DIY How to Make Henna Hair Oil for Hair Growth

Henna is a wonderful ingredient to use for our hair and this traditional henna hair oil made with henna leaves and coconut oil is very good for the hair. I have a henna tree in my home and I love to use the  fresh henna leaves for all my preparations. The smell of freshly plucked henna leaves is so amazing and refreshing.

This homemade henna hair oil is wonderful for strengthening the hair roots and it also treats minor scalp infections. This henna hair oil is best made during summer time, when you get plenty of sunlight. Regular scalp massage with this hair oil will arrest hair fall and stimulate new hair growth. This oil has got homemade virgin coconut oil as the base. In my personal opinion, coconut oil is the best oil for hair and if you use chemical free, homemade oil regularly, you will notice a nice difference in your hair.

To make this oil, collect fresh henna leaves and wash it well. Grind the leaves in a blender along with little water to make it into a thick paste. Take the paste and make it into small rounds, place it in a plate and sun dry till crisp. Heat coconut oil in a pan and add the dried henna balls to it and once the sizzling sound stops, switch off.

Let the oil cool completely, strain and pour it glass bottles. This oil can be used as a daily application oil, hair massage oil or as a pre shampoo treatment. To use as a pre shampoo treatment, warm the oil slightly in a small pan. Take the oil in your fingers and massage it well all over the scalp. The oil has to be warm , not hot when applying this oil.

After a good and gentle hair massage with this oil, let it soak in the hair for at least 30 minutes. Wash it off with a mild shampoo, followed by a good hair conditioner. After this hair treatment, you will feel very refreshed and your hair will be very soft and manageable. You will also get deep sleep that day because of the massage, which will relax and refresh you. Enjoy making this henna hair oil at home!

How To Make Henna Hair Oil:

1. Pluck fresh henna leaves and clean it well. Grind the leaves in a mixer to a smooth mixture, using very little water.

2. Make small rounds out of the mixture and spread it on a plate to dry. Dry it in hot sun till the rounds are completely dry.

3. Heat coconut oil in a pan in a low flame and once hot, add the rounds.

4. It will start sizzling immediately, let it sizzle in low flame.

6.Once the sizzling stops switch off.

7. Let the oil cool, strain and store it in glass bottles.


  • If you add too much of water while grinding, you will not be able to make rounds.
  • Try to use freshly plucked leaves and homemade coconut oil for best results.
  • The whole thing should be done in a low flame, else the rounds will burn easily.
  • Make sure not to fill the pan to the brim with oil, it will spill over when it sizzles.
  • This oil stores well for 2 to 3 months at room temperature.



  1. Anonymous
    September 9, 2014 / 12:29 pm

    Hello, do you think henna prepared this way will make hair orange/red colored?

  2. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 10, 2014 / 8:18 am

    Hi, No, This oil will not color the hair red….

  3. Anonymous
    September 10, 2014 / 7:19 pm

    Thank you for the information 🙂

  4. Preeth
    September 14, 2014 / 10:52 am

    Rams, I am trying this oil today..all your posts are really good and the fotos too…Preeth

  5. Ann
    September 20, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    Does this work on African American hair?

  6. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 21, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    Hi Ann, It works on every type of hair….

  7. Anonymous
    October 11, 2014 / 4:39 am

    I have black hair(Indian) and i dont want to colour it or even add a tint of orange/brown/red i want to condition my damaged hair.will it colour my hair ? Plzz..reply

  8. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    October 12, 2014 / 3:24 am

    No, this oil will not color the hair. It only conditions the hair, if used before hair wash………

  9. Indu Laxshman
    October 21, 2014 / 5:16 pm

    Will this help in stimulating hair ?

  10. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    October 23, 2014 / 2:30 pm

    Hi Indu Laxshman, Yes, this henna hair oil helps in stimulating new hair growth……

  11. Anonymous
    November 5, 2014 / 4:17 am

    i heared this recipie in which shade dried henna leaves are put in xtra virgin cocnt oil. which one do u think is better? and why?

  12. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    November 6, 2014 / 3:15 am

    The whole point of oil making is to infuse the oils with the essence of the herbs. If the herbs are of good quality (not sprayed with pesticides) then regardless of the method, it will work great……..:)

  13. Anonymous
    December 2, 2014 / 5:51 pm

    hi, am an African and experiencing baldness. will this help in getting back my hair? …..pls I need a reply..tanx

  14. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    December 3, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    Hi, I am sorry, this hair oil will not treat baldness………

  15. Anonymous
    January 13, 2015 / 12:25 pm

    Mam, will mix all the ingredients for hair growth oil like henna, curry leaves, karisilankanni, keelanali,venthayam(sprouted) and kathalai(alovera). Plz rep. SREE

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 14, 2015 / 4:23 pm

      Hi Sree, I haven't tried the oil with the all the ingredients you mentioned, but try making a small batch and see if it agrees with you before making a large batch………..

    • Anonymous
      February 3, 2015 / 1:03 pm

      is it also helping in controlling premature greying of hair??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 4, 2015 / 5:29 am

      For premature greying try the curry leaf hair oil from the blog…

  16. Anonymous
    February 22, 2015 / 7:13 am

    Could I use 100% avocado oil with this recipe?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 22, 2015 / 3:21 pm

      You can use avocado oil. Any pure cold pressed oil will work well….

  17. kate whole
    April 6, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    hi thank you i want to try it but i wonder if it will change my hair color

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 7, 2015 / 5:32 pm

      Kate, this henna oil will not change the hair color…..

  18. Anonymous
    April 23, 2015 / 3:36 pm

    can Ayur powder henna be replaced for the leaves?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 24, 2015 / 5:23 pm

      I would prefer making the oil either with fresh or dried leaves. But if you can get only the powder give it a try, but try making a small batch first ……

  19. pianobuzz
    April 28, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    If this remedy can help hair growth, then why can't it help balding ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 2, 2015 / 5:06 am

      Certain oils and treatments block DHT which is responsible for balding and henna oil has not been proven to prevent DHT….

  20. pianobuzz
    April 29, 2015 / 9:21 am

    I ask the seller for Henna Powder and he says it will make my hair turn red. If I use Henna powder and Grape seed oil and make it into the mixture , will my hair turn red colour?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 2, 2015 / 5:16 am

      It will dye the hair red…

  21. Anonymous
    June 19, 2015 / 6:16 pm

    I have used it for 4 times.some red hairs are visible.I want my hair to be in black only.will it color my hair red?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 26, 2015 / 5:00 pm

      Hi, This henna oil does not color the hair red, it will only condition and strengthen the hair…

  22. Anuja Sawant
    July 11, 2015 / 10:35 am

    Hi, how long should i keep henna oil in my hair? Does it make our hair color changed when kept for a longer time such as for a day or two? pls reply 🙂

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2015 / 4:32 pm

      I usually oil my hair the previous day and have hair wash next day morning but even if you leave it for 2 days it won't change the hair color…

  23. Anonymous
    July 16, 2015 / 1:17 am

    I told tis method to my grandma, she do the same as you had said, but except, instead henna paste she made a complete paste of bhringraj, amla, curry leaves, henna….she kept the plates with small rounds, in the terrace during day time &, under fan during night time….can i do wat my grandma said ???

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 22, 2015 / 4:10 pm

      Yes, you can add other herbs like your grandma mentioned. We should all try to follow our grandmas advices and suggestions without fail..:)

  24. Anonymous
    July 23, 2015 / 2:16 am

    Can I mix coconut oil, sesame oil and castor oil ??? I asked this question to everyone but they were confusing me plz ramya ma'am tell me your opinion…..I need all the three oils vitamins and minerals ??? Can I mix these three carrier oil ??? Is there any side effects by combining these three oils ???

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 28, 2015 / 3:04 am

      Combining these 3 oils are fine and there are no side effects but if you add too much of castor oil, the oil will be too sticky. I would suggest mixing equal quantities of unrefined coconut oil and sesame oil and 1/4 measure or less of castor oil….

  25. Anonymous
    July 23, 2015 / 12:22 pm

    Should I use which type of brahmi -bacopa monnieri or centella asiatica

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 28, 2015 / 3:15 am

      You can use either one, but don't use Centella Asiatica for a long duration and it is not safe to consume it during pregnancy daily.

  26. Uma sunder
    August 9, 2015 / 6:58 am

    hi ramya .i live in blore. i ve hair thinning problem. hairfall is more in the crown area.baldness is visible nowadays .pls suggest me some remedies.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2015 / 5:36 pm

      Hi Uma, so many factors cause hair fall – deficiencies, stress, like you mentioned hard water, allergies and illness. Though external application of hair oils will condition the hair, it can only go so far. Try to find the root cause of the problem, (check for deficiencies, notice whether you are stressed) once you find the root cause it will be easier to treat it. In the mean time try applying fenugreek hair mask from the blog weekly thrice, it will greatly nourish the hair…

  27. Akhila Chilukuri
    August 22, 2015 / 1:18 am

    How to use dried henna powder for henna hair oil?? Plz suggest me..i have hairfall prblem

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 26, 2015 / 12:32 am

      Hi Akhila, I have always used fresh henna leaves and don't know how effective the henna powder will be for making the oil. I would suggest making a small batch and see if it works for you. To make the oil, mix both the powder and the oil in a pan and heat on very very low flame till nice aroma wafts, switch off and strain. Try to do the whole process in a very low flame else it will burn easily…

  28. Anonymous
    September 11, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    Hi Ramya, i am a punjabi girl, i used to have very thick and long hairs, but now they are lifeless, i have left 1/10th proportion only, I am studying and it has created too much stress, i had depression and panic attacks which started this may due to study only but thay certainly lead to loads of hair loss. I started using Kesh Nikhar soap, which does not seem to ne worth using now.. can you please help me.. i have less hair on crown area. depression is now curing, but due to hair thinning and falling, i am in huge stress, there is no other problem i am having.. please please suggest something. Or any doctor.. please

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 17, 2015 / 5:12 am

      Please don't worry as it will only lead to more hair fall. Start applying fenugreek hair mask from the blog each time you have hair wash, this will nourish and strengthen the hair roots. Along with it try regular hair massage with anyone of the homemade oils from the blog, this will help you relax and at the same time condition the hair. Also try to eat healthy and take a course of supplements after checking for deficiencies. Do this regularly for a few months and you will start seeing results very soon…..

  29. Unknown
    October 26, 2015 / 8:04 am

    Does the henna hair oil stop hairfall? Please reply

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 31, 2015 / 4:02 pm

      Regular application of henna hair oil does stop hair fall…

  30. RAJNI
    January 2, 2016 / 6:29 am

    I have been using off the shelf hair oil henna with lemon for now 3 months and to my surprise the bald patch where the crown area is has now got new growth of hair.I apply it on my head at night and cover pillow with hand towel before going to sleep.I wash my hair next morning.This has worked on my hair and I am truly surprised.This oil and yoga class were started at the same time so I reckon less stress and henna with lemon hair oil combination has been great in stimulating new hair growth in area of head that was mainly bald..

  31. Shuntrelle ROBINSON
    April 16, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    Hi I just purchased henna oil not the powder along with amla,fenugreek,coconut and mustard oil..will it still work…do i still have to warm these over the stove before putting them in my applicator bottle…I didn't get the powders…please let me know I'm eager to do my mix…

  32. Shuntrelle ROBINSON
    April 16, 2016 / 11:20 pm

    I purchased henna,amla,fenugreek,mustard and coconut oils instead of the powders…will it still work..can you please let me know what to do…I'm eager to do my mix to see if it really works..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 30, 2016 / 8:07 am

      Hi, I have never used this combination of oils before. But I would suggest mixing all the oils in small quantities and using it for a week to see whether it agrees with you, if it does then make a large batch. While mixing these oils you don't have to warm them…

  33. Anonymous
    June 15, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Hi Ramya. I would like to make Amla oil, Bhringraj oil and Henna oil and would like to apply each one (Im talking one oil a day and not mixing)and alternate during the week. Is that a good formula for hair growth? Many Thanks!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 17, 2016 / 12:37 pm

      Though mostly I use curry leaf oil even I do alternate hair oils. I am not sure whether alternating hair oils improves hair growth but give it a try and see how it works for you…

    • Unknown
      June 19, 2016 / 2:39 pm

      Thanks for your response Ramya. I will also try curry leaf oil and alternate it with other oils.

  34. Zeena Anselm
    August 14, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    haii have mixed gingely oil along with henna leaves dried nd crushed into the oil. i have also put a small piece of kasthoori manjal. does this have any effect in loosing hair

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 5:36 pm

      I would suggest not using turmeric for hair oil preparation otherwise it will be a good hair oil for treating hair loss. Also try using pure unrefined sesame oil fro best results and keep the mixed oil under hot sun to help henna release the essence…

  35. Anonymous
    October 14, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Mam i m working ritenw. During my childhood wen i applied henna i had leg cramps. I stopped it. Bt i want to use henna hair oil. Guide me to avoid dis side effect. Plz reply

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 10, 2016 / 6:02 am

      People who are prone to getting sinus infection and cold easily should be careful while using henna, that is why we always add a few drops of eucalyptus oil while mixing henna paste. Adding eucalyptus oil greatly helps. I would suggest using this henna oil, since the leaves are sun dried and then cooked in oil, it will not cause any side effects…

  36. Longing for hair💇
    December 15, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    Does this oil loosen hair texture.

  37. Layla
    December 16, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    I had been watching and readying you blog since one month now, and thank to your very helpful advice am on the right track of getting my hair healthy. it's true what you said if we all start getting back to basic and the natural life style we will defiantly see a change unfortunalty i had to learn it the hard way after my hair was beyond damage and fried up. I wand to ask if you don't mind since am suffering from premature grey hair I have been coloring it but know I would like to use henna but am afraid it won't cover the white hair or make more damage to my already fragile hair, will using this hair oil color my hair or should i use the henna mask for that instead.Thanks for changing my live style and having a true impact of how I view aravedic regardsLayla

  38. Unknown
    February 23, 2017 / 9:22 am

    can i use olive oil,fenugreek and nigela seeds for heena hair oil?

  39. Unknown
    February 23, 2017 / 9:22 am

    can i use olive oil,fenugreek and nigela seeds for heena hair oil?

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