May 9, 2012

LINK LOVE: What's HENNA? How can it help your hair?

Henna blocks sold by LUSH cosmetics online

If you've been natural for even a little while I'm sure you've come across the topic of using henna to add moisturize, add color or shine, and (even) loosen your curl pattern. I haven't been able to use henna yet, but I'm dying for a color change and I think henna may be the way to go.

Here's some quick info about the henna for natural hair.
  • Henna is a flowering plant that is often powdered and used to dye the hair, skin, and nails.
  • Henna comes is 100% pure and can be bought as such. 
  • Henna is much healthier for natural hair because PURE henna contains no chemicals.
  • Henna only comes in a reddish/brick color. Any other color represented has natural dyes added to the natural product.
  • Henna cannot lighten your hair but can add red undertones to hair. The lighter your hair, the brighter the color of your henna result.
As I've research the henna technique for natural hair I've found that it takes practice but the outcomes are quite pleasing. In addition, most experts say that you have to apply henna treatments for 3+ months in order to see the best results. So, once you start the process, you should be committed in order to get the best outcome.

Below is a link to Curly Nikki's articles about the Henna process. I think I'm gonna try henna-ing my hair this summer. Nashville has several Indian grocery stores that sell 100% chemical free henna. You know I let you see the results.

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