Henna is a plant, which has been named scientifically as “Lawsonia Inermis”. It is named so because the actual causative dying agent in it is a molecule called Lawsone. Lawsone is of red-orange color.
The concept of applying henna as hair color dates back to the age of mummies in Egypt. Henna shares it origin with India and other Middle East countries as well.
Henna Powder - Finely sifted
Are you still not sure about the powers of henna? It can be used for dying hair without being scared of harmful side effects later on. Henna is all about color, revolving around the shades of red and orange. The colors which are promised when you are buying henna tell the consumer a lot about the product right away.
If the product or the seller is promising you colors like brown, black and blonde with the application of henna without mentioning other natural ingredients like Indigo, cassia, amla, etc.. then it is ought to be fraught with peril. Such henna has other dying molecules than Lawson and this is not it. The dyes are fixed in the henna powder by adding metallic salts to it Pure henna does not give any other color but orange or red. For other shades, it needs to be mixed with another natural ingredient such as Indigo, neem, cassia obovata etc…
Your skin might not give an abrupt reaction to such dyes or metallic salts but it is definitely harmful. I can tell you one thing for sure, no matter how pretty the color is, it is never worth risking your skin or hair.
Henna dyes come in powdered form. If this powder is stale, it will never give a good and longer-lasting color to your hair. The only probable way out of this is to buy pure henna that has been finely sifted from a promising supplier rather than from a shop. Go for someone who has won the confidence of your friend or any relative previously if you haven’t bought henna before or offers a money back guarantee, in other words, buy from us :)
And here’s a quick tip. If you get good quality pure henna, then buy more! Buy a lot of it.
This tip comes with a warning too. That’d be, that pure henna is not all about fancy dying and pretty color but some mess as well.
The beauty of opting pure, sifted, powdered henna is that it is the healthiest form of dying but in a paradoxical way it brings mess and hard work too. But what is a little cleaning and managing in front of the joy of healthy staining?
While handling the homemade mixture of henna, slip your hands into gloves. Preferably, the gloves should be disposable latex ones. The containers should be covered with something disposable too, like a plastic wrap. This will save you from the wrath of washing them. When you have to dye your hair then choose your restroom over any other place because there is a strong chance that it may stain the counters or the floor and you start regretting the whole thing already.
Saving your forehead and facial skin from over-application or the mixture spills can be avoided by putting some petroleum jelly on it evenly.
Want to dye? Want to keep it natural? Want your skin and hair to be free of toxic chemicals? Don’t want to spend a load of money on it? Then choose henna over anything else and surprise the people around you with gorgeous results!
You can get easily over 15 different shades by mixing different proportions of natural ingredients we use in our hair dyes. Stay on the lookout of another article that is coming up soon on how to mix different ingredients to get the desired color for your specific hair type.