The most popular henna is Iranian, one can find both staining and colorless variants of it.
Colored henna is produced from the leaves of the plant: they are harvested in the period after flowering of lavsonia, dried in the sun and rubbed into a fine powder. From which part of the shrub the leaves are collected depends on their staining capacity. Thus, henna with high twigs has a stronger pigment, so it is used for painting on the skin, and the lower branches are used to prepare hair paint. Henna loses its properties in the air quite quickly — after a few days it is no longer able to change color, so it is packed into a vacuum.
Colored henna is a natural, harmless and even medicinal hair paint. The resulting color depends on the original: it may be a copper, reddish, light rufous shade. Henna thickens hair, makes it tougher, protects against environmental influences. Its dignity is that it does not radically change the color of the hair, but only gives it a lively, beautiful shade.
Because of this, it is very difficult to color dark or black henna hair, but light and thin are easy to color.
Colourless henna is made either from the stems of the same lavsonia plant or from other shrubs – cassia tupoly or the thorny of Christ. The resulting powder has no dyeing effect, but has all the other qualities of henna: strengthens hair, makes it tight and stiff, gives density, protects from sun, wind and others impacts. Colorless henna is a good conditioner for hair, it can be used as a substitute for balm. Dim curls under her influence gain shine and saturation.
Despite a number of useful effects, henna has several disadvantages. It dries hair – for oily and normal scalp it is not essential, but girls with dry hair should be careful to treat both colored and colorless henna. Also do not use this powder too often, otherwise the hair can start to cut and break.
Colorless henna, unlike conventional, can be used to prepare face masks. Its composition includes collagen binding acids and beneficial minerals that rejuvenate and tighten the skin. This remedy helps fight against inflammation and furuncules.