Natural coloring and Henna
Henna hair dyeing is done by using a powder that comes from the dried leaves and branches of the LAWSONIA INERMIS. This is a Middle Eastern plant coming from Iran, Egypt, Morocco, and India. The powder comes in many henna red shades. In addition to it we also use the walnut husk henna; from the dried husk we get a powder that helps to balance the hair red shade, and it also performs an excellent cleaning action on the scalp.
The moisturizing henna is essential. Made of a mixture of herbs such as arnica, althaea officinalis and linden, along with barley, soybeans and alfalfa it has an amazing anti-inflammatory action on the scalp, and it protects the hair forming a film that covers it, and it is also rich in proteins and sugars.
The mixture is enriched with an acidic emulsion consisting of olive oil and lemon extract that makes it more effective and so the henna even has a soothing action on the scalp. To create more natural shades we can also add water based colour pigments that help to better conceal white hair.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I dye my hair with henna instead of using chemical hair dyes?
Henna is a natural product and does not change the natural colour of your hair but make it brighter and according to the chosen henna mixture it gives it a particular shade. It is important to understand that henna enhance your natural hair colour and it does not change it or makes it look like it has been artificially dyed. One of the benefits of this technique is that the roots won’t be so visible.
Does henna come only in red or are there other shades? What if some of the hair is white?
Henna is a mix of different powders mostly red in colour and this mixture is added to a soothing powder and some walnut husk giving a variety of colours ranging from a very light golden blond to a very intense red. Adding some water-based pigments we can recreate most of the natural hair colours.
It is possible to use henna even on white hair and the result will be a mixture of darker and lighter shades (micro streaks) the latter ones given by the white hair.
Why isn’t henna more common as a technique amongst hairdressers?
This technique is not widely spread as an alternative to chemical hair dye techniques because it’s not as “perfect” as these ones. It is a great alternative if you want to keep the natural shade of your hair avoiding invasive products or techniques.
Moreover treating hair with henna is more difficult and the hairdresser needs to be properly trained and well experienced.
Why did you choose to use henna in your salon?
I work with both chemical and natural hair dyeing techniques and the latter ones, along with other hair therapy treatments you can find at my salon, are closer to my way of thinking. I prefer natural treatments and natural styles and haircuts.
Henna is what we suggest to people who ask for non-aggressive hair dyes and to those who want to conceal the first few white hair without becoming hooked by chemical hair dyes.
I also think that henna gives a special brightness and full-bodied hair difficult to get with the classic oxidation dyeing techniques.
How long does the henna dye last?
I advice repeating a henna dyeing treatment every 30/45 days, because being the roots less visible this time can vary. Also being a natural product it lasts according to your lifestyle and to different hair stress factors like going to the swimming pool, to the gym or according to the season, the frequency and the products used to wash your hair.
Is henna dyeing very expensive?
It costs like other classic dyeing techniques but it also has the above mentioned positive effects on the hair.