Henna, also known as Henna, is an evergreen and flowering plant belonging to the loosestrife family. Even though most people associate the origin of henna with India as it is an integral tradition of Indian weddings, the use of henna for aesthetic purposes originated in Egypt.
The earliest use of henna dates back to 1200 BC when it was used to color the hair and nails of the pharaohs. It is also said that Cleopatra herself used henna to decorate her body. For centuries, Mehndi – the art of painting henna on the body – has been believed to bring love, good luck, prosperity and protect the wearer from all evil.
Rosemary was originally grown in Asia and the Mediterranean, but today, it can also be found in tropical and semi-arid regions around the world. It requires a temperature of 35 to 45 °C and grows on deep, sandy soils to ensure optimum production of pigment on the leaves. These leaves are dried and crushed to form a fine powder that imparts a reddish-brown colour. This powder is mixed with other natural ingredients like black tea for hair coloring. It is important to note that there are actually three varieties of henna – natural henna, neutral henna and black henna.
Natural henna, also known as red henna, produces a dark brown stain that may darken in the days after the first application. Unlike neutral or black henna, natural henna is a pure form of henna that does not actually contain henna, but is made from other plants or dyes. If you want to color your hair naturally, without causing any damage from harmful chemicals, then this is the henna you should use. Neutral Henna As the name suggests, this type of henna does not impart any color to the hair. This powder is not from the rosemary plant, but from a plant called Senna italica. Some people use it as an alternative to henna when they want to condition their hair naturally without dyeing it.
Black henna is derived from indigo and may contain unlisted dyes and chemicals such as PPD (para-phenylenediamine). PPD causes darkening of the skin quickly, but can cause severe allergic reactions and permanent scarring if left on for more than 2-3 days. If you don’t like the red color that comes with using henna and you want to darken your hair, we recommend that you just use pure indigo powder. You can darken your hair naturally using indigo powder and henna powder.