Henna is a powerful dye with amazing conditioning properties. In addition to being used to dye hair, henna is used as a hair growth remedy. When henna is applied it puts a protective coating on the hair, and many women find that their strands feel thicker and stronger. In India, henna has long been used as a natural panacea for many haircare issues.

Make sure it's pure

In order to reap the benefits, make sure you are using pure henna. Many products that are labeled “henna hair color” are actually full of chemicals that can damage the hair. Stick with a trusted brand like Reshma or buy it from a trusted natural herb supplier.

Henna's many uses

  1. Dandruff fighter - It can help to reduce or eliminate dandruff 
  2. Scalp cleanser - It helps maintain the natural acid-alkaline balance on your scalp and cleanses it of dirt without altering the natural balance unlike chemical-based products. 
  3. Shine booster - It smooths the hair cuticle, giving it a shiny, healthy appearance.
  4. Sealant - It forms a coating on the cuticle which makes the hair appear thicker as well as shielding it from further damage. 
  5. Natural hair dye - You can use henna as a healthy way to dye your hair a reddish tinge, as it does not contain damaging chemicals. 
  6. Hair growth - Its antibacterial and antifungal properties nourish the scalp for optimal hair growth and less hair fall. 
  7. Skin healer - If you have a burn injury, mix some henna powder with water and apply it on the affected areas for instant relief. It not only heals the wound, it also prevents infection and bacterial growth. It can help cure acne, boils and warts as well.

Some people report that henna loosens their curl pattern, I would not consider this a benefit but some people henna for this reason.

How to apply

If you're interested in trying henna for the first time, Reshma's henna has an easy 30-minute process that is not messy or difficult to apply. Watch how our editor Devri mixes and applies it to her hair.

This article is sponsored by Reshma.