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Henna Good or Bad?

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Henna is an alternative that is used for tinting your hair.

Chemical-based colorings are believed to be unhealthy and proven to be hazardous. Being natural, Henna does not contain any harmful chemicals. It is a safe and non-toxic choice that can give the same satisfying results. All that is needed to use Henna is hot water, no ammonia or peroxide is used to activate the coloring process. The shade of Henna is brought out through your hair while it brightens your natural hair colour.

Leaves of different plants are used to make Henna hair color. It can be found in health food stores and some beauty supply stores. The Lawsonia leaf produces a red colour and the Indigoferae leaf produces dark shades. The Cassia auriculata is neutral and is for conditioning. The three of these shades can be combined in many ways to generate many different colours.

There are many advantages to using Henna. It prevents hair loss, makes hair stronger, quality conditioner, eco-friendly, has a beautiful fragrance, ammonia free, for both men and women and improves the natural look.

Even with so many advantages, there are also some drawbacks and disadvantages to using Henna. It cannot always be found locally, shades are all warm-based and this is not always best for all hair colours, liquid henna can be messy, it has a longer wait time and it is harder to get back to regular hair colour after using it.


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Posted By chiks on 17 June 2009

I am a huge henna fan. I was introduced to henna while browsing through - an American site geared towards curly heads. Initially scared at first because I did not know what to expect but decided to take the plunge. I had a lot of premature greying and was wary about the drying and potentially damaging effects of commercial hair dyes since my hair already has a tendency to be dry. It was difficult to get body art quality henna here in the UK and I suffered a couple of mild disasters with Body shop and LUSH henna - they both left my hair with sand, grass and twigs despite repeated rinsing and to add insult to injury the LUSH henna did not cover my greys. Then and there I figured henna was not for me until I was directed to a UK based retailer who sells high quality henna (BAQ). I purchased a few packets and set to it. Needless to say I loved the effects - greys became a shimmering coppery bronze, blacks a richer, deeper black, strong, conditioned hair and best of all - rinses out like a dream with no sand, grit etc. I am now such a pro at application that it is no longer messy or a chore to do. Once a month I slather my henna mix on late at night in 20 minutes tops, wrap with a couple of polythene bags (recycling!) followed with an old scarf, cover pillow case with an old towel just in case and sleep like a lamb. Rinse the next morning and welcome my shiny, conditioned locks. I totally heart henna and will never return to commercial hair dyes.


Posted By Transitionista on 22 July 2009

Hello! And thank you so much for this site, it is such a pain seeing so many resources for curlies in the US and nothing us curly girls in the UK.

Henna is a great natural hair dye and fantastic for strengthening your tresses. It can be a bit pricey but you will find it quite easily if you live near an Asian shopping area - just look out for shops that sell wedding jewellery and they should be able to direct you somewhere nearby who sells henna or may actually sell it themselves. Many Asian hairdressers do Mendhi (skin decoration using henna) and stock henna for sale also.

A word of warning, there are many product out there that claim to be henna but are not, these are normally quite cheap so are tempting to buy - just remember that henna only come in one colour so anything offering a range of shades or anything other than red is not pure henna. I found this site really helpful for henna info and application advise.

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Posted By Cat woman on 16 June 2011

Hi Chicks just found this about Henna what is ‘BAQ’ please?


Posted By mizzstee on 16 September 2011

hiya cat woman, BAQ is body art Quality. you probably know this now though!

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Posted By CurlyWannabe on 24 September 2011

I LOVE henna… although it doesn’t completely cover the greys it makes them ‘shimmer!’. I love making my own henna concoctions, slightly different each time!! BAQ henna, apple cyder vinegar, red tinted spices, coffee, tea, mayo… just about anything goes!!! The first weekend of the month is a ‘henna day’ where i put it on in the morning, spend the day at home cleaning/ sorting/ TV-ing, then rinse after a few hours. bliss! I also add a teaspoon of ACV to my conditioner bottle to maintain the colour.

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