Henna is a semi-permanent dye that is used on the body and hair. Henna is also a culture that has been around for over 5000 years. Henna comes from the Lawsonia inermis plant. This plant grows in the hot dry climate of Southeast Asia. The leaves of this plant are harvested, dried and ground into a powder to be used in henna products. This powder is mixed with lemon juice and essential oils to create a paste that is then used for body art or mixed with warm water and black tea to create a paste for hair dye.
The henna culture dates back to at least 1500 BC where mummies and paintings can be seen with henna dye and art work. Many times it is seen to be used on women for wedding ceremonies; showing off for their youth and fertility for their future husband. Though men would often adorn henna as well for the wedding ceremony. Henna was also used by those with little money for jewels and jewelry to create a sense of wealth and beauty. Today the traditions still are strong but henna is now also for fun creating a way to express oneself without permanents. Henna is used as a form of temporary tattooing, for kids and even on pregnant bellies. The options for henna art and use are endless; if you can think it, you can create it!
Henna is also used to dye hair. Natural henna dyes hair a beautiful reddish orange color, but when mixed with indigo or cassia henna powder can create anything from a nice strawberry to a rich black. It can also be used to dye eyebrows and beards; the same color variation applies. Henna for hair is an amazing natural way to dye the hair, creating a rich vibrant color that lasts 4-6 weeks while also conditioning and moisturizing the hair and scalp.
Henna is a rich natural dye, with a long and diverse history. Henna is what you make it, but whatever you do make it fun!