7 Reasons to Become a Natural Hair Henna Head ...

Shannon

Every day you engage in some sort of cleaning, moisturizing, and protective maintenance to keep your curls, coils, kinks, and waves in tip-top shape. Have you considered taking your routine to the next level with Henna? This all-natural powder is made from the dried leaves of a shrub and used on hair or skin with brilliant results. Check out our seven reasons to try henna. Perhaps you will become a henna head, too.

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1

Healthier, Shinier Hair

Henna, otherwise known by its proper name - lawsonia inermis - grows in hot climates and sold all over the world. Lawsone, the active ingredient, migrates into the hair shaft where it binds with the keratin and strengthens strands from the inside. The bond fills-in gaps in the cuticle along the strand making hair appear shinier and thicker. Henna is also known to smooth frizz.

2

Economical

Frequent trips to the salon for deep conditioning, color, and gloss can be expensive. Even boxed hair color can get pricey. Henna does all that for a fraction of the cost. The condition and color stain are long lasting. You will, however, need to do reapply to later continued conditioning and color.

3

Color Variety

Henna leaves behind a red stain on everything it touches, especially hair. Henna powder is versatile; the strength of the stain can range from bright red to a light color gloss. Deepen or lessen the stain by varying the amount of time the dye is allowed to ‘rest’ and the type of liquid used to create the paste. For instance - Mix with hot water for a color intense paste or mix with conditioner for a henna gloss.

4

Gray Coverage

Gray hair is a natural part of aging but not everyone wants it. This is where henna can help. Henna gives lasting color to all hair types, staining grays a new color anywhere from copper to maroon. But, as with any color, consistency is key. Regular application will color new growth and enhance your hair's health.

5

Wet or Dry

There is much discussion within the natural hair community about which works best – applying henna to wet or dry hair; dirty or clean. While there is much discussion, there is much testimony (including my own) that demonstrates either works as well as the other. As long as the henna paste is allowed enough time for dye release and uptake, you can apply to wet or dry hair with similar results.

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All Natural

Using henna to color and condition your hair is one of the best things you can do for your strands. Not only is henna powder all natural, but the additional ingredients used to create the paste are all natural, too. Most paste recipes use warm water or green tea to create the paste while others include honey, yogurt or conditioner for a smoother, creamier mix.

7

Spa Day

From creating the paste to rinsing your strands, the henna process is pretty lengthy. Even at its shortest full-strength application you are home bound for several hours. Because this process can easily consume a good portion of your day, take advantage of the time at home. Turn those hours into a spa day. Grab a book, glass of wine; turn on some music and tune-in to some relaxation.

Your henna experience will depend mostly on the quality of the henna used – the finer silt, the better. Remember to wear rubber gloves and follow your henna application with a deep conditioner. What healthy hair product do you swear by? Do you already use henna for hair? What are your experiences?

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Henna is great! in the Middle East it is always used, specially during summer, it will make your head super cool and hair light on the head! For best deep color we usually put it all over the head/hair at night and wrap it with shower cup or best is plactic bags to not ruin your pillow. Not very recommended to blondes or light hair as it could turn yo orangy color, but my mum use dried red roses tea called "qajarat" with the mix will make it deep red color even for blond. Thanks for sharing :)

I was going to try henna but havnt yet as I didn't want to colour the greys with hair dye. They contain to many chemicals. Henna seems ideal though

I tried henna when I was 11. After a few washes it goes away. It's also keeps your head cool in the summer.

am pretty health conscious when it comes to what goes on my body because of the absorption of chemicals and unknowns that you are basically training your hair to need. With that I can say that I LOVE MY HAIR, I only have to retouch the color every month or close to. Its been a great bright red to a beautiful deep auburn/copper I get compliments all the time and it looks even better in the sun. And I can buy two "touch ups" for $3 and change!! Im never going back! ;)

Can i make it weekly?

So is this temporarily ?

Henna is great! But you have to be careful using it because you can't remove it from your hair, you can only cut it out.

Was going to give henna a go but completely changed my mind. After reading it does contain hidden particles of some kind.sorry can't be more specific than that. Be careful before using

Henna comes in other colors besides ref

My grandma used to put henna on her hair for years and her hair to this day is so beautiful

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