Henna for healthy colour
Writer: CECILIA TAN – A decade of using chemical dyes has left my hair brittle and dry, so I have been looking for natural alternatives to hide the increasing white in my hair.
Henna, which has been used since 3400 BC, seemed the best natural option. At Lush (Wisma Atria), I found henna in blocks. Armed with gloves and old newspaper, I started my monthly ritual of darkening my white hair.
There were two shades available at the Wisma branch. Caca Noir (Persian henna and Indian indigo herb for deep black) and Caca Marron (deep chestnut hue)
Formulated with henna, cocoa butter and essential oils, my hair was coloured a nice shade of natural brown.
I’m happy with the results as henna does indeed protect hair, leaving it smoother and healthier.
However, do be careful when handling it as it can be messy. Here’s what I did.
I used a large kitchen knife to slice up a block – 1 block was enough for my shoulder length hair. You can also grate the block.
- I added hot water to dissolve it before stirring it into a mud like texture.
- Before applying, be sure to wear an old tee-shirt, and don’t forget the rubber gloves. Line the floor with newspaper.
- Apply Vaseline or face cream on your forehand and ears to protect skin from stains.
- Once you have coated your hair from top to tip, use a large sheet of cling firm to wrap your hair / head.
- Leave for a couple of hours (the longer the better). Use the time to bake a cake, watch a video or have a nap (cover your pillow with a plastic bag and a towel.
CaCa Noir $29.00 / 325gram
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