How to color hair naturally with Henna or Mehandi and its other benefits !
It is often said that if hair colors, which contain chemicals, are used then they can cause more damage than good to the hair. To color hair and at the same time save them from cheimcal damages one can use natural replacement- Henna/Mehandi. Using different ingredients while soaking henna/mehandi, one can color hair in various colors. So, if you do not have any allergy to this natural wonder then it is always preferable over chemical hair colors. Apart from hair coloring, Henna/Mehandi has many other advantages: it is a natural conditioner, natural coolant (In summers you should frequently use Henna/Mehandi on hair to repair sun damage and have a respite from scorching heat) and hair nurturer.
Ingredients used while soaking Henna/Mehandi vary from hair texture to calendar season. Lets see how these different ingredients impact hair coloring and nurturing.
1) If hair is dry then one should add curd and mustard oil. In summers, if you add curd to Henna/Mehandi then it provides respite from heat and saves your hair from sun strokes.
2) If hair is oily then add shikakai powder and lemon juice. Lemon juice makes hair lustrous and also prevents dandruff. Even people with dry hair, who are suffering from dandruff, can apply lemon juice on scalp and hair shaft.
3) For red or burgundy color, grate some beet root & Katha and add them to henna.
4) For brownish or bronze color, add some coffee powder while soaking henna. One can also replace coffee with tea. Both these ingredients impart similar shades.
5) For black color, add amla powder to Henna/Mehandi. Amla contains vitamin C so provides good hair nourishment and strengthens hair roots.
6) Always soak henna/Mehandi overnight in an iron container, doing so brings out best color of henna and other used ingredients.
7) In summers, you can add curd while soaking mehandi. Curd makes hair soft, healthy and shiny, and also saves them from heat.
8) In winters you can add cloves and fenugreek seeds goodness to Henna. All you need to do is put 2 cloves and one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds to a cup of water. Let the water simmer for 2-3 minutes. When it cools down, sieve out water and use it to soak mehandi. This concoction provides respite from the cooling numbness of henna and deepens the color. Cloves provide a dark color and also make the color stay longer.
For the record I have an oily scalp and my hair color is black. This is how I soak Henna/Mehandi to color hair naturally:
1) Take two spoons of Amla powder, two spoons of fenugreek seeds, 3-4 cloves.
2) Put these entire ingredients in a cup of water and let the mixture come to a boil.
3) Let this concoction cool down.
4) Take two serving spoons of Henna/Mehandi (depends on length and density of hair).
5) Add the concoction water to Henna/Mehandi and mix well until it becomes a thick paste.
6) I prefer to add a spoon of Mustard oil to Henna/Mehandi mixture to avoid any over dry hair texture.
7) Let this mixture rest in an iron container overnight.
8) Sometime, depending upon hair health, I also add a spoon of lemon juice to Henna/Mehandi mixture just before applying it on hair.
9) Next day, put on hand gloves, take a hair brush and apply henna/Mehandi along the length of hair.
10) Let henna/Mehandi stay on for 2-3 hours before washing off.
You can also watch this video for more details on how to soak mehandi for hair coloring and conditioning:
For long lasting results, do not use shampoo while rinsing Henna, instead rinse your hair with plain water. Let your hair dry and then apply oil. Next day, use shampoo and conditioner.
I hope this time when you apply henna/Mehandi you will get beautiful, shiny hair.
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