Tips Before Applying Henna On Hair

Henna is regarded as a safer option to use on the hair when compared to the nasty box of hair dyes that are available in the market. Henna is widely used by Indian women and, nowadays, even the Western folks are turning to this plant-based product.

Henna when applied to the hair can provide shine and colour to the hair. Apart from this, henna contains properties that help to look after your scalp and treat all kinds of hair-related problems too. On the other hand, henna can be used on the hair only if your scalp is free from wounds.

If you have a scalp infection, it is best for the wound to heal first before applying this healthy plant dye. In addition to its multiple medical properties, henna is also known for its rich red colour tint, which makes the hair look smashing hot.

So, if you're planning to use henna on your hair for the first time, here are some of the best tips you should keep in mind before the application. If your scalp is sensitive, doing a patch test is mandatory:

Make Sure You Don't Scalp Wounds

It is best not to apply any dye on the hair if the scalp is infected or wounded. The dye will aggravate the wounded scalp, thus leading to more problems. Wait for a week or two for the infection to tone down before applying henna to the hair.

Your Last Colour Application

If you have recently applied a chemical-based hair dye on your hair, it is necessary to wait for at least 6 months before you turn to a henna application. The chemical dye and henna when combined may cause more harm to your hair and scalp, which can lead to hair loss and other hair-related problems.

Your Hair Will Smell

You should be aware that henna will make the hair smell, even after washing the tresses with shampoo. Therefore, be prepared to smell entirely of henna for a week.

Henna Stains Everything

Henna has another disadvantage. This plant-based dye stains everything, even the skin. So, before applying henna to the hair, line the forehead, neck and the ears with vaseline, as it will prevent the henna from staining your skin.

Welcome To Long Hours

Before applying henna to the hair, you should know that this dye needs at least 2 hours for the colour to stick to your tresses. So, only if you have a lot of time on your hands, go in for this henna application.

It Will Not Even Out Hair Colour

When henna is applied on the hair, it will not give you a global or one-colour look. Henna can not even out your hair colour; however, it will provide you with a handful of streaks here and there.

While Dying Your Hair

Applying henna to the hair is beneficial. Once you apply this natural dye, it is best to stick to only this ingredient and not opt for other chemically treated dyes.

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Story first published: Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 10:15 [IST]
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