Good day! Lets talk today about the option of dyeing your hair with Henna, a natural products.
Let’s start by explaining what it is Henna and some peculiarities:
- Henna (the alḥínna Hispanic Arabic language and Arab East الحناء, al-ḥinnā’) is a natural dye used reddish hair. It is made with dry leaf and petiole crushing plant Lawsonia alba Lam. Bush Family Oleaceae, about two meters high, ramoso, with almost persistent, opposite, oval, smooth and glossy leaves; small, white, fragrant, in terminal clusters, and black fruit, round and pea-sized berries flowers.
- Henna has been used since the Bronze Age to dye skin, hair, hides of animals and even the wool of sheep. Later they used it in Egypt and Rome.
- Another peculiarity of Henna is that although originally the women used to paint their bodies with it, men in India joined in including the representation of the Sun in their bodies.
- It was associated from the beginning to the oriental culture and that is why for a long time it was banned in Catholic countries as a symbol of “conquest”.
Lets talk about its main characteristics as hair coloring
- It gives strength, shine and strength to our hair. Being 100% natural, our hair acquires volume and body easily, it is to comb tangle and acts as an insect repellent.
- Against it we would say that its coloration holds about a month.
- You can optionally incorporate olive oil to the preparation for extending the life of the coloration.
- Watch out no to dirty your clothes in the preparation or during the process. Henna stains on clothes … usually do not leave.
- You can find it in herbolist shop or health food stores and costs about € 4.40 per box.
- There are various shades of Henna, depending on the origin of the plant, it can be redish, more sienna brown or dark brown. There are as well blonde colours pulling shades of gray. I’ve tried with various colours and my experience is that the lighter shades have to have a very light hair to see the effect. In general it is scarce. The reds are more view on clear hairs and also cost more to remove. The dark ones more or less always remain the same.
Preparation of Henna:
- Mix henna with some olive oil. You will see that this helps not only as it moisturizes your hair but also as you get lengthen the “dye”. Keep adding until you get a smooth paste. Then add hot water. Attentive, being clay is advisable not to touch it with metal products because it loses its properties. Better handling of wood, plastic or glass.
- Add as much water as necessary but keeping it a bit thick. As if it was a sauce. Wait a while not to get burn.
- It is cumbersome to apply, as all dyes, the smell, although much better than the normal dye, it is not really nice. And it is also difficult to apply it if you have long hair. Take your time and tranquility. Get some comfortable clothes that you can get out without touching your head. As you want be able after taking a shower.
- The dye is activated by heat force, so once placed in the hair it is recomended to cover it with a cap in order to keep warm. If you want and can you may also use a dryer. In the boxes of henna you’ll notice a hat for cover. Do not throw it, because it can be washed and reused. I have short hair and Henna package serves me 3 dyes.
- Be ready with an old towel to cover your shoulders. So you can do other things without being aware of that henna linking down your throot.
- I usually leave an hour and a half or so with it on. Although I tend to be more because I take the opportunity to relax, watch a movie, write a post or read a book that afternoon.
- Ah! be careful while taking your first shower. The first time I did it I left the walls full covered in black!! Nowadays as I have grown up in experience it is just a matter of wearenness.
For me, the advantages of dyeing with Henna far outweigh its drawbacks, so we I will continue as during the last 4 years, dyeing my hair naturally.