What is Henna?

Diamond Belly Henna DesignHenna is a plant botanically known as ‘lawsonia inermis’. It grows in hot climates and is mainly cultivated for its leaves which are dried and ground into a fine powder. Although the plant is green, it has an orange to red-brown pigment, which is released when mixed into a paste. This natural dye can then be used to colour the hair, skin or nails.

Henna is a safe herbal cosmetic renown for its medicinal uses, especially as a treatment for healing skin irritations and mild burns. Henna is a natural sunscreen as well as a sunburn soother.

When applied to the body it provides a cooling effect by drawing the heat into the paste. This can be useful for relieving headaches and reducing fever. The antibacterial and astringent properties of henna help to protect and repair the skin from a variety of conditions, such as - eczema, psoriasis and fungal infections.

  • Henna as Body Art
    Henna Body Art is an ancient artform which dates back over 5,000 years. In India, North Africa, S.E. Asia and the Middle East it is thought to bring good fortune and happiness to those who wear it. Henna designs are traditionally worn for celebrations and other auspicious occasions, such as weddings, pregnancy and birth ceremonies and religious festivals. [read more]
  • Henna as Hair Colour
    For thousands of years, henna has been used to colour and condition the hair. Henna will enhance the hair’s natural colour and highlights or create a deeper, richer shade. Henna is a translucent dye, therefore it will give light and dark tones throughout the hair wherever there is a variation of colour, producing a natural looking result. Read more about Henna As Hair Colour.

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