Henna Hair Color
For those of you who are not familiar with this natural dye: Henna is a kind of plant. Its leaves have been dried, ground, and used as a skin and hair dye for thousands of years in India and the Middle East. In its purest form, henna usually leaves a rich reddish-brown color in the hair. Henna hair dye or henna hair coloring penetrates the hair shaft and permanently dyes it, but the color can deteriorate with frequent washing and may need to be touched up.
Is henna hair dye available in stores?
In Western countries such as the United States, it may be appropriate to do some snooping. Since this particular type of hair dye is plant-based and largely chemical-free, it is best to look in health food and cosmetic stores.
They are also readily available online. If you’re looking for premixes, chances are you’ll find one or two brands of henna hair dye in the supermarkets.
Is henna also available in other colors?
Pure henna, made from the henna plant with the scientific name Lawsonia inermis, is called “red henna” and can leave a rich reddish-brown color. When mixed with other plant derivatives, all kinds of shades can be obtained, while the coloring remains completely natural. If your henna dye also contains indigo, which is sometimes called “black henna,” you can get shades ranging from deep dark brown to deep black.
Other natural substances that a henna hair dye may have or that you may try to mix into your personal henna blend are cassia (“neutral henna”), tea, coffee, paprika, turmeric, lemon juice, and many others.
Of course, the natural color of your hair will have a great influence on how your henna hair color will eventually look; if it is very dark and you want to go blonde, for example, you will need to chemically lighten your hair first.
Hair dyes made with vegetable products can’t lighten hair very much. Aside from that, if you’re open-minded and willing to experiment a little, and if you don’t mind snooping around on the Internet for henna hair color blending recipes, you can get just about any color you can think of; from blond, through red, to the most intense black.
A few warnings when buying henna
Indigo and cassia can be purely natural ingredients, but care must be taken with “fake” henna products and some of the other additives that some premixed henna dyes may contain. For example, some products that are advertised as “black henna” may not come from the indigo plant but may contain a deep black dye called paraphenylenediamine or PPD.
This synthetic substance stains quickly and deeply, but it can also cause severe allergic reactions that can make a person permanently sensitive to certain dyes and chemicals.
There are also some mixtures that may contain adulterants such as silver nitrate, nickel, and carmine, which can cause allergic reactions or heavy metal poisoning. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers these mixtures illegal, it is still a good idea to be aware of them, because not all henna products are accurately or even truthfully labeled.
What are the benefits of using henna?
Aside from counterfeits and dirty mixtures, henna is a purely natural product. Although most hair dyes tend to damage hair, the opposite is actually true of henna. With henna for hair, the hair usually feels thicker and softer, and henna hair dyes can even help relieve conditions such as dandruff, lice, and ringworm.
Henna hair color also tends to make the hair stronger and less brittle. So if you want to try something different for your hair color treatment, henna is a very good way to do it.
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