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Truths and lies of Henna

Truths and lies of Henna

Published : 09/25/2018

Is it true that if you use dyes you can not apply henna? Is your result unpredictable? Do you dry your hair? We explain what is true and what is not.

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?

If you apply henna, your hair always has orange. 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!)

The result of henna on the hair is unpredictable. False.

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.

There is henna that does not color. True.

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.

The henna takes care of the hair: besides giving color, it gives it shine. True.

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.

You can not apply henna on a dye. False.

          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 dries your hair. True ... half-hearted.

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.

Henna does not cover gray hair. True.

Indeed, it does not cover gray hair, but it nuances them, creating a very beautiful natural reflection.

You can modify the result of henna by mixing them with other plants. True.

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!


And remember: If you are going to apply henna, make sure that it is 100% Lawsonia Inermis, and that it does not contain any chemical component, like metallic salts, that could alter the result or ruin your hair. And make it as fresh as possible, like Henna Morena, to benefit from all its properties.


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