Good frosty morning every one hope we are all nice and warm in the Southern hemisphere and all you Northern hemisphere peeps are having a lovely warm spring morning…
I use Henna on my hair a fair bit and as a former hairdresser have found that it is the best thing for MY hair, so what is Henna and how does it work.
Well Henna is a plant-based natural product that coats the hair protecting it from the elements and carries NO petro-chemicals, or synthetic nasties for the hair and scalp, basically Henna restores the acid-alkaline balance of the scalp without affecting the natural balance of your hair but as with all natural or man-made products it does carry some risk of side effects which are standard and if you have sensitive skin should patch test before usage these are some side effects, inflammation of the skin (dermatitis) including redness, itching, burning, swelling, scaling, broken skin, blisters, and scarring of the skin but, this can also occur if you use bleaching products on your hair as well.
Henna covers the cuticle of the hair which coats it with rich colour while maintaining the natural structure of the hair shaft, it does raise the cuticle and this is why it is important to rinse the hair completely and add a conditioning agent at the end of the process insuring that the cuticle becomes flat again which is how the hair looks shiny and heathy. Unlike chemical hair dyes henna hair dyes do not penetrate the inner layer of the hair this is call the cortex which means that the hair retains its moisture and flexibility. The benefits of Henna use is fabulous and here is a small list.
Henna however is AWESOME at covering those grey hairs we get as we age ( wont remove wrinkles, sorry ) and comes in a range of colours these days, I myself have used the clear conditioning treatment for years but, am now going to give the lovely Mahogany colour a go as I like this colour. When I use the conditioning treatment I use honey as a way of making sure that the drying effects that can come with the Henna is combated, other people use yogurt which combats the flaky scalp that can come or if they are prone to dandruff.
Buying Henna is more difficult however and really needs to be sourced from a reputable source as there are so many grads and you really need to get the best quality you can so I am adding a few links below of people who I know you can trust to get great Henna hair products and a couple of these I have purchased from myself so know are really good to deal with.
Henna Sooq is a great place to get both Hair, Skin and body art Henna and sell really high quality for all these and are also are a Ayurvedic site, So check them out.
Henna Moon is a fabulous Australian website that are super knowledgeable on Henna usage and have some really high quality Henna products, selling both Hair and Body art products and doing Henna body art services in Western Australia ( totally wish I was over there but am in NSW )
Divine Henna is not a hair colouring place but does amazing body art and really should get a mention due to this, they are situated in Queensland and do bridal, pregnancy and Henna parties…so check out this site for the artistry side.
My recommendation is to give Henna a go and find out what it can do for your hair and health and I definitely give Henna HAIR & BODY a GOLD award and both Henna Moon & Henna Sooq awesome GOLD reviews for products and services