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How To Remove Henna/Mehndi With Two Easy DIY Methods

The 2 Best Ways To Remove Henna?

Wedding and special occasions in the Eastern part of the globe are celebrated in a unique way, where they not only consist of vibrant feasts, music and dances, but also decorating of the hands and feet with henna or mehndi. Henna or mehndi is derived from the leaves of the henna plant, which when applied seeps into the top layer of the skin resulting in a semi-permanent stain. It is applied by either stencil or freehand and usually last up to 14 days, but there may be instances where you might to remove henna fast for several reasons. Here are 2 DIY ways to remove henna without damaging your skin.


Method 1 on how to remove Mehndi

Things you need:

  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Cotton swabs
  • Bowl
  • Soap
  • Water


  • First step to removing the henna is bringing together a mixture of salt and olive oil. To do so, get a round bowl and pour some olive oil in it and add a tablespoon or two of salt proportionate to the olive oil. Now blend the two ingredients appropriately.
  • Next step is to apply the olive oil and salt mixture gently on your hands with a cotton swab. Simply dip the cotton swab in the bowl, and gently rub it on the henna stains. Change the cotton swab periodically or once it dries out.
  • Continue massaging the mehndi stained area until the color starts to fade away, and wash your hands thoroughly when done.
  • The henna might not go away in the first go, so follow the above steps for at least another day or so.


Method 2 – How to Remove Henna?

Things you will need:

  • Lemon
  • Bowl
  • Cotton pad
  • Soda powder (baking soda/baking powder)
  • Soap
  • Tape
  • Water


  • In the first step, you will need to make the cleaning solution to remove mehndi from your hands. For this, grab a bowl and squeeze the lemon juice into it, and 2 teaspoons of soda powder and mix it thoroughly.
  • Next step is to take a big cotton pad or swab and either dip it in the solution without completely soaking it or pour the liquid on the cotton without allowing it to drip through.
  • Now set the wet cotton on the stained area and secure it with the tape.
  • Leave the cotton in place for approximately 2 hours, but darker henna stains may require you to leave the pad in place longer.
  • In the last step, wash your hands thoroughly with water and soap and you should notice your henna stains disappeared by now.

Remember: With both methods, don’t forget to use moisturizer to help rejuvenate your skin and keep it soft and smooth. You can also spend some time in the sun to help fade the henna stains, but exercise proper caution. If you notice any dead skin, simply use a dead skin remover on the affected areas, which will also help reduce the mehndi stains to a great extent.


  1. Tanvika

    Could you also use coconut oil to remove henna?

    • Safia Meera

      Hy i would rather recommend for you to use olive oil and another great way of removing mehndi is by applying Sanitizer on your hands and using a cotton swab to wipe it of after it is on your hands for bout 5 minutes hope this helps good luck bye 🙂 8)

  2. Haille

    I thought this was going too work but…. when I tried both of these solutions, they did not work. I had many mistakes when I applied my henna and wanted too “try” to remove them. Any other suggestions?
    Thanks! 🙂

    • Anna Wilds

      when I wanted to remove henna I used baking powder and water then rubbed it into my skin, I tried alot of other solotions of the internet, none worked too well however afterwards I had a hot bath and it work a whole lot better, so after these solutions I tried soaking my hand in boiling water, it works so much better xx

  3. syeda aiman

    Tested everything to remove henna but nothing effects !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. malini

    Its not that much fast but very super????

  5. Asma

    Which soda we have to use? There are many types of soda.

  6. Saneeya

    Do you have to use olive oil

    • Marc Paget

      Hi Saneeya.

      Baby oil should work too.
      I don’t know if other kinds of vegetable oil/body oil works too, but it doesn’t hurt to try, the worst that can happen is that it doesn’t remove the henna/mehndi.


  7. deena

    how to remove from nails??

  8. Eliza

    I had a lot of success removing henna from my hands by putting a healthy coat of baking soda tooth paste on them and wearing gloves to sleep. It really dried out my hands, but the henna is gone.

  9. prity sharma

    this is best idea to remove mahndi

  10. Zara

    By using this method it will go charm

  11. Hiley

    I tried it out too but it didn’t work

  12. Eddie

    Nothing worked this is all crap

We'd love to hear which method you chose and how it worked for you! Or perhaps you combined or tweaked some of the methods? Feel free to drop a few words about it!