February 29, 2024

Henna, instructions for use

The origin

Even if we recognize the henna by its powdered form, we must not forget that it comes primarily from a shrub that offers tinted leaves red and yellow. This plant is generally found in the Maghreb even though its history has crossed borders and centuries. This dye would have even been found in the mummies of Egypt, a civilization that knew how to work the plants to extract the best dyes. In practice, the henna tattoo was used in the Mesopotamian basin and was already used in wedding celebrations. In China and Vietnam the leaves were used on hair, nails and ... teeth! A bit bitter, all the same?

For the body

More than a beauty secret, henna accompanies the whole life of an Arab woman. And for good reason when you know all the benefits of magic powder! First on the body, applied as a mask, it purifies and cleanses the skin deeply. The sweaty feet are also a distant memory thanks to a simple henna mask. And what about astringent and antifungal properties. The paste is also used on the hands and nails, because beyond its coloring effect (finally a nail polish that does not crumble!), It helps to cure incarnated nails or fungi. In short, each oriental woman keeps the potion handy, which, moreover, is very easy to use: mix two tablespoons of henna powder (or reduced leaves), a little water, a spoon of lemon juice and for the best equipped, orange blossom water that will soften the scent. The dough must be creamy and easy to spread. Remember that after each mask, you will wash your hands well, if you do not want to have them all orange. On the other hand, in summer, this shade is used which colors the skin slightly for a wrap not exceeding the hour. Self-tanning 100% natural!

For hair

This is the most common use and today many colorists add henna extracts to ensure a bright and resistant color. Purists prefer to use natural henna, the one that colors hair between auburn and red, according to the natural complexion of the hair. You can be sure of yourself for the color, because the color lasts up to nine months! In addition, you can hardly get rid of it because the henna does not support the chemical solutions, which could weaken the hair or even break it. The least radical option is then the neutral henna that corresponds to a care, and therefore brings all the benefits of the plant without coloring. Like a conditioner mask, you just have to leave about twenty minutes to find a shiny and fortified hair; especially recommended for regulating sebum of oily hair.

And spiritually

The sacred plant is present in all the rituals of an oriental woman. From birth, we apply a few drops in the newborn's hand and it would protect against evil and evil spirits. At a wedding, she brings blessing and fertility to the newlyweds. A whole ceremony of "henn? is even consecrated, which is also found in the Hebrew and Indian cultures. During periods of fasting and religious holidays, it is synonymous with prosperity and luck among families. But all these superstitions are far from the fashionistas who love to tattoo the body of a few reasons as soon as the beautiful days come. A tattoo ephemeral and ethnic graphics that is wreaking havoc in recent years. Speaking "ravage", stay alert, as some black dyes mixed with henna can bring allergies. Finally, the last benefit, not least: the sweet smell would be aphrodisiac in men ... To good hearers!

How to Apply Henna for Beginners (February 2024)