Henna: Lawsonia Inermis The molecule in henna responsible for dying hair is lawsone, otherwise known as hennotannic acid (or 2-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone by IUPAC standards). Here’s a picture I snagged from Sigma Aldrich’s website: In the world of hair dye, the lawsone of henna is considered a “deposit-only” dye since it doesn’t interact with the melanin of hair strands. As a naphthol molecule, it’s also termed a red coupler in the cosmetics industry. Red couplers produce red pigments on the specific surface they are dying, not in the prepared mixture (a.k.a. dye precursors) itself. Most melanin is found in the innermost cortex layer of hair, along with keratin. Keratin is key. Lawsone has an affinity for keratin, and interacts with it directly in a non-oxidative process (i.e. a process directed towards the retention of electrons). Henna, popularly known as Mehandi is a hair coloring dimension from hundreds of years. It is a symbol of modern fashion to many women and men lately. There are many benefits of using henna for a healthy hair, but people still go with the chemical products for quicker results. It has always been a bit difficult to color your hair with chemical products, because there is a possibility of getting skin problems and itching. Usage of Henna for coloring hair has indulged from many decades, as ancients kings, queens used to mix up with some powerful herbs to color their hair. Henna is a natural herbal powder which is not only used for coloring hair, but also helps to prevent dandruff and scalp itching. It acts as a good conditioner to your hair, and helps to grow your hair.
Benefits of Using Henna
for a Healthy Hair
Henna is a good source for people who wanted to get rid of their grey hair, and for people who are allergic to chemical cremes. Generally most of use Henna for protecting our hair from sun and dust. Henna can make your hair strong and nourish it from roots for a silky and shiny hair.
Hair Coloring with Henna:
Henna is mostly used to color your hair in a natural way. Here are the key ingredients required to prepare a hair color mixture with Henna powder. Ingredients
- Henna powder-2 cups
- Amla powder-1/2 cup
- Shikai powder-2spoons
- Egg white-1
- Lemon juice-2spoons
- Tulsi powder-1spoon
- Bring raj powder-1spoons
Procedure: You will get all these powders mixed together as a packet, or else you can get separately and mix them all. Mix all these ingredients before night with tea or coffee decoction and apply this mixture next day morning completely to your hair and rinse after 45 minutes – 1 hour. Cover your hair with some plastic cap. So that it keeps your hair moist, so that color will absorb quickly.
Hair Growth Oil with Henna:
Henna can be used to make your own essential oil, to get rid of hair fall, white hair and pollution. Ingredients:
- Henna powder-5 cups
- Gingili oil – 1/4kg
Procedure: Boil gingili oil until it gets heat, and add henna powder to boil for 5 to 6 minutes. Wait until the mixture cools down completely, and store this mixture in a bottle for future treatment. Make sure to apply this oil every 2- 3 times in a week for 2 months.
Hair Conditioner Pack with Henna:
Henna can also be used as a natural hair conditioner by adding the following ingredients. Ingredients:
- Henna powder – 2 cups
- Amla powder – 1 cup
- Hibiscus flower powder – 2 tbsp
- Methi powder – 2 tbsp
- Orange peel powder – 1 tbsp
Procedure: Mix all these ingredients with sufficient amount of curd before 1-2 hours of applying it to hair. Wash and rinse the hair after 1 hour, and make sure to cover your hair with plastic cap .
Dandruff Treatment with Henna:
There are many best ways to fight Dandruff with Henna. One of the best procedure is to use Fenugreek seeds and Lemon. Ingredients:
- Fenugreek seeds (methi seeds) – 1 cup
- Curd – 2 cups
- Mehindi podwer – 1 cup
- Lemon – 1
Procedure: Soak fenugreek seeds in curd overnight and grind it in mixer and mix 1 spoon henna or mehandi powder and add lemon juice and apply to your scalp properly. Rinse your hair after 45 minutes. Apply this pack weekly once. you can observe the reduction of dandruff slowly. Just wash your hair with cold plain water, don’t shampoo your hair. Apply shampoo next day.try to use mild, soft shampoos.
Hair Fall Pack with Henna:
There are 10 major causes of hair fall in day to day life. Follow this simple pack to stop your hair fall completely. Ingredients:
- Amla powder – 1 cup
- Mehndi powdder(henna) – 3 spoons
- Fenugreek(Methi) powder – 2 spoons
- Egg white – 1
- Lemon – 1
Procedure: Mix all these ingredients 1 hour before applying to your hair. Rinse your hair after 45 minutes. Apply this pack weekly once. Within 6 weeks you can see a drastic change with your hair-fall problem.