Benefits of eyebrows and lashes tinting with henna
Benefits of eyebrows and lashes tinting with henna
The henna is marketed as a dye and comes from the part of the leaves, which are dried and pulverised. These contain components that can help us nourish the hair, in addition, to colouring it.
Henna is a totally natural product, similar to clay, which allows us to dye our hair while strengthening it. Therefore, if your hair is delicate, it may be better than some more “aggressive” conventional dyes.
In this article, we explain the secrets of henna, how to use it and where to get it. Do you want to know more? Keep reading.
What is henna eyebrow tinting?
Henna is the Arabic name for a shrub, known as Lawsonia inermis , with which a famous and ancient natural dye with a rather reddish color is made.
Henna is marketed as a dye and comes from the part of the leaves that are dried and pulverized. This powder is the one that we will apply on the hair to dye it, although it has also always been used as a dye to temporarily tattoo the skin.
Benefits of eyebrow and lash tinting for our hair
Whenever we buy it in specialized establishments, it is a product of 100% vegetable origin , without any additives . In fact, several studies show that it could be beneficial for our skin and our hair.
This is because it is an article with an important antibacterial capacity , which could help us reduce the impact of certain factors that damage our hair and skin.
In this way, henna can help us add thickness and strength to our hair. It can also help us cover gray hair . Of course, being a natural product its effect will not be so strong . In fact, it is often recommended to buy henna of a similar color to our hair.
For example, if we have black hair, it is not advisable to buy red henna, because we probably will not get the desired effect. Of course, the positive side is that it usually gives us a more natural color .
As for its duration, it is usually around three months and gradually disappears. In addition, as its effect is not as strong as that of commercial dyes, its disappearance will not be noticed as drastically as a conventional dye.
On the other hand, although henna contributes a reddish color, it is often marketed in combination with other plants to increase the varieties of color . There is also neutral henna, that is, without color, to use as a hair mask.
However, we recommend you buy approved products. And there are articles made from black henna that can cause skin problems, as alerted by the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS).
Are conventional dyes dangerous?
At present there seems to be a certain phobia towards dyes with ammonia and peroxide because it is considered that these can damage the hair. While it is true that these products are quite “aggressive” (hence they are also more effective), if the hair is cared for correctly and its use is not abused, in principle they are safe products.
But why is it so effective and at the same time so aggressive? Because as some research shows, ammonia makes structural changes in the hair . This causes the hair to weaken if not cared for properly.
However, it is worth taking into account some of the effects that are usually associated with the excessive use of this type of product:
Sebum imbalance, generating oily or dry hair
Hair that is too fine and looks brittle and damaged
To avoid these possible side effects, it is essential to use them correctly . Also, you need to properly care for your hair.
Anyway, if you want to avoid these products completely, you have ammonia-free dyes on the market that will allow you to dye your hair anyway. And if not, we recommend natural products such as henna, which are always less “aggressive”.
How is henna used?
We will always follow the instructions for use indicated by the product . However, below we offer you a list of the steps that are usually followed:
We will mix the henna powder with lemon juice until we get a homogeneous and spreadable paste . Lemon juice will help the color to set better.
Next, we will let this mixture rest in a bowl, covered with plastic, for at least eight hours . We can leave it ready before going to bed and use it the next morning.
Before use, we will wash the hair well , without using conditioner, and we will dry it with a towel.
Then, we will divide the hair into sections and we will apply the henna paste from the roots, all over the hair, covering it well.
Once covered, we will wrap the head with a plastic cap and over it with a towel, which will maintain the appropriate temperature.
We will let it act for at least an hour , or according to the instructions of the product.
Finally, we will wash the hair as we usually do.
As we said at the beginning, henna is also a skin dye. For this reason, during use it is essential to wear gloves to avoid subsequent stains that are difficult to remove.
We will also prevent the skin on the forehead from staining by putting a little Vaseline just on the edge , before applying the product. In addition, we will monitor all clothing or towels that may come in contact with henna, as it will dye them easily.
Where do you buy?
We can find it in herbalists, natural products stores and some Arabic products stores . It can also be obtained online.
We should choose a quality henna, making sure that it does not contain additives, only henna of plant origin. Products that contain henna among their ingredients but are not natural are often marketed.
In addition, it is not the same to buy pure henna powder than a dye that contains henna. In this article we have stuck to pure henna powder. In any case, always buy approved products. Otherwise, you could end up damaging your hair.