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You must have flooded some social platforms with pictures of white henna. White henna looks beautiful and stunning. You have probably heard of the miraculous properties of the natural henna.

Have you ever heard of white henna?  If yes, then what exactly is this white henna? First of all, let us clarify some points about this white art here, there is no such thing as white henna. “It’s white body color”, white glitter and adhesive. We all know that many people are quite happy with the hair color that nature has given them and for those who want to change, special means are made for coloring hair.  Have you ever dealt with white henna for hair clarification? If not, then this article will be very useful for you and may even help you to avoid a fatal mistake, which can cost the health of more than just the hair.

Let’s Find Out Is White Henna Natural Dye Or Pure Chemistry?

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Are White And Natural Henna Relatives?

Natural henna has been used by Oriental beauties for hundreds of years. It gives hair a golden hue and at the same time enriches hair and scalp with vitamins. And all because this dye is made from the leaves of the very real plant – Lawsonia, which is grown on the expanses of North and East Africa. Lawsonia leaves are used for dyeing, but the stem does not have a dyeing effect, but it is not inferior to the deciduous part of the plant in terms of its healing properties, so it is used to make colorless henna.

What About The White Henna? What Do They Make It Out of?

If you believe the name and promises of its manufacturers, this dye is able to lighten the curls at once on 4-5 tones and thus strengthen the structure of the hair, enrich the nutrients and improve the appearance. But is it possible to do this with a means of plant origin? How, without chemical exposure, can you lighten your hair?

We’ll continue the investigation and look at the composition of the white henna. So, the miracle dye with a hint of natural origin consists of:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Magnesium carbonate
  • Magnesium oxides
  • Ammonium persulfate
  • Carboxylated methylcellulose
  • Citric acid
  • Water.

Oh, yes! There is also a small amount of colorless henna in the composition. However, all its healing properties are overshadowed by the aggressive effects of chemical compounds, which are necessary for the clarification of hair. Obviously, this product has nothing to do with natural and safe henna and is a cheap and unsafe chemical product.

How Does The White Henna Affect The Hair?

The white henna, like any lightning agent, penetrates deep into the hair structure and aggressively washes out the dyeing pigment and all the nutrients. The hair itself becomes loose, dry, and brittle. This effect is typical for all clarifies. The difference lies only in the degree of negative impact on the hair of the substances that are part of the product

The white henna is based on hydrogen peroxide, which reacts with other dye chemicals to form hydropericardium, one of the most destructive hair brighteners.

White Henna – Reviews Of Victims

White henna producers did not make a mistake when they included a plant known for its beneficial properties for hair in the name of the dye. Having believed the advertisement, the crowds of girls rushed for the miracle lighter to the shops, and were, to put it mildly, disappointed with the result. Naturally, the white henna had no positive effect on her hair. But rather the opposite. Some girls did irreparable damage to their hair, which can now be fixed only with a short haircut.

Though it is necessary to give due credit, hair for one time was lightened on some tones, that is means with the problem coping with. But even here, not without nuances. Someone was lucky, and the curls acquired a slightly yellowish shade, which then could be easily painted with cream paint. And after washing, someone saw himself in the mirror with a bright red tiger. Difficulties also arise when trying to repaint a darker color after clarification of white henna. The color does not lie flat and is quickly washed away.

In general, about 70% of the girls who used white henna evaluate its effect on their hair as extremely negative, and about 60% are also dissatisfied with the result of dyeing. Is the white henna that bad?

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The Blame Is On Advertising

In fact, the effect of spotting or catastrophic brittleness of the hair is possible when using absolutely any clarification. It’s all about the original structure and color of the hair. If before clarification hair was initially severely weakened or dyed unevenly, it is natural to expect the above effects after the procedure.

Negative feedback is mainly due to the fact that because of the name “White henna” and promises that the product will instantly turn the girl into a snow-white blonde, buyers of miracle products were expecting a miraculous transformation, which is allegedly impossible to achieve with the help of other “unnatural” clarifies. That’s why they didn’t pay much attention to the instructions and warnings on the package. And when they got the effect, as after the use of conventional chemicals clarified, broke out with righteous anger. Although the white henna was not to blame here, she did everything she could according to the possibilities of her composition. It was all the advertising that was to blame.

How to Use A White Henna

Anyway, the white henna still has two indisputable advantages:

  • It really brightens your hair.
  • Its cost is much lower than other clarifies.

Therefore, despite the fact that numerous experts have long debunked the myths about the miraculous properties of this product, people still continue to actively buy it. If you still dare to use the white henna for hair clarification, take a few tips.

Before using, conduct an allergic reaction test. To do this, apply a little paint to the fold of the elbow and wait a few minutes. If the skin is not covered with a rash or blisters, you can continue the procedure.

Make sure you don’t dye or perm your hair for at least a month, otherwise you risk either turning into a spotted tiger or your hair just falling out.
Do not use henna if your hair is very weak or dry. In this way, you will cause irreparable damage to your hair, which can only be repaired with the help of barber scissors.

Don’t expect you to turn from a burning brunette into a snow-white blonde after one treatment. After the first staining, you will most likely become a bright redhead. Depending on the original color of your hair, you may need 1 to 7 treatments to achieve the desired effect.

A couple of weeks before and a few days after white henna dyeing, your hair will have a marathon of wellness treatments (nourishing masks, balms, salon treatments). This will help to survive the difficult test of hydroperoxide not only weakened but also absolutely healthy hair.

Pay attention to the shelf life of the dye on the package. If you use an expired dye, you may get head burns or cause intensive hair loss.

And most importantly. Carefully read the instructions on the package and do not expect a miracle from the white henna! After all, this is a common cheap clarifier. And no more.

Remember! The white henna is not real henna! Not one herbal remedy can not lighten the hair!!!

Be careful and take care of your health.


1. What is white henna?

White henna, also known as jagua, is a natural dye made from the Genipa Americana fruit that is used to create temporary body art designs on the skin.

2. Is white henna safe for the skin?

Yes, white henna is safe for the skin. It is a natural dye that is not toxic and does not contain any ingredients that could irritate the skin.

3. How long does white henna last?

White henna can last for up to two weeks on the skin.

4. Does white henna stain clothing?

No, white henna does not stain clothing.

5. How long does it take for white henna to dry on the skin?

White henna typically takes between 30-60 minutes to dry on the skin.

6. Are there any health risks associated with white henna?

No, there are no known health risks associated with white henna. However, it is always recommended to do a patch test before using white henna on larger areas of the skin.

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(Reviewed by Dr. Sarika)

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