Whether you are looking for a natural alternative to color your hair or looking to revamp your look by switching up your hair color, henna is the right option to go for. Long gone are the days when henna used to come in one orangey-red color. In the modern-day, there are several color options; from black to brown, auburn, magenta and much more.
Henna hair dye is an amazing all-natural alternative to conventional dyes. However, if you have not dived into the henna pool yet, there are a few things you need to be aware of. The first time I applied henna, I wasn’t aware of most things and I don’t want you to make the same mistakes I did. Without further ado, let’s get started;
1. Is it good for my hair?
Yes, henna is good for your hair if you choose the right brand. Make sure you are choosing a brand that is free from PPDs, preservatives and metallic dyes. It restores the pH balance of your scalp and adds shine to your hair.
2. How long will it last?
Well, for starters, it is a permanent hair dye and will last for ages. The color will be the most vibrant for a period of 6 to 8 weeks. After that, it will gradually start to fade away but it will never fade away completely. If you plan on dyeing your hair shortly after coloring it with henna, this is something you need to be mindful of.
3. It Can Get a Little Messy
It is not like conventional box dyes. It can get a little messy if you are not used to applying it regularly. I recommend wearing an old t-shirt or putting a towel around your shoulders. Always wear gloves and apply oil/Vaseline to your forehead, ears and neck to avoid staining everything.
4. It Takes a Long Time to Set
If this is the first time using henna for hair, keep in mind that you cannot directly apply it to your hair after mixing it. You need to let the henna paste sit overnight or a minimum of 8 hours. This is the time henna requires to develop. You can apply it to your hair then and let it sit in your hair for 4 to 8 hours to achieve the most saturated color.
5. You Might Not Get an Even Color
If you have previously dyed your hair or have multi tones in your hair, henna will not necessarily even out your hair. It will require a few sessions of henna dyes to eventually get an even color. If your hair is one tone, henna will give you an even tone. Plus, it is advised to wait for a period of 4 to 6 weeks if you have gotten your hair colored recently.
I hope that my experience teaches you something and you have a fun time while applying henna for the first time. If you have any questions, concerns, or even some tips to share, leave them down in the comments section below.