Frontier Natural Products, Powdered Red Henna Leaf, 16 oz (453 g) (Discontinued Item)
- Shipping Weight: 1.24 lbs (0.56kg)
- Product Code: FRO-00703
- UPC Code: 089836007032
- Package Quantity: 16 oz (453 g)
- Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.3 x 6.1 in, 1.05 lbs (0.48kg)
- Lawsonia Inermis
Henna is the leaf of a flowering shrub native to tropical and subtropical Mediterranean countries. The plant produces a red-orange pigment that readily bonds with proteins, making it a popular dye for skin, hair, fingernails, leather, silk and wool.
To henna your hair, you will need two to three ounces of henna powder for short hair and four to six ounces for long hair.
Place the henna in a glass or ceramic bowl and pour near-boiling water over the henna. Using a wooden spoon, stir until smooth, adding water until the mixture is thick like oatmeal and not at all runny or dry.
Place a little olive oil in your hand and coat your ears, the back of your neck, and your forehead with it. This will prevent dyeing of the skin and make it easier to clean henna spills from these areas.
Apply the henna paste (cooled to be comfortable but still hot) to damp hair, using plastic gloves (or your hands will turn orange). Make sure to work the henna in well; cover all of the hair. It will take more time to do a thorough job on long and/or thick hair.
Pile hair up onto the head; it should stay piled together, but if not, slather on some more henna paste to hold it. Cover the hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap, and then wrap in an old towel. Clean any henna spills from the areas of the skin covered with the olive oil.
Moist, warm heat activates the henna, so keep the head warm. Leave the henna on hair for up to two hours, depending on your hair color and the shade of color desired. The longer the henna is left on, the more intense the color will be. Henna should be left on lighter-colored hair, especially for first timers, for no more than 30 minutes.
To rinse out the henna, it's easiest if you use a hose or a sprayer that can direct the water flow onto your hair. It's a little like rinsing mud out of the hair; it can take a while to get out all of the henna. Once clean, comb out the hair and let it dry naturally. Avoid shampooing until the next day to allow the color to set, but use old pillow cases on your bed that first night.
Henna will fade over several months, but it's quite long-lasting. Even hair that has not be treated for some months will still show a little color compared to new hair growth. To maintain those red highlights and shiny hair, henna every three months.
- Add a raw egg to the henna paste for extra conditioning.
- Add an ounce of lemon juice to release a redder color.
- Add an ounce of ground cloves to darken and deepen the color.
- Add an ounce of red wine for a more bronze tint.
For external use only.