WHAT IS HENNA
For over 5,000 years, Henna has been used to naturally color hair; It is a safe & healthier alternative to Commercial Hair Dyes. The first thing you want to do is ALWAYS make sure that it is natural body art quality (BAQ) which is Pure-Quality Henna (used for Body Art & Hair) which has been sifted to be suitable for Body Art. Pure Natural Henna is a Greenish Powder with a Grassy/Earthy Aroma due to the harvesting of leaves & twigs from Henna Bush; it is free of peroxides, mineral oils, pesticides, ammonia, bleaches & harsh chemicals. Some stores even go as far As adding metallic salts and/or chemicals to change its color tones and /or stretch the Henna. Regardless of what you’ve read or heard, Henna is RED….Period; Whether on skin or on the Hair…No matter what the Color is the same but its red undertones will vary greatly on the color base or YOUR Own Hair; HENNA it WILL NOT Lighten Hair! It you have dark hair, the Henna will not be that noticeable but the more you apply it over time, the deeper the color becomes.
If your hair is dark brown or black…you will have a red glow in the light & red highlights in the sun.
If your hair is light brown…you will have a medium brown to auburn color
If your hair is blond or gray…you will get a greater bolder red color (my grays are glistening red).
It Covers Grays Greatly…Beautifully…Naturally!
You can Color your Hair with various shades, including black, with the Natural addition of other Herbal Blends like Indigo, Organic Cassia Obavata, Katam). Please Understand that Henna & Indigo are Permanent! You can purchase 100% Natural Henna from Mehandi (http://www.mehandi.com/ or Henna Sooq (http://www.hennasooq.com/color/). There are other great companies out there but these are the two that I’ve personally used to purchase Good Quality HENNA…Every time!
BENEFITS OF HENNA
Those that have used Henna have said that their hair has been the healthiest & fullest it has ever been. Hair becomes 2 – 3 times thicker, breakage & shedding is significantly reduced & it thickens hair all within the first use. HENNA is a Natural Conditioner & an Excellent Hair Strengthener. It greatly reduces & eliminates dandruffs. It also aids in Curing & Preventing hair loss & Enhances hair growth (especially in older men & women).
HOW TO MIX & USE HENNA
Henna comes in grams (usually 100g). For short hair to chin length: use about 50 – 100g. Shoulder length to mid back length: use about 200 – 300g. Waist length & longer: use about 500g. Use a little more for thicker, curlier hair. There are so many recipes for Henna Paste…You can make it as Complex (I did then) or as Simplistic (I do now) as you like…Trust me, you pretty much get the Same Results!
In a plastic bowl, with a sizable plastic spoon, you can use either pour hot water or green tea in the Henna until it is the Consistency of thick Pancake Butter (you want it pasty in order to stick to the hair). When hot liquid is added, the Henna’s Lawsone (orange/reddish dye) is released and when the Henna Paste is applied to the hair strand the molecule of the Lawsone is small enough to enter the hair shaft and will bind to the Keratin (protein) in the hair. HENNA is not a Protein Treatment but mimics one due to the immediate strength the hair will have due to the penetrating & bonding of the Lawsone to the hair.
You can then add about 1 tbs of Oil (EVOO or EVCOO) per 75 - 100g to combat dryness due to Henna Herb. Some even prefer to Pre-Oil for added moisture before applying HENNA, it prevents the hair from drying out and it will not affect the hair Color.
Once you have mixed the HENNA & Oil, allow it to sit for 4 hours or more. I would not add extra ingredients (extra oils, coconut milk, spices, EO’s, etc) until you see how HENNA works for you. HENNA will stain skin so Please USE GLOVES to apply HENNA to freshly washed damp or dry hair (easier to apply when hair is damp).
Apply in sections making sure you saturate & cover every strand; HENNA is a little gritty & should be thick, therefore you made need to knead it onto the hair instead of smoothing it in. Press the Henna into the hair very thick, especially the sides & where you have gray, wipe off all HENNA that is on the skin to keep from staining. Once you’re done, wrap your hair in saran wrap & place a plastic cap on top to prevent the paste from drying out, it takes a warm, moist environment to penetrate the Lawsone into the Keratin of the hair. Leave the HENNA in for at least 2 – 6 hours, the longer you leave it in, the deeper your color will be. Some people (including myself) will sleep with the HENNA in overnight.
When you are ready, rinse the HENNA completely out with warm water first then Co-Wash or use a small amount of a Moisturizing Shampoo to completely wash it out. Don’t forget to follow up with a Moisturizing Deep Conditioner due to the Henna that can be very drying to the hair.
HOW TO STORE HENNA
HENNA in its powdered form should be wrapped tightly and can be stored in the fridge, freezer or a cool dry place. Any HENNA Mix that you have leftover can be stored in the fridge for a few days or frozen for later use or Henna Mix used as a Henna Gloss, simply mix 1 part Henna Mix to 3 parts Conditioner (more or less depending on personal preference). A Henna Gloss can be done all over or great when just doing touch-ups, leave Gloss on for about 30 minutes to 1 or 2 hours & rinse completely. You can apply the thawed Henna to Roots for touch-ups followed up with a Henna Gloss on the rest of your hair. I would not advise doing Henna Glosses until you have achieved the color you want from prior Henna Applications since Henna Glosses don’t leave as much color as full strength HENNA. RESULTS
***Please Note*** Day One will NOT be the final Color! It may be a little bright at first so please allow 3 – 4 days for the color to Oxidize (settle & tone down), the Color Stain will get darker over a few days, you should have the Final Color Result by day four. You can reapply HENNA as often as you like; with repeated applications, the color will continue to get darker & richer. During Oxidation process, do not shampoo hair for at least 4 days. Also, make sure you continue to maintain a balance of deep conditioning & regular protein treatments when using HENNA. If you have Curly Hair, please be aware that HENNA could Loosen your Curl Pattern (by no means this does not mean everyone), some say that may be due to the weight of the Lawsone on hair strands, especially with repeated applications (curl patterns were not affected as much with henna glosses) Many Curlys & Coilys have added 2 – 4 tbs of Amla Powder to the HENNA powder prior to application and have successfully had great results in maintaining their curls. I myself had added Amla to my HENNA mixes & have personally not had a curl problem. So What Do You Think....Up for the Henna Challenge?
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