Though hen­na’s intend­ed use is for cre­at­ing intri­cate, yet beau­ti­ful designs on the body, women have been using the nat­ur­al plant-based dye to rem­e­dy oth­er issues with their hair and scalp. Dif­fer­ent cul­tures have been tak­ing advan­tage of this plant for cen­turies. Once dis­cov­ered that hen­na left a red stain behind when left on objects  or bod­ies for long peri­ods of time, peo­ple start­ed using the plant to dye their hair and fin­ger nails. Aside from nat­ur­al dye, hen­na can be used to treat per­sis­tent and chron­ic scalp con­di­tions.


Pso­ri­a­sis is a skin con­di­tion that can cause itchy and red patch­es to devel­op on your skin and even your scalp. While hen­na is not med­ical­ly pre­scribed by doc­tors to treat pso­ri­a­sis on the scalp, it has been used by pso­ri­a­sis suf­fer­ers for years. Because hen­na has anti-fun­gal prop­er­ties, it has been known to keep the scalp free of red­ness, flakes, and itch­ing that is caused by pso­ri­a­sis. Hen­na also strength­ens the skin, which is ben­e­fi­cial for pso­ri­a­sis suf­fer­ers since the con­di­tion caus­es the skin to become frag­ile over time.


Like pso­ri­a­sis, dan­druff can cause unseem­ly itchy flakes on the scalp. Dan­druff is often the result of a fun­gal infes­ta­tion. Hen­na’s anti­fun­gal prop­er­ties keep the flakes and itch­ing at bay. When applied, the nat­ur­al hair dye binds itself to the ker­atin that’s in your hair and cre­ates a pro­tec­tive lay­er. This pro­tec­tive lay­er relieves your scalp of irri­ta­tion. Dan­druff is caused by exces­sive oili­ness on the scalp. Hen­na actu­al­ly reduces oil, thus reduc­ing the dan­druff.

Seb­or­rhe­ic Der­mati­tis

This is a skin con­di­tion that I have per­son­al­ly been suf­fer­ing from for years. Seb­or­rhea der­mati­tis is a skin con­di­tion that caus­es the oily parts of your body to pro­duce too much oil. This exces­sive amount of oil turns into itchy, scaly, bumpy, red painful patch­es. Even after all of the der­ma­tol­o­gists and pre­scribed med­ica­tions, I always go back to hen­na to help clear up my der­mati­tis when I have a flair up. In addi­tion to anti­fun­gal prop­er­ties, hen­na also has anti­sep­tic prop­er­ties. Since der­mati­tis is sus­pect­ed to be caused by a yeast fun­gus called malassezia, the anti­fun­gal and anti­sep­tic prop­er­ties that are in hen­na are prob­a­bly what caus­es the con­di­tion to sub­side until the next flare up.

Hair Loss

Not only is hen­na used for dying the hair and treat­ing the scalp, hen­na can also be used for hair growth. Will it grow your hair to extreme lengths in a short amount of time? Prob­a­bly not. It doesn’t work over night. How­ev­er, I can vouch for it con­tribut­ing to the growth of thin­ning or bro­ken hair. When I first began my hen­na jour­ney, I was using it to help strength­en my hair. Because of my Seb­or­rhe­ic Der­mati­tis, I was los­ing hair. The der­mati­tis caused thick and large flakes on my scalp. When I removed the flakes, my hair came out with them. I did my research and hen­na was list­ed as a nat­ur­al option for peo­ple with hair loss. I start­ed apply­ing the hen­na every month and slow­ly noticed my hair line and nape grow­ing in thick­er. Hen­na also is great for women who have thin­ning hair. Hen­na cre­ates stronger strands of hair and pro­motes growth because of its antifungal/antiseptic prop­er­ties. If your scalp spends less time fight­ing off dan­druffs, der­mati­tis and pso­ri­a­sis, it has more time to focus on hair growth.


Hen­na is a nat­ur­al hair con­di­tion­er. Some like to mix their hen­na with coconut oil/milk or olive oil for added ben­e­fits. How­ev­er, hen­na is an excel­lent con­di­tion­er all on its own. Hen­na is what I would call a deep con­di­tion­er because in order to see all of its ben­e­fits, it needs to be left on the hair for a few hours or more. I usu­al­ly sleep with hen­na in my hair overnight. I have even heard of some women leav­ing hen­na in their hair for two or three days. After wash­ing the hen­na out of your hair, you will notice a dif­fer­ence. Your hair will feel heav­ier, soft­er and you will notice less break­age.

Keep in mind that hen­na is not to be used with­out ful­ly doing your research. There are some rules that need to be fol­lowed in order for you to get the best use out of hen­na. For exam­ple, hen­na should be mixed to a cer­tain tex­ture (pud­ding) and it should be applied to wet hair. It also should be mixed with some­thing acidic like lemon juice or apple cider vine­gar if you’re using it for its hair dying prop­er­ties. There are a host of oth­er things to take into con­sid­er­a­tion before apply­ing hen­na. Make sure the prop­er research is done before you decide if hen­na is right for you.

Do you use hen­na to treat your hair or scalp condition(s)?

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olivia fair

I have used hen­na for the almost 4 years .Pure hen­na and indi­go always gave me vari­ants of brown and auburn like on this pics http://newaylook.com, and I haven’t seen my curls stretch. I do know some peo­ple claim it hap­pened to them and I won­der if there aren’t oth­er vari­ables in play like heat styling tools, hair dye­ing, lack of elas­tic­i­ty in hair… The­o­ret­i­cal­ly, hen­na deposits in your hair which can height it down. But, I don’t see that hap­pen­ing to me. I guess you have to try it and see, I love it.


I tried hen­na with coconut milk a lit­tle over a week ago to address dry itchy scalp and it worked…it real­ly worked. But, it also changed the col­or of my already dyed hair but it was worth it. My scalp is still look­ing great!

tawana smalls howard

I have pso­ri­a­sis and I want to use hen­na but not to col­or my hair so how do I get it to help my scalp with­out chang­ing my hair col­or

I start­ed using hen­na indi­go to dye my gray dur­ing the last 6 months when I became extreme­ly aller­gic to hair dye. It has com­plete­ly cleared my very thick pso­ri­a­sis plaque since the first treat­ment and has not come back. This is the first time in the last 20 years that my scalp is com­plete­ly clear of dan­druff and pso­ri­a­sis. I don’t use any of my pre­scribed steroid cream any­more. I don’t care that hen­na is messy because keep­ing my scalp healthy is worth it. I use hen­na indi­go every 4 to 5 weeks, mix­ing it with 2 eggs, hot… Read more »

I recent­ly used hen­na on my hair. After years of research, I decid­ed to use coconut milk to mix with. It’s been sev­er­al days to a week and my dan­druff HAS dis­ap­peared. It also dyed my gray hair a cop­per shade. My hair was dry, not wet when I applied the hen­na. Nor was my hen­na a pud­ding-like con­sis­ten­cy.

This was my first time and it was a test. Next time I WILL use a pud­ding-like con­sis­ten­cy. I will also apply to apply to dry hair and use the coconut milk to mix, as it has already worked well for me.


I just want to add that if you are look­ing to dye but you don’t want to use some­thing acidic you can still get results. I per­son­al­ly don’t put any acid in and I still have got­ten col­or, my hair is now dark brown with red­dish tint that pops in the sun­light. It took me a while to get to this col­or but I got here!

I have scalp pso­ri­a­sis and use hen­na on my head. It does noth­ing for my pso­ri­a­sis. It’s as pure as can be some­times with twigs still in it. But what it does do is reduce my breakge, helps we retain length and loosens and defines my curl pat­tern. The last part is a bit of a prob­lem because I have dif­fer­ent curl pat­terns on my head and it got me all the way to 3c at the back of my head before I big chopped recent­ly. Mean­while the sides of my head which are usu­al­ly 4c were still in 4b… Read more »
I suf­fer from Seb­or­rhe­ic Der­mati­tis and hen­na is the only prod­uct that treats my con­di­tion over the long term that doesn’t dam­age my hair. I’ve tried med­icat­ed sham­poos, but those dried my hair out and made it break off. I use hen­na about every 2 months and it has trans­formed my scalp. No more flak­ing and painful scabs. I should also note that my SD is hor­mon­al. If I’m extreme­ly stressed for months on end, it flared up some­thing seri­ous before I used hen­na. Now all I do is main­te­nance: I sham­poo with shea moisture’s African black soap (i think… Read more »

I get my hen­na from Hen­na Sooq. I’ve been using the red raj when it is avail­able. Gives a faster dye release and big pay off in col­or espe­cial­ly after repeat­ed use.

I’ve been a hen­na head for a while since I big chopped in 2011 in fact. Then I had the bright idea to to dye my hair with con­ven­tion­al dyes from 2013 to 2014. Big mis­take. Did not retain any length and my hair was break­ing and thin­ning. Went back to hen­na and pro­tec­tive styles…gained more length in 3 months since I’ve been henna.ing??? (if that’s a word), then the whole year that I strayed away. Big prob­lem down­side is the pro­cess­ing time…but I found out about hen­na gloss. Curlynik­ki has details on this process. Basi­cal­ly I add two table­spoons… Read more »

I suf­fer from seb­or­rhe­ic der­mati­tis as well. I want to give hen­na try. What are the best brands to use?

I can’t speak for any­one else but I exclu­sive­ly use Godrej Nupur Hen­na, it’s pre­mixed with oth­er ingre­di­ents like amla (for ton­ing down the red col­or), shika­ki and neem. The neem helps with treat­ing my seb­or­rhe­ic der­maiti­sis. I pre­fer it because it works, and its quick to whip up: I just mix about 1/4cup (you may need more depend­ing on your length) sift­ed with hot water and olive oil until its the con­sis­ten­cy of a thin yogurt. After let­ting it sit to let the dye release for a cou­ple of hours, pop it in the fridge to firm it up.… Read more »

Thanks so much for the detailed expla­na­tion Bnelle! I too have used the med­icat­ed sham­poos and like you said it’s dry­ing. I’m going to give hen­na a try. What have i go to lose? :-)


My scalp is extreme­ly irri­tat­ing so it sounds like a very good solu­tion. Thanks for this tip!!

I too suf­fer from Seb­or­rhe­ic Der­mati­tis and I’ve been look­ing for some­thing to help. Ive heard about using hen­na but I haven’t tried it yet. Cur­rent­ly I have it under con­trol from using SM African Black Soap sham­poo or Trad­er Joes Tea Tree Tin­gle along with benot­nite clay and acv as a deep conditioner/cleanser but my edges and nape have some bad break­age from where it acts up the most. Some of the spots are grow­ing in bet­ter than oth­ers and I’ve been look­ing for a nat­ur­al solu­tion to help strength­en and grow out my hair. I may have to… Read more »