Henna dyes have been used for centuries in various cultures across the world. They come with some advantages such as being eco-friendly, natural, and easy to use.
Henna’s rich colour can vary, from deep black, brown, red, orange to copper tones. The colouring is semi-permanent and fades over time.
Many people turn to henna to dye their hair as they have experienced allergic reactions when using traditional boxed hair dyes.
Why Henna is an Eco-friendly Hair Dye
It’s environmentally friendly because it does not use synthetic chemicals which can cause pollution to the environment. It also does not require any harsh chemicals like ammonia or hydrogen peroxide which can harm your scalp or hair over time.
First, you will need to decide what kind of henna application you would like to use.
You can purchase henna powders, for example, that you can mix with water or coffee to provide the correct shade you are after. Or you can buy henna bars from shops like Lush that have added ingredients such as cocoa butter to moisturise the hair and give it a nice shine.
If you go down the route of using power or henna bars, be prepared for a bit of mess and have gloves and old clothes at the ready.
You can bypass the mess and opt for an all-in-one product by using henna cream. They often come with extra added ingredients such as plant extracts and essential oils to keep your hair in great condition.
Picking a Henna Shade
Henna powders usually come in the colours black, brown and red that you can then mix with other natural ingredients to get the shade you desire.
Colouring Grey Hair
Henna will highlight your grey hair so that it gives it a nice contrast from your other hair colour. The colour is not as long-lasting as permanent dyes, though, and you will need to re-apply every few weeks to keep your greys covered.
Tips for a Beautiful, Long-lasting Henna Color
Henna is a great way to add shine to your hair and keep it in great condition.
-For the best colour, it is important to use a high-quality product.
-Follow the directions of your product. For example, you may need to wash your hair first with just shampoo and not conditioner and then apply the henna to towel-dried hair.
-Use gloves when you apply the henna and try not to get any on your scalp or in your eyes.
-Put on a shower cap to create a more intense colour.