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5 MYTHS about Henna

The benefits of henna have always been stated in every blog we put forward for all you readers out there. However, with its set of good things that it carries, there are most certainly some things, more like “myths” that might influence your decision towards making henna purchase for your hair. Let’s look into the most commonly believed myths and whether they hold true or not:

MYTH 1: Henna is bad for your hair

Is it true?

Definitely untrue. The only henna that can do harm to your hair is black henna, most commonly referred to as Kali Mehendi. This is because it has a chemical called Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) which turns your red stain into black. This toxic chemical can most certainly harm your hair in the long run. However, natural henna is most certainly not a bad element for your hair. In fact it further strengthens your hair and keeps them in a healthy condition. This is because of the absence of any chemical or toxic particles in this hair dye.

MYTH 2: Henna hair colours are only red

Is it true?

False. Henna, in its natural form, is present in a red colour. Thus, if you simply put henna alone, you are most likely to get a colour ranging from red to orange. However, this form of pure henna is not the only natural henna which is put on sale. Pure henna, mixed with other plant elements like Indigo or Amla, helps you to get other colours like black, brown(s) and even purple. However, getting as vibrant colours as yellow, dark green or blue, isn’t possible.

MYTH 3: Henna powder should be kept frozen.

Is it true?

Partially. For henna that has just been bought, is in an air-tight condition, it will stay fresh and good for use for a long time without keeping it in the freezer. However, if you have opened dye-release henna, then it is advisable to keep it in the freezer in order to prevent it from losing its freshness, and avoid getting clumps in your mixture. If you keep an unused packet in the refrigerator, its more likely that it’ll lose its freshness faster.

MYTH 4: Henna is a potential reason for hairfall

Is it true?

False. This is definitely the opposite of what henna can actually do to your hair. Natural henna applied, directly affects your scalp and assists in improving the follicle health. Thus, it not only leads to prevention from potential hair fall but also corrects hair thinning.

MYTH 5: Mixing lemon juice with henna gives better results

Is it true?

Untrue. Even though lemon juice has been very commonly used by people in their henna pastes, there have been studies that have shown that lemon juice has led to your hair becoming lighter instead of darker, when mixed with henna, over the long run. It has also been a reason to have an itchy scalp after applying henna to it. This “citrus sensitivity” is very common and can cause hair damage more than you think it can.

Thus, it is essential to know that one shouldn’t fall prey to the myths and rumours going on around.

We really hope we were able to help you and put things into perspective for you!

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