Natural Hair Care
Not happy with the chemical hair coloring options at the drug store or your salon? There are all-natural alternatives available that are not only safe and chemical-free, they are nourishing! Henna, indigo and cassia are herbs that can be used to treat damaged, unhealthy strands. Read on for more information!
What natural hair products do you carry?
Henna - (lawsonia inermis) The very same product used for body art is also perfect for your hair. The henna tree's leaves are what carry the pigment that colors skin, hair and nails. On it's own, henna yields rich red color that ranges from vivid red on blonde hair to red highlights on dark brown or black hair. Henna can be combined with indigo or cassia for different color effects. You'll find your hair becomes silkier, softer and healthier after each henna treatment.
Indigo - (indigofera tinctoria) Indigo is a natural dye from the leaves of the indigo shrub. Indigo is often combined with henna for a range of brown shades of hair color, but can also be used alone (typically following a henna treatment) for darker color.
Cassia - (cassia obovata) In botanical terms, it is also referred to as senna. You may also see it as "neutral henna", although it is not related to henna at all. is a natural dye from the leaves of the cassia obovata plant. It can be used alone as a deep conditioning treatment, or combined with henna to add golden tones.
How do I condition or color my hair?
Here are some recipes to get you started. Keep in mind that these blends are interacting with your natural hair color, so results will be unique for each person. The recipes are guidelines. Have fun experimenting!
Red: Use pure henna powder for the reddest shades. It will range from a vibrant orange-red (on light hair) to auburn to subtle red highlights (on dark brown/black hair). For mixing instructions, see bottom.
Brown: Use a blend of henna and indigo to achieve brown or red-brown shades. You can tweak the proportions until you find a blend that works best for you. Starting with a 50/50 blend is a good place to start. The greater the proportion of indigo, the darker brown and less red it will be.
Strawberry blonde or Copper: Blend henna with cassia to add golden tones to the red. Tweak the proportions until you find a blend that works best for you. Try starting with 75% cassia and 25% henna if you want a more subtle change. Reverse it for more dramatic red color. The greater the proportion of henna, the redder it will be.
Important: I always recommend that you do a strand test first to ensure the color will come out the way you intend. To ensure it's not too dark or light, too red (or not red enough), and to be sure there are no surprise reactions with your water source (you can avoid this by using bottled water rather than tap).
In a stainless steel or glass bowl (plastic will stain), mix the powder(s) with water to a thick yogurt consistency. Add a few drops of high quality essential oil if you want add scent. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit overnight. When ready to apply, thin it out with a bit of water to a thinner yogurt consistency. You want it thin enough to apply easily, but without dripping.
Wearing gloves, apply evenly to your hair from roots to tips. When finished, pile your hair on top of your head. Wrap your hair with plastic wrap to prevent the henna from drying out (which makes it very difficult to wash out later). Leave on for 2-4 hours.
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