Can you apply henna on bleached hair? Yes, but don’t forget these 2 steps before applying it


  • If you want to apply henna on your bleached hair, you’ll have to wait at least one week.
  • You should always use 100% organic and natural henna.
  • Also, you should deeply moisturize your hair with keratin masks at least three times during that week. Protect your hair with coconut oil the same day you apply the henna.
  • Finally, to make sure that your bleached hair will resist coloring, I recommend a strand test.


Do you want to apply henna on your bleached hair?

I think it’s ok. It’s a sensible decision because, in a way, you’re looking for a healthy balance for your hair.

What do I mean by this?


I mean that, on the one hand, you’ve done a chemical process on your hair that’s quite aggressive, which is called bleaching. A process that takes up to 75% of the moisture out of the hair.

However, because you care for your hair health, you want to color it using a natural product like henna.

That’s great because it works for your hair.


 However, watch out because you can’t just apply any henna. It’s not about running out and buying any henna that is offered as natural. 

If you buy any henna, your hair will end up damaged. Then, all your efforts to make a healthy hair decision will be in vain.


So, if you want to color your bleached hair with henna, continue reading because today I’ll show you:

  • What type of henna you should use on your bleached hair
  • How to prepare bleached hair for henna
  • How to moisturize your hair after applying henna

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What type of henna you should use on your bleached hair

lawsonia inermis

You must make sure that the henna you apply to your hair is natural, 100% natural.

How can you tell?


Read the henna ingredients that are always listed on the product label!

Which ingredient should be on the label?


  • Lawsonia Inermis. Easy to remember and the key for nothing bad to happen to your hair.
  If the henna label includes sulfate, ammonia, sodium, hydrogen peroxide, glycerin, or alcohol, drop it right now and run out of the store. 

That henna is not natural. It’ll only lead to trouble. What kind of trouble?


It’ll be a feast of dehydration for your hair. You’ve bleached it, which is a process that drags out pigments and moisture from the hair. Then, if you apply unnatural henna, you’ll be adding more chemicals to the hair.

 So, it’s important that you don’t take any chances.  When it comes to applying products to bleached hair, you should consider everything that may weaken it.

Want one last piece of advice?


Even if you’re applying 100% natural henna, it never hurts to do the strand test

before bleaching

How will the strand test help you?

  • To know if your hair can stand a coloring process.
  • To make sure you’re not allergic to henna.
  • To check how your hair fiber will absorb the color.


To make it simple, you must separate a small strand of hair from the back of the head and apply the henna to it.

Then, be patient. Henna has an exposure time of two to three hours.


Afterwards, rinse the henna out of your hair, dry your lock, look at it and feel the texture.

  • Is it dry?
  • Is it rough?
  • Is it shiny?


  If your hair is rough, dry, or brittle, you can’t apply henna because your bleached hair won’t withstand the coloring process. If you apply henna, you risk burning and breaking your hair. 


Otherwise, if your hair shows no signs of damage, you can use henna. But wait! Not so fast. You’ll need to moisturize your hair for a week before applying henna.

Don’t look at me like that!


Didn’t you want to apply henna to enjoy a new color in healthy hair?


How do you prepare bleached hair for henna?

Henna is a natural product, but it still has a side effect: it can dry out your hair. And don’t forget that your hair is bleached.

So  you have to wait a week between bleaching and applying henna.  While you’re waiting, you can prepare your hair.


You only need two products: any moisturizing mask and coconut oil.


Nourish your hair with a moisturizing mask at least three times before applying henna.

  • Wet your hair and apply the mask from roots to ends, covering it with a shower cap.
  • Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse.

The mask will hydrate and strengthen your hair fiber to avoid breaking it after the application of henna.


Apply coconut oil four hours before applying henna.

The oil will add an extra layer of hydration to your bleached hair. However, don’t forget to rinse it so that the henna deposits the pigments of the new color without obstacles.


Once you have applied the henna, you can enjoy your new color. Which one have you chosen? A fiery red or a jet black?

In order for that color to remain radiant, a few precautions should be taken. Forewarned is forearmed…


How to moisturize your hair after applying henna

keeps hair hydrated

Henna has one advantage over traditional dyes: it’s difficult to remove. Is that good?


It’s wonderful!

First, because the color will last longer. Secondly, because  you can apply moisturizing masks without the risk of dragging out the henna pigments. 

Therefore, you can opt for several treatments when moisturizing your hair. You can use different treatments according to the products you have at home.


  • Moisturizing masks with keratin.

Once a week is more than enough to nourish your henna colored hair. If, after applying the mask, you wrap your hair in a thermal cap, so much the better. A shower cap will also work.


  • Cononut or argan oil.

A piece of advice? Let the coconut oil or argan oil work all night long on your hair. Just remember to protect your pillowcase from staining. The next morning, simply rinse.


  • Micellar water spray every 3 or 4 hours in lengths and ends.

helps moisturize hair after bleaching

Well, whoever says every 3 or 4 hours, also says three or four times a day. Micellar water is not an antibiotic that should be taken strictly. Keep the micellar water handy and hydrate your ends every time you remember to do it.

You can also use shea butter without rinsing in lengths and ends.

Your hair will be hydrated with either of these options, and you won’t have any problems with your color.


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If you want to apply henna on your bleached hair, you’ll have to wait at least a week and make sure it’s 100% natural.

During that week, moisturize your hair with moisturizing masks so that the hair fiber recovers the hydration lost during the bleaching process.

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