I am excited to share this blog with you because henna has been a part of my personal journey since I was 14 years of age. My mother started applying henna hair mask on my long brunette tresses mainly to condition them and give them volume. As I grew older and continued the tradition, little did I realize that this will become my biggest boon.
As my greys developed, the henna continued to nourish and color, giving me gorgeous deep red highlights.
I would be asked often how I took care of my voluminous crowning glory or how I coloured my hair and everytime I would say, ”henna”, people would look at me quizzically.
I would go for a haircut and my hair stylist would admire my hair but the moment I would say, its all “henna” nourishment, they would give me a long lecture about how it will dry my hair and damage it. I think the problem was that people did not know how to use it effectively for the desired results. That’s the main reason why I wanted to write this blog so it answers all the questions in your mind. What I am sharing here is my personal experience and not marketing talk. I have personally converted many people to the HENNA PATH and they have thanked me profusely for it. The key is to use the right recipe with all the right ingredients and give proper attention to application and care after wash. Yes, it’s time consuming but when you see those gorgeous strands frame your face, you will know it’s worth it. In any case, I strongly believe that money and time is best spent on wellness.
The henna recipe I use has been in my family for decades and has been used by my great ancestors—a recipe passed down from generations of ayurvedic experts and this recipe has now been powered with modern scientific breakthroughs by MYSTEEQ.
This is one of those rare products that delivers the WOW factor after just the first use.
Origins of henna
Henna is a powder derived from crushing the henna leaves. The earliest use of this plant dates back to Egypt, some 9,000 years ago. Cleopatra, the last reigning queen of the ancient Egyptian civilisation is said to have used henna to adorn her body and beautify herself. Egyptians also used to paint nails of the mummies using henna before burying them.
Owing to its extensive history, henna as an art form has also got some superstitions attached to it. In India, it is believed that deeper the colour of henna on a bride’s hand, the better would be her relationship with the mother-in-law. In some places, it is also said to signify the strength of love between the bride and groom. Many traditional henna designs are secret symbols of prosperity, love, loyalty, fertility and good luck.
In the West, it is more popular as henna tattoos and women are sometimes seen with their pregnant bellies painted or heads adorned with henna designs while going through chemo therapy.
It has been used as a Cooling agent in hot summer months.
Initially the use of henna was limited to soaking hands and feet in its paste to retain body temperatures in times of intense heat. Gradually, people started applying paste to the hands, feet and arms with fingers and the designs were made with the aid of tiny twigs or toothpicks. This progressed into intricate henna art.
How to apply the MYSTEEQ HENNA HAIR MASK
STEP 1: YOUR HAIR SHOULD BE CLEAN:
Before you apply the hair dye to your hair, your hair should be clean and oil free. This way the henna will stay longer in your hair.
For mixing the henna, take a bowl and add the henna powder into it. Add warm water into the powder gradually. Stir the mixture thoroughly with the spoon; the mixture should be as thick and homogeneous as the cake batter because applying the thick layer is important for the desired results.
Cover the henna mixture with the plastic wrap and leave it to rest overnight. The henna take 8 hours to release the cololurs
STEP 3: PART YOUR HAIR INTO SECTIONS:
Brush your hair and make them tangle free. Divide your hair into 4 sections and tie 3, leaving one down to color first. This section should be along with your hairline.
STEP 4: APPLY THE HENNA MIXTURE ON HAIR:
Start from the section you left untied. Divide this section into further small sections. Apply the thick coat of henna on the hair.
Apply from root to tip taking extra care to cover the roots well.
STEP 5: WRAP YOUR HAIR:
After the thorough application, wrap your hair with the cling wrap. This will prevent your mask from drying and help in the better development of the color.
STEP 6: SET THE STOP-WATCH:
Set the stop watch for 2 hours if you are using for colourand 1 hour if you are using for conditioning.
STEP 7: WASH YOUR HAIR:
Use warm water to rinse your hair
Use a light natural shampoo like Sweet Silk Protein Shampoo / conditioner from MYSTEEQ. This will clean but will not strip the colours
Dry your hair and see the magic come alive.
Lets get HENNA HAPPY.
Co-Founder and CEO
Lavanya has long been associated with the beauty and entertainment industry for over 20 years. And, that is what inspired her to include organic grounded methods in her daily skin and health care regimen.