What to Mix with Henna for Silky Hair?

What to Mix with Henna for Silky Hair

Henna (1) is a natural dye derived from the leaves of the Lawsonia inermis plant. Due to its coloring and conditioning properties, it has been used for centuries to dye. When applied to hair, henna not only colors hair but also make them shinier, more voluminous, and robust.

To create a henna (2) hair mask for silky hair, you must blend it with other ingredients that nourish and condition your hair naturally. Multiple ingredients are beneficial for hair health and some of them are highly efficient in making them silky and shiny. 

This article will explore the benefits of using henna on your hair, how to prepare the mask, and what to mix with henna for silky hair.

Ingredients to Mix with Henna for Silky Hair

Preparing a henna hair mask

Here are the items you can mix with henna for silky hair

1. Coconut Milk

Coconut milk contains fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and proteins that nourishes and hydrates hair, making them smooth and silky. When combined with henna, the concoction adds natural luster to the hair. 

How to Use

Take a cup of coconut milk and add henna powder to it. Make a thick paste and apply it generously to your hair. Rinse off with warm water when dry.

2. Yogurt

Yogurt is a natural hair conditioner that can help soften and improve your hair’s texture. It also keeps the scalp healthy and dandruff at bay. Using it with henna can offer multiple benefits to the hair, revitalizing them thoroughly. 

How to Use

Take a cup of yogurt, add henna in the desired quantity (according to the length and density of your hair), and stir them until you get a thick paste. Apply it to your hair and let it stay for at least 50 to 60 minutes. Rinse off with warm water when dry.

3. Honey

Honey is a raw humectant that helps to keep hair moisturized, resulting in soft and silky hair. It also prevents split ends, breakage and promote hair health. Like yogurt, honey also keeps the scalp healthy. When used with henna, its efficacy improves manifold. 

How to Use

Pour 2 tablespoon of honey into henna powder. Further, you can add water to make a thick paste. Apply it to your hair and scalp. Rinse off with lukewarm water when the mask dries.

4. Herbal Teas 

Herbal teas like chamomile, green tea, and hibiscus tea have conditioning properties that add shine and color to hair. Besides, these teas also possess antimicrobial properties that can address multiple hair and scalp issues. 

How to Use

To make the combination of coconut oil and herbal teas, start by boiling a small quantity of dry tea leaves in water. Once the water cools down, mix it into henna powder to make a thick paste. Apply it to your damp hair and rinse it off when dry.

5. Olive Oil

Olive oil is an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamins that help nourish and strengthen hair, making it silky and shiny. Besides, it can help condition dry hair, strengthen hair follicles, and protect against breakage. 

How to Use

Mix the henna powder in a small amount of olive oil and add water to form a thick paste. Apply this mixture to your hair generously and wash it off after an hour. 

6. Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera is well-known for its hydrating and moisturizing properties, which can help improve hair texture

How to Use

Take some fresh aloe vera gel and mix it into henna powder. If you have aloe vera leaves, extract gel from a leaf by cutting it from the middle. Use a spoon to take out the gel. Mix it with henna to form a thick paste, and apply it evenly to your hair. Wash it off when the mask dries, usually after one hour. 

7. Egg

Eggs contain protein and vitamins that strengthen hair and add shine and volume. It is one of the most beneficial animal products that can bring shine and health to dull and dry hair. 

How to Use

To make a henna egg hair mask, mix henna powder and a teaspoon of olive oil. Now, add egg whites to the mix to get a thick consistency. Stir it until you get an evenly mixed paste. Apply it to your hair and leave it for 45 to 60 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. 

8. Banana

Bananas are intensely moisturizing and nourishing, so they are commonly used in several DIY hair conditioning masks. Combined with henna’s hydrating qualities, they work wonders to smooth and moisturize even the most severely dry and damaged strands.

How to Use

Peel off 1-2 bananas, mash them up, and add them to the henna powder. Stir until you get a thick paste. Apply it to your hair and wash it off with lukewarm water.

Preparing a Henna Hair Mask

In order to reap maximum benefits from henna for silky hair, you need to consider the following to achieve the best results-

1. Choose High-Quality Henna

Make sure you select a high-quality henna powder that is pure and free from additives or chemicals. Only pure henna powder will offer its beneficial properties to the hair, making it healthy and stronger. 

2. Mix with Water or Tea

To prepare a henna paste, blend the henna powder with warm water. Later, you can add other ingredients for added benefits. Stir the mixture well until it forms a thick paste. Let the paste sit for a few hours to allow the dye to release.

3. Add Conditioning Ingredients

Add ingredients listed above, as they are known for their conditioning properties. Coconut milk, yogurt, olive oil, and banana enhance the henna mask’s efficacy, ensuring you get added benefits by applying it. It will soften the hair, making it healthy, shiny, and silky like never before. 

4. Add Essential Oils

You can also pour some essential oils, such as lavender, rosemary, and peppermint, into the henna paste for added fragrance and benefits. Some people are not comfortable with the typical smell of henna, while others love it. In such a case, you can add a few drops of essential oil to reduce the smell of henna.  

5. Apply to Hair

When applying henna to your hair, you should first section the hair and then use the paste evenly from the roots to the tips. Once done, you must cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap to moisten the mask. 

6. Let it Dry 

Let the henna mask sit for at least 40 to 60 minutes or as directed in the packet’s instructions. 

7. Rinse with Water

After the recommended time, rinse the henna mask with lukewarm water. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner if needed.


Using henna on your hair is a fantastic way to achieve natural, silky, and smooth hair. You can mix henna with other natural ingredients known for their conditioning properties to create a nourishing hair mask. The mask with added ingredients will leave your hair looking and feeling great. Experiment with different ingredients to find the best combination for your hair type and concerns. 

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