To apply Henna hair color, start with wash and dry your hair before applying the henna paste. Wear some old clothes and cover the floor with some newspaper to protect from spillage of the paste. If you are applying henna for the first time, then you have to do a strand test to check whether you are allergic to henna hair coloring. This can be done by applying it on a few strands of hair, starting from the roots to the tips. If you develop any reactions, then don’t proceed with the application. Then after your dry, dump henna powder into a mixing bowl and turn it into a goopy paste by adding equal parts water and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly until the desired consistency is reached. Be sure to mash out all of the lumps. Set the henna paste aside and begin prepping for the dye job. Apply petroleum jelly along the hairline and ears, and anyplace that might come into contact with the henna-soaked hair. This will ensure that the henna does not stain the skin. Put on the plastic gloves. Scoop up the henna paste with your hands and begin working through the hair. Make sure that all of the hair is saturated with the paste, from the roots to the ends. Pile the saturated hair on top of the head and cover with a shower cap. Allow the dye to penetrate the hair for at least 1 hour (up to 3 hours if time permits). Rinse the henna paste out of the hair with warm water. Do not stop rinsing until the water runs clear. Use a top-quality conditioner on the hair immediately following the henna treatment. Just for the tips; Always remember that application of pure henna can change the hair color to natural red only. The black and brown versions available in the market may either contain some other natural dyes or chemicals. It is better to use pure henna powder. Repeated usage is found to be beneficial for gray hair too.
Besides coloring the hair, henna also has conditioning benefits. One of the benefits of henna over other hair color products is that it is natural and is beneficial for the hair in many ways. As henna is a natural hair color, it is almost devoid of any side effects. Apart from dyeing the hair, it is also a good conditioner, which imparts a brilliant shine and a smooth texture to the hair, and is effective in removing tangles.Â Henna hair color is a natural product, free of the side-effects and the allergic reactions sometimes caused by commercial hair dyes, and you can apply it yourself. It is also believed that henna has antifungal properties, which helps in controlling dandruff. It also contains several nourishing constituents that strengthens the hair. Henna has many other healing effects and it is advisable that you always check for original henna powder, to achieve the best results.