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Henna has been used for centuries for its anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties, as well as its well-known ability to colour, condition and strengthen the hair. Henna helps to seal the hair cuticle, thus preventing breakage and increasing shine. It also helps to prevent hair loss.
Henna colours hair by coating the hair shaft and binding to the keratin. It cannot lighten hair, so black hair will develop some red highlights in sunlight, blond or grey hair will go orange/red and brown hair will go deep auburn. Henna can be mixed with indigo to dye hair in shades of brown to black. Henna helps seal the hair cuticle, helping to prevent breakage and split ends, making hair stronger and increasing shine. It improves scalp condition by unclogging pores thus boosting hair growth. It balances oily hair and pH levels by restoring normal function to sebaceous glands.
Directions of use:
Hair dye: Mix henna powder into a paste with warm water using a non-metallic bowl and spoon. This paste should be the consistency of pancake batter. Apply the paste to freshly washed dry or slightly damp hair using your fingers. Apply in sections, making sure all your hair is covered, pile your hair on top of your head and cover with clingwrap and a towel. Leave it on your hair for 1-4 hours depending on the colour result you want. Rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear, shampoo and condition. If you hair feels dry after using henna, give your hair an oil treatment with organic, extra-virgin coconut oil.
Some people mix henna powder with lemon juice, tea, coffee and other liquids. Adding a little bit of sugar to the mixture can help to make it smoother.
You must do a strand test first. 100 grams is enough for collar to shoulder length hair.
Henna/Indigo hair dye: This two-step method using henna and indigo can work very well for covering grey if you want a dark shade.
Dye your hair with plain henna as explained above. In a different bowl, mix up the indigo powder with enough warm water to make a smooth paste. This mixture cannot keep so must be used immediately. Apply it to freshly henna’ed dry or slightly damp hair in the same manner you applied the henna paste. Wrap in clingwrap and a towel and leave it on for 45 minutes to four hours. Rinse thoroughly, shampoo and condition. Some people prefer not to shampoo straight after rinsing, but to wait for 24-48 hours to allow the indigo to oxidise. This is up to you. You can also just use a conditioner after the rinse, and not a shampoo.
You can try adding a tablespoon of salt per 100g of indigo. This can help the indigo to dye more effectively.
Please do a strand test to determine the application time.
Deep conditioning hair growth treatment: Mix 1 cup henna powder, 1 can coconut milk, some cold-pressed coconut oil and aloe gel to make a smooth paste. Apply the paste to your scalp and hair, wrap in a shower cap or plastic bag and leave it on for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Rinse out with warm water, shampoo and condition. This treatment tackles dryness, boosts hair growth and prevents split ends. The oils and gel in this pack will inhibit the dyeing properties of henna to some degree. Use once a month for best results.
Protein hair treatment: Mix 1 cup of henna powder with 1 egg, half a cup of lemon juice and about a cup of water. Apply the mixture to your hair and scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Rinse with warm water and shampoo. This treatment cleans scalp and nourishes hair shafts, boosting hair growth and condition. Use once a month for best results.
You can freeze any leftover mixture of plain henna (not henna and indigo) for use at a later time. Unused powder can be resealed and stored in a cool, dry place.
Please note: for external use only.
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