How to Make Black Henna Paste for the Hair

By Desi Crall

Although henna is a natural and safe product to use when tattooing skin or dyeing hair, black henna can be just the opposite. Black henna is not pure henna, but contains para-phenylendiamine (PPD), which helps make the powder, or paste, black. The result of black henna will indeed be black hair; however, precautions should be taken to avoid health risks, which can include severe allergic reactions and skin blistering.

Black Henna Powder

Step 1

Locate a retailer that sells black henna powder specifically made for dyeing hair. You can find a retailer on-line or in your community. Purchase the black henna powder.

Step 2

Protect your workspace with newspaper or some other type of table cover. Keep a garbage bag or pail next to you.

Step 3

Put on your protective gloves.

Step 4

Fill a measuring cup with water. You will need to use about 3 times as much water as the amount of henna powder that you have available.

Step 5

Pour the black henna powder in to a glass dish.

Step 6

Pour the water in to the black henna powder.

Step 7

Stir the henna powder until it is smooth.

Step 8

Apply to hair as desired, rinse after 30 minutes. Discard the remaining paste in to the garbage bag, and rinse all items thoroughly.

Step 9

Discard your gloves.