White henna for hair
Henna is a natural dye obtained from the leaves of Lavsonia, a shrub that grows in hot countries (Arab countries, North Africa, India, Pakistan). This natural dye fills the hair with a deep vibrant color (usually of different shades of copper), gives it shine and splendor and does not bear any harmful load on the body. From the stems of Lavsonia get another type of henna - colorless. She does not dye her hair, but has a number of useful qualities that are successfully used for hair care. This natural remedy strengthens, restores and thickens the hair shaft, improves blood circulation, awakens the hair follicles and, thus, stops hair loss. Weak, damaged tips become shiny and thick. Product "White henna" It attracts consumers primarily by its name, which mentions this wonderful natural component. It must be said right away that there is no white henna in nature. Let's try to figure it out.
What it is?
The inscription on the package says that it is a clarifier for hair. The developers promise that if you apply the product on very dark or brown hair, you can quickly lighten them by 5-6 tones and get the desired result - pearl or ashy color (blond). Recall that bleaching is the result of exposure to aggressive substances, oxidizing agents, which penetrate deeper into the hair and make it porous and “wash” natural pigments from it, thereby depriving it of color. Natural dyes are not capable of such "villainy", which means that "white henna" contains chemical components. And indeed, the composition includes:
- Ammonium persulfate;
- Hydrogen peroxide;
- Carboxymethyl cellulose;
- Magnesium carbonate;
- Citric acid and others.
In other words, it is a chemical dye for lightening hair. True, the manufacturer introduced small amounts of natural additives: for example, the same colorless henna, extracts of some plants (chamomile, white lemon), chitosan. The presence of these components is designed to mitigate the irritating effect of the bleaching process on the hair and skin, to make it more gentle. When using henna, it is very important to carefully study and then carefully follow the instructions.
How to breed?
To prepare a solution for staining, the oxidizing agent is mixed with henna powder in a non-metallic container. In some cases, hot water and a little shampoo are added to the mixture so that the composition is better applied. The proportions for the preparation of the product, the duration of the exposure and the result may vary slightly depending on the manufacturer. The amount of powder is selected different, it depends on the density of hair and length. An improperly prepared mixture can cause deterioration of the condition of the hair and even burns to the skin. It is important to note that before use, the tool must be tested for sensitivity to components. On the bend of the elbow you need to apply a little composition and wait a few hours. In the absence of signs of allergy, paint can be used. Before bleaching, it is advised that you do not wash your hair for a couple of days, this should reduce the irritating effect of the drug on the skin and hair.
If you have recently painted or permed, you will have to wait a month and a half or two to bleach it. Otherwise, your curls will become like dry straw and begin to crumble.
But this is only one side of the coin. The fact is that henna is very unpredictable on freshly dyed hair, especially dark color. So, if you do not want to turn into a mermaid with green strands, be patient, wait until the paint is washed off, and your hair gets stronger. Dry, brittle and split ends prone to hair loss must first be treated and only then lightened
How to apply?
Before painting, the skin on the forehead and neck along the hairline should be greased with a greasy cream to protect it from possible burns and irritations. The prepared composition is applied with a brush to the roots of the hair, divided into strands and then gently distributed over the entire length. At the end, you need to make sure that the coating is uniform with the coloring composition. To do this, massage your hands with your movements throughout the hair, starting from the roots. If henna is used for highlighting, then the composition is applied along the entire length of the strand from roots to ends or, if necessary, indent 1-1.5 cm from the roots. The dyed strand is then wrapped with foil. Some instructions recommend putting on a hat or cellophane and wrapping your head in a bath towel to enhance the bleaching process. But if you have sensitive skin, then you can do without it.
The duration of bleaching can be different: from 10 to 40 minutes and depends on the color of the hair before the procedure and on the result that you need. For example, if you have light curls, then 10-15 minutes will be enough to achieve even more discoloration. The owner of the dark strands will have to wait for the maximum time allowed by the instructions. Please note that if the condition of your hair is not the best, but for some reason you still decide to bleach it, it is better to keep the paint as little as possible, otherwise the result can be easily guessed - over-dried hair that is very difficult to comb and will fall out very much. Do not expect blinding whiteness from the first use if you have very dark hair. The procedure will have to be repeated several times until you achieve the desired effect. This should be done at intervals of at least 1.5-2 weeks, if you care about the beauty and health of your hair.
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How to rinse?
After coloring, rinse the hair very well with running water. Although “White Henna” contains natural additives that soften the irritating effect of the chemical components of the paint, it is better to apply a moisturizing and moisturizing balm to wet strands after rinsing, hold for 5-10 minutes and then rinse. To better fix the result after staining, it is recommended not to wash your hair for several days. It will not be out of place to take advantage of the healing properties of masks or balms so that your hair comes into shape after "stress".
Does cream paint take after henna?
There is doubt about whether the new dye will take hair after dyeing it with henna. And indeed: a lot of women who used White Henna and then wished to change the color of their hairstyle again noted that the new paint doesn’t fit well, and the result is an uneven, stained color. In this case, it is better to wait at least two months and then try to paint differently. It makes sense to first paint a single strand in an inconspicuous place, evaluate the result and only after that proceed with the change of image. In many cases, however, women have to resort to a radical method - cut off the dyed henna curls, and only then change the hairstyle.
You can find enough consumer reviews, dissatisfied with the condition of the hair after using white henna. According to them, the curls after the staining procedure became dull and dry, began to fall out and combed poorly. However, despite this, many of them note good whitening effect and they say that they would recommend it as an effective bleaching agent. There are also many who, on the contrary, are very pleased with the result, while noting that the condition of the hair remains satisfactory. It can be assumed that in the first case, women either violated the technology of preparation of the composition and rules of use, in particular, abused the duration of the procedure, or carried out bleaching on the hair that was repeatedly colored before it. Clear, that weakened, fragile curls, such a chemical process as bleaching will not add health, but, on the contrary, will make them even more vulnerable. Almost everyone notes, as a definite plus, the inexpensive price of this tool, which largely determines the choice.
Benefit and harm
Certain the advantage of henna over other hair dyes is the presence of natural components in its compositionthat provides a good staining result without harm to the hair. Using this dye, you can turn black hair into snow-white in just a few procedures, which is quite difficult to achieve using other means. Masks from white henna, aged no more than five minutes, can be used with natural or dyed blondes to eliminate dandruff and excessive greasiness, but they will not work for girls with dark curls.
White henna can be successfully used to remove hair. In stores you can find special compositions for hair removal, where it enters. Ease of use allows for bleaching at home., but if used improperly, you can harm your hair from over-drying it up to a scalp burn. Careful adherence to the rules and time of staining, a mandatory sensitivity test will minimize these risks, and then you can get an excellent result at a nice price.