6 BENEFITS FOR NATURAL HAIR WOES
Hey Naturalista! Got chronically dry hair? Curl definition feel elusive? Is your washday a marathon that ends with handfuls of shed and broken strands?
There is a solution to all of these natural hair care struggles, and this ayurvedic answer has been used by the people of India for centuries.
It’s henna, a plant that, when dried, crushed, and mixed with something as simple as water, has the power to transform your hair to the best condition possible.
Henna has been used for centuries for ayurvedic purposes in India. In the Indian community, it is customary on the weekend for the family to create a bowl of henna mud masque, each family member gets their hair treated with the hair herb masque and, as a result, enjoys thicker, more robust, shinier healthy strands. And every Indian family has their own henna mud masque recipe, adding other ayurvedic ingredients and humectants needed. So Indian hair isn’t shiny, thick, and strong just because of DNA alone, their ancient ayurvedic hair care practices are truly responsible.
Below we will list some benefits of adding a henna mud masque treatment to your hair care regimen. Solving issues that have plagued many of us for generations after the first treatment.
1. IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF YOUR HAIR
The first and most prominent difference henna will make to your hair is to make it healthier and appear fuller. When henna is applied to the hair, it adheres to and coats the hair strands pushing the cuticle scales back into place. The hair will be shinier and generally, look and feel more pleasing to the touch. Henna works to make hair healthier by restoring what’s called the “acid-alkaline balance” in your scalp. This balance is crucial for naturally growing, dark, and strengthening hair. By treating your hair with henna, say twice a month, you will see instant and cumulative differences in the volume and glossiness of your hair. Dramatically improve the look of thirsty, frizzy, stressed-out strands.
2. CONDITION YOUR HAIR
In addition to making your hair healthier and appear more voluminous, henna will help condition your hair, and every treatment will push your cuticle health to a balanced porosity. The porosity of your hair is a key factor in your hair’s ability to retain moisture. Most of us are struggling with low or high porosity cuticles that both result in dry, fragile hair. The henna extract helps build a protective layer over your strands which acts as a protective shield and safeguard against any damage – naturally.
Henna is also a natural cure for those scalps that suffer from dandruff. You’ll see the difference in only a few days as well.
3. COVER AND ELIMINATE GREY HAIR
Although henna is mostly used for strengthening and conditioning hair, it’s also a great choice if you want to cover greying hair so that your head of hair looks younger and healthier. Henna contains a natural red coloring component called lawsone. When henna colors hair, the henna paste coats the hair shaft, and lawsone gradually migrates from the henna into the hair shaft through gaps in the cuticle, then binds with keratin and strengthens the cuticle. This results in naturally colored hair without any harsh or damaging chemicals, which can be found in many haircare products which claim to naturally cover greys. When Indigo, another natural ayurvedic plant, is added to a henna paste, it turns the lawsone from its natural red hue to a brown or black hue.
4. STRENGTHEN YOUR HAIR AGAINST BREAKAGE ON HAIR SHAFT
Henna helps your hair build resistance to everyday damage by adhering to the cuticle, the protective layer of your hair, strengthening it, treatment after treatment, through a series of natural chemical reactions. Adding henna to your hair can definitely improve it, but adopting new hair care practices in conjunction with this healing ingredient will improve the health of your hair and the quality of your life. Brushing, combing, blow-drying, and styling your hair are all hair care practices that cause excessive breakage, but this is nothing to be stressed about, especially when you can use henna to help protect your hair from routines.
Coily hair is proven to be more sensitive to breakage on the shaft because it is very vulnerable at every point it twists, meaning the cuticle must be fortified regularly. Most coily girls and Curlfriends call themselves #productjunkies because they are on a product quest to find something to attach and coat their strands. Henna does this -naturally.
5. REDUCE SHEDDING FROM SCALP Collapse
As women and men age, “hair fall” becomes more natural and harder to prevent. However, henna can help you prevent excessive hair fall – naturally. Many of the properties of henna help your scalp pH balance itself out, which keeps hair in your head for longer periods of time, and helps your natural hair build up more resistance to falling out of your scalp.
Not only this but henna has also been used to control excess sebum production and unclog pores in your scalp, meaning the skin on your head will also be healthier after a few treatments of this amazing natural phenomenon. Keep your hair and scalp healthy by doing a Four Naturals Treatment every two weeks or once a month and watch your hair thrive.
6. GET CURLS THAT CLUMP AND DEFINE Collapse
And don’t forget the curl pattern! Henna encourages strands to clump. Clumping is what gives curl definition. 4C hair strands have a curl pattern when you look at strands individually. However, because these strands do not easily clump or stick together, the curl definition isn’t normally discernible. Naturally, henna absorbs onto the strand and gives a protective coating, that coating gives the hair the extra weight, the weight you’ve been trying to create with multiple styling products resulting in more buildup than anything. This weight helps define the ever-looping coil of individual strands and has enough charge to get the other strands to the coil and clump together.
Now that you’ve been educated on the benefits of henna, we have a few warnings. If you do a youtube search, you will find that many naturals LOVE henna mud masques and create their own. And there are many who use henna with disastrous results. The variety of negative experiences includes hair becoming dry and brittle or experiencing no difference in their hair. If they shared their ingredients and process, a few common mistakes were made:
- Only mixed with water
- Did not follow up with a deep conditioning treatment
- Poor quality henna or henna that contains chemical salts and accelerants
- Incorrect amount or wrong kind of humectants added to henna
If you choose to create your own henna mud masque treatment at home, be sure to use henna that is natural and does not contain chemical salts and is meant for hair use, always deep condition your hair after the henna treatment, and be sure to add the right kind of humectants to your henna mud masque to ensure a successful treatment.
Four Naturals Treatment and More Henna Information…
The Four Naturals Treatment is a 4 step process that includes a patent-pending henna mud masque. Now that you know the power of henna, adding a Four Naturals Treatment to your hair care routine once a week or twice a month will have you singing “Bye, bye, bye” to unsightly damage forever. The Four Naturals Henna Mud Masque is all-natural and available in sun-kissed brown and is a great alternative to box dyes and expensive salon visits. Users experience their grey hair as golden or deep brown streaks; others reported their curls are strong and coily and so much more.
Learn more about the patent-pending Four Naturals Treatment here