Using Henna For Hair Coloring

Chemical Haircoloring Can Be Damaging In More Ways Than One

Have you ever considered using henna instead of hair coloring? If so, you'll be happy to learn that henna is a safe and healthy alternative to commercial hair coloring. Commercial hair coloring has the potential to cause damage to your hair, scalp and health over time with consistent use. In the past when I used commercial chemical hair coloring, I would just about always get a rash on my scalp that would itch for days on end, even after several shampoos. My hair became very dry, brittle and began to break and I had scabs on my scalp from scratching it so much. My hair slowly began to lose the healthy look it once had and began to get thinner.

One day I remembered how my mother used henna to color her hair many years ago. Her hair was always thick and beautiful. So, I did some research online and found a company that sells pure henna without any traces of chemicals or metallics. I ordered some and now I'm happy to say that henna has made my hair so healthy, shiny, bouncy and thick. It looks just as good as it did when I was a teenager!

Use henna instead of haircoloring

Henna is derived from the plant larsonia inermis and was used centuries ago by ancient civilizations. Henna has many benefits for the hair, it deep conditions your hair, adds body, bounce, shine and makes it much stronger. Gray hair can be colored beautifully with henna, especially if you add indigo or buxus to it. They are naturally herbs which makes gray hair darker when added to henna.

Henna used by itself will color your hair a vibrant red, but if it is mixed with other natural plants such as indigo, alma or buxus, the color of your hair will become a beautiful shade of brunette, warm brunette, black or tones or a rich auburn tone.The resulting color depends on the amounts of indigo, alma or buxus you add to henna.

Indigo

IIndigo is plant that has a natural blue dye in it. Depending on the amounts mixed into henna, your hair can transform from shades of deep auburn to jet black.

Indigo is added to the henna pack just before it is put into the hair. If you want your hair jet black, you would use henna first, rinse it out, then use indigo by itself, resulting in rich black.

When I did my last henna treatment, I mixed 75% henna to 25% indigo with beautiful deep auburn results.

Buxus

Buxus Dioica is a plant that grows in Yemen that gives your hair a rich brown tone. I've tried Buxus with henna which turned my hair a beautiful warm brown color.

Cassia

Cassia is derived from the plant cassia obovata. This can also be mixed with henna to make hair tones ranging from dark blonde to light brown. Used alone will deep condition your hair adding bounce body and shine. I love using this alone in between henna packs for its amazing conditioning properties.

Alma

Alma is from the plant emblica officinalis. When its mixed with henna and indigo, your hair will have a cool brunette color. Alma can also be used alone to make your hair thick, soft and fluffy. It also add a little curl to your hair.

Believe it or not alma can also be used as an excellent facial scrub.

How to Mix Henna

Henna is mixed with warm water and a light acid liquid such as apple cider vinegar, apple juice or lemon juice, depending on your preference to the consistency of mashed potatoes.  Then it has to be covered and set out for about 12 hours for the natural dye activation to occur. Alma, buxus or cassia can be added for various shade in with the henna.  Indigo is added after the henna has set for 12 hours.

Henna is then applied to clean, dry hair.  It is put on very thick to saturate hair and scalp for the best treatment.  Henna is good for your scalp and makes it feel so good.  After henna is applied, wrap some saran wrap around your head and a towel.  It should stay in your hair for a minimum of 3 hours, then rinse out with conditioner.

When henna is first rinsed out it will be a beautiful warm shade which will darken over the next 3 days.  By day 3 the shade in your hair will be the true henna color.

Have you ever tried dying your hair with henna?

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Where I Buy My Henna

I buy my henna from a company called Mehandi.com The henna they sell is pure and does not have any traces of chemicals. This is a wonderful site for anyone interested in henna. Everything you need to know about henna and the other natural plants mentioned are sold and explained in detail at this site. There are also detailed instructions as to how to use henna in your hair also. One can become a real henna guru when following this site.

I can never say enough good things about henna, it has transformed my hair beautifully.  I hope all of you who decide to give it a try will have good results too!

Best to all!

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Barbara Kay 6 years ago from USA

Very good hub.


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creativelycc 6 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you very much Barbara Kay for your comment!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

It's time for me to revisit henna once again. I'm certainly looking for something natural. Thanks for all the types and information. I'll bookmark it and come back again!

Rated up!


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creativelycc 6 years ago from Maine Author

Hi BkCreative,

Thank you for your comment! Henna is so good for your hair and makes it beautiful too. Give it a try again!


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sanpmd 6 years ago from Trivandrum/kerala/India

thanks friend, very good topic and valuable information.

your all topics are very good


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creativelycc 6 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much sanpmd for the wonderful compliments!


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lingeriegoddess 6 years ago from NYC

This summer I had a very bad reaction to commercial hair dye and my hair began falling out! It grew back in over the past 3 months and I just began using indigo henna. Even after the first application, my hair looked thicker and healthier than ever. I had forgotten about henna too. Great article!


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creativelycc 6 years ago from Maine Author

So happy to hear that! Henna is wonderful. Good luck to you! Thank you for your comment!


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tracykarl99 6 years ago from San Francisco

Thanks for this info! I like to use henna, but my usual brand, Light Mountain, has been making me feel a little ill the past couple of times I applied it. (weired, huh?) Nicely written hub:)


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creativelycc 6 years ago from Maine Author

Hi tracykarl99, I've been using henna from Mehandi for 3 years now and have not had any problems. Each application always makes me feel good. I am wondering though if you might have an allergy to henna, it might be wise to check with your primary care provider before applying another henna treatment. Best to you and thank you for your comment.


Christy Zutautas 5 years ago

Great hub! My cousin has used Henna and had beautiful results!


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creativelycc 5 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you very much Christy, henna really makes your hair beautiful!


alexa 5 years ago

I second your recommendation of MEHANDI! the best site on the web for all things henna!

I got some activating in my backyard right now :)


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creativelycc 5 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you for your comment Alexa. I've tried a lot of henna and the henna sold on Mehandi has been the best! Good luck with your henna treatment! I can't wait to do another one myself!


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sanpmd 5 years ago from Trivandrum/kerala/India

great!

thanks


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creativelycc 5 years ago from Maine Author

You are very welcome sanpmd! Thank you for your comment!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Great info...am considering...can't quite bring myself to a color change yet, partly because of the chemicals, however this is very helpful.


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creativelycc 5 years ago from Maine Author

Henna from Mehandi.com has no chemicals. Don't worry, your hair will come out gorgeous. Good Luck!


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tamron 5 years ago

I forgot about Henna I recommend Henna as well everything else damages your hair. Great Info.


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creativelycc 5 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you tamron for your comment. Henna is so good for your hair. It conditions and helps to keep it healthy!


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

Hi Creativelycc,

Henna has been used in India for centuries. It is foremost used by ladies to make beautiful designs on their arms and legs. As you pointed out you buy henna from Mehndi.com. Mehndi is Hindi of henna. It is used a lot to colour hair by both men and women in India especially when the hair start turning white. It also keeps head cool in summers.


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creativelycc 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you very much Indian Chef for your comments. Henna from India is the best. It has made my hair so healthy and strong over the years. And you are right, it's great for hair that's turning white. The best to you!


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healthylife2 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

After writing a hub on the dangers of hair dye I will never use the commercial dyes again. This was such a useful article on the benefits of henna and how to achieve different colors. I travel into NYC to a salon that uses a hair dye that is free from most of the harmful chemicals but it is not henna. After reading your article I may switch but am wondering how long the color lasts. Voted up and sharing!


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sharingknowledge 3 years ago from Miami, FL

Never knew Henna before, thanks for sharing.


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creativelycc 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you very much healthlife2 and sharingknowledge for your comments. Henna is great and makes your hair strong, shiny with body. I can't wait for my hair to grow back after chemo. And you'll be surprised how you can alter the shade with natural buxus, cassia or indigo.

Thank you again and the best to you both!

Check out http://www.mehandi.com and check out there henna for hair section.

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