Henna

Is Henna Worth It? The Pros and Cons

By Jarmelia of DIY Hair Care Blog  Henna has some undeniable benefits for hair, which is why so many people use it and love it. Some of these pros include: 1. Stronger Hair - The lawsone (dye) molecule penetrates the hair shaft, binding with the keratin in the hair. This makes hair stronger, but also is one of... Continue Reading

How Henna Colors Hair

By Joe Parker of Cush Cosmetics The Origins of Henna Before I delve into mechanics of henna, I think it’s important to know a little bit about its rich history.  The henna bush is indigenous to North Africa, the Middle East, south Asia, and northern Australia.  As far back as the times of ancient Egypt,... Continue Reading

Natural and Commercial Hair Coloring Options

By Jenteel of Conscious Heart and Mind Color is fun, fun, fun! But you must be cautious! QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER BEFORE COLORING 1) Why do you want to color your hair? a) Is it worth any potential risk? Not just potential tress damage, could it damage your “look”? i) Is it just a passing fancy?... Continue Reading

The Pros and Cons of Henna for Hair

Over the next few weeks our resident scientist, Jc will be examining products and ingredients that are popular in the natural hair world — not to disparage them, but to provide a well-rounded view of them. The word natural is not the same as the words safe, good or beneficial but many us do associate... Continue Reading

Henna vs Protein Treatments: Which is Better for Strengthening?

Janelle (not pictured) says; Thanks to the information on your site, I’m realizing that I need to do some kind of strengthening treatment on my fine strands. I know that protein treatments work by depositing protein on the cuticle, while henna works by binding to the cuticle and thus strengthening it. My question is, which... Continue Reading

Henna vs Commercial Dye

By Nicole of HairLiberty.org Henna is a plant that grows in the hot, dry climates of the Eastern hemisphere. For decades, women from North Africa, India, and the Middle East have used henna to stain their hair, skin, and nails. The red henna dye is contained within the leaves of the plant. After the plant... Continue Reading

To henna or not to henna

Reader Tiffany says; Hey Leila, I have a question and wonder if the BGLH community can help me. I have very fine hair and, after doing some research, I think henna might help to thicken up my strands. But I’ve also read that for some women henna doesn’t work well, and even leads to breakage.... Continue Reading

An Introduction to Henna for Natural Hair

henna henna, lawsonia inermis, is a plant found in the middle east, africa and india • known for decorating the skin and depositing color onto the hair • the dye molecule lawsone is found within the leaves and must be mixed with a mildly acidic liquid for the lawsone to be released • henna is... Continue Reading

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