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curlmama 03-23-2008 08:23 AM

Henna Side Effect?
I used henna yesterday for about 8 hours after letting the dye release Friday night with lemon juice and now my urine has a tint of green. Has anyone else had this happen? I used Yemen henna from henna for hair

riotkitty 03-23-2008 09:11 AM

I've read that this happens, but I don't think its harmful. Everytime I do a henna I actually look out for it, but it never happens to me. I use the Yemen henna, too. Great stuff.

Still the fact that it does happen kinda freaks me out. Not so much about the henna but about other dyes and skin products. It really proves that thinks we put on our skin do get absorbed in our bodies.

Riot Crrl 03-23-2008 02:34 PM

Not that I've noticed, but I eat some weird foods that are really high in B12 and stuff, so I'm used to funny colors.

Brio 03-23-2008 06:11 PM

Did you take a vitamin? Most vitamins will make your urine greener than normal.

curlmama 03-23-2008 06:49 PM

No I dont take any vitamins, did not eat anything different so it must be the henna. I was thinking the same thing about how quickly stuff we eat gets absorbed into our system! The urine color is back to normal now that I have washed the henna out. I am super happy with the color and the condition of my hair. Knowing that the henna is natural and not a chemical product makes me feel good. Just thinking about the chemical dyes and relaxers I have used in the past and knowing that they must have also been absorbed into my system is scary.

Chrysovyi 03-24-2008 01:28 PM

Quite a few of the curlies on the 4a board mentioned the same thing whilst using henna, and it is the henna that does it! I've got a feeling someone asked about this on hennaforhair and got the scientific reason for it - but I can't remember what it was.

Curly Girl Fla 03-29-2008 08:35 PM

I just did my second henna application. I leave it on overnight, and this did not happen to me either time. I did read about it in a few places, though. Even if I peed green forever, I wouldn't trade henna for the world! I used Jamila- Pakistan henna. It amazes me that something so natural not only gives non-fading beautiful red shades, but has totally strengthened/thickened the strands, made my hair even healthier...

RedCatWaves 03-31-2008 01:00 PM

I've used henna for several years, and I often leave it on my head for 8-10 hours. I've never noticed any urine color changes, but then I wasn't looking for it either. I'm going to have to pay attention to that next time. It wouldn't offput me though. Henna is a stain and our skin does absorb things, so it makes sense that henna does get into the body, just as other things do.

Another Jamila fan here...great dark reds from the Jamila.

Riot Crrl 04-19-2008 12:52 PM

Bumping this because Catherine just posted an answer for it on h4h.[]=6480

Apparently it is harmless like asparagus urine changes.

Kimchee 05-05-2008 02:42 PM

This hppnd to me this morning. Weird!

Sealvau.Stey 12-02-2012 05:46 PM

Henna affecting urine color
Yeah, it happened to me today, that's what lead to the search and I found this thread. I mixed mine with ACV, paprika, and Egyption Body Quality Art henna.

Korkscrew 12-10-2012 04:32 PM

Buying lower-cost pure henna
Wondering if any of you buy your pure (BAQ) henna online from somewhere other than (Includes page)? If so, where? Looking for a cheaper, but safe, alternative!


poemaXX 12-10-2012 09:14 PM


Originally Posted by Korkscrew (Post 2083870)
Wondering if any of you buy your pure (BAQ) henna online from somewhere other than (Includes page)? If so, where? Looking for a cheaper, but safe, alternative!


A few options are:
Henna Sooq

Korkscrew 12-10-2012 11:11 PM

Poema. Words can't capture how helpful you've been in giving out info on henna. Thanks so much :notworthy: ... I'm going to check those out now :D

poemaXX 12-11-2012 12:17 AM

Aw shucks! :) Glad to be of help.

Luvmycurls3 12-12-2012 04:15 PM

Have anyone used henna cream? If so, can u put amla in it?

Umph 12-17-2012 08:49 PM


Originally Posted by Korkscrew (Post 2083870)
Wondering if any of you buy your pure (BAQ) henna online from somewhere other than (Includes page)? If so, where? Looking for a cheaper, but safe, alternative!


you can purchase Jamila Henna for $2.99 from Welcome to

it's ridiculous how much some sites charge for the same product; I've tried the "high end" hennas but like Jamila best

and don't forget Ebay :)

Korkscrew 12-20-2012 04:05 PM

Thanks - I really appreciate this info. Thing with the RanisWorldFoods site is: looks like at least some of their henna products aren't pure. I don't even see ingredients listed (including percentage of lawsone). They're selling "black henna" too (no such thing - that's code for henna adulterated by chemicals like PPD, which can react to future hair processes with volatility, literally melting the hair. I'm not sure I trust ebay either when it comes to henna. I'm sure you're right about some good deals on henna there. It's just too easy for an independent seller to say it's pure henna without it really being pure henna IMO.

JLeighs 12-21-2012 11:11 AM

I use the Jamilla from HennaSooq and it's excellent. I have used Jamilla from as well and it's very good henna too, but I got majorly turned off by a few things, one of which is the shipping prices.

Marie01141976 01-03-2013 09:01 PM

I have never had any urine changes when doing henna, and I leave mine on for around 6 hours. I only us body art quality henna, I am wondering if the henna was contaminated, or maybe it was something you ate or drank?
FYI, I buy my henna from Henna Sooq. I have ordered from as well, but I have fallen in love with the Red Raj from Henna Sooq. They have the best customer service, reasonable shipping, and quality products. I have emailed them with questions many times, and the owner responds within 24 hours! Now that is good customer service.

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