What is Henna Dye?

Henna Plant

First of all, it can be used as a natural hair dye. It does not have chemicals in it and is great for dying the hair naturally. It is a plant.

Henna (Lawsonia inermis) is a plant used to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather and wool. The name is also used for dye preparations derived from the plant, and for the art of temporary tattooing based on those dyes. Additionally, the name is misused for other skin and hair dyes, such as black henna or neutral henna, which do not derive from the plant.
Important: So be careful when choosing certain hennas to dye your hair.

Henna is a tall shrub or small tree, 2.6 m high. It is multibranched with spine tipped branchlets. Henna flowers have four sepals and a 2 mm calyx tube with 3 mm spread lobes.

Woman with dyed hair by using henna
 Henna for Hair
Benefits: Henna is a natural remedy against hair loss. It is also of great use in maintaining healthy hair. Henna repairs and seals the cuticle, thus helps in healing hair shaft. This prevents the hair breakage and also retains the shine of hair. Henna balances the pH of the scalp, thus, preventing premature hair fall. Henna cures most scalp problems such as dandruff, dryness etc. It also reverses the effects of pollution on hair as well as dryness due to excessive blow drying. Additionally, henna also stops premature graying of hair. Read more on henna for hair coloring.

Henna for Hair:

Conditioning: Henna is an excellent herbal conditioner. It gives your hair a sleek and shiny look. It nourishes the hair and makes them soft and silky. The best way to avail the benefits of henna for hair conditioning is by soaking henna in curd and then applying it all over the head. Curd prevents the drying of hair and is also responsible for the additional shine. Alternatively, you can also mix henna powder in curd with a dash of lemon juice. Rinse the mixture off your hair after an hour or so. You might have to wash your hair a couple of times, before you get rid of all the henna from your hair. If you want to use henna hair dye to color your hair dark, mix the henna powder and lemon juice in an iron skillet and let it stay overnight. However, if you wish to color your hair vibrant reddish brown do not use skillet or any iron utensil for that matter.


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