Dark Brown Henna is the perfect color for people looking to deepen
their natural shade of dark brown while adding shine and intensity to
your hair color. Using a specific ratio of the henna (Lawsonia inermis) and indigo (Indigofera tinctoria), MM offers the finest in chemical-free hair color.
Method Henna is 100% chemical free and contains no harsh metals,
parabens, or toxins that irritate the hair and scalp. No matter the
color of henna, it is deeply nourishing, conditioning and the perfect
alternative to harsh chemical hair dyes.
A strand test is a good indicator of what to
expect when using henna. Apply henna to a hair sample, gathered from
your brush or a previous haircut. Unlike regular chemical dye, henna
works as a gloss, resulting in a color that is a mix between the dye
color and the base color of your hair. Keep in mind, henna takes several
days to oxidize, meaning that the final color may become darker in the
days following application. Lighter hair types may need to do multiple
applications to achieve a darker color. You cannot lighten hair with
- Small Mixing Bowl (glass or wooden preferable)
- Plastic Sealable Baggie, 2
- Mixing Spoon (wooden preferable)
- Measuring Spoon (wooden preferable)
- Gloves (vinyl/rubber)
How to Do a Strand Test:
- Measure out:
- Light Brown: 2 tsp Henna, 1 tsp Indigo
- Medium Brown: 2 tsp Henna, 2 tsp Indigo
- Dark Brown: 1 tsp Henna, 2 tsp Indigo
read the "How to Mix & Apply Brown Henna" instructions below to
judge what liquid to use with the Henna. If you are using apple cider
vinegar or lemon juice, use only 2 tsp worth.
- In a small bowl,
empty the Henna powder and, if applicable, stir in apple cider vinegar
or lemon juice. Then stir in enough black tea (or other liquid) to
achieve the consistency of yogurt. Cover the bowl in plastic wrap,
pressing to remove any excess air, and let sit the mixture for 8-12
hours at room temperature.
- Empty the bag labeled LT/MD/DK Brown
Indigo powder into a clean bowl. Mix with warm filtered water until it
is the consistency of yogurt.
- Add Indigo mixture into the set
henna mixture. Mix thoroughly and use a little water if needed to get
the yogurt consistency again.
- Use hair removed from your
hairbrush or clippings from a recent haircut. You can snip a lock of
hair from the middle of your head as well. Ball it up or attach ends to a
piece of tape to hold them together. You need enough hair to be able to
discern color difference, so half a handful should be fine. While
wearing gloves, coat the strands with the henna mixture, thoroughly
- Store strands in a plastic bag. Then double bag
to prevent dye from seeping through. Keep it on your person, in a
pocket for instance, to include body heat as a factor in dye release.
Leave in bag for 1-4 hours.
- Rinse henna from hair strands and
inspect the color. Let strands sit for 72 hours to get the most exact
result. View test strands in artificial light and sunlight, as the color
does change with light source.
- To achieve Brown, mix in Indigo after letting the Henna sit with enough water to get the right consistency.
it in a plastic bag. Then double bag to prevent dye from seeping
through. Keep on your person, in a pocket for instance, to include body
heat as a factor in dye release. Leave in bag for 1-4 hours.
henna from hair strands and inspect the color. Let it sit for 72 hours
to get the most exact result. View test strand in artificial light and
sunlight, as the color does change with the light source.
How to Mix & Apply Brown Henna
- Mixing Bowls (wooden or glass preferable)
- Mixing Spoon (wooden preferable)
- Measuring Spoon/Cup
- Gloves (vinyl/rubber)
- Plastic Wrap -OR- Plastic Shower Cap
- OPTIONAL: Fabric Cap (beanie, ski cap, etc.)
- Black Tea, 2 cups strongly brewed and cooled
- Apple Cider Vinegar, up to 3 tbsp (use raw, unpasteurized for best results) -OR- Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice, up to 3 tbsp
- Brown Henna Kit (1 bag of Henna, 1 bag of Indigo)*
- Warm Filtered water, 1 cup
- OPTIONAL: Euro Oil, 1-3 teaspoons
- OPTIONAL: Clove, Ginger, or Cinnamon, powdered 1-3 teaspoons (To lessen the smell of henna)
- OPTIONAL: Pinch of sea salt (To Deepen Brown Tones)
*One Henna Kit is enough for shoulder length hair. Longer hair may require additional kits.
Tea with Apple Cider Vinegar/Lemon Juice is the most common liquid used
when mixing henna. However, you may replace this liquid entirely with:
- Apple or orange juice, 2 cups
- Herbal tea (chamomile, rosemary, etc.), 2 cups strongly brewed and cooled
- Filtered Water, 2 cups warmed (with or without lemon juice)
Mixing & Application
bag labeled LT/MD/DK Brown Henna powder into mixing bowl. Add clove,
ginger, or cinnamon at this point to lessen smell of henna. Add apple
cider vinegar or lemon juice. The more you use of either ingredient, the
deeper the end results will be. However, it will also increase the time
needed to release the dye and may have a drying effect on the hair and
- Slowly add black tea to Henna until it is the consistency
of yogurt. The mixture should not drip from the spoon but should still
be easily spreadable. You may not need all 2 cups of tea to achieve
- Add Euro Oil to mixture. Use more Euro Oil if you added a
lot of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Do not use more than 3
teaspoons, as the oil can prevent the color from sticking.
the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 8-12 hours. If a generous
amount of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar were used, we suggest
letting it sit the full 12 hours. If the temperature is below 60
degrees, it may take longer than 12 hours. Check the surface for color
change from the original color to a darker brown-red, which will signal
the dye release.
- Once Henna has sat for the appropriate amount
of time, pour bag labeled LT/MD/DK Brown Indigo into a clean bowl and
stir in enough filtered warm water to make it a yogurt consistency.
together the Henna and Indigo mixtures. If needed, add a splash of
filtered warm water to achieve the yogurt-like consistency again. Use
this mixture immediately, do not let it sit. This is now Brown Henna.
your hair, put a towel around your shoulders, and apply Euro Oil to
your hairline and ears to prevent skin staining. Using gloved hands,
apply Brown Henna to clean, dry hair. (It can be applied to towel-dried
hair but not wet).
hair with plastic wrap or put on a shower cap. Optionally, put on a
fabric cap over the plastic to trap body heat. The key is to keep the
Brown henna moist and warm.
- Leave Brown Henna in hair for 1-4
hours. The longer it is left, the more dye will saturate into your hair.
Do not leave it in overnight.
- Unwrap your hair and rinse with
water only. Use a drain catcher to prevent possible clogging. Use Pearl
Essence Creme Rinse or a few drops of Euro Oil to aid in the henna
rinsing process, especially if you used a lot of apple cider vinegar or
lemon juice. The Morrocco Method Scalp Massager may also help in
removing the Brown Henna.
- Do not shampoo your hair until 24
hours after the henna treatment. The full color will appear after 72
hours. This color will last 8-12 weeks.
Important Note About Chemical Dyes
Brown Henna Hair Color is 100% pure plant dye. There are no chemicals,
metallic salts, or PPD. Our henna hair color is the safest form of hair
dye you can use, and it even has healthy benefits for your hair. You can
safely use henna on previously chemically dyed hair, but we suggest
waiting 6-8 weeks after your last dye job to allow for detox.
if choose to continue with chemical dyes after applying henna, you'll
need to wait 6-8 weeks until it fades. It won't "burn" your hair, which
is a reaction to chemically-adulterated henna, but it can give you
unpredictable results. Plant dyes don't lift easily out of your hair,
leaving the end color unpredictable, and it fades faster because henna
makes your hair less porous.
Going lighter cannot be done with a
box dye, and the amount of developer you will need to lift the henna
will damage your hair to the point where it won't take dyes well. When
dying your hair with henna and indigo, it will only lift the henna, and
not the indigo, giving you green hair. The amount of chemicals you need
to remove indigo from your hair will make your hair too damaged to hold
any dye at all. You can, however, dye your hair the same color or
People notice the difference in my hair color and ask what I’m coloring it with. I used to have a mousy brown but now it’s a vibrant chestnut, the naturally ‘true me’, courtesy of Morrocco Natural Henna! -Hilary, Topeka, KS
After bleaching my hair for years, I’m using Morrocco Method Henna. All I get now are compliments from everyone wanting to know what I’m doing to make my hair look so good. I am amazed because this is the best my hair has ever been…. silky and healthy, in great condition! It’s been worth every minute and every penny. -JoAnn, Shreveport, LA
Just trying to pronounce the long list of strange ingredients on the back of my hair dye bottle was scary enough. But then I started to make a connection between all those chemicals and my hair being so thrashed and lifeless after years of bleaching and dyeing. I more or less found Morrocco Method by accident on the Internet, and decided to give their Henna a try since they claimed it was 100% natural and non-damaging. Plus, they promised that MM Henna would polish up my hair at the same time it colored it—and NEVER leave that brassy red tint ordinary henna gets a well-deserved bad rep for. Well, that’s a pretty tall order. But I decided to give it a go anyway, since my hair’s condition really couldn’t get much worse. What a surprise….I sure wish I’d found Morrocco Method Henna a long time ago. After getting on their whole hair care program for 6 months (and tossing all the other toxic products I was so ignorantly using), my hair actually glows. The color is so gorgeous now that I’ve decided I will also be getting a major wardrobe make-over — so the rest of my look can match the ‘fabulosity’ of my hair!!! What a happy accident! -Caitlin, London, England