How To Remove Henna/Mehndi With Two Easy DIY Methods

Last updated Nov 27, 2018 | Beauty Tips | 26 comments

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.