What is Henna?
What is Henna?
Lawsonia inermis, also known as henna, hena or hinna, is a small tree or a large shrub that can grow up to six meters high. This middle-sized shrub with many branches is native to North Africa and the Middle East, areas with dry and hot climate.
For thousands of years Henna is grown mainly because of its elliptical and lanceolate (long and wider in the middle) leaves and is commonly traded as powder with a typical smell made by drying, milling and sifting. As it happens, not everyone loves the smell of henna... (but from our experience we can say that we are used to it and henna has become a pleasant part of our every day life). The important thing, however, is that this process produces 100% natural color, which unlike chemical dyes, does not damage the hair.
Depending on the time of harvest it is possible to obtain non-dyeing henna as well as intensive dyes. Young plants do not produce dyes. Henna produces highest dye content after two years of growth. Combining the dried leaves we can get many wonderful shades.
Henna yields small white, pinkish or red fragrant flowers, with strong sweet smelling considered an aphrodisiac. The juice from the flowers is used as an ingredient to perfumes or essential oils. The scent of the flowers relieves headaches, helps to those with insomnia and Henna oil also relieves muscle pain, helps treat eczema and burns.
Besides dyeing properties, Henna is mainly used for its many medicinal benefits:
- its use helps to significant regeneration and strengthening of hair,
- it helps reduce oily hair, control dandruff and hair loss,
- it generates a natural UV filter on the hair and scalp.
As a purely natural dye Henna is very suitable for skin and scalp allergies and hair diseases. Furthermore, Henna is naturally antibacterial and antispetic.