Many of you have noticed I’ve changed my hair colour to jet black recently and have been asking me various questions about it.
- Why black hair?
- Why I dyed hair with henna?
- How I dyed hair with henna?
I will be answering your henna for hair queries here based on my experience in this post.
Let me tell you a story about my discovery of the wonders of henna. I never needed to fuss about my hair as I was blessed with healthy brown hair and my mother took really good care of it by applying oil on it everyday throughout my childhood. But as I got into my late teens, I wanted to have lighter coloured hair so I started dying it chemically. I wanted to make it lighter each time I visited the salon for touch ups. It got to a point where the stylist had to start bleaching my hair to get the light colours I desired. I was working under the sun so it made my skin really tanned and my hair became really fried and gold after a period. I looked like a golden monkey! Then, I decided the gold-hair-tanned-skin combo was not my thang anymore so I started to get my hair stylist to dye my hair dark brown again. It looked fab for a while and then the colour faded to become golden monkey again. So I asked the stylist for black hair. She was horrified. You see, in Singapore, its almost unheard of for a young lady in her early 20s to ask for black hair – so aunty! She tried to talk me out of it but I persisted because I was so sick of turning into a golden monkey after my colours fade. So, she did it. And omg… I loved it! Unfortunately, my jet black hair stayed for only 3 months before it faded. So I started searching for ways to make it stay black. And that was when I was introduced to black henna-dyed hair by a friend who found out because she couldn’t bleach it out. Talk about one woman’s trash being my treasure. So I enquired with the shop that I frequented for threading and booked an appointment. The rest was history.
With all these being said, I have to add that I rarely colour my hair light after my golden monkey phase. The only other time I decided to venture into it was my caramel ombre hair in the past year which was turning gold as well. Plus, I love black hair, it’s my go-to colour and I know I look good in it. So, if you’re going the black henna route, understand that you will have a mad crazy time bleaching it off if you decide to change your colour so make sure this is what you really want.
Besides black henna, there is the traditional natural red henna and even coloured henna now. Erm, yes, coloured henna but my friendly advice is if you’re going for purple/green/blue hair, just go to a normal hair salon because that requires bleaching to give you the right colour. Natural henna however gives you a reddish tint if you’re dying it over dark hair. If you’re dying your hair to cover greys, bleach or blondes, avoid natural henna because it will make your hair turn orange! Not gold, orange! Cover greys or fried hair with black henna instead of natural henna because you can’t go wrong with black. Here’s a colour chart I found for your reference.
How is henna good for hair?
- Henna seeps into the hair follicles and strengthens the roots.
- This herb repairs the hair cuticles or the hard outer layer of the hair strand which protects the internal hair cells from damage. This helps heal the entire shaft of the hair strand individually.
- It restores the pH balance of the hair as well as the scalp, which prevents the hair roots from weakening and thinning off due to excessive hair fall.
- It has its own antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties which is why it is excellent against dandruff and scalp dryness.
- Henna is a natural hair conditioner and it helps make the hair soft and well moisturized.
- It adds sheen and depth to darker hair colour types. For instance, henna will make dark brown hair look darker while the hair strands glow in the sunlight with mild red highlights.
- It helps cover grey hair strands.
- It reduces dandruff.
- It helps with hair growth.
- It prevents split ends from recurring.
- It helps repair damage caused from dehydration, pollution, blow drying, straightening and treatment as a result of chemical shampoos and hair products.
What are the cons of dying hair with henna?
- It can get really messy.
- It stains everything from your fingers to clothes and even on the floor.
- You cannot wash your hair for at least 2 days so that the hair can absorb the colour properly.
- Some of the excess colour may come off when you wash your hair and expect it to stain your towel and floor.
- It smells like medicinal herbs and it’ll linger for a few days even after washing your hair.
Still wanna henna dye your hair? How did I dye my hair? I won’t lie to you; I didn’t do it myself. In fact, I would never do it myself because I’m quite bad at DIY hair dye so I won’t risk it with henna. So for those of you going for the DIY route, I’m sorry to disappoint you but there are many sites that will show you what to buy and how to mix the henna, I do not want to deal with that mess. I can however show you where I did my hair.
Jurong West – Blk 491 Jurong West Ave 1
Tel: 6896 2269
Ang Mo Kio – Blk 447 Ang Mo kio Ave 10
Tel: 6554 5121
Little India – 12 Kerbau Road
Tel: 6294 0200
Hougang Green Shopping Mall
Tel: 6886 4054
Bukit Batok – Blk 637 Bukit Batok Central
Tel: 6564 4202
Yishun – Blk 926 Yishun Central 1
Tel: 6555 2520
Marsiling/Woodlands – Blk 301 Woodlands Street 31 (Opp Marsiling MRT Station)
Tel: 6365 9329
I usually frequent the Bukit Batok and Yishun branch. It’s best you call them up to make an appointment as that is how I make mine. The entire process look about 2 hours and cost SGD $65. For those of you reading this post from a different country but have intentions to henna dye their hair without the fuss of mixing the product at home, you can always enquire with traditional Indian salons in your area, they usually have various natural skin and body care services. Please note that I am not sponsored by anyone to write this post (but if you want to, I won’t mind lol), this is merely my own experience with product or company mentioned and everything here is paid and written on my own. So please ah, don’t ask me for discount or worse, free services.
So here is my advice on benefits of henna for hair. I hope this has been useful for you. If you have further enquires regarding this, please leave a comment below or reach me on the Love Bella Vida Facebook Page for more beauty or fashion tips.