Ladies and gents, it has come to the attention of our dear styling crew that (some) of you folks have been taking your hair color into your own paws and jumping down the rabbit hole that is henna color. We are here to break down this seemingly innocent mistake so you don’t have to suffer the long term consequences. Trust when I say, they are very long term. Listed below is a simple definition and brief history of henna!!!
1. an Asian shrub or small tree, Lawsonia inermis, of the loosestrife family, having elliptic leaves and fragrant flowers.
2. a reddish-orange dye or cosmetic made from the leaves of this plant.
3. a color midway between red-brown and orange-brown. !
Henna (aka mehndi) has been practiced for over 5,000 years throughout India, Africa, and the Middle East. Due to it’s natural cooling properties, the dye became a popular strategy for keeping cool aaaaand looking cool whilst rocking life in the desert. By making a paste with the leaves they were able to achieve a bad-ass/functional/decorative paint to cover their palms, the soles of their feet, and whatever else their little hearts desired. Cooling elements + awesome stain properties = one seriously excellent body paint and also a popular option for those who couldn’t afford jewelry or other fancy accoutrements. However, none of thetraditional uses include usage for hair aesthetics. You know why? Because it’s crazy.
Just so everyone is clear, henna is a PERMANENT dye that will NOT blend roots, improve upon previous hair colorings, or cover highlights. It will remain vibrant and a part of you until you grow it out or chop it off. True story. It cannot be bleached out or lifted with any peroxide. Trying to these methods of removal will in fact only weaken your hair and potentially turn the henna color to a muddy, greenish shade. If this sounds like the look you’ve always dreamed of, go for it. If not, take a breath, chill out, and keep reading. There are several color lines that offer “Organic” color and even more lines that offer “Ammonia-Free” options. Traditionally, hair color lines have depended on ammonia to open the cuticle of the hair so color is able to penetrate. However, ammonia (as you’ve probably heard) is a pretty harsh chemical and no longer needs to be in hair color now that there are technologies capable of creating the same effect by safer means. Basically, if what you’re primarily concerned with has to do with leading a cleaner lifestyle and using products that support that lifestyle, you can now do so with many leading hair color lines. If you are simply interested in a DIY hair color system, you might want to reconsider.
WHAT THE HENNA ARE YOU THINKING??! !