Natural henna dye gives the hair reddish tones. From light golden red to deep chestnut. Henna gives hair shine, thickness and also removes dandruff.
Henna is a natural dye derived from the lawsonia shrub. The strongest pigment is obtained from the upper young leaves. It is used to create mehendi patterns on the body. Hair dye is made from the rest of the leaves. The stem does not contain dyes and is used for the production of medicinal colorless henna.
Henna has many beneficial properties. Unlike synthetic dyes, it does not penetrate deep into the hair, but it lasts just as well. The substances in henna enhance hair growth and smooth the scales, which makes the curls shinier. Henna reduces the formation of dandruff and root fat.
But staining with this natural paint has its drawbacks. The most significant of these is the unpredictability of the result. Even a professional hairdresser will not undertake to promise you a certain shade. If you dyed your head with henna once, you will not be able to dye with other synthetic dyes for a very long time, as well as undergo some hair procedures. All, again, because of the unpredictability of henna. When combined with a chemical dye, it can give a green or blue tint.
The second minus is that henna dries the hair a lot. And if this property is useful for the owner of oily roots, then for thin split ends such staining will only be harmful. Sometimes henna causes allergies.
Henna staining recipes
What color you get if you dye your hair with henna depends on the time the mixture is kept on the hair and on additional components. The brighter and more saturated the color you want to get, the longer the staining procedure should be. On average, the time for dyeing on medium-blond hair will be 1, 5 - 2 hours.
To reduce the oiliness of the hair, henna is kept for no more than 5-10 minutes. If the hair is light, colorless henna should be used.
Golden shine of hair can be obtained by adding 2 grams of saffron to henna. Instead of saffron, you can use chamomile, rhubarb, or turmeric.
Chestnut color will turn out if henna is diluted with natural freshly brewed coffee or cocoa instead of water. For a brighter color, add 10 grams of ground cloves. Beet juice warmed up to 60 ° C will give an eggplant hue. Henna, diluted with Cahors or Hibiscus, will give your hair a mahogany hue.
Henna should be applied to dry, clean hair. Lubricate the forehead line, back of the head and ears with a thick greasy cream - this will protect the skin from staining.
Henna gives its color to hair better in a warm environment. Therefore, it is necessary to dilute the paint with warm water and apply very quickly, until it cools down. Then put on a plastic cap and wrap a towel around your head.
After dyeing, you cannot wash your hair for several days. During this time, henna is fixed on the hair. To dye hair in darker shades, henna is used in combination with basma.