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 Historical references show that henna had been used for cosmetic purposes from time immemorial in ancient India.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.
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.