10 Quick & Easy Ways To Remove Faded Henna

Oct 18, 2022

Your love for henna is unconditional, whether it's for an occasion or your wedding or just purely for the love of henna. Once your design is applied to your hands, the only thing that you are excited to see is your henna leaving a darker shade. As much as we appreciate the dark color of Heena on our hands, we don't like to see it fading as it looks very odd. Another thing we don't like about it is how it's half-faded and only some part of the design is visible on your hands in a very light shade that eventually goes little by little with time. 

As you know there are natural ways to darken your mehndi, similarly, there are some easy hacks to get rid of your faded mehndi with some basic ingredients at home. But before you apply anything on your hands to remove the henna stains, we recommend that you take care of these tips: 

1. Be careful with the ingredient's quality and their side effects.

2. Check the properties before applying and see if you are allergic to anything.

3. Try every hack four to five times for effective results.

4. Don't push so hard with any product for immediate effect. Be patient and give it time. 

Easy Ways to Get Rid of Faded Henna

Source: Henna by Divya

The craze of applying henna is known widely across different communities. But for any reason, if you feel uncomfortable or don't like your henna design fading abruptly, then these below-mentioned hacks come in handy. All these hacks are easily doable and contain very basic steps to follow. 

1. Baking Soda and Lemon Juice

These two ingredients are easily available in every kitchen and are proven quite effective when it comes to fading henna. Baking soda with its natural bleaching properties and lemon juice with its citric properties can help you in fading your henna prints effectively and easily.

Ingredients Required:

  • A bowl of warm water
  • A tablespoon of baking soda
  • Four to five tablespoons of lemon juice.

How to use

  • Take a bowl and add all the above-mentioned ingredients
  • Dip your hands in the bowl for 10 to 15 mins.
  • You can also rub your hands slowly and consistently in the bowl and try removing the stains.
  • Soak your hands with a towel later.

2. Soak in Salt Water

Salt water is known as an effective Heena remover. You can use any salt for removing your henna marks, like sea salt, Epsom salt, or table salt as per the availability.


  • Two tablespoons of (any) salt (sea salt, epsom salt, and table salt)
  • A bowl of warm water

How to use

  • Add two tablespoons of salt to a bowl of warm water.
  • Dip your hands in the bowl for at least twenty minutes.
  • Try massaging your hands and later wash them with a towel.

3. Hydrogen Peroxide

Beauty experts recommend Diluted hydrogen peroxide to get rid of henna marks on the hands. The method of applying hydrogen peroxide is really simple, but it also asks for repetitive application.


  • A bottle of hydrogen and peroxide
  • Some cotton balls or pads

How to use

  • Pour a few drops of diluted liquid on cotton balls or pads
  • Apply softly on your entire hand multiple times.
  • Repeat the process till the stains vanish. 

4. Exfoliating Scrub

Any apricot scrub or brown sugar can make a good exfoliating scrub for removing your mehndi stains. It can help you in removing stains like it helps the skin to get away from dead skin.

P.S: Do not rub the paste roughly on your skin as it can cause redness.


  • Apricot scrub 
  • A tablespoon of brown sugar

How to use:

  • Make a paste by adding apricot scrub and brown sugar in equal ratios.
  • Apply the paste on your hands and then massage gently.
  • Keep massaging for at least 15 minutes and then wash your hands with warm water.
  • Dry your hands with a towel and then later use any moisturizer or coconut oil.

5. Whitening Toothpaste

Source: Promy's Henna Cavern

This hack may sound odd but the results show that any whitening toothpaste can help you in fading your henna design. Just apply a sufficient quantity of paste all over your hands and see the outcome itself.


  • Any whitening toothpaste

How to use:

  • Squeeze the desired amount of paste out of the tube.
  • Apply all over your hands and let them dry.
  • When it dries completely rub your hands together and remove the dry paste with your fingers or any way you want.
  • The removal process can make your hands rough or irritated, so you can apply any moisturizer or oil immediately for ease.  

Also Read: Top 25 Full Hand Mehndi Designs For Your Big Day

6. Micellar Water

The micellar solution is a kind of cleanser that originated in France and has been effective in skincare since 1913. This cleanser looks like water and is way more gentle on the skin than other products. Applying regularly can help you in lifting the henna stains without any extra preparation.


  • A bottle of micellar water
  • Some cotton balls

How to use:

  • Take a cotton ball and soak it in micellar water in a bowl.
  • Squeeze it a little and put on all over the henna stains.
  • Gently massage the ball and keep trying till the stain fades.

7. Olive oil and Sea Salt

Source: Bijou and Bloom

This combo is not new but is proven to be very effective in removing faded henna from your hands. Olive oil and sea salt with their rich exfoliating properties help the stains to fade away. Even a small quantity of both can bring the expected results. So if you have these two ingredients in your kitchen, get yourself ready to follow the method.


  • A bowl of olive oil and sea salt 

How to use:

  • Take a bowl, and mix one or two tablespoons of sea salt with five to eight tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Give them a nice stir and put them on your hands.
  • Rub gently so that henna can fade away and later wash your hands with warm water.

Also Read: 28 Gorgeous Back Hand Mehndi Designs That Stole Our Hearts

8. Anti-bacterial Soap

Removing faded henna is a daunting task. It needs a rigorous application of ingredients for a week and then waiting to see effective results. Buy any anti-bacterial soap from the store or market and use it multiple times a day.

Rubbing soap on hands might cause dryness or itching, therefore we urge you to apply moisturizer or coconut oil later.

9. Makeup Remover

Source: Tanahelene

The makeup remover is quite successful in removing dirt and makeup from the skin, similarly, you can try any silicone-based makeup remover for removing henna stains. But it needs a continuous application for a few days to see effective results. 


  • Silicone-based makeup remover
  • Cotton swabs or balls

How to use:

  • Soak the cotton swab or ball with the makeup remover liquid
  • Try rubbing the cotton balls or swab over the henna design gently
  • Repeat the process four to five times to fade the henna properly

Also Read: Latest & Trending Mehndi Designs For This Festive Season

10. Coconut Oil and Raw Sugar

Source: Mehndi By Hayat  

Our desi hacks have always proven to be the best and most worthwhile. Coconut oil has many benefits for the skin, body, and hair, but coconut oil mixed with raw sugar is the simplest and easiest hack to get rid of your mehndi stains. Hence, help yourself by making a scrub and apply smoothly for the desired results.


  • Half a cup of coconut oil and two to three tablespoons of raw sugar

How to use:

  • Take a bowl and make a paste by mixing coconut oil and raw sugar.
  • Scrub smoothly on your hands and wash them later with warm water.
  • Apply multiple times to see the effective result.


These DIY hacks are best and suitable for all skin types. You can try them multiple times to get the desired results. Whenever you want to try any hack, put a dab on your hands and test it first. The frequent applications can finely help your henna fade easily and effectively. 

Edited & Photo Sourced By: Neha Garg Ahuja

Also Read: Quick & Easy Tips To Make Your Mehndi Darker

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Radhika Sharma

She is the vendors' sales associate at Pyaari Weddings. She is exploring the wedding world and gratifying her inquisitiveness to learn new things. After teaching for more than five years, Covid introduced her to the floral and fancy wedding world where she is fulfilling her love for reading and writing articles.