Published : 09/25/2018
We have all heard about henna, Alheña in Spanish, a shrub that grows in the southern fringe of the Mediterranean, East and India, and that has a great ability to dye. It is not the only plant that gives color, since there are many others such as hibiscus, walnut, chamomile, or indigo that also have this characteristic, although with different shades, but it is the one that best adheres to hair protein .
In some cultures it is associated with luck, but above all it has been applied for centuries as a product of natural beauty, both to men and women.
The ignorance about henna has made us not to be too demanding with the type of henna that came to the West, which frequently arrived adulterated with chemicals, which has created great confusion about its use and result.
These are some of the most heard phrases about henna. Do you know if they are true or false?
The result of henna 100% natural and unadulterated depends on the base color on which it is applied. If it is brown, it will have a slight coppery tone. If it is black, it will hardly be appreciated. On the other hand, on clear blondes it can be orange
(if it's what you want, go ahead!)
Henna is nature, and we can not have a "fixed" color chart. The result is always very similar, but not always the same. It will depend on the quality of the hair, on how hydrated or dehydrated it is, on the environmental circumstances. After more than 20 years of experience, at Henna Morena we can guide you.
It is the popularly called Henna Neutra. It is true that technically it is not the same plant (it is called Cassia Obovata) but being from the same family we have decided to market it with the same name, adding the adjective Neutra.
Both the pure Henna and the Neutral Henna provide an infinity of vitamins and minerals to the hair, strengthening it from the roots to the ends and restoring the natural shine.
What is discouraged is to apply henna on damaged, dehydrated or discolored hair because henna interacts with chemical molecules and this can affect both the color and the structure of the hair. If you use an ecological dye and without ammonia, you can apply henna without problem, even the same day.
Henna has astringent properties due to the tannins they contain (which have the same effect as wine in the mouth), which causes the hair to "tense" after application. Therefore, we recommend preparing it with 3 or 4 tablespoons of almond oil that will coat the hair cuticle and hydrate it deeply. You will see how the hair shines, and take a body like you have never noticed before.
Indeed, it does not cover gray hair, but it nuances them, creating a very beautiful natural reflection.
There are many plants that have coloring properties, such as hibiscus, indigo, chamomile, or walnut. Even wine! Mixing them in the right way will help define your color. Ask us how!
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