A powdered leaf that is traditionally used to dye the hair and the skin red. Henna has been used by women for thousands of years to dye the hair, the fingernails, the palms and the soles. Men too used it to obtain a red hue in their beards. It comes from a small, attractive shrub with leaves of a pale green colour. Its white flowers give off a sharp odour. But it is the leaves which are dried and crushed into a greenish-yellow powder and then used as the colourant.
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How to Use:
For short or cropped hair use 25g of Henna, for shoulder-length hair use 50g of Henna, for long hair use 75g of Henna.
Mix the crushed-leaf powder with hot water to produce a 'henna pack'.
Apply this to the hair as a paste. Leave for 30 - 40 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Alternately, to obtain a more intense colouring, wrap a towel around the head and leave for 1 - 4 hours, or even all night.
Henna has a thickening effect which adds body, lustre and highlights to your hair. Instead of just water, henna can be mixed with a strong, hot tea to bring out more red or with a cup of coffee to dull the red somewhat. For a really bright red, mix with All Spice.
It is advisable to dye a cutting of your hair before you use it for the first time.
I have used henna on and off for decades......maybe it was a reaction as I was on 6 weeks doxycycline but after doing a henna treatment my scalp burned unbearably for 3 days...all I could do was keep washing it.....I did mix the powder with some indigo powder I had used before to tone the red down but had never had this problem before. rnThe colour was lovely just could have done without the pain
Being of Indian origin I was hesitant as I usually use henna from India for my hair. However the organic made me want to try it for chemical free reasons!rnThis stuff is AMAZING!! I mixed it with soaked tea and left it over night. The next day my mother applied it to my hair and was amazed how the colour was taking in five minutes on her hand. I left it on for 5 hours and washed it off and the colour was so strong! The only thing is because this stuff is so good my hair still smells so strong of henna a few days later but I don't mind that. I've got red and copper strands going through my hair now and want to enjoy my natural hair colour without using colour from salons. I recommend any one who don't mind being auburn, red and copper on their natural dark brown hair. However use a strong conditioner after as my hair was a little dry but loving the chemical free for my hair and scalp.
Not all hennas are the same. This organic henna leaves your hair shiny, well conditioned and a great colour. rnrnWhen I became allergic to chemical colourants I was forced to find an alternative. My hairdresser suggested this, and advised me to buy an organic brand, as all hennas are not the same. She also suggested I mix with a weak black coffee instead of just water. It toned down the read and dulled the earthy smell considerably.rnrnThis product is messy to apply but the result is well worth the effort..
I'm unable to use salon and home bought hair colouring as I have a severe adverse reaction to them. This henna is a fabulous alternative. It's messy, inconvenient, and I'd much prefer not to use it but the results are great. I mix it with a weak black coffee so it reduces the earthy smell and the shade of red. My hair is left shiny, beautifully conditioned, and always generates positive comments.rnI've used other hennas but this organic one gives the best result. A top product.
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