How to wash hair after applying henna? How often to wash it?


  • To wash your henna colored hair, you should use shampoos and conditioners with extra moisturizing ingredients, for example, coconut oil, linseed oil, or jojoba oil.
  • It’s best to wash your hair every 48 to 72 hours to help keep your hair fiber’s healthy.
  • The truth is that henna requires much less care when washing your hair than traditional dyes. You just have to avoid soap bars, dandruff shampoo, and ocean shampoo.


After so much effort to dye your hair with henna, you must be running out of patience. And I understand you.

Not many can wait two to four hours for henna to penetrate the hair fiber and finally get the color you want.

You should get a reward for your patience. However, today you’ll receive another prize, much more tangible, useful, and which will draw a smile on your face.

Do you want to know what it is?


 You won’t have to take any special care when washing your hair after applying henna! Because this natural coloring is very long-lasting.  


There are some products that you should avoid, but they’re no big deal. They are, for example, soap bars (does anyone wash their hair with soap bar?) or dandruff shampoo. So, you won’t have any problems washing your hair. That’s a relief, right?

If you’re used to coloring your hair with traditional permanent or semi-permanent dyes, you always heard you had to avoid sulfate shampoos.

However, with henna, something completely different happens.  Neither sulfates, nor parabens, nor moisturizing oils like coconut or argan degrade it. 


What’s more, if you want, you can even wash your hair every day. Still, it’s not the best idea, but not because of henna. Instead, to preserve your hair health. Washing your hair every day dries out the hair fiber and produces the dreaded split ends.


Today, I’ll reward your patience and courage in dying your hair with henna. So, stay with me, and I’ll tell you:

  • How and how often to wash henna colored hair
  • How often should you wash your henna colored hair?
  • What products to avoid when washing henna colored hair


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How and how often to wash henna colored hair

washing henna colored hair

Were you planning to throw away your regular shampoo now that you’ve colored your hair with henna?


You should only do so if it’s a dandruff shampoo. I’ll tell you why later.

If your shampoo contains sulfates, silicones, parabens, or other additives, you can still use it. There are very few hair products that can degrade henna.


Washing your hair will be more than simple.

  • Wet your hair, apply a generous amount of your regular shampoo, and massage into a good lather
  • Rinse and apply regular conditioner, leaving it in for three minutes
  • Rinse


Now, you may have noticed that your hair is drier since your colored it with henna. It’s because henna has astringent qualities.

That’s why when using shampoo and conditioner, it’s best to choose one that contains moisturizing oils such as coconut, argan, or linen.

You can also choose a shampoo that contains proteins, such as keratin.


Now, what about washing frequency?


How often should you wash your henna colored hair?

moisturizing products

Even if you wash your hair every day, henna won’t fade because it has accumulative power.

However, washing your hair every day is not a wise choice because you don’t give the scalp enough time to produce sebum. Also, henna dries out the hair, and you’ll end up with a hair fiber that’s drier than the desert.


 My advice is to wash your henna colored hair every 48 or 72 hours to give your scalp time to moisturize your hair fiber naturally. 

Although there are only a few products that can affect henna’s duration when washing your hair, it’s worth knowing about them.


What products to avoid when washing henna colored hair?

Do you remember Superman’s weakness?



 Just like Superman, henna also has some weaknesses. They’re very few, but they can be potentially harmful to your color. Let’s see what they are.


  • Soap bar

Since it’s specially designed for the skin, it contains alcohol and Vitamin C that can fade henna.


  • Baking soda

Yes. Believe it or not, some women use baking soda to remove oil from the scalp.

If you’re one of these women, look for another natural method to wash your hair because baking soda damages the hair fiber and fades the henna.


  • Dandruff shampoo

Although henna resists the sulfates of shampoos, it’s not invincible against dandruff shampoo. That type of shampoo contains three times as many sulfates, in addition to sodium, alcohol, and parabens.

What’s more, dandruff shampoo can remove henna in just one wash.


  • Ocean shampoo

Leave the sea to surf or swim like a mermaid because ocean shampoo contains large amounts of sea salt. It produces an oxidizing chemical reaction in your hair that removes your henna and breaks your hair immediately.



  • To take care of your henna colored hair, you only need to wash your hair every 48 or 72 hours and use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners.
  • Henna coloring is one of the most persistent because it resists the erosion of sulfates, parabens, and silicones.
  • However, as it tends to dry out the hair fiber, the advice is to incorporate moisturizing hair products that contain oils or keratin.

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