Time to dive into the TOP HENNA MYTHS and set the record straight.
Henna is bad for your hair!
BUSTED: The only BAD type of Henna is 'Black Henna'. But first, let us explain!
'Black Henna' is not NATURAL HENNA... confusing, right? 'Black Henna' contains a synthetic chemical called PPD (paraphenylenediamine). This chemical is found in most dark hair dyes that you can purchase from the local store.
PPD - what does it do?
Henna which contains PPD is NOT a natural product. Chemical hair dyes use PPD to penetrate the hair strand so that the hair can be dyed at a faster rate. But the use of PPD has caused serious injury including burns and blistering and some cases have been fatal.
Natural henna is plant material and DOES NOT contain PPD.
We take this issue very seriously.
We take this issue very seriously as KNOT OKAY. As a result, our Henna with Heart undergoes chemical testing to ensure that our henna is 100% natural.
Please Note: There have been cases where people have found they are allergic to NATURAL henna. Please strand/ skin test prior to applying your henna paste.
Natural henna that is used in our Henna with Heart packs coat your hair with the goodness of henna. Check out Henna Benefits for You to find out about all the good things henna can do for your hair!
You can't dye your hair with chemical dyes after you use henna!
BUSTED: Want that rainbow unicorn hair after you have just applied henna?
You can dye your hair after henna. Although it might take you some time and a few applications to fade out the henna inyour hair to get that 'Unicorn rainbow hair' that you saw trending on the socials, it is possible.
Some people have reported that it is difficult to henna over chemically coloured hair and they have seen that their hair has turned green. Again, this is due to additives found in the henna which react to the chemicals of the synthetic dyes. Head to our FAQs for how to remove henna.
Remember to strand and skin test.
There is a small possibility that if you have used a Henna with Heart product that the indigo can leave a slight green coloring at first which will go away as the coloring settles.
Please strand/ skin test before applying to your full hair and make sure your hair is clean, without any additional product in it.
You must add lemon juice to your henna!
BUSTED: You do not need to add lemon juice.
The idea of using lemon juice is that the acid breaks down the lawsone dye which is in the henna powder. Some say to use lemon juice as it is acidic and this is believed to help release the dye for darker tones.
An itchy scalp?
For others, the use of lemon juice can lead to an itchy or irritated scalp. Regular use of lemon juice may strip away the natural oils on your hair and your hair can also feel brittle.
Henna is a plant that rejuvenates and deeply conditions your hair. While you may want to experiment with this, it is not essential! KNOT OKAY. encourges the use of warm water instead, approximately 158 Fahrenheit/ 70 degrees Celsius works best.
Henna will lighten your hair!
BUSTED: Henna will not lighten your hair.
Henna application works to coat your hair with a layer of colour.
This means that the end colour will be tones created by the henna ON TOP of your natural hair colour.
With darker hair, you can expect to have undertones from the henna but the henna will not lighten your hair.
Henna needs to be kept frozen!
BUSTED: Henna does not need to be frozen unless it is a paste.
Of course we want our henna to last as long as possible! Some people believe that keeping henna powder in the freezer makes it last longer. However, henna does not need to be kept in the freezer unless you have mixed it into a paste.
Cool and dry storage
If the powder is kept in a dark, air tight container, it will stay fresh for years! We recommend keeping your henna powder in the Henna with Heart resealable packaging. Mix up the amount you need to make a paste and keep the rest for next time!
Don't use any metal bowls to mix your henna!
OKAY, you got us!
The exception: Stainless steel bowls.
In many countries, aluminum/aluminium containers are often found throughout our kitchens but unfortunately, they react with the henna. We recommend ceramic, glass or stainless steel bowls.