The temperatures are sizzling, and so are the popular colors for natural hair! Red hair is back with a vengeance, and you’re more likely to see women with russet, scarlet, or wine-colored streaks in their hair this season. But what about women with natural hair, or for those of us who may be concerned about the damage hair dye can bring?
For natural hair, there’s henna – the flowering plant that’s been used to dye everything from skin to cloth since the Bronze Age. Henna has been embraced by the natural hair community for being natural, potent, and a generally beneficial treatment for hair that needs strength, shine and color. But if you’re a newbie to henna, where do you begin? There are some great online resources for anyone with questions. Here are my top favorites.
Curly Nikki is an amazing site for anyone with naturally kinky, coily hair – and over time her site has evolved into an invaluable resource for anyone interested in henna. Just visit her site and click on the henna tab right at the top, and you’ll find all the benefits, tutorials and recipes you need!
The Henna For Hair site is a complete online source for everything you need to know – from the history and science of this natural plant based dye, to warnings, and where-to-buy links. Anyone about to embark on the henna experience should download the free e-book, How To Henna Hair.
YouTube is the ULTIMATE resource for just about anything you want to learn, and henna is no exception! You can find awesome videos by popular vloggers – hennapage, lovelyti2002, and tonidaley80 all have great tutorials and that’s just the beginning. If you’re looking for a special review of a henna product, here’s the best place to look.
So now that you’ve got insight and advice on what to do with henna and your natural hair, where do you buy it?
Many naturals prefer the Mehandi variety, and their site is also remarkably informative. Lush sells a range of henna that promises stunning color – it comes in shades ranging from brown to black, all pressed into lovely blocks reminiscent of Russian tea (as seen in the photo above!). And on the indie haircare tip, there’s Henna Melts by TheHairShebang on Etsy. In addition to the step-by-step melts, Hair Shebang also offers a Selah Moisture Spray that offers hydration to the thirstiest strands. E mail her for more info.
Are you a henna head? Share your tips and experiences in the comments!
Originally posted over at BV Hair Talk.
I’m gonna be hennaing my hair SOON, so please let me know your best tips! Any advice from anyone with natural hair who’s done this?