I’ve been hearing the name Henna quiet often for many years now. That’s why I suppose there’s nothing new about this option of hair colour. Nevertheless I haven’t look any deeper into it so far. It happened that a friend of mine tried it recently for the first time so she gave me the idea to write about it a little more. What is Henna at all? Where does it come from? What is it made of? Is it all natural? Can you be sure that you do only good to your hair and scalp when you use it? How long we used it for this purpose? What other purposes can it be used. If you already know the answers for these questions you can stop and check another post. 😉 If not… stay with me and learn a little more about it together.
What is it actually?
Okay. Henna is a dye, we’ve caught that already. Natural, made of a plant, that has been used for such purposes since ancient times. All the same it became so popular in the Western culture only in the last 50 years. It’s said that even Egyptian mummies’ hair was coloured with it. It has been used not only for hair dyeing but for skin decoration, too. In some countries it’s very popular to apply it before weddings. It symbolizes fertility and they believe it can help about having a happy family. The dye itself is made of Lawsonia inermis. Maybe you have heard about henna tree or Egyptian pivet. Well, these are different names for the same plant that is growing originally in Africa, South-Asia and North-Australia.
How can it be used?
Lawsonia inermis holds lawsone what is the reason of the usability in colouring the skin, hair, nails or other materials that contain protein but only after mashing it. The whole leaves will not help you about staining. In regions where it grows they make a dry powder from it then add some liquid. Some essential oils – like tea tree or lavender – are able to make colouring more effective while others – like eucalyptus – are better to avoid because of skin irritation. If you decided to try henna you are in a simpler situation. You don’t need to make any mixtures because ready blocks are available on the market.
What hair colour can I have after using henna?
The result depends on the original colour of your hair but this solution is for you mainly if you dream about some tone of red. The lightest can be similar to orange and the darkest is auburn. I suppose you disagree now if you have ever checked it on the internet. Maybe you saw such dyes for blond or even black hair. This is true but those are not pure Henna. The colouring agent is not lawsone but other natural dyes. In some cases chemicals. I have always prefered natural solutions nevertheless keep in mind that there are experiences to claim that this solution will not completely cover grey hair and keep the highlights you had before colouring.
Is it all natural?
My opinion is that as long as you don’t live in a region where it’s grown and mixed you cannot be 100 percent sure. Unfortunately. It’s possible that you paid for henna dye but you got a product with another colouring ingredient. As long as these other ingredients are still natural – like cassia obovata – it shouldn’t cause a problem but some products can contain metal salts or chemicals. They can cause itching or allergic reactions. It’s better to be careful because you can find products with the name Henna although they don’t even contain it. The best example is neutral henna which is not even a dye but still a really good option as a conditioner. Or black henna which sounds really good. We could think: Finally there’s some healthy solution for black hair but you need to think it twice because of a possible extra ingredient, coal-tar. It contains PPD which can cause even lifelong problems.
And now you can tell about some companies who promise you to have black hair with Henna and still in a healthy way. Well, real henna will never turn your hair black. These products are indigo-based and safe but calling them henna is a mistake. These names can be confusing if one doesn’t read a little more about this topic. Choosing this option to have black hair is a good decision as long as it’s indigo-based. Clicking here you can read more about Clicking here you can read more about how can you achieve black hair with only natural solutions.
In case you want to use natural solutions as many parts of your life as possible you can do it also about hair colour. I wouldn’t say that applying henna is as simple and fast as other dyes but keeping your health is a big thing. But what if after trying it you feel that it’s not for you? There are different opinions about using „normal” dyes after henna. Because of these opposite opinions I would suggest to wait as long as your hair grows out this natural dye.
I wrote about autumn hair colours in my posts lately and I didn’t even realise that we are getting really close to Halloween. Well, the plan was writing about more autumn colours but I get a little deeper into historical facts and strange beliefs about red hair and it made me remember about the last night of October. In the past redheads were said to be witches and witch costumes are really popular this crazy night so I decided to write my next post about Halloween, the scariest autumn celebration. And what’s hair care got to do with Halloween? On the last night of October not only the kids go to the streets every year but adults go out to different kinds of parties with frightening costumes and amazing make-up.
Hair is also involved because hair style or hair colour is often an important part of their scary appearance. Ones prefer wigs while others choose hair dyes that can easily be washed out after the party. And some people like to keep the new hair colour so we are all looking for different solutions. These are my reasons to write about hair care now that we are getting close to Halloween.
Briefly about Halloween
The word itself is a contraction of All Hallow’s Evening. It’s celebrated in several countries though in different ways. In my home country this period of the year has a quiet different mood. It’s not really about having fun or going to scary parties. It’s rather about remembering our loved ones we had lost. Although there are more and more Halloween parties every year, the main demand in shops is still not about Halloween sweets or scary costumes. Families go to the cemetery together with flowers and candles. It’s the celebration of all Saints and all Souls. In Anglo-Saxon countries the last day of October is for celebrating the witches, vampires and ghosts. It’s based on Celtic and pagan traditions. The ancients believed that the border between the living and the dead is the thinnest this night and the ghosts of the dead can return to earth. The celebration is not only about scary costumes but scary house and garden decorations, too. And what is this big hype about Halloween, the scariest autumn celebration? It was believed that creating cold and frightening surroundings and wearing scary costumes can help to ward off ghosts.
During Halloween you can forget every day’s routine for a while and open your mind to something special and magical. Choose a costume and keep away as many ghosts as possible. 😉 If you are a redhead you are one step ahead. You can wear one of the most popular costumes and scary the night as a witch given there have always been some strange beliefs about red hair. But maybe you want to make a full transformation and you’re open to wear a wig or ready to hair dyeing.
Should I choose a wig?
Wigs are really popular during Halloween. I suppose it’s because of its simplicity. Wearing it you can avoid temporary or permanent hair dying. Even if you regularly colour your hair it’s possible that you don’t want to use any chemicals just because your Halloween costume requires another hair colour or style. So spend some time with checking the product range, from your home if you like, then just put it on within a few minutes when time has come. If you want a solution with immediate result that lasts only till the second you want it, wigs are for you. It’s also a really good solution if your hair is not suitable for the desired hair style.
Wash out hair dyes and hair chalks
Such hair dyes are also popular mainly in bright and striking colours. You can easily apply hair sprays and get rid of the brave colour before going back to school or work. 😉 Some people don’t like to wear a wig and hiding their own hair. Some say wigs are too warm and I’ve heard complaints about itchy scalp, too. If you have ever experienced any of the mentioned or you think it’s better to avoid them and just wanna have fun on the last night of October these hair sprays or hair chalks can be good options. Another good point about them is the fact that you can mix the colours. Dream your unique Halloween hair and make it. If you dreamt about bright or various colours hair sprays are for you. My favourite is Qivange Hair Chalk Pen Set because I love its bright colours.
If you want neither wigs nor hair dyeing you still can have a cool hair style with wearing Halloween hair accessories. Here are my favourite ones:
If you feel you need some change red hair colour is also an option to try this autumn. In this post I’m gonna write about this colour but from another point of view. It’s not really about different shades to choose but that special something I –and I think many others, too – have always felt about redheads. In the primary school I had a schoolmate with natural red hair and I always looked at her with wonder in my eyes (and thoughts). She was the only one with this hair colour so I found her really special and unique. As a child I have always felt to be some magic behind her red hair and to be honest I still have this feeling as an adult. Maybe it’s because of the fact that natural red hair is not that common. Actually less than 2 percent of people are born with red hair. It’s defined by our genes and it’s possible that you have this gene nevertheless only your child or grandchild will have this magical hair colour because a person needs two copies of that gene to show up. Well, there is the chance to see if you carry this gene or not thanks to some DNA test.
Today’s beauty industry is really huge. It’s able to solve so many problems and to fulfill so many wishes that any of us can choose whatever hair colour we like. It’s up to what we want and you certainly have several different options to colour your hair. Colour it red and take part of the magic behind red hair. Today’s huge product range gives us the chance the make some influence on our appearance that has been so desired since ancient times. As far as I see all shades of red are special but some of them are so striking that you need to be brave to wear them.
Well, it’s the fact that there’s some magic around this hair colour. There are unbelievable stories in history and mythology about redheads but unfortunately being special and unique doesn’t always bring positive things with itself. Ones usually look distrustfully at people who are different. And natural red hair is really rare. In the past people found this hair colour so strange that correlations were drawn between red hair and some negative power and witchcraft. Here are some examples for different beliefs about redheads. They also shows there is some magic behind red hair.
In Ancient Egypt red heads were offered to Osiris for a better harvest. What did it mean actually? To be burned alive. In the meantime there are some speculations to say that Cleopatra was red-haired, too.
Ancient Greeks believed that redheads are of bad characters and will become a vampire after death nevertheless even Achilles and Aphrodite were said to have red hair.
Romans…well… they had different belief. Red-haired slaves were really sought because they believed it meant better luck. Do you have any doubts about the magic behind red hair?
In the twelfth century Theopilus Presbyter made instructions to make gold and the blood of a redhead was an essential ingredient for that purpose.
Tens of thousands were sentenced between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries in Europe only because having this hair colour. They were caught by witch hunters.
Even today there are some cultures in Africa where redheads are said to be witches.
Scottish and Irish fishermen used to believe that spotting a red-haired woman make you unlucky and you’ll catch no fish.
Russians believe that no saints can have red hair. By the way they made the red-head festival for the third time this year. Just to celebrate all things red.
Polish superstition says if you spot three red-heads at the same time you’ll win the lottery.
I left conspiracy theories for last. Yes, there are some about red-heads, too. Some people think that red-heads are human-alien hybrids and they believe this is the reason of having so many red-haired kings and queens in the past.
I would say there are no other hair colour that is so special like red. I mean natural red. People have always had some strange opinions, sometimes fears about it whether it was good or bad. Centuries and empires built their own theories and beliefs about redheads. I suppose it’s because of the fact that we are afraid of different things. Rare things (like natural red hair) make us feel uncertain and suspicious so we create the magic behind them, the magic behind red hair.
Beliefs or superstitions, myths or conspiracy theories… I still do like red hair. For me it hasn’t lost any magic. I still stare and admire red hair. I would write natural red hair but you can find such quality products for hair dying today that you cannot be totally sure about a colour being natural or not. What do you think? Would you try a stunning, vibrant tone this autumn?
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