Impressive benefits of Henna for hair and skin

Impressive benefits of Henna for hair and skin

In this article, we want to talk about henna and all that it has to offer, what it serves and what are its properties and its benefits.

Henna is a natural, all-natural dye and is found in powder form. It is made following the crushing of the dried leaves.

What is henna and what are its origins?

Henna is a shrub about 3 meters high and its botanical name is "Lawsonia inermis". It has dark green leaves and fragrant white or yellowish flowers, grouped together with four petals. Fruits are berries that contain several seeds inside.

This wonderful shrub is native to Africa, the Middle East and the Middle East. It grows in hot and dry climates. It does not need a lot of moisture or water to grow.

Henna is an ancient plant used for many centuries by different cultures. It is a sacred plant for medicinal and aesthetic purposes for:

  • Color the hair.
  • Color the body and nails.
  • Stain fabrics such as; wool, silk and leather.

Henna for hair

Uses of Henna for hair

Henna "henna" is red-orange in color. Therefore, when applied to the hair, it leaves a copper mahogany color more or less intense. The color depends on the tone of the hair and the brand of henna purchased.


In some cases, shades other than chestnut-mahogany or mahogany more intense appear. This does not belong to the real henna. Although it sells as henna, that does not mean that it is natural henna without chemicals.

Properties of Henna for hair

  1. Colors and revitalizes the natural color of the hair.
  2. The main benefit is that it is natural. It is very durable and becomes clear with washes. Over time, it leaves the hair of a natural color, stable and dynamic.
  3. Provides nutrients and minerals because it contains proteins very similar to keratin (a protein that hair generates).
  4. Thicken and strengthen the root and hair (indicated for hair loss, and for fragile and fine hair). It provides more volume to the hair.
  5. Accelerates hair growth
  6. Covers white hair (depending on the manufacturer, the henna mark, the selected color ...), and does not leave a root effect when it loses its color.
  7. Leaves hair very shiny and of a very beautiful natural color.
  8. Protects hair acting as a protective barrier against different external agents, such as; the sun, the free radicals, the sea water, the heat of the dryer ... making it dry less and not break or open the tips so easily.
  9. Reduce frizz.
  10. The duration of the dye lasts about a month and disappears gradually. No sudden changes in the hair because the coloring is very well integrated.
  11. Contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that are used in traditional medicine to treat eczema. Henna also has anti-lice.
  12. Helps control the segregation of sebum in oily hair.

Benefits of henna for the hair

For thousands of years, humanity has used henna to dye hair and skin. Discover the wonderful benefits of dyeing hair with this type of dye.


Lawsonia inermis is the scientific name, but it is commonly known as henna: a plant so beneficial to the hair. Currently, it can be obtained in perfume shops and pharmacies, in a package that contains a greenish powder that is none other than its dried leaves, ground and sieved. Nothing better than a 100% natural product to color hair.


Unlike chemical dyes that fade over time through constant cell turnover, henna - bleached hair does not bleach because there is no cellular activity. Therefore, it remains until the hair is cut or fall.

Do not penetrate the hair

Henna is a better option than chemical dyes for hair, because unlike these, it does not penetrate the hair, but joins the keratin, adhering to the cuticle to cover each strand.

Stronger hair

There are people who treat henna as the best protein treatment - even if it is not - because the results after the application are fabulous. Hair seems stronger and resistant to breakage and damage.

Extreme brightness

This natural dye for hair makes them brighter than ever. This benefit is shared by all women who have already used it, so this is a good reason to start using it.

Smoother hair

If your problem is knots and unruly hair, this may be the answer, as henna turns it into silky and easy to style.

Relax loops

Another important effect of henna on the hair is that it relaxes the hard curls, which makes them fall instead of the hair coming back up. In addition, it is good for blocking moisture forming a permeable layer, fundamental for this type of hair.

More density at each strand

As the henna covers all the hair, the girls will have very fine hair. They will reach a greater density and thickness in the locks.

Uses of henna

The ancient Egyptians used henna as a component of aromatic oils and ointments, and also as a coloring substance for tissues, hair, soles and hands. Around the year 1000 AD, the Arabs used henna as medicine because it is very effective for its astringent and sedative effects on burns.

Currently, this natural product is used as a dye and conditioner because it is the only plant whose molecule is fixed in the hair protein without damaging it. It produces dyes in mahogany or reddish colors, and can also be applied to the skin. Indeed, if you are not very convinced to get a tattoo, it is advisable to try one made from this natural dye which, after several washes, disappears.

Henna extract is hydrated with essential oils and lemon juice; The acidity of this mixture allows the release of the pigments of the product. Sugar is also added to give consistency to the preparation, especially when making drawings on the skin. Henna can be combined with other natural products. It is important to keep in mind that it is not used to lighten skin or hair, but it darkens them.

What is not known is its property as a fungicide (antifungal) and preservative of fabrics and leathers. It is able to repel some insects, and its aroma has also been exploited in body perfumes.

In some cultures, henna is used as a wedding ornament (as in Arab women, beautiful drawings are often drawn on the hands and feet), and even in pregnant women to bless the mother and child.

Disadvantages of henna

Disadvantages of using henna

Although henna is relatively simple to prepare for its use and home application, a negative aspect is that it must be prepared in advance. For example, depending on the color you want to give the hair, it should be mixed with tea strands, infusions of Jamaican flower, chamomile and essential oils such as olive oil or others.

Another disadvantage is the application time. While commercial dyes stay on the hair for about 45 minutes, the henna should be applied and kept in the hair for 4 to 5 hours to fix its color. In addition, when applying, avoid contact with the skin, and immediately clean any splash or stain.

On the other hand, henna usually dries hair. It must be moisturized or mixed with moisturizing oils and creams. Apply it to clean, chemical-free hair. Henna can have a harmful effect, dyeing hair of greenish colors.

Posted on 05/20/2018 by Essia Ghorbel Benefits and virtues of herbs 1 61611
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1 commentaire

  • mireille Lefebvre

    mireille Lefebvre 02/27/2021

    Le henné semble avoir beaucoup de bonne propriétés pour les cheveux
    fins mais le grand inconvénient est qu'il faut atteindre 5 heures
    pour le faire pénétrer à fond. Pour moi, c'est un grand inconvénient.
    De plus, je pensais que ce produit était prêt à être appliqué. Merci
    quand même pour toutes ces informations sur ce produit dont j'entend
    parler depuis longtemps et sur lequel je ne savais rien.

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