50 Shades of Henna - Litterally!
I’m sure you’ve all wondered about henna and exactly how it leaves that red/orange toned stain on your skin after you get a pretty little henna tattoo at your local fair. Now did you know that henna is becoming a significant natural alternative to hair dyes? Well, now you’re probably wondering why people would want to dye hair with something that produces such bright tones. No worries, I’m here to help! So let’s get this henna party started and understand precisely how a wide range of different shades can be produced from leaves powder of one plant.
Henna is made from leaves of the plant Lawsonia Inermis Linn. It gets the red and orange tones found in molecules known as lawsone, and these molecules are so intense and pigmented that they can single-handedly transfer the color onto skin or hair without any artificial additives. Well for those who may not want to walk around with bright red/orange hair but still want natural alternatives to dyes filled with additives and potent chemicals, I have great news! We have mastered the art of henna and indigo mixing to provide a wide selection of different shades to best match your preference.
So exactly how are all these options of color available? Henna can be mixed with other natural plant derivatives to create a wide range of color. Of these, Indigo is the most commonly used additive for henna dyes. The blue tones of indigo and red/orange tones of henna are combined to create shades ranging from browns to deep blacks. The different shades are made from alternating proportions to help create the ideal tone for your hair. While indigo is known as the most common but there are other plants, such as walnut, and catechu, that can be mixed with henna to provide users with a vast variety of shades, including blonde when mixed with catechu.
Henna is a wonderful natural, and raw alternative to chemical filled box dyes that are damaging. However, it is also essential to be aware of the ingredients in products you purchase since companies can alter the color by using chemicals. Avoid using henna products that have metallic salts since or para-phenylenediamine because they are harmful chemicals that can be used to modify the natural red/orange tones of the plant.
Now that you know exactly how there are so many varieties of shades available from a plant that can only produce red/orange tones, it’s time to find your perfect match! Not only will your hair and skin thank you for taking steps to a natural alternative, but you'll also learn that it comes with benefits such as naturally conditioned hair. Again, make sure you are investing in a company that doesn’t claim to have henna yet alters the color with chemicals. Did I also mention we are a cruelty-free company? Happy Henna-ing!