Henna for Hair (Part 1)

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Mmmm, mmm, mmm. Wouldn’t you just love a big, warm, gloppy bowl of that smeared right on your head??

I know I sure would!

And within five business days from this morning, I will!! I just ordered my pure henna to dye my hair from Mehandi.

Henna

Scientific name- Lawsonia inermis

Henna, for those of you that don’t know, is a plant.

This plant, to be exact-

When dried, ground up into powder form and mixed with an acidic liquid (like lemon juice) it becomes an amazing tool to color, beautify, grow and fix/heal you hair.

Henna has been used on hair for centuries. Back in the early 1800’s, having your hair ‘hennaed’ was considered exotic and desirable. People, men and women alike, would henna their hair for the health benefits. Once their hair was hennaed, it was beautiful, silk soft and shiny. It would also become red, but that just created the exotic look.

Now a days, henna is not main stream (why? Most likely because it’s time consuming, and we live in a fast paced, no time for time world) so its not. Most people either know it makes temporary tattoos/body art (because its also traditionally used to create beautiful body art) or nothing about it.

Let’s look a little bit about what it does for hair-

  • Strengthens hair
  • Eliminates ringworm
  • Eliminates lice
  • Reduces dandruff
  • Its totally natural
  • Works as an awesome conditioner
  • Helps your hair grow longer by creating a healthy scalp
  • A powerful natural cleanser

So you can dye your hair and instead of killing it the way mainstream dyes do, you can actually make it healthier by dying it! It creates one of the most beautiful shades of red of any hair color. Also, unlike other dyes, it won’t fade out. Ever. My sister hennaed her hair months ago, and guess what, its still red. Her roots have grown out, and obviously they wouldn’t be red, but the rest of her hair is. Henna actually binds with the hairs natural keratin. Making it part of your hair, not a layer on the outside of hair or just sitting under the outer layer.

Its really amazing.

However, there are tons of ‘henna hair dyes’ that are filled with chemicals as well. Its very hard to find, pure, additive free henna. They often mix henna with other things to create a different color then red. On the website I used, they have pure henna for hair. They also have kits for other colors with other natural dyes such as indigo and walnut. But I personally think henna itself is super pretty, and henna has all the natural healing powers anyways.

So in a few days when mine comes and I use it, I will show you how I did mine and what the result is!!

Have a wonderful summer solstice!!

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~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

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Officially No-poo!!

I’m so excited!! I finally started my no-poo shower routine =)

[If your like my fiance and think that I mean I’ve giving up pooping, it actually means not using any shampoo =)]

Instead of using ‘traditional’ shampoos and conditioners, I will be using baking soda and vinegar. My reasoning for this is that shampoos cost 4 or 5 bucks a bottle. Essentially, your paying for health hazards and t0 kill your hairs natural beauty. We use chemical filled shampoos pretty much from the time we’re born, so your hair never really has a chance to be naturally beautiful.

So how do you go no-poo?

I take two cups into the shower with me. 1 has about a tablespoon of baking soda and the other has about 2 tablespoons of vinegar.

I first take the baking soda and add shower water to the cup and mix it with my fingers. Then I pour it over my hairs roots and massage it into my scalp.

Then I add some water to the vinegar (I’m using white for now but will switch over to apple cider vinegar once I get more). I pour the vinegar over the ends of my hair and mush my hair around to get it covered and rinse it off.

While your hair is getting used to being cleaned naturally, there’s generally a transitional period of time where your hair will be more oily. This could take anywhere from a couple days to months. Since I just started I don’t know how long it will take for me, but I keep my hair up all the time anyways, so it doesn’t bother me.

This is my hair before, all chemical shampoos and conditioners. Excited to look for change and natural beauty!!

This is my hair before, all chemical shampoos and conditioners. Excited to look for change and natural beauty!!

I’ll update it as I go along and tellĀ  you any differences I notice in my hair =)

So far, after my first wash, my hair feels the same as usual just is slightly more greasy then usual, but not much.

Can’t wait to keep going and documenting my progress! The more natural I go the better I feel about myself, inside and out. I feel physically better and emotionally better, then before. I’m still not as chemical free as I’d like to be yet, but I’m getting there and noticing a difference already. I definitely believe chemicals mess with your body in such ways that your mind and body become off balance with one another. Which can have some pretty devastating effects on ones self.

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