Aloe Vera and Henna Hair Dye

Many of my friends were asking ideas for homemade hair dye. All of us know that henna is the best way to dye the hair without any chemicals. But henna powder we get is not pure and if we make henna paste separately with fresh henna leaves, it is quite drying.

Last week, my cousin suggested using henna like the way I have posted here. Using fresh henna leaves with aloevera is a great idea because Aloe Vera conditions the hair well and prevents hair from drying out. The other thing I noticed while making this paste is that, aloevera makes it easier to grind the henna leaves very finely without adding any water.

My cousin has premature greying problem and she uses this regularly. This paste gives a deep dark reddish black tinge to the hair. This paste can be used immediately and because the paste is smooth, it is very easy to apply on the hair.

To make this home made hair dye, collect fresh henna leaves, separate the leaves from the stalk. Take a fresh Aloe Vera leaf and cut the thorns from both sides and cut them into pieces. Grind both together well and apply on the hair. Wait for at least half an hour before washing your hair.

Aloe Vera and Henna Hair Dye

1. Cut a fresh Aloe Vera leaf from the plant. You will find slimy green juice, wash it well and cut the thorns on both sides of the leaf.

2. Collect fresh henna leaves and remove the stalks. Cut the Aloe Vera into small pieces, along with the outer skin.

3. Grind both together well without adding water. It grinds very nicely into a fine paste.

4. Apply it on the hair and wait for at least 30 minutes, before washing off.


  • This paste has to be applied immediately.
  • Both the henna leaves and Aloe Vera leaf should be fresh.
  • Please don’t mix yogurt or milk in this, your hair will not get that deep dark red color.
  • If you don’t get fresh henna leaves, use good quality henna powder and Aloe Vera.


  1. Poornima Porchelvan
    October 10, 2013 / 3:41 am

    Very useful post ram; thanks for sharing.

  2. Anonymous
    October 10, 2013 / 5:16 am

    What should I do if I do not want deep red colour and want black colour instead

    • Meghna Sengupta
      April 21, 2018 / 12:23 pm

      Hi. Apply mehendi using the method given in the blog and after washing it off, when hair is dry apply indigo powder mixmi with littli salt. You will get a deep brown color on your hair . You can buy indigo powder online . From a good organic brand

  3. ramya
    October 10, 2013 / 5:46 am

    Hi, There is an other method where henna powder is soaked with tea decoction in an iron kadai overnight and applied on the hair( I will post it soon). It gives even darker color, but to get complete black color is impossible with henna.

    • Hali Panella
      December 28, 2016 / 11:04 pm

      Hi guys, actually if you mix henna with indigo you can achieve black.

    • Rashan59
      December 29, 2016 / 1:51 am

      Hi Hali Panella, what is the recipe for the indigo and henna. I have tried that and only get dark hair for a week. After a week it turns red again, but not bright red. Thanks

    • Hali Panella
      February 4, 2017 / 1:32 am

      Hi there, I didn't see this until now. It really depends on your original hair color. There are some great threads about it on the Long Hair Forum (just google that). Personally, if I am looking to do black on medium brown hair I use this recipes: . I use a variation of hers on my mom. However, my henna recipe – which is super strong is the following: 3 cups henna1 lemon (squeezed)3/4 cup apple cider vinegar 2 raw eggs 2 tablespoons of olive oil1 table spoon of argan oilIt should be the consistency of toothpaste, if not – add more henna I let that sit for a couple hours, then I freeze it for 24. I leave it on my head for like 6 hours with plastic wrap. Conditions your hair while you dye it 🙂 For black, I do that – rinse it all out and then use there method on the website there. Hope that helps!

  4. Unknown
    October 15, 2013 / 6:52 am

    If we are using the henna powder then do we use both the aloe leaf and the aloe gel or just the aloe gel

  5. ramya
    October 16, 2013 / 1:17 am

    Hi, use fresh aloe leaf with the outer skin. Grind it along with the powder.

  6. Anonymous
    October 23, 2013 / 3:27 pm

    do we have to remove the gell from alovera and grind only the leaves . shall we wash the hair with shampoo

  7. ramya
    October 24, 2013 / 12:35 am

    Hi, Remove only the thorns, not the outer skin and grind it along with henna leaves. Use a mild shampoo to wash your hair.

  8. Anonymous
    November 8, 2013 / 10:22 am

    What colour dye is it sorry?

  9. ramya
    November 8, 2013 / 11:34 am

    You get a deep dark tinge to the hair.

  10. Anonymous
    November 17, 2013 / 4:14 pm

    Where can one find Henna leaves? I live in the United States!

    • Frugal Boganista
      April 13, 2014 / 2:29 pm

      Try ur local health food store or an Asian grocery store. Otherwise u can buy henna powder on Ebay, or seeds to grow ur own henna plant.

  11. ramya
    November 18, 2013 / 5:24 am

    I am sorry, I don't know where you get fresh henna leaves in the states. But you can try this with good quality henna powder too.

  12. Geetha Mathew
    November 25, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    The powder and aloevera leaf should be ground just before applying or the powder mixed earlier and the leaf ground in at the time of applying?

  13. ramya
    November 26, 2013 / 3:38 am

    Hi, Grind both together and then it can be applied immediately. You don't have to mix the powder into a paste before hand. We have only tried it with fresh henna leaves, but I am sure, good quality henna powder will give the same results.

  14. Frugal Boganista
    April 13, 2014 / 2:23 pm

    Hi Ramya, I also am prematurely grey, I started going grey at 15 & have a great many now. I've used henna in the past unsuccessfully & thought maybe it just didn't adhere well to grey hair. I see now that it was not pure enough & I was not following the correct procedure. Before I try again, how is the colour density on ur cousin's greys? Does it cover completely opaque or is there still a translucence where u can see the grey?

  15. ramya
    April 14, 2014 / 2:08 am

    My cousin is not completely grey. She does not have too much grey hair, her premature greying started recently.

  16. Anonymous
    September 15, 2014 / 5:12 am

    Hello madam iaM bhavani,This blog is very useful and informative and I need remedie for dandruff and themal(skin infection)

  17. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 15, 2014 / 5:32 pm

    Hi Bhavani, Try the fenugreek hair mask in this blog. I find it very very effective for dandruff. I will try posting remedies for themal soon….

  18. dipanjana paul
    January 3, 2015 / 3:13 am

    If I add an egg will that be helpful or it will reduce the dying properties of henna?

  19. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    January 3, 2015 / 4:17 am

    Hi Dipanjana,My cousin has normal hair and she has been using this mixture with good results for many years now without her hair drying out, that is why I didn't mention egg. If your hair is very dry, add an egg or a tsp of olive oil, it will not reduce the dying properties of henna…..

  20. Anonymous
    January 28, 2015 / 4:18 am

    Whether the brown colour will stay for longer time

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 29, 2015 / 3:46 pm

      It does stay on the hair for quite some time….

  21. Anonymous
    March 27, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    hi. what if your hair is brown in colour, what colour does ur hair changes after applying this henna paste?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 30, 2015 / 2:31 am

      Sorry, I am not very sure about brown hair…..

  22. Anonymous
    April 7, 2015 / 9:39 am

    Hired…can we use alovera separately after washing hair with henna????

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 9, 2015 / 6:53 am

      Yes, you can use Aloe Vera after using henna, but won't the process take a long time?

  23. Anonymous
    April 11, 2015 / 10:48 am

    any solution for white hair problem

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 12, 2015 / 5:45 pm

      Try the curry leaf oil or alkanet oil from the blog for premature greying……..

  24. Anonymous
    May 24, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    What can I use instead of aloe vera??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 26, 2015 / 2:17 am

      If you don't mind using egg, you can substitute Aloe Vera with egg…

  25. Anonymous
    August 2, 2015 / 11:25 am

    hey… I have black hair.. If i use this method will my hair turn red??.. i want red/ dark red or burgundy color …

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 5, 2015 / 2:56 pm

      Usually for dark hair it produces a dark reddish tinge. I would suggest that you give it a try to know the exact shade….

  26. Priya.G
    October 4, 2015 / 8:21 am

    Hi ur blog is wonderful, can I grind aloe with henna powder leave it over night & apply in the morning?or should it be used immediately?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 8, 2015 / 3:38 pm

      My cousin always uses it immediately but since you are using henna powder, you can leave the Aloe Vera and henna powder mixture overnight and apply in the morning…..

  27. Anonymous
    February 13, 2016 / 5:16 am

    mam,iam balakrishna i have lot of white hair and lot of hair loss any sollution for white hair to became black and to stop hair fall.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 16, 2016 / 5:23 am

      The best solution for premature greying is using curry leaf hair oil regularly, you can find the recipe for it in the blog. It will also conditions and strengthen the hair roots and prevent hair fall…

  28. Rashan59
    March 11, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Do you rinse the gel from the aloe vera plant. Do you leave the gel in the plant

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2016 / 6:02 am

      After removing the gel from the Aloe Vera plant, I generally rinse it out as it mostly has the green slimy layer on it…

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2016 / 3:59 am

      I would like to use this henna recipe for covering mild grey color and for strengthening my hair, but I have very dry hair. Could I mix the black tea with an egg and aloe vera?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 28, 2016 / 4:31 pm

      I would suggest you give it try but please remember that the more conditioning ingredients you use along with henna, the lesser it's effect in coloring the hair…

  29. Rashan59
    July 28, 2016 / 4:47 pm

    How often can you use henna. Should you cover your whole head with henna each time, or just do the roots.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 17, 2016 / 5:23 am

      You can use henna weekly once and I would suggest using it for the whole head…

  30. anne
    August 5, 2016 / 2:25 am

    Hi,ur blog is amazing can I mix fresh henna leaf n indigo powder for dye hair? I used henna n aloe Vera can't cover my grey hair…tq

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 2:32 pm

      I am very glad that you find the blog useful. You can use indigo and henna…

  31. BeeGeok Ching
    November 12, 2016 / 3:05 pm

    I have been making my own Henna paste the last 2 years. Very often I find that when applying fresh henna paste to the hair, it does not stick very well to the hair.

  32. Unknown
    November 29, 2016 / 11:20 am

    Can this paste be used at 13 year .only just for a colour change

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