Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The Magic of Henna
The henna tree, Lawsonia inermis, grows in hot, arid regions. We also have this tree in Malaysia ( i have one in my backyard and one in our garden ^^).
The strong pigment, lawsone, actually temporarily stains the skin. Lawsone is a tannins. Tannins are also found in tea. They infuse porous surfaces with a darker pigment, but do not chemically alter the surface permanently.
Henna is good for your hair. Especially, if you add lemon juice and curds (yogurt) to it to make a thin paste.
Apply this on your hair and wash it off after an hour. But if it's rich brown hair color that you want then add coffee to henna, along with sugar, lemon juice and tea - water. Apply this to your scalp and wash off after half an hour. You will have a beautiful reddish brown colour.
Dying with henna is entirely temporary. Hair dye may last up to six weeks, but skin dye will probably not stay visible for more than a week. This is because the dye has only sunken into the uppermost layer of dead and dying skin. When your skin flakes off through natural exfoliation, it will be gradually replaced by fresh skin of your natural color. Henna hair dye will also slowly fade away to your hair's original color, but will not leave any lines or stripes like synthetic dye.
According to Islam 'The best thing with which to dye hair is Henna and Katm.' (Mentioned in Fath Al-Bari) Henna makes the hair red, while Katm, a plant from Yemen, colors it black, tinged with red.