In the previous post we took an in depth look at what henna is, how it works and the pros and cons of using henna as part of a healthy hair regimen. In this post we want to take a more practical approach and get to 'mixin and applyin'. The whole point of processing the henna plant is to harvest the dye that it produces to reap the benefits of it.
When it comes to mixing, it is often recommended that you use something that is acidic or at a pH level of about 5.5 for ultimate dye release of your mixed henna. At this point we should note that there are studies that have proven that acidic substances such as lemon juice actually inhibit the release of henna dye and that methods of fermentation using plain water seems to work the best.
This however depends on what side of the world you are on, how you define fermentation and the type henna you purchase. Without arguing semantics, the basic science states that acidic liquid dissolves the cellulose in the powder allowing the lawsone (the dye in the henna) to be available to bind with the keratin particles in your hair.
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