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2023 Author: Alfred Shackley | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 13:14
Natural cosmetics are becoming more and more popular. And this trend is quite justified, because natural remedies are often not only an order of magnitude cheaper, but also absolutely safe for health.
Any natural ingredient is free from toxic substances and a variety of dyes. Henna is one of the most famous natural remedies for dyeing and strengthening hair. However, before using this natural component for hair, it is worth figuring out what kind of henna is. Today in cosmetic stores you can find two types of henna - Indian and Iranian, the properties and spectrum of action of which are different.
The origin and properties of Indian and Iranian henna
Henna or henna is a dye powder made from dried parts of Lawsonia, a large shrub with white-pink flowers. This plant grows in arid and hot countries from North Africa to the Middle East.
Those shrubs that were grown in the ecological regions of Iran become the source of Iranian henna. During the flowering period, the leaves are collected, dried and ground to a powder state. This finished product has amazing healing properties, is rich in vitamins and biologically active substances.
The powder has powerful strengthening and restorative properties.
Hair coloring with Iranian henna has become one of the traditional ways of using the product. Iranian henna itself has excellent coloring properties, however, to enhance the effect and obtain more varied shades, additional ingredients are added to the finished powder, in particular, coffee, basma, tea, cocoa, etc.
Indian henna, as the name implies, grows in India, where it is processed. Which henna is better in this case cannot be determined at first glance, because in general the shrubs of Lawsonia are no different. However, as well as the method of preparation. In India, lawsonia was used not only for cosmetic purposes, but also dyed wool and fabrics with it.
The main differences between Iranian and Indian henna
The difference in the properties of two seemingly identical plants lies in the climate of the states where they grow. So, the Indian version of Lavsonia powder has some advantages next to a guest from Iran. The climatic conditions of the two countries have made Indian henna more diverse in terms of the color spectrum that is obtained when stained with vegetable powder.
So, with the help of Indian powder, you can get curls of the following shades:
Also, many lovers of Indian henna note that it has a rather pleasant aroma, but Iranian henna sometimes has a specific smell.
In addition, the dye composition of Indian production has a finer grind, which increases the dyeing effect, including with respect to shading gray hair.
Before finally deciding which henna is best for hair - Iranian or Indian - you need to pay attention to the cost of cosmetics. For those who want to save money, the Iranian version is more suitable, because such a coloring powder will cost much less than Indian lawsonia. If the cost of henna powder is not fundamental for a woman, then Indian products should be preferred.
How is henna useful for hair and eyebrows?
Lawsonia powder is known not only as a natural dye for lovers of bright colors. The natural origin and the content of a number of useful biologically active components made this product an excellent tonic.
The healing properties of henna are so great that masks with it are able to prevent baldness. The substances that make up the coloring composition help to bind collagen in the scalp and hair keratin. As a result, curls acquire shine and strength. In addition, the use of henna has a positive effect on weakened follicles, dandruff and intense hair loss. Many popular recipes aimed at stimulating hair growth include lawsonia powder.
Hair dyed with this natural dye receives additional protection from sunlight, wind and sea water. As for the use of the product on the eyebrows, it has a firming effect and a long-lasting result after dyeing, which is unattainable with ordinary chemical dyeing.