By Francine Holmes
The henna plant is native to northern Africa and some parts of Asia, it has been used for as long as 6,000 years for cosmetic purposes. Henna has been used to dye skin, hair and fabrics.
Traditionally, it is used to adorn intricate designs on a bride for the wedding ceremony.
In order to get the different colors the henna powder is usually mixed with other natural powders such as Turmeric, Indigo or in this case Hibiscus powder.
I have been using henna to color my hair for almost 2 years now and I love it. Prior to henna I used store bought permanent hair color or Cellophane. I have been dyeing my hair jet black for a while now and I find that the darker my hair, it has a more vibrant appearance and most of all sheen.
I would mix the henna with indigo for that deep dark color. I’ve never done the red on myself, only on a couple of clients, and the results are just as astonishing as with the indigo. The process is essentially the same, the only substitution is the hibiscus powder instead of the indigo.
Working with hibiscus is MESSY!!
Overall it takes about 11 or 12 hours for the entire process (not including the clean up)
Please account for that prior to starting this project.
What you’ll need:
*Henna powder (I usually purchase the Saba Botanical brand – it’s only $2.99 plus shipping)
*Lemon juice (The directions on the Henna packaging don’t mention using lemon juice, however from my own trial and error and subsequent advice from others – I find it imperative to use it, the acidity in the lemon activates the henna)
* Water (Used simply to rinse)
*Shower cap or disposable plastic cap (It can get quite messy)
*Hibiscus powder (MySpiceSage is a great vendor)
*Olive oil (Optional- to keep your hair moisturized during the process)
*Plastic bowl and plastic spatula