When I was a little girl, I used to watch my elder cousins using henna for hair. I remember them smearing leftover henna on my hair, and I’d be the happiest girl walking around the street with henna on! After the wash, I would run to the mirror to see my hair color. I believe back then, market hair dyes were not so common. Yes, black was the custom hair color available. Cousin sisters of mine who didn’t want a wig like jet black hair would use henna for hair instead. As I grew I learned that they were not only using henna to color their hair but to control dandruff, add shine to hair and basically for healthy hair growth.
For very long, I was only using market hair color products to color my hair. These hair dyes are really easy to apply and give instant gratification. However, the repercussion of dying hair too much slowly shows in later months. I was having hair breakage, split ends, dull hair and super dry hair ends. That’s when I decided to start using henna for hair.
Here are some of the benefits of using henna for hair:
- It cleanses the scalp
- It nourishes hair shafts.
- Promotes Faster hair growth.
- Gives shine to the hair
- Makes hair thicker
- Adds volume to flat hair
If you don’t like to use henna for hair color at home because it’s messy or smells strong, or mostly because you are afraid that it will turn your hair red, then keep on reading….
Yes, the process of applying henna can be completely messy particularly while putting it on the hair on your own, so take help of someone who would apply the paste to your hair. Make sure you wear a dark colored old shirt while applying the henna on hair. The stains stay permanent on light color shirts. “What about the strong smell of henna?” You can simply add few drops of your favorite essential oils. Trust me, it’s unnecessary though, as the smell gradually fades after two to three wash. Talking about the Reddish color that henna gives to hair, the end result or the finish color of the hair depends on the original hair color. For instance, Dark black hair to Dark Brown, Golden Blonde to brown with red tones, Brown hair to dark burgundy. Your hair will not turn into pure red unless you have full grey hair or you are either using a non-organic henna. And this reminds me, always buy natural henna powder. Look at the back of the henna package and see the mentioned ingredients. But, using henna for hair also has some cons.
Why should you not use henna to colour hair?
If you are someone who easily gets bored with the same hair color and love to color hair using market hair dyes, then I suggest you think carefully before opting for henna. Once you apply henna on hair, it will be impossible to experiment hair with different market dyes for around 6 months. Also, if you are planning to permanently straighten or perm your hair then HOLD ON because it will hamper the styling process and might damage your hair severely. Ask, me, I have experienced. :/
I am applying henna for hair since I have no plans to either use other hair color products or straighten my hair, well all I want is healthy natural hair. 🙂
This is how I use henna for hair color at home
You Will Need
- 1 Egg
- 2 cups Organic Henna Powder
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup black tea or 1 tbsp coffee powder
- Castor Oil
- Fresh Aloe Vera gel
- Shower cap
4 to 8 hours
In a bowl, mix the henna powder, egg, Aloe vera Gel, and water until you get a consistent mixture.
Apply the mixture to your hair starting from the roots and make your way to the tips.
Take sections of hair and wrap each section around the top of your crown as you apply the henna so that you end up with a bun.
Once you are done applying, cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for 2 to 3 hours.
Rinse the henna out of your hair with mild shampoo. You can skip the conditioner.
The next day, you can give yourself a deep hot oil hair massage.
How Often should you apply henna on hair?
Once or twice a month
If you are afraid of the henna stains around the neck, forehead or ears then apply some coconut oil or Vaseline to keep them protected from the color.
There are different ways to use henna for hair. This particularly is of rich color and soft hair. I’ll be posting more ways to use henna for flat hair, frizzy hair, for hair growth and more. Do subscribe to my blog and also find me on Instagram and Facebook: yangandbeyond.