To Wrap or Not To Wrap

Do not wrap henna

BAQ henna refers to body art quality henna. Harvest Moon is BTBAQ

Should I Wrap My Hair After Doing Henna?

I always get the question should I wrap my hair with saran wrap when I apply henna? The answer is nothing miraculous, just test and trial of doing hundreds of heads and talking to thousands of people using henna hair dye.

It is a long story, however in my years of doing “henna” I was doing tattoos on two girls graduating high school. I was not an artist by any means, so I used templates. Basically stick on the template, apply the henna , remove in an hour and viola.

In this particular case, one of the girls had to return to school to take her final exam, they both got hearts on their shoulders. The one returning to school, I saran wrapped and sent her on her way. I didn’t want her to smudge it on her clothes. Later about 6 pm the one with saran wrap called and said she removed the wrap and there was no stain, not even remotely. I asked about her friend who got the exact same one and she said it looked beautiful. They both came back and I was in aww how good the one looked and shocked to see the other had no color whatsoever, like it was never done. So I did another one and the next day she called and said thanks, it looks great.

I was only doing hair dye for a year at this time in 2007. I had done many events, parties, festivals, fundraisers, you name it I did it. I have tattooed 3000 students in high school shutdowns in one night. When I was doing the tattoos the powder being fresh made all of the difference in the world. I noticed some places I had to leave it out for 24 hours, add lemon, this that etc.

Then I tested over 200 crops around the globe and the results were astonishing. Where and how it grows makes all the difference in the world. At this point I was a mad man in the kitchen, mixing henna every single way you could find on the internet. This continued for years as I was fascinated by the aspect of henna. After all, everyone said to wrap it on your head. I dyed my family’s hair, my neighbors hair, peoples hair I never even knew, my maids hair and her sisters hair, my hair. One thing for sure was, wrapping it kept it from working as well. Henna needs to release (as well as indigo) in order to produce dye. At the time Catherine Cartwright Jones, (the one with the PHD in henna) said it was crucial to wrap your hair, so in the beginning I followed this because she was an “authority” in henna. What I learned is letting it breath produced much better results. Even to this day you can mix henna or indigo in a baggy and seal it and 2 days later it will not have released. Add a small amount of air and poof, you have dye.

So what I did was, find the best quality henna and indigo ( a lot of factors in this) and you do not have to do all of the “myths” to get it to release. Catherine called it “body art henna” however it is flat out henna that is not expired and 75% of what is on the market is expired, so it takes way more effort to get a stain out of it.

Tattoo artist love my henna because they can mix it on the fly and do tattoos with in an hour.

With the color you are using ” light brown” it is about a 40/60 mix of henna and indigo. We add other natural conditioners which makes it extra conditioning. With that said, henna releases for months and stains for months, indigo releases for hours. So let’s say you leave light brown on your head for 4 hours, the henna will take over and you will be left with red. The same goes for most of the browns. I had a lady tell me she used dark brown and she woke up and it was bright red. I asked ” how long did you leave it on?” she said, “well, I figured if an hour was good, all night was better!” YEP she slept with it in her hair. So the little bit of “fresh henna” took over and did its job.

On certain people we might recommend doing different things, so be careful of what you read on the internet and how you apply it. In the case some say leave it on for hours or overnight before applying , it could be the simple fact it is not fresh. It also more than likely is in reference to henna (natural red) not a henna/indigo mix.

The simple fact is; If you have really good quality henna (red) and you wrapped it, it would work. But it would work better not wrapped, I can state for a fact all of the hairs of head I did, it always came out better not wrapped. Also there might be some people that actually works for, but all of the videos, etc are referencing pure henna, not browns etc.

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  1. Mariyn says

    O thank you so much! I have long hair, silver-white now and I’m not ready for that yet. I had an allergic reaction to a wonderful dye I had been using for some time so stuck!
    I used henna, I bought the “the longer the better” and the first one was fine, I also wrapped as instructed.
    My problem then is the roots, how can you wrap and protect the rest of the hair… can’t two disasters where I have nice honey blond and lumps of orange.
    So, let’s see if I can get those out and follow your amazing advice wrap and say, two hours max? Front of the temple is resistant always was with any color, should I just do that bit twice but shorter time and repeat on the bits not covered?
    BTW snoring…..well I have discovered that if you tape your mouth with micropore tape when you sleep, you do not snore, benefits also that we should always nose breath (we don’t know we are not) more nitric acid is produced and it is beneficial to um, etc, google it! It does work, I do it if I have to share a room! Best wishes from the UK

  2. S. Rickard says

    Doesn’t it dry out? I wrap mine to keep it from drying, and where it does dry out…edges at temples…the color doesn’t take well. Just wondering. Thanks.

    • Rodney says

      No it will not dry it out. You are only leaving it in your hair for an hour or 1.5 hours at the most. If you are using pure henna (natural red) you only need 30 -45 minutes.

  3. Karen says

    I noticed on your blog that you advise against wrapping your hair after applying henna. The instructions on mixing henna says to wrap your hair in a shower cap.
    Which do you recommend?

  4. R. Fulford says

    You suggest not wrapping hair. I have curly/kinky hair, dark brown, but looks black unless viewed in natural/sun light. I typically wrap my hair after application, letting it sit 24 hours to get the best deposit. However, I’ve noticed my hair at the nape of my neck, not completely covered in the plastic cap, is not as dark as the rest of my hair and has a lighter shade that I actually prefer. It looks more auburn than dark brown. The henna is still adhered during the same processing time. I was thinking the difference in shade is due to it not being covered in my plastic cap. So, without creating a mess on me and my apartment, how do purposely produce the desired lighter auburn shade throughout my hair, like that at the nape of my hair, without wrapping in a plastic cap for 24 hour period?

  5. R. Fulford says

    Not as of yet. I’ve been using a different brand of henna and found out about Harvest Moon when I saw this blog. I went to order afterwards but became overwhelmed with the available shades. I desire an auburn to burgundy shade but I’m not sure the best way to go about it.

  6. Nilda says

    I used your hair dye for the first time, but some of my gray hair are stubborn, it still shown gray. I followed the instruction of 60 mins. I’m allergic to hair dye w/ chemicals, but with henna hair dye, I don’t feel anything. Now it’s 4 weeks, can I dye my hair? not waiting for the 6 weeks.

    • Rodney says

      What area did not cover? You do not have to wait to do it again. I recommend waiting 2 days because the dye will get darker over 24 hours. So when you first rinse it it might look lighter, but then get darker.
      Also if you do not cover it well when applying it anything you miss will not cover. This is also the case for men doing facial hair if any of the strands of hair are sticking out, or the layers are completely covered it seems like some areas did not cover.
      I highly recommend our henna shampoo for doing prep. One bottle will last well over a year if just using it for prep. It will also last a year shampooing your hair 3 times a week or more.

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