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Is Henna Safe To Dye Hair?

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Natural Henna and Black Henna

Henna is just a wonderful word, isn’t it? And like a wonderful name it has wonderful herbal properties as well to enhance your hair growth and sharpness. Or you want to go for the alternative with a number of chemicals to damage the core of your hair instead of natural henna, that’s your take.

Henna also helps prevent hair from sun damage. As a matter of fact, Henna has gained commercial leverage as a hair nourishing and to stimulate hair growth; studies have even proven that Henna is a better hair conditioner than other commercial conditioners. Regular use builds the hair texture, increases its volume and shine. 

Henna is a natural hair dye. Still, some of you might wonder that: Is henna good for hair? Is henna a safe hair colour option?

There are a lot of myths that henna is not good for hair. But they don’t mention which henna. Let’s understand this better.

Well yes, Henna is safe to use for hair but you need to make sure that it is 100% natural henna. Henna with additives or chemicals even in the smallest proportions is harmful to hair and can damage the hair.  Learn how to differentiate between pure henna powder and henna powder having chemicals mixed in it. 

P.S. –  It is strongly recommended to do a strand allergy test before using the henna hair dye. Henna is the natural herbal dye but there is still a possibility that it won’t suit you in very rare cases. 

Pure and natural henna contains absolutely no chemicals in any sort and thus provides various benefits to the hair and does not harm the hair in any way as they are truly organic. Here are a few benefits of natural henna powder:

1) Natural henna accelerates hair growth.

Henna hair color naturally strengthens the hair and makes it healthy. Henna is the prevention of hair from thinning, breaking and falling. Using Henna for the first time might lead to hair fall as it cut off the damaged hair. But using it continuously will give the result to good hair growth. And do consult a doctor if you find your hair still continues to fall even after using henna regularly. Your hair might be suffering from some kind of hair fall problem might be something else going on that might be making your hair fall. 

2) Henna gives multiple shades.

Henna will give reddish-orange shade to white or blonde hair when used alone. Henna gives numerous shades like dark brown and black when used with other herbs like Indigo. The vibrant like light green, blue, and bright orange is not possible with Natural colors.

3) Henna nourishes the scalp.

The naturally nourishing properties of Henna makes it the perfect ingredient to turn dry, damaged and unhealthy hair into soft, shiny, manageable tresses. Henna has natural antifungal and antimicrobial properties that work to cool and soothe your scalp, controlling scalp itchiness in the process. Henna penetrates deeply into the roots of the hair and provides all required nutrition to the hair.

4) Henna prevents hair from Split ends.

The use of cosmetics that contains so many chemicals like ammonia and PPD makes your hair dry and damaged. Dry hair is more prone to split ends, which is the reason simply trimming them off isn’t sufficient. You need to break the endless loop that causes split ends in any case, and utilizing henna is an incredible method to do this.

5) Henna is useful in balancing pH and oil nourishment.

Henna is filled with the nourishing ingredients that penetrate the scalp deeply and enrich it with all the nutrients. Henna helps in giving relief to overactive sebaceous glands, and also controlling oil production in the same process. It also helps in maintaining the pH level of the scalp to its natural acid-alkaline level, thus strengthening the hair follicles.

Now let’s come to how henna is bad for hair.

In reality, the henna that is bad for hair is the Black Henna, also known as ‘Kali Mehndi’ or henna that has some added chemicals to it even in the smallest proportions. Black henna is not actually henna it is a mixture of henna with toxic chemicals, mainly called Black ‘Henna’ for marketing purpose. The majority of the consumers think that it is pure henna coming in black colour but they don’t actually know the reality so they end up buying it and damaging their hair.

Black henna has a very toxic chemical in it called PPD (paraphenylenediamine), a chemical that is also present in most hair dyes that you buy or get in the salon.  It is known to make the hair dyes more permanent and result in darker hair colour. When mixed into henna, it turns the natural red into a black stain. Applying black henna is similar to applying the chemical-based hair dyes and will definitely harm your hair. So if you are using black henna and thinking that you are using natural hair dye, then that is not the case. Always check before you buy it. If henna claims to dye your hair permanently, then it not natural henna.

The chemical PPD in Black Henna can cause some serious reactions, to the scalp and hair including burns, blisters, scars, etc. and is banned in the USA but for some reason not banned in hair dyes. 

There is also a myth that henna can cause hair loss. But it is actually the black henna that can damage and break the hair as it has chemicals in it.

Anything with PPD should be avoided including chemical hair dyes that contain this substance. Henna is safe to use in its natural form. It heals, conditions and nourishes hair by forming a protective layer on hair strands leaving the hair shiny and voluminous. Chemical dyes are even worse for your hair and health and can cause some serious allergies. Switch to natural henna and herbal hair colors and check whether they are 100% pure or not. For ideal results and good hair health, choose only natural hair dyes and with ingredients that are in their pure form.

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