Henna For Hair

Natural henna is a traditional method of dying the hair, which has been in use for several thousand years. Henna, or lawsonia inermis, imparts a a red or copper colored tint which is useful for covering gray hair and adding color. Pure henna is ideal for those with chemical and environmental allergies as it contains no additional ingredients, PPD, or chemicals. Keep in mind that henna and other herbs are only capable of adding color to the hair – they don’t ever make it lighter.

Which products to buy?

RedHead – A bright red is possible on people with naturally lighter hair, such as blonde, light brown, or light brown with gray. You can use BAQ henna to achieve reddish tones. Remember that henna only adds color, so if you have dark brown hair or black hair, henna will cover your grays, and you’ll see coppery shimmer in the sun. Repeated applications can yield burgundy tones.

Brunette – For most people, a combination of henna and indigo will create a nice natural brunette. Add extra indigo for cooler/darker tones, or extra henna for more red shimmer. If you have a lot of gray, you may wish to do a straight henna application, followed immediately by the henna and indigo blend.

Black – To maintain naturally black hair, you can use indigo alone, which eliminates any of the brassiness that can occur from sun-damage or chlorine-damage. If you are brunette and want to go black, first apply henna, rinse, and immediately follow with an indigo application. If you have grays you should also use this technique. Henna followed by Indigo is the only truly natural way to achieve black hair without chemicals. Side effects include lustrous shiny hair and healthy scalp!

Blonde – Cassia Obovata is a leaf which contains a golden dye pigment. While Cassia can’t lighten dark hair, it can help maintain a golden tone in blonde hair, or tint gray hairs to a more golden tone. On darker hair, Cassia is invisible, however it is an excellent conditioner which adds body and shine. It is sometimes referred to as “neutral henna” even though it is really not henna.

Tip – For monthly maintenance apply your mixtures of choice to just your roots. When it’s time to rinse out, lather with some gentle shampoo and work the herb-infused lather to the ends of your hair. Let it sit all over your hair for 5 minutes for a “gloss”.

How do you choose which product to buy? It can be tricky and online forums sometimes confuse things. If you are unsure, please email me with your natural hair color, the color your hair is now, and what color you want it to be. You can also see How to mix henna for hair at Henna Lounge official site.

If you want to be….

RedHead – A bright red is possible on people with naturally lighter hair, such as blonde, light brown, or light brown with gray. You can use BAQ henna to get there. Remember that henna only adds color, so if you have dark brown hair or black hair, henna will cover your grays, and you’ll see coppery shimmer in the sun, but you can’t really go lighter or be a ginge. ;)

Brunette – For most people, a combination of henna and indigo will create a nice natural brunette. Add extra indigo for cooler/darker tones, or extra henna for more red shimmer. If you have a lot of gray, you may wish to do a straight henna application, followed by a “henndigo” application.

Black – To maintain naturally black hair, you can just use indigo which eliminates any of the brassiness that can occur from sun-damage or chlorine-damage. If you are brunette and want to go black, first apply henna, rinse, and immediately follow with indigo. If you have grays you will also have to use the two-step process for good coverage. This is the only truly natural way to achieve black hair without chemicals. Your hair will thank you for it though, shiny, thick, and a healthy scalp!

Tip – For monthly maintenance apply your mixture of choice to just your roots. When it’s time to rinse out, lather with some gentle shampoo and let the lather sit all over your hair for 5 minutes for a “gloss”.

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