Henna is a natural hair dye. Reviews, benefit and harm

Absolutely any woman wants to look attractive. For this, she needs not only to look after her health, but also to create an individual, personal style.

An excellent method of making the appearance of a note of individuality can be hair coloring. Immediately, a dilemma arises: use chemistry or dwell on natural plant dye, for example, use henna.

What is henna

Henna is a natural dye of plant origin. For its production, the foliage of the Lawsonia Enermis shrub is used, which is pre-dried and ground into powder. Henna leaves contain two colourants:

  • yellow lavson;
  • green chlorophyll.

Also contained in henna organic acids, chennotatinic acid, polysaccharides, vitamins of C group, traces of essential oils.

The coloring process is carried out due to the accumulation of pigment in the hair. The pigment does not fall into the deep layers, but this does not prevent the hair from dyeing for a very long period. The color is not washed off like a normal chemical paint.. We can say that it looks more like toning than staining. Henna gives a different shade of natural hair.

Coloring can be made only in such shades:

  • Orange;
  • orange red;
  • brown-red;
  • red and red.

This palette is due to the presence in the composition of the same Lawson. A variety of shades can be increased by mixing henna with other herbal supplements. Any color, be it eggplant or ruby, besides the real color of henna, is its mixture with other coloring plants (for example, with basma), or synthetic coloring substances.

Indian and Iranian henna are available for sale, as well as varieties that can lighten hair.

Staining damage

It manifests itself only with frequent staining. With the constant penetration of the henna composition into the hair cuticle, the upper protective layer can be broken, and all this will lead to unpleasant consequences. They split, break, become rigid and do not hold the styling. The volume of such hair is also not.

Also, hair dyed in this way usually fade.

Another important feature of henna is that the resulting shade can not be changed even when using chemical dyes. Enveloping properties of henna protect hair as a barrier against the penetration of dye pigments.

In general, it is recommended to use chemical dye only after full regrowth of hair dyed with vegetable pigment. The reaction of henna with chemistry can lead to an unexpected result, and the color will turn from blue to green. The paint is most likely to be unevenly distributed, and it will be simply impossible to achieve a uniform color.

Chemistry is generally not combined with plant pigments, and you should not use henna after a perm, highlighting or clarification.

Gray hair plant pigment paints fine, but the hair color will be uneven, as the gray ones are more susceptible to paint, but not the usual. As a result of coloring, gray hairs will be much more contrast and redder than others. By repeating the procedure, the color will even out.

The use of henna with the addition of chemical pigments is very dangerous manifestation of allergic reactions.

The result of such staining is very unpredictable, and there are many factors that influence it. For example, the original shade, time and method of staining. Vegetable dye is quite difficult to wash off, and this may require a huge amount of water.

Henna benefits

In comparison with synthetic hair preparations and chemical dyes, which open scales and penetrate into the structure, henna acts very gently. It does not affect the hair structure and does not spoil it, but simply envelops it. When used properly, henna gives the hair a beautiful and rich shade, making it thick and dense.

It protects hair from ultraviolet radiation, it does not fade and does not fade. Tannins in the composition give the hair a unique shine.

The tanning effect of henna regulates the function of the sebaceous glands, normalizes water balance and fat metabolism. The tannins that are part of the powder envelop the top layer of the hair, which as a result makes it shine. Among other things, the mixture can stimulate the blood circulation of the skin, strengthen the roots and promote hair growth.

Henna has practically no contraindications, and it can be used in both adults and children. It is hypoallergenic and can be used by people who are sensitive to chemical dyes. Allowed its use during pregnancy.

Henna can be painted not only the head of hair, but also eyebrows and eyelashes. The color will last for a very long time, while the hair follicles will strengthen. Eyelashes become visually thicker and longer.

The main advantage of this vegetable dye is its reasonable price.

Correct painting

First of all, you need to decide on the frequency of staining, in order to avoid damage to the hair. If the original hair is normal or prone to fat, then the painting can be carried out no more than three times a month; once a couple of months will be enough for dry hair.

This painting is best combined with a variety of nourishing masks or natural oils. Natural dye can be applied even every week, provided that it will be used in combination with butter, chicken egg yolk or sour milk. All these additives will help to soften the properties of henna and even adjust the degree of staining.

Coloring is perfect for owners of dark hair. Dyeing time for them is about one and a half hours.

With a light source color, you need to be careful and reduce the time of exposure to the dye in two or three times. It is important to know that gray and light strands are painted almost instantly and the result is a fiery red color.

It should be remembered that under the influence of air the dye powder very quickly becomes unusable, so the reuse of henna from the open package will give poor results.

If henna is fresh, then it looks like a gray-green powder, as it deteriorates, it becomes more brown.

To prepare the composition is best in a glass or ceramic container. Metal can not be used, as the paint can be oxidized. Hands should be protected with rubber or plastic gloves.


To "release" the dye henna must be brewed in advance. This is done either at night or even for a day at an air temperature of 21-25 degrees. The powder should be left in the open air and wait for a slight darkening of the surface - oxidation of the dye. The greater the air temperature in the room, the faster this process will occur. If the paste is in a room with a temperature of 36 degrees Celsius, then oxidation will occur within a couple of hours.

Henna can not be brewed with boiling water, because then when dyeing you get a weak copper shade of hair. To get a bright color you need an acidic medium, henna releases its dye with an acidity of 5.5. That is why it is recommended to dilute the powder with something sour. This may be, for example:

  • lemon juice;
  • kefir;
  • dry wine;
  • Apple vinegar.

With such a composition, the coloring will be very expressive. Over time, the hair will become dark red. The real color of henna will be visible after four days. It is particularly evident in sunlight.

Add essential oils

Adding a few drops of essential oil to the mixture will result in a very beautiful and saturated color.

The expressed efficiency is shown by oils:

  • eucalyptus;
  • lavender;
  • lavender.

Rosemary and geranium will not give such a vivid effect.

Lavender oil can be used by pregnant women and people prone to allergic reactions.

How to flush

Henna is a herbal medicine, so she needs some time to gain a foothold. Therefore, withafter painting with henna it is not recommended to use shampoo when washing off the composition. The head can be washed three days after dyeing. In this case, the result will be very beautiful. Subsequently, it will be possible to do only by painting the regrown roots. If you wash your hair immediately or every other day and use shampoo at the same time, then the color will not be fixed and the procedure will have to be repeated.

This is the peculiarity of the plant pigment - it gradually nourishes the hair and appears after a while. The longer the henna is on the surface of the hair, the deeper and more intense the shade will be. The result of hair dyeing can directly depend on the original hair color, as well as on the structure.

Skin stains can be removed with any shower gel or soap.. Too bright shade neutralized warm vegetable oil. It is rubbed into the hair, blow-dried and then the hair is well washed using shampoo. After some time, you can repeat this procedure.

Henna shades

When using henna, you can get not only a fiery reddish tinge, but other colors of the chestnut spectrum. She is excellent friends with other vegetable dyes, and their combination gives the desired result. Adding plant components to henna gives a wide range of different shades:

  • Turmeric or rhubarb. To get a golden hue, you need to boil 200 grams of dry rhubarb stalks in 700 ml of wine before evaporation more than half of the liquid. In the remaining liquid, add a packet of henna and apply the resulting mass on the hair for thirty minutes.
  • Saffron. To get the color of aged gold, boil 2 grams of saffron grass in a little water and add henna to it.
  • Beet juice. To get a cherry-purple glow, you can add a packet of henna in hot beet juice.
  • Cocoa. To get a shade similar to mahogany, you need to combine henna with 4 dessert spoons of cocoa powder.
  • Ground coffee. To get a chestnut shade with a reddish tint, you need to brew four teaspoons of natural coffee with a glass of boiling water, cool and add henna to it.


The effect of henna on my hair, I noticed a long time. I use it for the past five years and do not resort to chemical paints. I have a shock on my head, the volume is held for several days. Laying has become a pleasure. I can name only pluses. And the shade that it gives, looks amazingly fresh and adorns the hair. When I want a change, I add something else to the henna powder, such as cocoa or basma, coffee or turmeric. In general, with this staining, I have no problems. I advise this method to all my girlfriends and not even as a paint, but as a firming and therapeutic agent for hair. Nobody complained.

Christina Pogodaeva

I wanted to change the image, but the harmful compositions of paints frightened me. My choice was on henna. By the way, I used to think that this powder is colorless, but no, it is greenish. I decided that there would be a new hairstyle, and I dyed it. I will like the result. The result was an unobtrusive reddish overflow. The hair on the head seemed to be more. Henna for strengthening hair and their treatment, as for me, is a good remedy. As a paint, it is questionable, because it is difficult to achieve uniform application and even coloring.

Rimma Smyatkina

It has long been decided to paint with henna, but could not decide which henna for hair is the best. I chose Iranian. It is said that its composition can even heal and strengthen hair. I was not going to treat, as this is good, but the fact that the composition is useful and curative is great. It was not so difficult to paint at home, I just applied the composition and waited about half an hour. My blond hair began to sparkle with a fiery hue, and it looked very beautiful. I recommend henna as a tinting agent.

Marianna Devyatkina