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Type of Henna and its usage

Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Monday, February 21, 2011

The usage of heena spans many decades and cultures. From making tiny roses on shoulders to full body motifs, as hair coloring and conditioning agents, various types of henna have made their way into the mainstream as a modern consumer product. Heena is made from the ground up dried leaves and stems of the henna plant (Lawsonia inermis). But these can take up different forms resulting into the manufacture of wide array of henna products including black henna, neutral hena, henna mehndi, red heena, natural henna, herbal hena and many more.


Black Henna
Black HennaHenna in its pure form is greenish in color and when applied to the skin it leaves a stain; sometimes light brown sometimes reddish brown. In an effort to make realistic looking, modern day, temporary tattoo, the manufactures of heena powder and paste add black colors, thus creating black henna. Black henna is henna with a black dye added and is widely used for tattoo and hair coloring.

Black heena is advertised as a fun, temporary decoration that, because of its dark stain, looks like a real tattoo. It is supposed to last for one to three weeks and are widely used by people who are a regular visitors to swanky fairs, festivals, beaches, concerts and clubs. Apart from tattoo, black henna that are free from chemical ingredients, gives natural shining to the hairs. It dispels heat, cures neurosis and has a soothing effect, giving coppery, carrot-red shade to the hair.
Black henna made of p-phenylenediamine (PPD), may cause serious skin inflammation. Thus, before having a black henna tattoo, its content must be thoroughly checked. Some black henna uses food coloring that does not pose a risk to skin.

Red Henna
Red HennaHenna is a natural vegetable product, which may be used to add condition and body to the hair. Red henna is a harmless alternative to chemical hair dyes and has been used for centuries as a coloring agent for the hair. These are also widely used as a mean to decorate various body part in form of tattoos. It is generally made of fresh henna, lemon juice and eucalyptus oil, all natural ingredients making it completely hypo-allergenic.

Every woman's hair come up a bit different with heena, because henna is natural vegetable tannin that stains the hair. Red henna has safely colored and conditioned women's hair for many years, making it shiny, healthy and strong. After applying red henna on the hair, it becomes softer, stronger, tangles less, and the split ends disappear.

Often used for special occasions, red henna is usually used on the hands and feet but has been used on other parts of the body especially since it has been gaining popularity among pop culture. The paste is squeezed out of an applicator onto the skin and the design is left to stain and flakes off when dry. Red heena takes a few hours to stain the skin and once removed, it leaves a light orange stain on the skin that slowly darkens to a deeper copper brown over few hours.

Neutral Henna
Neutral HennaNeutral henna is a powder made out of natural henna leaves after sorting, grinding and sieving from the henna fields. It is very good for hair treatment as it prevents hair fall and make it naturally strong. As the name itself defines that it gives only conditioning not coloring, neutral henna does not impart any coloring. It gives only the nourishment and conditioning.

The conditioning properties of henna are so desirable that treatments with "neutral" henna are very popular. Neutral heena deposits a minute but a highly reflective, cellophane-like coating on each hair shaft. This results in a brilliant shine that reflects the many colors already in the hair. This color effect will become more pronounced with continued usage of neutral heena.

The cuticle of the hair is smoothed by the sealing action of neutral heena, giving it a polished look. The hair is protected from the sun and air pollution and regular use textures and adds shine.
Natural Henna
Natural HennaNatural henna comes from a plant of the privet family and has been known for centuries for its medicinal properties, as a cosmetic, its use in body art and its superb hair conditioning and coloring properties. It is made from henna leaves are dried naturally and grinded to finely meshed powder & contains no artificial ingredients. All natural henna is purely safe, with no known reported allergic reactions stemming from its use. As a healing plant, henna conditions, cleanses, colors and cools the skin.

Natural henna hair colors are excellent for hair since they provide natural strength, shine & gives dark brown color. It is also used to provide temporary decoration on palms with different designs and can be used for skin tanning & configuring tattoos on human body. Using natural henna paste, intricate patterns are applied to the skin, traditionally on the hands and feet. Designs tend to be very intricate, with dense design and detail. These designs are most often abstract, involving paisley shapes, lines, dots etc.

Henna Mehndi
Henna MehndiHenna mehndi art have been around for over 5,000 years and has become widely appreciated today in many lands. Henna is made from the ground up dried leaves and stems of the henna plant (Lawsonia inermis). Henna mehndi art is a lot of fun and doesn't require a lot of artistic skill. Although henna mehndi has been marketed as a quick and easy way of "tattooing", it is more accurately a form of staining or painting, since the dye is temporary and usually lasts few days.

Intrigued by the creation of beautiful designs on the body, henna mehndi is being used by women worldwide as a mode of self-expression. The designs originate from the practices followed on these occasions and represent specific objects, dresses, floral designs, leaves, flowers and birds associated with the festival.

The hair dye made of henna mehndi is usually green to look at in powder form because the dried leaves are green. This surprises some first time users, but the red color only appears once the dye powder is dissolved in solution and applied to the hair. It seals in oils and tightens the hair cuticle giving the hair a rich, healthy shine.

Herbal Henna
Herbal HennaHerbal henna is a natural product, grown in form of small plant, of size 3.5 ft to 5 ft. Henna leaves are green in color but it's coloring effect is brownish reddish and is well known for it's natural values, coloring effect and sweet pleasant fragrance. Herbal henna made out of best quality of henna leaves and contains no chemicals. It is used for both skin and hair. On skin it is used for tanning and making artistic designs and temporary tattoos. All natural herbal henna paste give deep, long lasting tattoos.

Herbal henna is mixture of natural henna powder and carefully chosen rare natural herbs. It is widely used as hair treatment powder and it's regular use is helpful in providing strength to hair, checking grey hair, checking hair loss, give natural shine & luster; and conditioning effect to hair.

The process is done by penetration and by staining. Henna molecules have a chemical affinity with keratin (hair) molecules and thus the pigment can pass freely into the hair. The penetration of herbal henna imparts both color and condition into the hair and it closes and strengthens the outer cuticle of the hair, thus giving a superb shine and conditioning effect.

Reference: Henna&Heenaproducts

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