Recently we have been taking a look at Ayurvedic hair care and there’s no denying how interesting the practice of Ayurveda is and the benefits of incorporating aspects of it into our hair regimens.
In continuing the trend one of the hands down most talked about herbal treatments for natural and relaxed hair care is henna. Henna is best known for its dye properties and is often used for body art in the form of henna tattoos and to color and condition hair when used as a hair treatment.
Personally I love henna, I love how my hair feels after a good treatment and I really love the fact that there is a henna salon up the street that will mix and apply my henna for a couple of bucks. If you don’t have that convenience then it pays to know a little bit about henna, that is, how to reap maximum benefits from it and how to safely incorporate it in your hair regimen.
What is Henna
Henna is a plant that is found in dry hot areas, and according to certain studies it was used as a hair dye for grey hair and conditioning as far back as 8000 years ago.
The henna* plant is prepared through a process of drying and powdering the leaves so that the dye molecule (lawsone) found in the plant can be safely extracted. The powder is often mixed with something acidic to help release the dye that is used to create all those awesome body art images aka henna tatoos and to give hair a rich reddish color that is radiant in the sunshine.
It is recommended that when using henna you use it in its purest most natural form. Some unscrupulous manufacturers are known for mixing henna* with toxic metal salts and other unhealthy ingredients to form a variety of hair dye colors that can sometimes cause fatal allergic reactions.