Stop The Press! Henna Hair Dye is Great For Your Hair!
Written by Rodney Harper | June 12, 2019
Henna has been used for thousands of years and in the past decade has grown 100% as people get over the fear of using it, and understand the benefits it comes with. Harvest Moon® has made it even easier to use and has added even more benefits by adding natural conditioners that help the hair breath and grow better. It is almost like feeding your lawn.
With thousands of cases studies, Infinite Earth has perfected the process a step further. Harvest Moon was the first company to premix henna and indigo making it extremely easy for the average consumer to apply it. Before that, you had to literally download a manual to understand how to mix and apply it, and if you did it wrong, you had to start over or get mediocre results.
that is a thing of the past now.
Henna hair dye is only messy until you learn what you are doing. Once you learn it is a snap! I was also taught if it ain't messy it ain't good! Never fear the henna! Newbies might want to wear some old clothes, but most henna will wash out if washed correctly especially browns! Using a hair net is NOT recommended with Harvest Moon!
Henna (Lawsonia Inermis) and indigo (Indigofera tinctoria) are the two main ingredients in premixed henna hair dye. With just those two plants alone you can create several browns and auburn’s, for example, 80% indigo and 20% henna will make a dark brown henna hair dye, while 30% indigo and 70% henna will create light brown. 10% henna and 90% indigo will give you black yet reversing that and using 10% indigo and 90% henna will give you copper browns that are mostly red, just making a bit darker. Henna powder all by itself is one color, red! Red like a natural redhead. So some of the dye-labeled as henna hair dye should be called indigo hair dye!
Rod after using Harvest Moon black henna hair dye
With hundreds of companies now selling these dyes with it comes many different ways of using it, this can be very confusing. I have tested henna personally trying 100’s of different techniques and the most valuable lesson I have learned is that not all henna is created equal. Some just do not produce a good molecule that carries the dye and the rest is flat out expired or old. The older the henna the more you have to do to get the dye to release or the longer you have to wait. If you are using pure henna that is fresh in most cases it will dye the hair shaft a natural red without hesitation. Using old henna (the market is flooded with it) you will not get as good of a result which has lead to different techniques like letting it set out overnight. The fresh quality dye will release as soon as you mix it with water and not need any other ingredients. Adding essential oils also cancels out any indigo in the mix and will create more reds as it strips the indigo, the same happens if you use oils after you have rinsed the dye (oil will even strip chemical browns and blacks leaving red). Make sure you always follow the packets instructions and not anyone else’s unless instructed by them. Some henna distributors also add metallic salts, metallic salts are in just about every over the counter hair dye in stores and often sold as a “progressive” hair dye, reacting with the sulfur within the natural protein in your hair. So be careful of hair dyes that claim they are a natural hair dye and in fact contain metallic salts which contain PPD (paraphenylenediamine). Chemical hair dyes are why people always find Harvest Moon, people have a bad reaction to PPD and end up at the doctor's office or with a trip to the emergency room. A regular henna hair dye routine is the best hair care program you be on! Harvest Moon even takes in another step adding shikakai, brahmi, baheda, and amla. All three are shrubs and trees that have ayurvedic abilities and are excellent conditioners for the hair as well. Amla (Indian gooseberry) has more vitamin C than an orange. With Harvest Moon not only do you get awesome natural hair color, but you also get extra strengthening and conditioning ad that to excellent customer service and you can't go wrong! Harvest Moon henna 100% pure and is so fresh in fact it is recommended and used by many henna tattoo artist for body art.
What to Expect Using Henna
So many people with so many fried hairs! I see it all day every day everywhere I go. Fried damaged hair, it will almost tell you how old a person is because the longer you have used chemical hair dye, the worse it gets. Thinning frayed hair, leaving spots that are looking bald and extremely damaged. You really start to notice it after 7 plus years. Henna hair dye actually does the opposite, it locks in your original color all while letting it breathe and blocking out harmful UV rays! Patience is a virtue! If you have dry damaged hair from chemical hair, expect it to take a month for every 1 quarter of an inch of hair to grow out once you start using the good dye. The wait is more than worth it because as soon as you start using it you will not have dry hair any longer! Tell the cocoa butter and the coconut oil see ya on down the road because you will not need it any longer! If you do have severely dry and damaged hair, check out shikakai, AKA Harvest Moon shikapoo, it will bring your hair back to life in a great way, without suffocating oils.
How to Apply Your Henna Hair Dye
With Harvest Moon® just mix with water and apply, no need to wait. Only mix what you need and store the rest for later (not in the freezer), that's another myth. You can read about henna myths here. Usually, 100 grams will mix perfectly with 1 and ¼ to a ½ cup of water. If you have stubborn grays (hair that is not very porous) you can mix 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of vinegar to help it adhere. 99% of the people using Harvest Moon do not need to add anything else to the mix, just tap water.
Once the paste is mixed to a pudding-like consistency, use an application brush to do layers starting from your left ear. Do the first layer and then move up one layer and apply the dye. Once you have reached the other ear, you can start on the back, also working in layers. Make sure you cover the tips! Also, make sure the paste gets in between the hairlines! Leave in for 1 hour and then rinse (natural red you can do as little as 10 minutes and mahogany as little as 45).
Your hair will feel dry until you shampoo 24 hours later (natural red you can shampoo within an hour) and when you do your hair will be heavenly!
For the beard make sure you do the beard prep first. Shampoo the facial hair using a soft brush gently! Do this twice! Not using a beard brush will result in poor results, if not working at all. Make sure you cover the hair completely, not getting the tips will make it look like it is not working. Leave on 1 hour and rinse. You can mist it with a misting bottle to keep the paste from drying up which will make it easy to rinse later. Follow these same instructions for the sideburns and eyebrows. If just the tips of sideburns are gray or white you can feather it in to make it seamless.
Rod before using brown on his goatee
Rod after using brown on the goatee (dark brown blends better on me or a mahogany/brown mix is best for me)