Hot for Henna
Welcome to Beauty School! Every Monday, JET experts will teach you how to preserve your sexy. This week, make-up and hair expert Dre Brown shares her tips for properly using henna.
For some reason, warm weather brings me closer to nature. I find myself covered in raw coconut oil and and aloe while either digging my toes deeper into a sandy beach or strolling under a canopy of trees in an NYC park oasis. Wherever I am, I’m celebrating new natural ways to boldly beautify.
This summer, I’m upping my au naturale ante by exploring the benefits of henna. Yup, you guessed it – the future social media selfies of my hands and feet adorned with eclectic mehndi artwork created with henna based ink are on the way! But, even before I embark on my “tattoo-tryst,” I’m planning to treat my skin and hair to some centuries-old solutions. Check out my henna menu below and try these tips yourself!
If you’re like many women who are active in the summer and hop from pool to parade to picnic with your hair out, you may experience some dryness of the scalp. I plan to keep dandruff under wraps with a henna-infused scalp treatment. Henna possesses anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that can battle some common causes of dandruff while soothing and conditioning the scalp naturally.
Tip: Mix henna powder with yogurt to create a treatment that can help minimize scalp flaking. Apply to roots and allow mixture to set for 20-30 minutes. Follow with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner before finishing off your summer style.
Stay Strong & Shine On:
Historically, henna has proven to strengthen hair and help prevent breakage. It contains a compound lawsone, which binds to keratin already present in the hair, thus reinforcing the follicle. This natural fortification can serve as a chemical-free shield to help fare the elements that come with an active summer.
Tip: Add henna powder to your favorite hot oil treatment for additional strengthening.
Henna is most commonly known as a natural hair color and it’s been used successfully for tinting and toning globally for generations. As a natural curly-girl with fine hair, I’m hesitant to chemically color again following past bouts with dyes, so for this summer I’m opting to wash in some warm henna color for a fresh non-permanent seasonal style twist.
Tip: If taking the DIY henna hair color plunge, shop around and buddy up! Great home henna hair coloring options are available, but whichever you choose be sure to consider the following:
1. From cinnamon reds to chocolatey browns, henna can create a variety of tones. Richness and brightness of color can often vary depending on the variety of henna used, setting time, and temperature.
2. Henna colors just about everything — including your skin and clothes. Protect hairline, hands and clothing while applying the henna paste. Create a natural barrier around the face and neck areas with a non-comedogenic balm and enlist your buddy to ensure dye doesn’t drip or spread.