For those who like to color their hair, chemical-based hair dyes are a popular option. But it damages hair in the long run from harsh chemicals and is expensive because each trip to the salon burns a hole in the bag. As an alternative and popular alternative, henna has rightfully earned its place as the natural hair dye, which is rich in antioxidants, has great nourishing properties and makes hair stronger. Henna application covers grays and soothes itchy scalp to prevent dandruff. Not many people know that the antifungal and antibacterial properties of henna help prevent allergies. Being a natural conditioner, it makes hair stronger, healthier and softer while covering pale gray hair and giving great color. Most importantly, one can apply henna at one’s own convenience. To get the best out of henna application, Clelia Cecilia Angelon, Founder and CEO, Surya Brasil shares some tips you can follow to get the best results.
Wash your hair before applying henna
Due to dust and pollution present in the hair, our hair gets a layer of impurities that need to be cleaned regularly. It becomes even more important to have clean hair before applying henna as it will not be able to bond and give the desired result. Washing your hair with a mild shampoo an hour before applying will cleanse the scalp and allow it to absorb the nutrients in henna. Applying henna paste for just two hours can lead to naturally dyed hair.
Mix natural ingredients in henna
Most of us know that when soaked in water with tea or coffee, henna gives better results. Ayurvedic herbs such as indigo and methi add natural nutrients to the henna. Similarly, mixing herbs such as Jua, malva, guarana, babassu oil, Jaborandi, Copaíba, Guarana, Cumaru, Açaí, and olive and coconut powdered oils found in Amazon rainforests can lead to longer, stronger hair. These 15 herbs from Indian forests and Brazilian rainforests can give you unparalleled results. If you don’t have time to look for these ingredients, you can buy ready-made henna in the market that does have them.
Pre-mixed henna cream
Nowadays, pre-mixed henna paste with an easy and ready-to-use applicator is also available for those who need quick fixes. These vegan, organic and natural products do not contain harmful chemicals such as PPD, EDTA, GMOs, gluten, ammonia and by-products such as Ethalonamina, Diethalonamina and Triethalonamina. In addition, they can not only result in natural black hair, but can also give a beautiful brown, dark brown, copper, burgundy and red hue. Check the label for such chemical ingredients before purchasing as natural products are always better.
Massage your hair with warm oil
Once you’ve washed the henna off after letting it sit for 2 hours, let your hair air dry. When you’re done, massage yourself with hot oil or ask a loved one to do it. This oil helps to further absorb the nutrients and also nourishes the scalp and strengthens the hair. In fact, it is always a good idea to oil your hair regularly as it moisturizes the hair and increases shine.
Reapply within 20 days for best results
Although the results for henna are long lasting, you will have to reapply henna at the roots because the new hair that comes out is still gray. A touch-up works perfectly if you don’t have too much time. You can apply henna all over the head once every two months to get the best result.
Henna not only covers the gray, but with proper nutrition it can also prevent further graying and result in beautiful, long and luscious hair.
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