By Kiki of Rockin’ it Napptural
Real and pure body art quality henna is safe for almost anyone to use unless you are under the age of 5, have G6PD or you are allergic to fava beans or aspirin. Henna is a plant based alternative to boosting your hair’s natural color and has been used to dye women’s hair for centuries. Normal henna rarely causes allergic contact dermatitis, but darker “henna” containing an added chemical also found in hair dye called p-phenylenediamine, or PPD, can instigate severe skin problems and additional allergies.
So, What exactly is Henna?
True Henna is basically another name for the Lawsonia Inermis plant grown in areas such as Pakistan, India and UAE to name a few. The leaves of the plant are dried, ground into a powder form, then reconstituted to form a paste for application.
True Henna comes in one color, and one color only and that is a a vivid orange-red. Compound hennas are often sold as “Golden brown”, “Copper”, “Auburn”, “Mahogany”, “Black” and so on – a sure sign that they are not in fact true henna. This does not mean it will produce identical results on different heads of hair, however; henna binds to the keratin of the hair and combines its colour with the existing hue. As a result, when using henna on gray hairs, the henna is likely to end up turning the hair a bright orange to medium reddish color. I definitely recommend strand testing before applying henna to your entire head. Henna is not recommended if you are looking to “lighten” your hair, as it will only darken or boost your natural hair color.
True henna is all natural and many people think that because it is derived from plants that the effects are short-lasting. This is not true. Henna is virtually impossible to strip from hair and is a PERMANENT color alternative. Some success may be obtained by repeated oil treatments, honey treatments and/or dyeing or bleaching over the henna, but to fully rid one’s hair of the colour is next to impossible. Many people find themselves in the position of having to grow their henna out, or cut it off, in order to get rid of it.
Have any of you ladies tried coloring your hair with Henna?
Were the results what you were expecting?
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Jenell Stewart, formally known as BlakIzBeautyful is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Kinky Curly Coily Me. Jenell has a MS in special education and dedicates her time to educating and uplifting women with kinky, curly, coily hair. She big chopped on March 26, 2010 and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.View all Jenell posts.