Henna/Coconut Milk Recipe

5 Dec

I tried a new mixture for henna the last time that I did it. Here is the recipe:

What I used:

  • 100 gram of henna (I used Jamila, but you can use any kind that is body-art quality)
  • Coconut milk (About 7oz. or as much as needed to create a good creamy texture)
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Olive oil

If you would like the red tint to be stronger, add paprika or beetroot powder

This gave me a thick creamy batch of henna. I like it that way. I don’t like henna to be messy, so I always make a thick batch.

What I Did:

  • I poured the henna into a clean bowl
  • I added the entire container of coconut milk and mixed them together
  • I added olive oil
  • I added the ACV little by little , mixed, and then checked the consistency

Halfway through applying


I put the henna into my hair in small amounts without rubbing too much. I coated as much of my hair as possible. After I finished applying it, I covered with a plastic cap and wait. I left it on for 4 hours this time. That is longer than usual for me. I’ve heard people say that they wait anywhere from 2-24 hours.

Washing It Out:

Washing this mixture out was much easier.

  • I rinsed with water first
  • I added conditioner and rinsed several times
  • I deep conditioned afterwards


My hair felt soft and healthy after this treatment. I liked the results so much that I will be using this recipe again.

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18 Responses to “Henna/Coconut Milk Recipe”

  1. Bee December 6, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    This recipe looks great. I haven’t tried henna with coconut milk before.

  2. Celeste December 6, 2010 at 9:59 pm #

    I love coconut milk for my DC. I am going to try this.

  3. Amy December 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    This looks like a great recipe. I am going to try it.

  4. Christina December 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    thx again 4 the HENNA Contest! I have been doing my research to ensure I get the most out of my 1st try @ HENNA! So a few quick questions….
    1. Should you shampoo, detangle & condition b4 applying Henna / should it be applied to dry hair?
    2. As a 1st time Henna user would you suggest to use this your coconut / gloss method vs. the regular henna method with just the powder & lemon juice that I have seen some people demo?
    3. Last 1 :)Approx. how much olive oil & ACV did you use?
    Thx Again !

    • ~L December 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

      1. Henna should be applied to dry hair. No need to shampoo and condition before.
      2. I think it is more of a personal preference. The each take about the same amount of time to prepare and apply. The regular henna treatment may give more color. However, it can be more drying and more difficult to wash out. I wouldn’t say that one is better than the other for everyone. It’s best to try both and see what works for you.
      3. I just use a few tbsp of ACV and maybe a tbsp of olive oil.

      • Jae January 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

        What size coconut milk? Or how much coconut milk?

      • ~L January 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

        I originally used about 5 1/2. I moved up to 7oz.

  5. Latashia January 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Cool beans.. I haven’t henna yet..lol but I have read alot about it. I really like to try a coconut milk dc.. :0)

  6. Blen March 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    Hi! Great recipe! How long did you let the henna sit?

    • ~L March 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

      I don’t let mine sit. I use it immediately after mixing.

    • Christina March 7, 2011 at 10:59 am #

      i won my HENNA from NR :o)
      I left my HENNA in for 6 hours including application time. These are the 2 videos I did showing how I mixed the coconut milk & the application of the henna. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM8F3dBp5j8

      • CL March 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

        I’ve done several henna treatments mixing with indigo, conditioner, alma and olive oil all with great results. I’ve never used or purchased coconut milk but would love to try this, could you please tell me where I could possible purchase the coconut milk? I’m hoping that I can get it in a store because I really hate when I have to order stuff on line and wait for it to come in the mail. :-{ lol

      • Christina aka naturallybison March 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

        @ CL I got the coconut milk from the grocery store in the Spanish Food aisle it was goya brand.

  7. C Law August 11, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    Since this was last posted, I got the coconut milk and a couple of months ago I did a henna treatment and instantly fell in love. As a matter of fact, I just finished applying henna to my hair about an hour ago (remains from 1st batch). I have a couple engagements to attend this weekend and will be looking for a nice bun so if anybody have any vids to recommend let me know. My hair isn’t TWA and it’s not at my shoulders either if that helps.


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