How long does Henna Last?

How long does Henna Last?

Henna is an organic dye available in powder form. It is widely used in Asian, African, and Arabic countries, usually on special occasions and events. 

The dye in Henna leaves a stain when you apply it to your skin or hair that will last for 2-3 weeks.

You can also use it to get a temporary tattoo. Unlike the permanent tattoos penetrating the dermis layer of the skin, it only leaves a tint that eventually goes away with more minor to no side effects. In addition, the shade of the henna dye can be lighter or darker based on how long you let it dry. 

People mostly use Henna to tattoo the hands, skin, and dye heads, hair, and brows. Proper drying gives a nice deep red to dark brown stain.

The time it takes for Henna to fade might vary, depending on the area you’re putting it on. However, it is also used for remedial purposes.

How to Remove Henna from your skin?

Although the henna stain comes off by itself in 2 – 3 weeks, the faded color that appears following a couple of days of applying the Henna does not look nice. To avoid that trouble, there are various methods a person can pursue to get rid of the stain sooner. 

To remove Henna from your skin using one of the methods below: 

1) Use a bleaching agent 
2) Baking soda and lemon juice mixture 
3) Micellar water 
4) Use soap 
5) Use an exfoliant 

Now let’s dive into each one: 

Use of bleaching agents: 

There is a wide range of bleaching agents in the market for cosmetic purposes today. Hydrogen peroxide is the active constituent of bleach creams, and some may even contain ammonia. 

Apply it to the required area and dry, then wash it off. These creams might help reduce the appearance of the henna color earlier than it usually will take to get off of your hand.

You will need to apply it several times to obtain the results.

Baking soda and lemon juice mixture:

Baking soda is a natural bleaching agent, and lemon isn, a lightning agent. Make a mixture of baking soda with lemon or lime juice. Apply it on the henna stain and let it sit for some time. It will help lighten the stain.

It works by dissolving the henna stain and aids in its removal to a great extent. Repeat this method till the henna dye completely goes away. 

Micellar water:

The micellar water or a makeup remover is also used to remove the henna dye from your skin. The henna dye bonds with the micellar water, and while wiping off the micellar water, the Henna comes off as well.

You need to damp the area with the micellar water, let the skin absorb it, and then wipe it off. 

Use of soap:

Washing with soap more frequently helps lift off some henna dye more quickly.

Rub your hand or the area with the soap, and then gently wash it off with warm water. Apply a moisturizer afterward to get rid of Henna.

Using soap 5-6 times a day can prove helpful in taking the Henna off sooner.

Use of exfoliant:

Using an exfoliant can prove fruitful in the process of removing the henna dye off of your skin. An exfoliating scrub removes the dead skin cells and henna dyes only the outer surface of the skin. Therefore, you can scrub off some of it using exfoliating scrubs.

Take a small amount of an exfoliating scrub, rub it gently on the skin, and then wash it off.

Suppose you exfoliate the area for 5 – 10minutes often. It will aid in removing the henna stain earlier than it usually does.

How to care for Henna design?

Henna designs may involve lots of detailing or could be simple. The designs are made using piping bags or with the help of stencils.

Once you get it done, you need to be cautious of a few things to take care of the design and to keep it from spoiling. 

Here is what you can do to avoid that:

  1. Let the Henna dry completely without exposing the specific area to any surface. If it comes in contact with anything while still wet, you will get your hands all messy, which can also ruin your design.
  2. For the Henna to give a darker stain, leave it on for as long as possible.
  3. Let the Henna dry for a few hours or at least more than 1 hour. People tend to keep it overnight to attain the best color in some cases.

Note: Even for its use on hair, be it brows or head, you must take care of it in the same way.

How long does it take for Henna to dry?

It takes 15-30 minutes for henna to dry completely. 

Drying alone is not enough, though. After 30 minutes, the applied henna paste will appear as a dry crust. Later on, to remove the paste, you must either wash it under running water, or you can pick it off with your hand gently so that you don’t end up scratching your hand or messing it up. Also, picking it off will help you get a darker shade rather than washing it.

If possible, you should keep the crust for as long as you can because the longer you keep it, the more admirable and more gorgeous the color of the Henna will be in the end.

For consistent drying of Henna, avoid wetting it during the process.

How long does Henna last on the skin?

The first few days following application, the henna color remains almost consistent. Soon it starts to fade little by little. Though washing the area more frequently can accelerate the process of its removal.

  • Henna will last only up to 2 weeks on hands and feet
  • In the case of face or scalp, it lasts for a few days to a week
  • On other body parts like the back or shoulder, it might take 7-10days to get off. 
  • It can last from 10 days to 2 week on legs, thighs, and arms.

Some factors that can facilitate the removal of Henna include:

  • Skin type
  • Humidity
  • Swimming regularly or often
  • Exfoliating

How long does henna brows last?

Henna brows last for around 1 – 2 weeks. The henna brow is a quick process of dyeing your brows. It will leave them with some tint to attain more volume, depth, and neatness. It is very similar to the permanent brow dyeing technique but is short and does not last for several weeks. Nonetheless, the dye might last slightly longer on lighter brows. Especially on white hair, it may last for 6-8 weeks.

We wrote a great article on henna brows here. 

How long does henna hair dye last?

Henna hair can last for 4-6 weeks. The time can vary slightly from person to person.

Add a teaspoon of amla powder to the paste to get an improved shade of the Henna.

You must keep it for at least 3 – 4 hours to attain the optimum results. After that, take it off with water. In addition to that, avoid shampooing your hair right after taking it off for the dye to sustain for a prolonged period.


Henna dye is temporary as it gets off in a few weeks and is also safe to use on skin or hair because it does not contain any harmful chemicals that can damage your hair, skin, or any other body part you apply it on. It is not only safe but is also beneficial for hair growth. It strengthens the hair and provides a cooling effect to the scalp moreover. It prevents dandruff.

As for the skin, its effectiveness may involve reducing inflammation, detoxifying the body, and even improving the appearance of skin and nails.

A person can be hypersensitive to the Henna. Hence it will be better to get a patch test beforehand.

There are different additives you can use to enhance the results of Henna, aside from keeping it on for a longer time, to get a more enriched color and to make it last even longer, like coffee for dark brown color, brewed red tea, and for a deep red shade, beetroot juice is an excellent option.