Hair Colouring with Henna

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Hair colouring is a decent style statement for women looking for a change. Some do it to get over a breakup and some do it when they are bored. Some do it when the seasons change and some do it when their favourite celebrity changes her hair colour. And above all, most women try colouring their hair when those grey hairs start to show up. But whatever the reason, colouring your hair with chemical based hair colours needs caution. Every honest beautician will admit that hair colouring damages your hair to a certain extent, no matter how small. But you need not be disheartened. Henna, the natural and completely safe hair dye is an excellent option to colour your hair with absolutely no side effects.

Henna belongs to the Lythraceae family of herbs and goes by the binomial name Lawsonia inermis. Henna is scientifically proven to be effective in relieving headaches and boosting hair health. Historical references show that henna had been used for cosmetic purposes from time immemorial in ancient India. There are even religious customs associated with henna. And most importantly, henna has always been an integral part Indian wedding.

Henna gives different colours depending on the type of hair and its original colour. Natural henna gives colours ranging from orange to auburn to burgundy. You may see hair colour products with many other colour varieties claiming to be Henna. Though they may have henna content, beware that the colour varieties are achieved by chemical colouring agents. Since the very idea of using henna to colour your hair is to eliminate the risks associated with chemical hair colours, make sure what you buy is purely henna indeed. The best choice is natural henna which gives orange colour. The only other safe varieties of henna that do not contain harmful chemicals are black, brown and burgundy. Any other hair colour variety claiming to be henna is phoney.

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Natural henna powder can be darkened to brown or even black by cooking it in a rusted pot. Some fine chemicals that are safe for the hair is added at levels as low as 3.5% to achieve the desired dark shade. These chemicals are not pigments as they are but merely alter the property of henna powder. Obviously, such products are completely safe for colouring. In addition, these natural herbal products provide excellent nourishment to your hair and help retain its smoothness and brilliance. Natural henna also increases hair volume, strengthens it and even acts as a conditioner, giving you healthier looking locks.

Natural burgundy henna is a rare breed of henna, grown mostly in the Indian subcontinent. The natural colouring with burgundy henna covers grey hairs well and is also ideal for root touch-up for mid-range brunette hair shades.Since burgundy is the most sought after hair colour in the western world, there are hordes of fake henna products claiming to be made from natural burgundy henna. Trust only reputed Indian Ayurvedic herbal cosmetics suppliers to make sure you are not fooled with counterfeit products.Genuine Ayurvedic specialists are also known for their ethics and you can rest assured of the quality and authenticity of products they deal with.

How to Take Care of Your Hair in summer

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We have all been eagerly waiting for the longer, warmer days of summer after fighting our way through the intolerable cold months of winter. The sunny summer is finally here, but caring your well maintained hair can be troublesome during this otherwise healthy season. Some of these tips may sound quite obvious but not all are aware of these basic precautions for sustaining the health and beauty of their hair in summer.

Protection from the sun

As we all know of the harmful effect of exposing hair to excessive sunlight, the first priority should be to shield your hair from the glaring, harmful rays of the sun. Wear a hat or cover your hair with a scarf when you are going out for a long time in the sun. This will protect your hair, much like how your sun protection creams protect your skin. Wearing a hat will also turn out to be useful in protecting your face from sunburns.

Regular conditioning

Deep conditioning your hair at least twice a week during the summer days is recommended. If your hair is too sensitive, settle for conditioning to a minimum of once a week. Conditioning is more important during summer than in winter. As most of us spent more time in the pool in summer, the chemicals contained in the pool water ruins your hair. It is better to opt for herbal conditioners like Jatamansi hair conditioner, which will replenish the essential moisture.

Shampoo frequently

Since the air is more polluted in summer, shampoo your hair more frequently than you do in other seasons and make sure you use a milder shampoo.  Shampoos made from herbs like Bhringraj, Amla or Henna is most suited for summer as they have a natural cooling effect on the scalp.

Protection from Chlorine

Due to the increased number of users and the scarcity of water in summer, swimming pool water often contains more chlorine, which is harmful to hair health. The best way to protect your hair from over exposure to chlorine is to wear a silicon swimming cap before jumping into the pool. Silicon caps effectively barricade your hair from the chlorine polluted water. This is especially important if your hair is blonde, since chlorine can turn it into green! If this is not practical, wash your hair with plain water before and after entering the pool. Washing hair before wetting it in pool water is important because less pool water will be absorbed, as the hair is already wet.

Staying hydrated

Much like skin and the rest of the body, dehydration adversely affects your hair too. Drinking plenty of water is the simplest way to fight dehydration. This is not only good for your hair, but for your overall health during the hot summer.

Trimming

In summer, many women experience increased split and dry ends. Keep your hair trimmed regularly, so that your hair looks fresher and thicker. Trimming at least once a month is suggested. Even if you do not observe split ends, trim your hair at least once in summer.

Avoiding blow-dryer

Try to avoid using blow-dryers and let your hair dry naturally or minimize its use. Usually, the summer warmth is enough to dry your hair after a gentle towel-dry. Also, avoid hot water for washing your hair in summer, as this also can dry out your beautiful locks.