I have gotten a lot of questions about henna recently. I was answering them on my Facebook page and on Twitter, but it made me think that I should do a post. I’m sure there are other people who have the same questions. The ones that follow are the ones that I have been asked regularly.
1. What is henna good for?
According to Henna for Hair: Henna is a natural colorant, a hair strengthener, and has other benefits such as reduction of dandruff.
2. What brand should I use?
There isn’t one specific brand that you should use. You just want to make sure that it is body art quality henna.
3. How long should I leave henna in my hair?
This answer will vary depending on who you ask. I’ve heard everything from 2 hours to over 12 hours. I leave mine on for 2-4 hours. If you want the color to be stronger, you may want to leave it in longer.
4. Does henna have to sit before I apply it?
People let henna sit before applying to give the dye more time to release. Because I don’t use henna for color, I apply mine as soon as I mix it.
5. How often can I apply henna?
Monthly is considered to be a regular henna schedule, but you don’t need to do it that often.
6. Can I use henna if I have dye in my hair?
You can only if it is body art quality henna (as mentioned before). Henna that isn’t pure can have a bad reaction when applied to hair that has been dyed.
7. Does henna come in colors?
Pure henna does NOT come in colors. Sometimes cassia is referred to as “blonde henna”. Indigo is sometimes referred to as “black henna”. Neither one is really henna. If your henna says that is a specific color, you want to double check the ingredients.
8. Where can I buy henna?
An Indian grocery store is the best place because they usually sell henna for lower prices than you can find online, and you can avoid paying for shipping. If not, I have purchased henna from Mehandi.com.
9. Is henna hard to wash out?
Yes. I won’t lie. You will need to wash your hair several times to make sure you get it all out. I usually wash with just water first until I have gotten a good amount of the henna out, and then I cowash with an inexpensive conditioner because you may use the entire bottle.
10. Will henna change my hair color?
If you have dark hair, henna will give it a red tint. It doesn’t lighten your hair color. It will color grays a reddish-orange or red color. People with lighter hair will get more noticeable results. The tint in my hair has gotten more intense with repeated uses. You still can only see it in the sun or in certain light.
Please check out my other Henna posts for specific recipes.
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