Henna Hair Dye & Hair Loss – What You May Not Know

Henna Hair Dye & Hair Loss – What You May Not Know

Henna hair dye is a timeless procedure often promoted as an aid to hair loss. But not many are aware of the potential problems that henna for hair, which can actually include hair loss! Hair loss for any reason at any age is something that is incredibly difficult to deal with, especially without the proper knowledge and guidance. As your local hair restoration center we offer hair loss treatments for Preventive, Restorative and Replacement services, but our goal is not only provide service, but also the knowledge that we really can’t put a price on. All of our blogs on hair loss and the industry are put together so you, the consumer, can stay informed about your options regarding hair restoration options as well as being well informed on those new trends in hair loss that you should be weary of such as Henna and Tattooing on the scalp, in addition to using Henna hair dye. So is henna hair dye safe? Let’s start with a quick history of of the origins of henna.

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What Is Henna

People often are familiar with the term henna, but often don’t know what is henna exactly. The origins of Henna is an Arabic word that refers to a dye prepared in ancient times from a plant that was known as hina.  It is also call Mehndi and was commonly used throughout the Arabina Penisula, Middle East, India and other Parts of Africa. The ingredients in henna hair dye are combined and then grounded up into a powder to prepare for further use, this powder is then mixed with different solutions depending on it’s intended use. For usage in hair, water and chemicals typically found in over the counter hair dyes are added so it has the ability to withstand multiple washes typically withstanding about 4-6 weeks of rich color. Being that henna has been used for centuries for everything from henna hair dye to henna tattooing, people don’t always do enough digging, and just trust the fact that it’s been used for so long that it must be safe, but that is far from the truth.

Disadvantages of Henna for Hair

Even when no chemicals are added to the mix, there are number of different disadvantages of henna for hair. For example, the blockage of hair follicles similar to DHT occur when used in the dying process. When the body produces large amounts of DHT, our hair follicles slowly clog more and more over time until the hair is unable to breakthrough the skin, causing hair loss. Using henna hair dye can involve other products such as coconut oil which continues to exacerbate the build up process by actually sticking to not only the follicles, but the hair itself. Men and women who have used henna for hair dye have reported bunches of hair sticking together and later falling out entirely.

We always stress the importance of keeping both hair and scalp free of buildup because letting our scalps breath is one of the most helpful things than we can do to keep hair healthy and growing. Things such as coconut oil, henna, even the naturally produced DHT will all have negative effects on you hair regardless of hair type.


Affordable hair loss solutions sadly aren’t available everywhere which often leads to those suffering from hair loss to look for options that may not be in their best interest, non FDA approved, or even worse, physically harmful. Our job as your local hair restoration center is to make sure that you as the consumer stays informed about the different treatments available, their pro’s as well as their cons. It’s important to remember that each hair loss case is different for each person, so what may work for other may not work for you, or even worse have an adverse impact and actually cause hair loss, such as the use of henna hair dye.