So what is henna?......
Henna is a flowering plant that has been used to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather, and wool for thousands of years. It’s actually more of a small tree that grows natively in the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, southern Asia, and northern Australasia in semi-arid zones. India commercially cultivates the most high-quality henna crops in the world.. As a natural hair dye, it dates back over 6000 years: Cleopatra, Nefertiti, and ancient Romans used henna as a hair dye
The leaves of the Henna plant contain a natural and very effective colouring pigment: Lawsone.
This Orange/Red dye releases as the leaves are crushed. Drying, milling, and sifting the Henna leaves into a fine powder maximises the pigment (Lawsone) release.
The powdered henna will activate with air and water. After mixing to a paste, you can apply directly to your hair.
The Lawsone dye molecules actually colour the hair by safely binding to their protein molecules. They darken as they absorb deeper into the hair (bind to additional proteins). The colour reaches its full potential after about 48 hours and can naturally last for weeks.