One of the most
popular beauty ingredients in India, henna has been taking care of most of our
hair troubles since the times of yore. Women all over the country have been
reaping the benefits of their mothers and grandmothers’ advice by applying
henna to their hair for years, if not centuries. Apart from being a fabulous
ingredient to naturally dye hair, henna is also known to strengthen, condition
and nourish the tresses from deep within. While the leaves of this plant were
used for hair care traditionally, the modern Indian woman uses henna powder
instead to get the same benefits. Here is all you need to know about henna, and
how to use it in your beauty regimen.
Henna boosts hair growth: The natural
properties of henna help promote hair growth exponentially. The powder form of
this ingredient can also be used to create an essential oil that nourishes and
promotes hair growth.
It can help
reduce hair fall: Henna directly affects the scalp, assisting in
improving follicle health. This helps curb hair fall, and also prevents and
corrects hair thinning.
your hair: When combined with hydrating ingredients such as eggs,
henna makes a great conditioner. All you need to do is apply a henna hair pack
on for a short period of time to ensure that your hair feels silky smooth for
days on end.
It can help
prevent dandruff: Henna helps remove excess grease and dirt from your
scalp, including dandruff. Using mehendi regularly on to your hair not only
cures dandruff problems, it also prevents them from coming back.
It can control
scalp itchiness: Henna has natural antifungal and antimicrobial
properties that work to cool and soothe your scalp, controlling scalp itchiness
in the process.
It can make your
hair thick and lustrous: The tannin present in henna actually binds with the
hair to make it stronger, and does not even penetrate the hair cortex, ensuring
minimum damage. This ensures thicker, lustrous hair with each application.
It balances pH
and oil production: Henna helps calm down overactive sebaceous glands,
controlling oil production in the process. It also helps restore the pH of the
scalp to its natural acid-alkaline level, thus strengthening the hair follicles.
Henna is completely
safe and has no side effects. It strengthens and smoothens your hair shaft and
gives you a lustrous shine. It also gives fabulous hair colour coverage, making
the shade richer with every application.
Henna and amla
hair pack: Mix a cup amla powder and 3 tbsp henna powder with 2 tbsp
fenugreek powder and some water to make a paste. Add an egg white and the juice
of a lemon to the mix, and let it soak for an hour. Apply this directly on to
the roots and lengths of your hair, and leave it on for 45 minutes. Wash it off
with a mild shampoo, and repeat it once a week to boost hair growth.
Henna and coffee
hair colour pack: Boil 1 tbsp of instant coffee powder in a pot for a
couple of minutes, and take it off the flame. Take 5 tbsp henna in a bowl, and
pour the coffee in while it’s still warm. Ensure that there are no lumps. Apply
the henna and coffee mixture on to sections of your hair, making sure to cover
the roots. Leave the pack on for 3-4 hours, and wash it off with a mild shampoo
and cold water before conditioning your hair. You can repeat this process once
a month for gorgeous brunette locks.