Henna is a plant-based dye that grows in dry and hot climate, in countries like India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. It has primarily been used since centuries for medicinal and colouring properties. In the beginning, it began to be used as a medicinal herb for hair and scalp. Later, for the lawsone pigment in its leaves, it began to be exploited for its hair dyeing qualities as well. Today, Henna is used by both women and men alike to cover their greys and to achieve deep-conditioned and healthy hair. In this write-up, we will discuss how you can get black hair color with herbal henna hair color.
Henna as a hair dye
First, let us discuss the ideal way of henna application. At the outset, it is important to mention here that it is always best to apply henna or any organic hair coloring compound on clean hair as it helps to maximize the absorption of nutrients. Being a naturally found and organically used substance, henna paste has to be given some time to develop its color and to get ready for use. Mix 2 tablespoons of herbal henna hair color with water and let it sit overnight. In the morning, after the color has settled into a thick even paste, add curd in the mixture along with coconut or olive oil and apply on the hair by making sections. During the application process, gloves and an application brush should be used to avoid staining hands and nails. Herbal henna hair color powder is known to leave the scalp a little dry, so to nullify this effect; oil is mixed into the paste. Leave the paste on for 2 hours and then cleanse under running water. Do not shampoo.
To achieve black hair color with herbal henna hair color, the following ingredients can be used:
Organic Indigo Powder for hair: In order to use organic Indigo powder as a black hair color along with herbal henna hair color, a 2-step procedure has to be followed.
After henna has been applied and rinsed off, mix 2 tablespoons of organic Indigo powder with water and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Mix the ingredients into a lump-less paste and apply it the same way you had applied Henna. Indigo takes a little longer to process, so if possible, leave it overnight. Cover your pillow with a towel to avoid staining. Rinse under running water, do not shampoo for 24 hours, minimum.
Tea Brew and Tulsi: Black tea is very popular as a complimentary ingredient in Henna paste amongst regular Henna users. It is used to achieve black hair coloration. Boil 3-4 tablespoons of black tea and strain it. Use the strained water to make Henna paste. You can add Tulsi leaves in the water while boiling the tea for added benefits. Make a paste the same way as already discussed, only substitute water for tea brew. You will get a rich black hair color.
Coffee and Henna mix: Both coffee and henna have dying properties. Combining the two together will result in a authentic dark-brown color. To prepare this mixture you need, 3 tablespoons of Indus Valley herbal henna hair color (or less depending on the length and volume of your hair), 1 tablespoon of regular coffee and water. Mix the ingredients together and leave it overnight for the color to develop. Apply the next morning as per procedure.
Apart from using colors to cover your greys and getting luscious black hair by way of organic hair dyes, it is always recommended to use preventive measures for countering premature greying or for slowing down the natural process of greying.
Amla and Henna: Amla is famous for slowing down the process of greying and aids the growth of naturally black hair. Grind 2-4 units of amla fruit and soak it in water for a day, or give it a boil. Strain out the fruit residues and use the Amla water with herbal Henna hair color to make a paste. Apply and rinse as per procedure. Repeat this process once in every two months to get naturally black hair color.
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