Natural Henna Products Will Not Damage Hair

Henna is Good for Your Hair

A short while ago I began reading about henna powder for coloring hair. I happen to be a home hair coloring and bleaching expert. I have cut, bleached and colored my own hair for years. While searching the Internet, I came across the henna page at and began a journey to learn as much as I could about henna products. There are plenty of common myths about henna is and how it works.

For many years, my mother used commercial boxed coloring to dye her hair a dazzling shade of auburn. She had always told me never to use henna products because it would burn my hair and cause it to fall out. She said not to use henna on hair that had been bleached or dyed, that it could only be used on virgin hair. I valued my hair so I never tried it until years later when I did a little research and got educated.

My education began with being introduced to body art quality henna. Real henna powder is 100 percent natural and contains no chemicals or artificial colors. This type of henna is used  to create henna tattoos and to color hair and nails. Real henna only comes in one color:  a green powder that turns a lovely shade of reddish-orange when applied to blonde or grey/white hair. It shows up as a deep shade of dark auburn on medium to dark brunettes.

Three things you should know about henna:

1.    Henna does not contain any bleach and does not lighten hair.
2.    Henna marketed as brown or black is henna mixed with another herb called indigo which produces a black dye used for hair coloring and tribal tattoos.
3.    Mixes with Cassia to make a strawberry blonde color on pale to light blonde colors.

Pure, natural henna is derived from a plant whose botanical name is Lawsonia Inermis. This plant is actually a shrub that grows in many places in and around the Middle East. As a product, it is one of the chief exports from Pakistan, Yemen and India. The leaves are dried and crushed into a powder that turns a dark shade of brownish-green when mixed with an acidic liquid such as lemon juice or vinegar. The powder is mixed with an acidic liquid like lemon juice or vinegar to form a thick paste that leaves a reddish-orange stain on skin, hair, nails and anything else it comes in contact with.

Body art quality henna is the purest form of henna and contains the highest percentage of dye content you can buy. Some good quality brands of henna are: Jamilia, Ayur Rajasthani and Surya Henna Brasil powdered henna. The average cost of the product runs $5 to $7 per 100 grams. 200 grams is needed to dye shoulder-length hair so calculate requirements according to hair length.