Henna Hair
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by Jade Hanley

Dyeing hair does a lot of damage, and nowadays people are looking for safe alternatives to have the same beauty trends without the dead ends.

Say hello to Henna! Henna has a special dye in the leaf that is natural and has been being used for cosmetic purposes, such as dyeing hair, for over 6,000 years. The Henna application can be purchased from hair supply stores, organic beauty shops, and vegan stores.

There are different versions of how the Henna application comes as well. Lush Cosmetics sells Henna in a bar, which can be broken off and portioned into however much one would like to use. Other applications come as a liquid, or more commonly as a powder. It’s important to follow the instructions for each unique Henna application separately as they are different. It’s also important to note that Henna takes to everyone’s hair differently, so if two people with the same shade of hair use the same Henna, it can turn out a different color in the end.

Key facts about Henna for hair is that it continues to develop days after you have applied it, and that it is safe for continuous use, even on over-processed hair unlike conventional hair dye. This is one reason why it’s often chosen over conventional hair dye for people who have over-processed or damaged hair. It’s safer, and the color comes out brighter and lasts longer.

As with any cosmetic application, apply to a small area and wait 24 hours to see if you’re happy with the results or if any unwanted damage occurs before continuing with the full application.

Henna is one of the multiple substitutes to get a different color without the same damage as hair dye and there are many different colors of Henna. Remember that if you think Henna is the right option for you, research first and have fun!