By Contributor: Archana
Hair coloring has become a trend nowadays. Irrespective of their ages, many women are going to parlours for coloring and highlighting. For beginners and those who are afraid of chemical treatments, it is better to go for natural, herbal coloring with traditional henna hair dye. Apart from colouring, henna is also good for hair as it conditions and nourishes giving stronger, thicker hair and promotes hair growth. Mehendi is used to cover gray her without chemicals. Women also use amla and shikakai in the henna powder dye
In olden days, most women had henna plants at home and they just plucked the leaves and grind it freshly at home. But nowadays, many brands have come up with ready made henna powders dyes which you can just mix in water and apply to cover grey hair.
Godrej Nupur Henna is the most popular one in many households and among teenage girls. It is very affordable and enriched with 9 other herbs like hibiscus, brahmi, shikakai, methi, neem, jatamansi, aloevera, bhringraj and amla, all ingredients good for hair. It makes hair stronger, thicker, longer and more voluminous. It also gives a nice brownish tinge. Price in India: Rs.50 for 140g and Rs.150 for 500g.
Shahnaz Husain is a well known, trusted brand providing all-natural products. This can be used for conditioning alone or for hair coloring also. The instructions mention to leave it just half an hour for conditioning. For coloring, you need to keep it 2-3 hours. So, if you don’t want color dye in your hair, but just looking for the goodness of henna, you can try this safely. Price in India: Rs.120 for 100g and Rs.215 for 200g.
It contains amla and shikakai extracts to provide natural conditioning to hair. You hair will be smooth, silky and healthier post application. It also relaxes and cools the scalp. If you have grey hair, you can try this to cover them up. Although, it does contain parabens. Price in India: Rs.55 for 100g.
This henna powder from Biotique is a natural blend of henna leaves, mango kernel and arjun tree bark. These ingredients help to nourish the hair giving a nice brownish tint. The color looks very natural and it doesn’t dry out the hair unlike other henna powders. But, this is suitable only for dark hair. Price in India: Rs.200 for 90g.
This is a nice herbal henna powder which contains extra goodness of brahmi also. It covers grey hairs and conditions hair adequately, making it shiny and lustrous. Regular usage would also give you longer, thicker, denser hair and reduces hair fall. The pack also comes with a free disposable shower cap and a pair of gloves. Price in India: Rs.185 for 150g.
Khadi, a well trusted brand for natural products, also has a henna powder. It deep conditions your scalp and hair from the roots. It is a 100% natural product suitable for all hair types and ideal for both men and women. It strengthens hair making it soft, glossy and smooth. But, if you are looking to color, go for the Khadi Herbal Hair Color which comes in various color variants. One of the best henna powders for hair in India. Price in India: Rs.220 for 150g.
This is one of the best recommended henna hair dye for grey hair in Indian market. It gives a very good, strong coverage for those grey strands compared to other brands. It is enriched with brahmi, amla, bhringraj and can also be used as a hair pack for conditioning and nourishment. Price in India: Rs.210 for 200g.
It gives hair a natural long-lasting black color. The powder is all natural and free from ammonia. It comes in different variants, each variant enriched with a different herb – hibiscus, amla, aloevera, capsicum and also the brazilian black variant, which has the richest black color and claims to give 100% grey hair coverage. Price in India: Rs.25 for 20g and Rs.60 for 50g.
This is a pure blend of henna and other herbal extracts to give good color coverage to grey hair. It comes in 3 shades of hair dyes– black, brown and burgundy. The ingredients list is pretty impressive including coffee seeds, peppermint oil and tea tree oil along with others. The color is pretty strong and long lasting. A natural, safe way to color your hair. Price in India: Rs.200 for a pack containing 10 sachets.
Possibly, the most expensive henna brand in India but totally free from SLS, SLES, Pthalates and Parabens. It comes in a eco-friendly, traditional gunnysack. You need to mix the henna powder with lukewarm water and keep it overnight. The color effects will be visible after 48 hours. For intense coloring, follow up with TVAM Natural Indigo. They come in 3 different shades – black, dark brown and natural brown. Price: Rs.475 for 100g.
Henna application is a time-consuming, messy process. But is well-worth it as its all natural and safe without any side effects. If you have dry hair, you can add some yoghurt or eggs to the powder. Some people also add coffee/tea decotion, beetroot juice for more intense color. Mehndi also promotes hair growth so its a win win situation. So, which henna powders have you tried from the list above? Share your experiences in the comments below.
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