Henna for the hair? Oh! You thought it was just for body art! Interestingly, henna has many benefits for the hair and scalp. As henna is primarily used to stain the skin for body art, it has the same stain effect when applied to the hair. Henna (lawsonia inermis) is a large bush or tree-like plant that grows in dry, hot climates; its leaves are dried and then pressed into powdered form. When applying the mixed powder to the hair, it turns into a reddish brown tint, depending on the natural color of the hair. After application it continues to darken over the next few days.

Just as it was used among the ancient Egyptians of North Africa, the people of South Asia and by others throughout the Middle East to adorn the body, it was also used to color the hair. Henna is an alternative to chemical hair dyes; it only coats the hair and does not penetrate the hair shaft. It can be used by all regardless of hair texture or type. It’s commonly used by both men and women to cover not only grey hair, but men also use it for their beards.

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Henna is a great hair conditioner that promotes hair growth in addition to preventing and treating dandruff. It nourishes the scalp and hair making it healthier, less frizzy and smoother while providing volume and sheen. Consequently, henna contains properties that fight against germs and bacteria. With regular use and application, it helps the hair become stronger building a protective layer to prevent hair damage and loss.

Additionally, with proper application hair will retain its moisture. Henna is permanent, but will lose its vibrancy within 4-6 weeks. The best part, you are able to henna as often as you want. It will continue to build layer after layer on hair strands resulting in a richer color.

If you are looking to enhance your natural color without risking damage and changing natural texture, then henna may be for you!