Going Red? Go Natural With Henna Hair Color

If you are looking for a natural alternative to chemical hair dyes, you may want to consider henna hair dye. This vegetable dye, widely known as a body art dye, has been used for centuries as a hair dye in India, Rome, and Spain, and is gaining popularity here in the U.S.

The henna plant has a red-orange dye molecule that can be used to redden hair. Traditionally, the henna dye is used for darker hair colors, and the color remains even after various shampoos.

The results of henna can be very unpredictable, as the concentration can be difficult to control. Be careful when working with henna for regular coloring tasks, but think twice about using it to camouflage gray hair. Henna will dye lighter hair orange.

Since henna only has the power to dye hair red-orange, some more adventurous colorants add ingredients to change the tone: cloves, coffee beans, red wine, or dried limes. You could also experiment with mixing other natural hair dye with henna. For example, walnut leaves or peels combined with henna can produce a brown dye, while saffron or senna mixed with henna can produce a blonde hair dye.

Unlike a chemical dye, henna takes a long time to process. You may have to leave it in your hair for 4 to 6 hours to achieve the desired shade, and even after you rinse it out, the color of your hair may still change or become darker. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to be surprised or bothered when the color of your hair doesn’t match, henna may not be the best option for you. Also remember that although henna is a natural dye, it can cause allergies and asthma in some people, so it may not solve the problems you have had with chemical dyes.


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