answering your questions about the new henna...

Posted September 23 2014

We've had a lot of questions about the new henna that Morrocco Method released here, and we've finally got some answers!  So, without further ado, here's some overdue answers to your questions!

What is the difference between the new henna and the old henna?

There are two main differences; first, the packaging.  The new henna comes in a shiny envelope, and not a tub.  The second difference is the new henna is no longer pre-mixed (more information on this in a minute).  HOWEVER, the henna that has NOT changed is the Neutral, Light Blonde, and Red (more on this in a minute as well).  These last three hennas are identical to the old henna that you know and love.

What do you mean by pre-mixed?

Henna by nature is red in colour.  To achieve black, and the 3 different shades of brown in their hair dye, Morrocco Method mixes henna with indigo.  The more indigo, the darker the shade.  Here are the ratios that the original hair colour contained in order to achieve the three shades of brown, and black:

  • Light Brown - 2/3 Henna to 1/3 Indigo
  • Medium Brown - 1/2 Henna to 1/2 Indigo
  • Dark Brown - 1/3 Henna to 2/3 Indigo
  • Black - 1/10 Henna to 9/10 Indigo

The new henna contains the same ratios of henna and indigo, it's just in two separate little baggies so you mix it yourself.  

And what about the red, blonde and neutral?

Nothing has changed in these three formulations, because these were never actually pre-mixed.  The red dye was always just 100% henna.  There was no indigo mixed in.  The neutral 'dye' was always 100% Cassia obovata (also known as neutral henna), which is just used for it's conditioning benefits.  The blonde colour was achieved with Cassia obovata, calendula and chamomile.  So nothing has changed in either of these three formulations, they'll still look exactly the same as the stuff that was in the old tubs, in fancy new packaging!

I used to mix a little bit of red with my brown to achieve my colour.  Now what do I do?

If you know how much of each you used to use, it's actually really easy to achieve the same effect.  Recall that the browns and black were all just a mixture of henna and indigo, so by mixing in the red you were actually just upping the ratio of henna.  Say you used 6 tablespoons of medium brown, and 3 tablespoons of red before for a total of 9 tablespoons.  Recall the medium brown was a mix of 50/50 henna to indigo, so in actuality you had 3 tablespoons of henna, and 3 tablespoons of indigo for a total of 6 tablespoons.  You then added 3 tablespoons of red, which is just pure henna.  So to achieve the same effect, you'd be looking for 6 tablespoons of henna, and 3 tablespoons of indigo for a total of 9 tablespoons.  Now for a little math (I know, but stick with me!!):

6/9 = 2/3 henna

3/9 = 1/3 indigo

Lo and behold, you were actually putting light brown on your hair!  Using the ratios above, you can now see how easy it is to play now and achieve the exact colour you want by adjusting amounts.  If you mixed a little bit of blonde in with your browns, you can still do that to by adding the same amount of blonde that you used to!

One tub of hair colour used to last me for multiple colourings.  Now what?

Well, it still can.  The instructions included with the new henna tells you to mix the entire contents of the package for a single dye job.  But again, using the ratios above you can mix smaller amounts of dye instead of the entire package to make it last multiple times.  I've always measured my colour out by tablespoons, so using the above ratios is a snap!  The new colour is the same amount by weight as the old tubs, just packaged differently.

Any other differences I should know about?

Yes, there is one last difference.  It is now recommended that you do the black dye as a two-stage process.  This was always suggested as a way to get rid of really stubborn greys, and it's pretty simple (although you do have to dye twice so it takes more time).  You start by dying with the henna (or red), then do a second dye job with the indigo.  The henna sticks better to the hair than the indigo, so your initial colour is red.  The indigo then sticks to the henna that is coating your hair, giving you better overall coverage and colour.

As always, if you have any questions please do ask!  If you need any help calculating ratios or anything of the like, please ask as well!

Happy dye-ing!  :)