Henna has traditionally been used in festivals and celebrations in many parts of the world and in India since olden times, to tattoo the hands, feet, arms and legs especially during marriages and festivals.
It is mostly popular as a beauty herb, it also provides many health benefits. Because of its many therapeutic properties, henna has been used in traditional medicine for a very long time. The active constituents in henna exhibit antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, hypotensive and astringent properties, which is useful in treating many ailments.
What is Henna?
Henna is basically the leaves of a plant which is dried and crushed and used as a dye. It can be used to colour hair and also cover the greys. It can also be used as a hair conditioner. Scientists have also found out that henna can be used as an effective cure to eczema and fungal infections.
Benefits of Heena for Health and Hair
1.For Thick and Strong Hair
The great benefits of henna for natural hair is that the dye molecule in henna (lawsone) is absorbed into your hair’s shaft where it binds with keratin (the protein that makes up your hair). It also serves to fill in the weak spots in your hair. The result? Stronger, thicker hair.
2.Henna For Hair Growth
The other benefit of henna is natural hair growth. Henna will provide you a healthy glow and volume to it and makes the hair shine and glow with all their might. Henna is the best solution for white and gray hair as well. By using the black henna, you will permanently get the black hair. For this, you are required to use henna three times in a month.
3.Natural Hair Conditioner
Henna functions as a wonderful natural conditioner for your hair. The regular application of henna on the hair thickens and strengthens the hair by locking in the moisture. Henna acts as protective guard by coating each and every strand of your hair and preventing hair damage. Additionally it imparts a shine and luster to your hair as well.
4.Natural Hair Colour
If you are looking for a safe and natural way to color your hair, then henna is the ideal choice. Not only does it cover your grays. It coats the hair strands permanently and increases the hair volume. Unlike the chemical hair dyes that may sometimes cause side effects, henna is perfectly safe in that it retains the moisture in the hair and prevents hair damage.
5.Solution For Curly Hair
Henna can also be used for those want to get rid of the curly hair. Curly hairs are the result of dryness in the head. Henna will keep the moisture of hair protected and will add power to them. It will make your hair straighten. Once you apply the henna on hair you will achieve the more volume on your hair. For this, you are required to use henna three times in a month.
Mehndi leaves are used to treat baldness. Heat 100gm of mustard oil with 25 gm of mehndi leaves. Strain the leaves with the help of a cloth and collect the oil in a clean container. Use this oil to massage your scalp regularly to enhance hair growth.
7.Reduce Dandruff & Scalp Conditions
Henna can fight off the bacteria on the scalp which cause itchiness and flakiness. So if you have dandruff troublesor any other scalp problems which are caused by fungus or bacteria, give henna a try.
8.Detoxifies The Scalp
Henna is a natural deep cleanser for the scalp. It removes residues of shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays and gels that create a build-up on the scalp and create hair problems.
9.For Better Sleep
People suffering from insomnia or sleep problems should definitely give henna oil a try. The oil calms and soothes the mind and promotes a relaxing effect to the body. So the regular use of henna oil helps you get a good night’s sleep.
10.Relief From Headache
If you are suffering from headache, the application of the juice of henna leaves on the forehead can bring immense relief. Henna increases the blood flow and provides a calming and relaxing effect.
If you are suffering from heat strokes, apply henna paste to your palm and feet. Henna leaves are good for absorbing excess heat from the body.
Heena Hair Pack Recipe’s
1.Heena Pack For Natural Hair Colour
If you need a deep brown or reddish tinge to your hair or to cover up deep grey hair, soak henna overnight by mixing it with adequate tea decoction, in the morning add a tablespoon of ground coffee powder to the mixture and apply it all over your hair generously. Leave it on for a minimum of 4 hours as henna is known to start taking effect on grey hair only after a minimum of 4 hours.
If you want to colour your hair black, you can mix indigo powder in this pack. For that soak indigo powder in warm water for 20 minutes and add in heena pack before applying.
2.Heena Pack For Hair Conditioner
To get rid of dandruff, soak henna overnight by mixing it with adequate tea decoction and just before you apply it to your hair, add in a dollop of curd and the fresh juice of one lemon. Apply it on to your hair and wash off after 2 hours.
3.Heena Hair Pack For Dandruff
Using henna regularly on your hair cures dandruff and prevents it from coming back.
Soak methi seedsin water overnight and grind the next morning. Add henna and mustard oil. Apply this paste on your scalp and hair. Rinse it off after 30 minutes with your regular shampoo. Don’t forget to condition your hair.
4.Heena Hair Pack For Shiny Hair
Soak henna in water overnight. It should have a thick paste consistency. Add mashed banana to this paste in the morning.This henna banana conditioner can replace your regular conditioner. Apply the mixture to your hair and wash it off after 15 minutes with cold water. This hair pack makes your hair manageable!
Note: Though there are different brands of henna in the market, it is best to use the fresh leaves and reap the benefits without any side effects.