The Benefits Of And How To Henna Relaxed And Natural Hair Part 2


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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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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BHI thank you so much for all your help. I beyond appreciate. I want to try the henna as well. My hair is black; not so dark like jet black though; so I’ve wondering what degree of reddish tint I would get from henna-ing. I would not mind something extra light that’s a little visible in the sunlight but I’m not too keen on obvious dye. I already got the henna because I was of the impression that it would not change the colour much and I plan to use it tomorrow but I am a little anxious. Should I still use the henna or just stick to aphogee, which works just fine for me anyways? Thanks a lot.