Wondering whether you should give henna a try? Here are a few pros and cons.
– Pros –
For ladies (and gents) who prefer not to use boxed commercial, chemical dyes, henna is a natural way to dye hair an orangish/reddish/burgundy tint. The dye molecules in henna, called lawsone, penetrated into the hair shaft and bind with keratin in our hair. Here are few diagrams of how henna dyes hair:
Super important note: when purchasing henna, always buy body art quality henna from reputable vendors. This ensures that the henna will be 100% pure, devoid of any added chemicals or dyes.
Thickens hair by coating strands
The lawsone in henna binds to the hair cuticle, coating and thickening the strands. The good news is that the coating is permeable, meaning it does not prevent moisture from penetrating into the hair shaft.
By binding to the keratin in our hair, the lawsone in henna both dyes and strengthens hair. Note: because henna mimics protein treatments, avoid using a protein conditioner after applying henna. Instead, use a moisturizing deep conditioner to restore moisture and balance out henna’s potentially drying effects.
Henna’s anti-fungal properties helps treat dandruff and psoriasis by relieving the scalp of excess oil and flakes.
Reduces frizz, adds shine, and smooths hair
Henna smooths hair by filling in gaps and rough areas along the cuticle.
– Cons –
Because henna mimics a protein treatment, it may have a drying effect on your hair. Always follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment.
Henna is messy + time-consuming
If you’re looking for a quick way to color your hair, henna ain’t it. Henna’s dye release and color deposit requires a handful of hours for optimum stain. Applying henna to your hair is not a “neat” process. Be ready to wear clothes you wouldn’t mind staining or throwing again when henna’ing, and gloves to avoid staining your hands and fingers.
Loosens curl pattern
*This could either be a pro or con, depending on the results you hope to achieve*
With repeated use henna’s coating may build and weigh down the hair, loosening ones curl pattern (3bc/4a). If you have 4b, 4c hair chances are your curl/coil pattern will remain unchanged.