- Henna: A Rich Hue for Healthy Hair
People have used henna since early times because is it a rich, auburn dye that comes from the lawsonia inermis tree that can turn your hair a dark reddish brown color. You can find henna leaves which you can grind into a powder before using, or you can buy the henna already ground into powder, which makes it easy to blend with other natural ingredients like coconut oil, lemon juice, cloves or vinegar. For a darker shade, try adding indigo.
To get the desired color, you can use henna once a week to once a month. It is a natural hair dye that can also condition your hair and make it stronger, too. Here’s some ways to use henna on your hair:
- Henna Leaves and Coconut Oil: Heat coconut oil to the boiling point. Add a generous handful of henna leaves and simmer until it turns brown. Let it cool down before you apply it to your scalp and rinse it off after 35 to 45 minutes. You can also use mustard oil instead of coconut oil.
- Henna Paste: Create a paste by grinding a handful of henna leaves. Add one teaspoon of coffee powder, three teaspoons of Indian gooseberry powder and enough plain yogurt to create a paste. Spread it on your hair evenly and let it dry. Rinse thoroughly and then shampoo your hair. You can do this treatment every two to four weeks.
Henna is generally safe to use on your hair, but here are some things to be aware of before trying it:
Henna is Messy: You will need to wear gloves when applying henna to your hair, and it could stain things, so use caution when applying it. You can apply oil or Vaseline as a protective shield to your forehead, neck and ears to prevent staining.
About Using Henna: Henna will not even out your hair color or cover dark roots, because it darkens, not hides. If you start with dark roots, they will still be there after using it. Also, you cannot use permanent hair dye after using henna on your hair. You can try a semi-permanent dye, instead.