Last Updated on October 22, 2009 by Devin Greenfield
Nowadays more and more of us turn closer to nature: we start eating more natural food, we use cosmetics and treatments made of herbs and resort to natural ways to keep healthy. Our hair deserves a special attention in this respect.
Artificial shampoos, conditioners, rinses and dyes are often “blamed” for causing dandruff, irritation and excessive dryness of hair and head-skin. They often deprive the scalp of natural fats and proteins and can lead even to hair loss. But natural products don’t usually have such side effects. Herbal hair treatments are valued for their effectiveness, purity and safety.
In ancient times women used dyes and rinses made of herbs. They also used herbal creams and masks for skin care. And today more and more women, realizing the true value of gifts of nature, start using them intensively with a strong hope that they can bring back beauty, strength and health to their skin and hair.
As a result, herbs are widely used to make dull and slipping hair strong and shining, to dye gray thread of hair, saturate hair and make it look natural.
For example, rinsing your hair with chamomile tea will add a golden tint to it, while Chinese tea (Camelia sinensis) will make your hair darker.
Such dyes as walnut, indigo, and henna have been used by women since ancient times.
Shells of walnut dye your hair in a beautiful brown color. Indigo dyes hair in blue. The mixture of henna and indigo – the so-called “Persian color” ? was quite popular in the ancient East. Color saturation in this mixture depends on proportions in which these components are taken. For good results put it thoroughly on your hair and keep it for several hours.
Henna is a Persian name for a small bush. Paste made of well-milled henna leaves is considered to be one of the oldest cosmetics. In India and Egypt women widely used henna to paint their nails, as well as to adorn their arms and legs with complex patterns of reddish-orange color. And in our times henna is one of the most popular means to dye hair, beards and manes of horses. Cosmetologists often use henna to get a rich flame-red or fiery-copper colors and tints, or simply to revitalize hair color. Henna mixed with coffee dyes hair in a saturated brown color.
If you dye gray hair with henna, you will get a carrot-red color as a result, what really pleases many aging women. Henna also adds an auburn tint to brown hair. Henna is usually applied to the clean, just-washed hair when it’s still wet and is kept for about one hour.
There are a number of other effective herbal hair treatments that we’ll talk about next time. Keep up with this blog. And always remember that your hair is a crown on your head and it deserves the best.