Henna Artist in Ann Arbor, MI

 

The History of Henna

The meaning of the word henna is a flowering plant; the origins of this name lie in the Arabic language. It is also used as a girl’s name in the Muslim culture meaning blessed. In addition to traditional Muslim clothing such as hijabs and jilbabs, henna tattoos are an integral part of Muslim tradition. The plant itself is native to Africa, southern Asia and northern Australasia. It is a tall shrub or small tree that varies in height between 2 and 6 meters.

It is actually a by-product of this plant that is used in henna art. The leaves are crushed together to form a paste which is applied to the skin. This paste is used to dye a range of things from hair and fingernails to leather and silk. The henna plant is commercially cultivated in many countries including India, Pakistan and Morocco. Henna tattooing has experienced a recent renaissance due to these increased cultivation levels and better cultivation methods.

In the Indian sub-continent henna is referred to as Mehndi. It is most commonly used as part of celebrations or festivals. The paste is left on the skin for anywhere between a couple of hours up to twelve hours. The stain then remain son the skin for anywhere between a few days to a whole month. There are several factors that influence the length of time that the stain remains for. These are the quality of the paste applied, the skin type and the length of time that the paste is applied for.

Asian henna includes lines, leaves, tear drops and other more abstract shapes and forms. For centuries, Persian henna has been used to safely color the hair and the body. When creating our natural henna blocks, we wanted to use this traditional ingredient and take it one step further. First, we take the finest henna and blend it with deeply conditioning fair trade cocoa butter and gorgeous essentials to form solid bricks of beautiful haircare.

Traditional Hair Dye vs Henna

Commercial hair dyes contain a mix of chemicals that work to penetrate the hair’s cuticle to change the color of your hair. The chemicals in commercial dyes can also sometimes cause a mild reaction in some people, which can put you at an increased risk for a more severe reaction in the future. If you experience any irritation at all, it’s wise to simply avoid synthetic dyes altogether.

Henna is a safe, all-natural alternative. It works by simply staining the outside of each individual hair and acts like a protective layer on your cuticle. The color won’t wash out, but it will gradually fade over a period of one to six months.

As well as adding a gorgeous color to your locks, our henna hair dyes also work as a deep conditioning treatment thanks to a healthy dose of cocoa butter and essential oils.

Cocoa butter makes up the base of our henna blocks because of its fantastic conditioning properties. It helps to coat the hair, adding weight to flyaway hair, smoothing static and tangles and helping to calm and soften frizz. You’ll be left with healthy hair and glossy color, without the scary chemicals.

A blend of natural dyes, like red henna and indigo herb, help give each of our blocks the color you’re looking for. We then add a blend of other ingredients like clove bud oil for its stimulating effect on the scalp. In our Rouge and Marron henna blocks, which are our redder color options, we use fresh organic lemon juice to add shine to the hair and reduce brassy orange tones, while Brun and Noir help improve the shade and glossiness of brunette hair.