What is Henna ?
According to fragrancex.com, henna is a plant which grows in the tropical climates of Africa, northern Australia, and southern Asia. Its leaves contain a pigment called lawsone which combines with proteins to cause staining. Because of this staining quality, Henna has been used throughout the ages to dye hair and create body art designs.
My Somali co-worker and friend, Hinda took me to the Somali Mall to get my henna. Prior to me experiencing it, I heard a lot of bad remarks about it. But I was curious to get my own experience. During the process from the beginning to the end I did not feel nothing or get any allergic reaction. Rather it was cool and relaxing for me.
A few things to know before getting henna:
- The content for my henna was mixed with henna plant and black hair dye.
- If you have a sensitive skin then henna is not for you. Remember the content (or mixture) has hair dye that contain strong chemical combination of ammonia and hydrogen peroxide etc.
- Know your tolerance level for your skin. FYI : The hydrogen peroxide works by bleaching out the original colour and releasing oxygen, then allows chemical reactions to take place. In this case it allow the henna to stay black rather red. This will make the henna last for about 2 weeks .
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