Coloring Your Natural Hair

Hey Naturals!

Have you thought about coloring your natural hair?  Well I have!  Some people think that if you color your hair that you are not a true natural.  But, lets look at the definition of natural hair.  Natural hair is defined as – Hair whose texture hasn’t been altered by chemical straighteners, including relaxers and texturizers.  There is a way to add color to your natural tresses without damaging it, but actually helping to moisturize and strengthen it.  How you ask?  Henna.

Henna is the powdered leaves of a tropical shrub, used as a dye to color the hair and decorate the body.  Henna can be used on natural hair to give it color and as a deep conditioner.  So you get double the benefit from using henna instead of a permanent color.  With that being said Henna is temporary and can be messy.  Henna application can be a long or short process.  If you just want to deep condition then you do not leave it on for a long period but rather about 30-45 minutes or so.  If you want to color your hair, application is an overnight treatment.  But if you set aside time to complete the process then in an area that you have taken care to protect (using plastic or old towels) then you are good.

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The best Henna to use is a body art quality Henna.  You can purchase it from an online source or if you have a store near you (such as an Indian Grocer) that sells it you can purchase it there.  Curly Nikki recommends Mehandi and it can be purchased at Mehandi.com.  Other brands such as Henna Sooq can be purchased online and Tresses Kinks & Twists online store is in the process of obtaining a contract with Henna Sooq to sell it online.  Also, it is suggested that you buy fresh Henna, it should look green like the green color of spinach.  Not flourescent green because this can mean that it has had dye added to make it look fresh.  High quality Henna will rinse quickly.  There are several ways to use Henna to color your hair including adding green tea, honey, and/or a conditioner.  There is also a short and long Henna application.

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So as you can see Henna is the way to go when making the decision to color your hair and can even help to condition your hair as well.  If you think that this is the option for you check out some of the brands mentioned above.  If you want to know how Curly Nikki applies Henna to her hair, go to our home page and enter to win the book by Nikki Walton (AKA Curly Nikki) “Better Than Good Hair.”  Follow the link on the right side of the screen.

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