Henna is one of the most economical way to color your hair. Henna is substantially less expensive than any other hair dyes or chemicals. Another great benefit of using heena as a hair color is - it lasts more longer than any other hair dye, so you don't have to go and purchase the new kit again and again. Most people find that using henna will reduce their annual hair coloring costs by as much as two-thirds. Traditionally henna has been used for coloring hair for centuries in the Middle East and in India. Using henna for the hair is part of the normal beauty regime in these countries. Henna while coloring the hair conditions it as well. Henna is considered a very good natural conditioner for the hair. Henna strengthens the hair. It has anti fungal properties that help in the reduction of dandruff. Once you use henna on your hair it is easier to detangle and your hair is more manageable. Henna is a natural dye and henna dyes your hair a beautiful and natural red. Henna is natural and therefore does not dye your hair like synthetic dyes. Henna coats the hair with a transparent red coloring. Henna cannot and does not lighten hair. When henna is applied on black or dark brown hair, the hair will be dyed auburn to burgundy with red highlights that will be visible in the sunlight. Henna on red hair will make the hair a deeper red. Another great thing about using henna is that you can make a paste to suit your hair type. Some people who are concerned about their hair becoming dry add special essential oils to their henna paste. People add floral water, eggs and other natural dyes to their pastes in order to create the perfect paste.
How to Use and Apply Henna
- Make a paste of heena, by gradually adding boiling water to heena powder.
- Now cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave it for up to 45 minutes, checking the colour every 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly lifting hair away from scalp to make sure all residue is washed away.
Some Heena Tips to Remember before Coloring your Hair
- Heena should be kept in a cool, dry and dark place.
- Do check commercial henna hair products for pesticides and heavy-metal testing. Don't use henna in the area of the eye, your eyebrows, or internally.
- Don't use black henna that contains para- phenylenediamine chemicals. It can cause serious inflammation of the skin.
- It is best to use the same brand of Henna for subsequent applications.
- Your may also add some natural additives, such as strong coffee or tea to the mixture - to your heena paste to enhance its quality.
- Don't use henna on newly chemically treated hair; it may cause unplanned hair variations.
- Don't forget to remove all the chlorinated water from your hair immidiately after swimming - if you have recently applied heena on your hair.