Healthy beautiful hair is something that we all strive for. While we try various methods that promise to treat our damaged hair, not many actually work. There are different factors that cause hair problems – hormonal imbalance, prolonged illness, imbalanced diet, pollution, stress and hereditary reasons being a few.
There are various methods that one can use to improve the health and texture of hair. One such ingredient is henna, more popularly known as Mehendi in India, which is commonly used by women here.
What is Henna?
In ancient times, Henna was used for creating dyes, which were then used for coloring hair. It was also used to make temporary tattoos which were considered auspicious for various occasions.
Benefits Of Henna For Hair Growth
A regular application of henna helps in making the hair stronger. Henna being a good nourishing conditioner makes hair look smooth and beautiful. A regular and direct application of henna helps keep dandruff and itchiness at bay.
Henna is a natural herbal powder which is mostly used for colouring hair. But it also helps prevent dandruff and nourishes your scalp and hair by making it smooth and healthy. Henna acts as a good conditioner for your hair and helps it grow faster.
How To Use Henna For Hair Growth
There are various ways of making a henna mixture. Though the ingredients may be the same, the results may vary on different individuals depending on their hair texture and color. Various ingredients can be added to henna depending on your preference and requirement and also your hair texture.
- Take henna powder, measured according to the length of your hair
- Add a solution enriched with Vitamin C (lemon or any citrus fruit juice)
- Add cold water to the mixture to make a paste-like consistency
- You can also add various additives such as Indian Gooseberry, popularly known as Amla that makes hair lustrous.
- To add some fragrance you can also add different oils such as cinnamon, ginger, lavender or any that you prefer.
- For moisturizing your hair you can also add yogurt, eggs or olive oil.
- Leave the mixture aside in the refrigerator for some time
- Apply it over the scalp with the help of a brush. You may apply it with your hands too, but that could result in your fingertips getting colored with the henna.
- Let the mixture dry for a span of forty five minutes to one hour.
- Wash off with a non-drying shampoo.
The Pros and Cons of using Henna
Since henna is a natural ingredient, it has no side effects. It is a great conditioner which helps to maintain the quality of your hair. Henna contains properties that help fight against the bacteria and germs. It gives volume to the hair shaft and also carries essential pigments, making your hair beautiful, silky and strong.
The application of henna provides a double coating to the hair, which prevents thinning and hair loss. It also helps in mending hair cuticles, making the strands thick and strong. Henna is good for those who want to get rid of grey hair or want to prevent further greying. It is also good for those who are allergic to chemical hair colors.
When left aside, henna tends to thicken and causes great difficulty while application. Since henna emits a strange pungent odor, it can be difficult for those who suffer from any kind of breathing ailment.
Now that you know about the many benefits of using henna for your hair, we’re sure you’ll be trying some of it yourself. Let us know about the results and also share some of your own hair mask recipes using henna, if any.