Henna, a flower native to Asia and the Mediterranean coast of Africa, is one of the oldest cosmetics still in use. It’s been used to transfer patterns onto the skin and as hair dye for centuries, back to the days of Cleopatra and Nefertiti, who were some of the first to make it known for its beauty functions. If you want to try out a little-more-natural hair colour route this fall, give henna a try and keep in mind these best practices.
How it works & benefits of use
The gentle, natural dye in henna works thanks to its hennotannic acid content, which bonds with skin, fingernails and hair, leaving behind a reddish-brown coloring, depending on the colour of your hair/skin tone. Before you start, keep in mind that if you’re looking to even out your hair colour, henna won’t help. (If you start with roots / highlights you’ll have them when you’re done.)
What henna will give is an overall tint that will last about four months, fading naturally over time. So, you won’t see streaks or roots when you dye with henna, which is a plus. Aside from giving a natural overall tint, henna is also super healthy for your hair. It seals in the natural oils, leaving it feeling conditioned and shiny. It’ll ease frizz, boost your hair’s natural shine and make your hair more manageable. Some also say it helps get rid of dandruff.