On hearing the word “henna”, most people think about body art. However, henna is also commonly used as natural alternative to chemical hair dyes. Henna hair dye is worlds apart from the chemical hair dye that you would find on the supermarket shelves. Henna is completely free of chemicals and rather than simply dying the surface of the hair, it completely penetrates the hair, changing the colour on the inside as well as the outside.
When dying your hair with henna, the process initially takes longer, however, it also lasts longer. Henna hair dye is completely permanent and can be customised by adding different henna tones. Completely natural henna turns your hair a red colour. However, different hennas are available, allowing you to turn your hair blonde or black. These hennas do contain some chemicals and will always have a reddish tint to them, so if your hair is very fair, you could find that a blonde henna has the ability to turn your hair a little reddish.
To get started with henna hair dye, you of course need the henna. You will also need some hot water and a large mixing bowl. Make sure that you have a spatula of some kind, some gloves, a shower cap, an old towel, jojaba oiland some petroleum jelly.
To prepare for dying your hair with henna, ensure that your hair is not washed 12 hours before you apply the colour. The natural oils in your hair will aid the henna to work. The first step to take is to damp your hair and towel dry it to remove any water. Rub a little jojoba oil into your hair ends, being sure that you don’t get it on your roots.
You will then need to create the henna paste yourself, using the henna, hot water, mixing bowl and spatula. The paste should be easily spread on your hair, without being watery. If the consistency is watery, the henna will run onto your neck and face which is not something that you want. Bear in mind that henna is a strong, staining dye so if it reaches your skin, you will struggle to get it out.
As you apply the henna, ensure that you have gloves on, otherwise your hands will be stained with the henna for a good few weeks. This is where the petroleum jelly comes in handy – rub a layer around your hair line to stop the henna from dripping onto the surface of your skin.
To purchase henna hair dye, check out World’s End’s website.