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Henna's Hidden Secret

Poonam Bhatia

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What's Henna Been Hiding?

Through the past several years, henna has gained a great deal of popularity as everyone's favorite method of temporary tattoos. Generally encountered in powdered or paste forms, it is a plant that is most commonly found in tropical and subtropical regions, and is known to have many medicinal properties. The dark green paste leaves a luxurious red stain on the skin, allowing us to cover ourselves with ornate designs that fade over the course of a few short weeks. Though henna is great for decorative purposes, it can also be a wonderful organic hair care product!

Henna Belongs in Hair!

Henna is an amazing Ayurvedic + Organic element that serves as an all-purpose conditioner for various hair types. It is inherently antibacterial and has natural balancing properties, which help it to cleanse hair without the use of synthetic materials that can throw off our internal energies. Not only does henna condition hair for a thicker, shinier mane, it also nourishes the scalp and helps avoid dryness and dandruff. Henna’s hair-strengthening properties can also aid in warding off premature hair loss, breakage or the dreaded graying.

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Healthy, Herbal Hair Dye

Henna’s hair-conditioning qualities are not the only thing your locks will love. The same staining effect that makes henna a prime temporary tattoo, also renders it the perfect natural hair dye. It dyes hair red, just as it stains skin; so if you have lighter hair, beware of this. Henna imparts a reddish tint to dark hair colors and turns grays into a burnt orange shade. Adding lemon juice can help intensify the dying effect for a darker coloration. So if you do have a few pesky hairs, henna might be your new best friend!

Let us know if you try this age-old conditioning secret, or if you have any spins on applying henna to hair!


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