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Henna is preferred as a colouring agent and it is considered to be very safe due to its claim of being natural as it is derived from the leaves and the stem of a plant called Lawsonia inermis. So henna to give the reddish colour of your hair you require prolonged hours of contact to your hair. So what kind of effect does it have on your hair? It tends to cling to the shaft of your hair without penetrating it and with repeated application or form a layer over the hair and in turn prevents penetration of conditioners, therefore making your hair dry, brittle and dull. Commercially available henna may also contain mixtures like indigo, coffee powder, turpentine and even adulterated with heavy metals like nickel and cobalt which can cause severe allergic reactions. There is also the availability of black henna which is available in the market but that is a big no as it contains chemical called as PPD which can cause allergic reaction and can sensitise an individuals. So in conclusion if you have to go for henna go for the unadulterated natural form of it or better go for PPD free hair colours which are now available in the market.