makes it easy to apply and doesn’t create tangles.

Apply the mixture in sections – cover every bit of your scalp and hair for the most benefit. The henna gloss mixture has a bit of ‘slip’ to it, so it is easier to apply than regular henna paste.

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I apply the henna mix with my hands. And I don’t wear any gloves. I just put some oil to my hands and they hardly stain. But if you don’t want to take a chance, use gloves (especially if you have added indigo or walnut powder).

You can also use an applicator bottle or squeeze bottle if you want. It will be particularly helpful if you have a thick, curly hair

Once your head is completely covered with the henna gloss, put on a plastic cap, or you can also use an old scarf (I have a scarf dedicated for henna). Clean any drips off your face, hands and neck to prevent staining.

Leaving the Henna Gloss to Set

For a very subtle red sheen, leave the henna gloss on for a short time – 15-20 minutes. For a stronger red, leave the gloss on for 45 to 60 minutes. I leave mine on for 20 to 30 minutes and it gives my hair beautiful shine with a tint of copper-red.


Washing out a henna gloss is fairly quick and easy. The conditioning ingredient prevents the henna from drying and helps it slip out of the hair. Use lukewarm or cool water to rinse out. (This will look a little messy. But don’t worry…it will clean up.)

Then wash your hair as normal.

If you have dry hair, you may want to skip washing it. Instead, use a DIY hair rinse (marshmallow or licorice ) to cleanse the henna residues and it lifts your hair to another level. Or you can also co-wash using a natural conditioner.

Note: Henna oxidises, so it takes 2-3 days for true shadeto set in.

My Hair is so Glossy

My hair gets a beautiful copper to reddish tint which is more visible in direct light. But aside from appearance, every time I do a henna gloss my hair feels so soft and bouncy. And the shine is incredible. I am a fan of henna gloss!

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Other Variations to the Henna Gloss Recipe

1. If you have dry, coarse hair, use yogurt or coconut milkas a conditioning ingredient. Add slowly to the henna paste and keep mixing to get the desired consistency – don’t make it too thin as it will drip everywhere. (For my mid-length hair I need between 4 to 6 tablespoon.)

2. Some people also use store bought conditioner as a glossing ingredient. If you plan to do that make sure that the conditioner is free from silicones, sulphates and parabens.

3. I love adding shikakai powder to the henna paste. You can also try other herbs listed above. If you have dry hair go for marshmallow root powder – it is a superb detangler, hair softener and skin soother. Licorice root powder is another good herb for dry hair and irritated scalp conditions.

4. For an extra boost, use green tea instead of plain water to make the henna paste.

5. Create a Darker look: If you don’t want the reddish tint that henna often gives you, you can try to add other ingredients to your henna paste to get the desired shade. Henna, when mixed with other botanicals such as black tea and indigo, can create a variety of beautiful shades of red and brown.

  • if you desire less intense colour, use black tea or coffee to make the henna paste. Both help to tone down red tones, deepens brown tones and cover greys.
  • you can also use herbs such as: nettles, cloves, sage, or walnut hull to create a darker look. With the dried herbs, make strong infusions, strain, and use instead of the water.
  • you can also use indigo powder. It gives beautiful mahogany to brown tints to your hair. Make a paste of indigo powder with a pinch of salt and some warm water and let it sit for 15 minutes. Next, combine it with henna. (For browner look use indigo and henna in equal amounts)

6. Lighter/Blonde hair: If you want a lighter look and with all the benefits of henna – use cassia obovota. Also called as neutral henna, it gives hair golden highlights over time especially for light coloured hair. For enhanced colour effects use chamomile tea to make the cassia paste.

To create strawberry hair tones combine cassia with true henna (use 25% henna and 75% cassia).

Some suggestions for buying henna

  1. Always buy 100% pure henna – it should be stated by the seller. Otherwise henna can be mixed with synthetic dyes, metallic salts or ammonia, which is not good for your hair.
  2. Pick one with high lawsone content – this means it will give darker results.

Have you ever tried henna gloss? Tell me your stories, recipes…

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What can I mix with henna for shiny hair? ›

4. Henna Mask for Soft and Shiny Hair: To get lustrous shine in your mane, let the henna soak in the tea decoction overnight and add a teaspoon each of coconut oil and aloe vera gel. If you don't mind the smell of an egg, you can add an egg white to the mixture for best results.

Will henna make my hair shiny? ›

Henna hair dye is considered a good conditioner for your hair, and as a result can make it stronger, thicker, and shinier. It may help to restore the natural pH balance of your hair and scalp, too!

Do you put henna gloss on wet or dry hair? ›

Henna Gloss Application

Divide clean, damp hair into four sections for thorough application. Your henna paste should have a yogurt-like consistency.

How long do you leave a henna gloss on your hair? ›

Leave in for the desired amount of time. Remember, the shorter amount of time (15-30 minutes), the less dye uptake… so less red, but also less conditioning. 4 hours is optimal. Rinse, and style as usual.

What oil is best to mix with henna? ›

There are four 'master' oils that strengthen the stain of henna, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Cajeput. It's always advisable to test on skin first as some oils may cause irritation for certain skin-types. For pregnant women and children, Lavender is recommended. Warm (not boiling) water and/or lemon juice.

Do you mix henna with hot or cold water? ›

Henna can be mixed with hot water or cold water. When you mix henna in hot water, the dye release may be immediate, but it is much weaker than desired. Mixing henna paste in cold water may take several hours to a day for the dye to release. We recommend mixing henna in warm to room-temperature water.

Why add lemon juice to henna for hair? ›

Lemon Juice:

Henna attains best dye release with lemon juice as it acidic in nature. Deep red henna will look more burgundy because of the acidic nature of lemon. Also, it is the best remedy for hair problem like dandruff.

Should I apply henna on clean or dirty hair? ›

First of all, hair should definitely be clean. But “clean” means several things. For henna and plant dye mixtures, it means, 1) free of dirt; 2) free of oils, both natural and added; and 3) free of mineral build-up.

Should I shampoo before or after henna? ›

Preconditioning & shampoo should be done before henna application, rinse your henna with plain water only after the process.

What happens if you leave hair gloss on too long? ›

Gloss is a wonderful thing—it can refresh color between dye jobs and give it loads of shine. However, if a gloss is left on too long, it can alter your shade and get too dark. Fortunately, glosses are temporary and will lighten up with shampooing, says Tardo.

How often should you do a henna gloss? ›

The Henna Hair Gloss can be used weekly so that's the plan before I switch back to using the Cassia Gloss.

Can I leave henna gloss on overnight? ›

Cover the bowl and let it sit for 15 to 60 minutes for dye release (you can also leave it overnight). The longer you let it sit, the stronger the henna will be – which means you will get darker colour results.

Is 2 hours enough for henna? ›

Apply henna for maximum 2-3 hours in one time, more than that will make hair excessively dry and it will start breaking up. 5. Preconditioning & shampoo should be done before henna application, rinse your henna with plain water only after the process. 6.

How do you keep henna hair bright? ›

Sectioning and clipping the hair is helpful, as well. Some only touch up their hairline and part regularly, leaving a full root touchup for when their roots become more noticeable. Applying henna only to new root growth will keep the color bright.

What oils make henna darker? ›

Essential Oils: Adding essential oils like lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, or clove oil can darken henna (1). You can also mix Mahalabiya oil (an essential oil with a pine oil base) to darken henna.

Can I add olive oil to henna? ›

Henna as Hair Dye

If you would like an emollient, add one egg or one tablespoon olive oil. The lemon juice can also be blended in at this phase, to serve as a fixative for the dye. Be sure to keep the paste at room temperature (do not allow paste to cool below 70F).

What does adding vinegar to henna do? ›

Additives to Mix With Henna Hair Dye

The acid in apple cider vinegar or freshly brewed tea and coffee can help henna bind to keratin, a protein that provides structural support to the hair's cuticle and cortex. Two to three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar are enough to help deepen color and reduce redness in the dye.

How do you make henna more vibrant? ›

If you want a brighter red, certain fruit acids will push the henna tone lighter, and prevent deepening from oxidation. Mixing henna and cassia will also result in lighter coppers and oranges. If you want browner tones, add indigo. Fruit acids can also deepen your result.

Why don t hairdressers use henna? ›

Henna “will stay deeply in the cuticle and make it extremely difficult for your hairstylist to open the cuticle again and change the color,” says Monica Davis, a professional hair stylist and the founder of My Straightener.

Why can't you shampoo after henna? ›

No matter what type of hair you have, you should always leave it at least 48 hours after rinsing out your henna to shampoo with any kind of detergent at all. This is because it takes 48-hours for Henna to fully oxidise (which means deepening exposure to light).

What can I mix with henna for hair growth? ›

For Hair Growth

To use henna for hair growth, mix 3 tablespoons of henna powder with ½ tablespoon each of brahmi, curry leaf, amla, and purified gunja seed powders. Add 1 teaspoon of onion juice to this. Now, add hot water to prepare a paste. Let the paste soak for a few hours before applying to your hair and scalp.

How do you make henna shiny? ›

5 tablespoon henna powder. 1 tablespoon amla powder (to helps dye release, you can also add vinegar or lime juice) 1 egg (as a glossing ingredient, if you have dry hair use yogurt or coconut milk instead) 1-2 tablespoon almond oil (or any oil of your choice)

What can I add to henna powder for hair? ›

Getting started with your henna mix for hair

Start by soaking the henna powder in an iron container with coffee or tea-stained water. You need to have a paste-like consistency, so don't add too much. The next day, add a dash of lemon juice, and the yoghurt or egg for extra nourishment.


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