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Color your hair naturally with henna: easy recipe
What is Henna?
Henna (Lawsonia Inermis) has been used been used historically for body art, dyeing fabrics, and coloring hair. The henna plant is native to Asia and Africa. Henna leaves produce a red orange stain when crushed. The chemical responsible for this pigment is known as Lawsone.
Unhealthy synthetic hair dyes
Synthetic hair dyes damages hair. Repeated coloring leaves hair dull and weak. We’ve all seen people with over processed hair. Over time hair will become dry, brittle, and broken. Synthetic hair dyes also contain unhealthy ingredients. These chemicals can cause allergic reactions, asthma, and even blindness.
Henna as a natural hair dye
Henna is a great alternative to synthetic hair dyes. This natural pigment binds to the proteins in hair. It produces an orange or reddish brown color in hair. Your hair color results depend on your natural hair color. Henna is said to be an excellent hair treatment. The same chemical that colors hair bind to the weak points in the hair. Henna is a natural protein treatment.
Where to buy Henna
Only purchase 100 % henna. There are a lot of products claiming to be henna that are not pure henna. You have to be careful of these misleading products, because they may contain harmful metals and salt. These ingredients can be damaging to your hair or even your health. So how can you tell the difference? Well real henna will only dye your hair red. Any product claiming to dye your hair any other color is not henna. Henna leaves are often grounded and sold as a fine powder. Real henna should be green in color and smell like hay. I recommend using body art quality henna. Body art henna has higher dye content. I recommend Jamila brand henna. This is pure henna and come in 100 g packages. You may need, more depend on how much hair you have.
How to dye your hair with henna
You can play around with the recipe but here is a basic one
100 g body art quality henna
½ of lemon juice or black tea
¼ cup of water
1 teaspoon of olive oil for extra conditioning
Mix all the ingredients together. Cover mixture with saran wrap. Let it marinate for 12 to 24 hours, so the dye will release. The longer it sits the better (not so long that it dries out). The mixture should turn from a dark green to a mud-like color. This means it’s ready. It should be a pudding-like consistency. Next apply to hair.
*it is a good idea to wear old clothes and wear gloves, henna stains skin and clothing!
Apply a generous amount throughout hair. You will want to saturate your hair. Keep adding more until it feel like you’re wearing a muddy helmet. Next place a disposable shower cap on your head and wait. Now here’s the tricky part. The longer your leave it in your hair, the redder it will stain. I’ve heard of people leaving it in for as little as 20 minutes, or as long as 12 hours. Your color results depend on the original color of your hair and how long you leave henna in. I recommend doing a strand test on your before your dye your hair. Simply coat a few shed hairs and wait two hours. This should give you an idea of the color results. After you have achieved your desired color simply shampoo and condition.