Henna vs Gray Hair

Somehow it so happened that the appearance of one gray hair can greatly upset a completely sane person. The list of almost panicked exclamations of consciousness accompanying this discovery, "Here it is old age" or even "Death is just around the corner" is replaced by the search for a stable dye for gray hair, with a very real goal – to hide gray hair and make a hairstyle that decorates and gives charm.

The first attempts to hide gray hair remind of the teenage period of changes in appearance: acid splashes among the hair, the head advertising the achievements of the chemical industry in search of "fashionable modern colors and shades", the hair tired of experiments, hidden under hats and in buns. Clumsy attempts to wash away the results of their own experiences and the efforts of hairdressers fill services like mail, nostalgia for the past is fully licked, and gray hair gets an additional chance to last longer than hair, beauty and health come into conflict, which of us is more important.

The second stage consists of a thoughtful attitude to the problem, the hair is cut piece by piece, since pulling out the graying hair leads to the fact that three appear in place of one. Hairdressers, discoloring their hair, listen to a lecture on "only natural dyes" before dyeing. The most independent stylists study the compositions of individual cosmetics and rule the ball in their own apartments. As a result, the hair becomes thinner under the influence of strong dyes, and the number of hopelessly lost hair color increases contrary to logic and common sense. In the dispute of beauty and health at this stage, both are losers.

We have to delve further into the problem. We already know that gray hair appears as a result of the fact that the bulb ceases to produce a sufficient amount of melanin, and that there are long-applied, technologically not adapted to the style of our time natural dyes. Still hoping to repaint into the ideal of our teenage dreams, we continue to scour forums and sites, waiting for the great minds who study hair and its color to finally turn gray and realize that we need to think in advance! it's long past time to come up with it! Deep down, of course, we understand that henna is henna and if not henna, then prematurely graying hair – hana. On the way of research, we remember that hair does not like sea water, bright rays of the sun and smoking.

The process of making henna for hair coloring is a legend, it's a story, it's entertainment for a Neanderthal who hurried once a week and then if dinner ran by, which today is called a mammoth. The rest of his life, the pithecanthropus could slowly grind water or henna powder in a mortar, pour it with water and stir it to the consistency of sour cream, let it infuse and soak, add other herbs and see what shade of red would appear on the head.

Recently, salons have appeared in which henna dyeing about more or less "advanced" technologies that allow you to get an even, spectacular and quick coloring in almost any shade of color. Simultaneously with coloring, the hair becomes thicker, the bulbs are strengthened and the structure of the hair is restored, dandruff disappears. It became possible to combine aesthetic changes in hair and hairstyle simultaneously with the use of henna.

How to paint over gray hair with henna at home?
At home, it is important to choose high-quality henna, which is used by professionals. Mix henna and additional natural pigments.

The most commonly used are:
indigo (basma), the dye in combination with henna gives the hair blue a black tint.
Coffee, grated coffee beans added to the dye give brown shades
to chamomile flowers added to the composition, give a bright red golden sheen
of nettle leaves give the henna-dyed hair a darker cinnamon color.

you can also use ready-made "colored henna".

To obtain an even color, it is better to grind henna powder additionally, grind additional pigments, stir to obtain a uniform composition. Pour boiling water, let it brew. You can add yolk for easier and more even application of the composition to the hair, kefir to get brighter shades, lemon juice for slightly lighter tones than natural.

Before applying the composition to the hair, you need to cut the split ends (with the constant use of henna, it is very likely to forget about them altogether), wash and dry the hair.
Put on gloves and apply a still warm sucking on the hair at the roots, making partings at intervals of 1-1.5 cm When applying the composition, it should be borne in mind that more thinned, split, brittle and gray hair will be colored more intensively, hair at the roots will be dyed longer.

Smeared hair is wrapped in polyethylene or a cap and additionally in a towel. The intensity and brightness of the color depends on the time of exposure. Having withstood the dye from 15 minutes for light reddish shades for blondes to 2-3 hours for brunettes who want to get reddish-copper shades, the hair should be thoroughly washed, rinsed with acidified water, but do not use shampoos until the final color is established.

If you are not satisfied with the resulting shade, then consider chemical dyes can only harm! Henna lasts for a long time for more than 1-2 months, you can reduce its intensity with the help of vegetable oil, applying it to the hair, holding for about an hour, the oil will pull back some of the active pigments of henna. You can change the color using decoctions and gruels of herbs: chamomile will lighten the hair, coffee will make it darker … You can get the desired color by creating a henna-based paint immediately, you can correct the color, emphasize individual strands within 1-3 days after dyeing.