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    Posted: August 05 2011 at 8:13pm
Popular as Henna, Lawsonia Inermis can actually enrich, color and enhance your hair. It is not necessarily a food that you consume but it is used externally on the outside of the hair rather than taken internally.

Henna is a powerful and natural hair conditioner that can help heal the hair shaft by repairing and sealing the cuticle, protecting hair against breakage and loss of shine.

Henna is excellent for the maintenance of healthy hair. It's believed that Henna is one of those rare herbs which is aligned with the Earth's polar fields and thus attract the powerful magnetic forces of the Earth and this might be the reason why it is still used in most of the sacred ceremonies and festivals in India and world over.

Henna is a small tree or large shrub which grows up to a height of 6 meters.

It is glabrous, multibranched with spine tipped branchlets. Leaves are opposite, entire, glabrous, sub-sessile, elliptical, and broadly lanceolate. Henna plant has lateral branches with leaves that grow in pairs, around 2 to 4 centimeters in length.

Henna leaves have a red-orange dye, lawsone, and the highest dye concentration is in the petiole (the central vein). Young leaves have the highest petiole dye content. The dye content reduces as leaves grow Older.

Lawsone has an affinity for bonding with protein, and thus has been used to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather, silk and wool. Henna body art is made by applying henna paste to the skin: the lawsone in the paste migrates into the outermost layer of the skin and makes a red-brown stain.

Henna also imparts excellent conditioning affect as well as thickness to the hair.

The henna works more efficiently when the extract of some plants like amla (Indian gooseberry), reetha (Soap nuts), Shikakai (Acacia Concinna) etc. are mixed added to it.

Henna can be used in any type of hair whether brunette or blond, whether straight or curly. However, the darker hair produce excellent result when henna is applied on it. When used as a conditioner, Henna imparts following benefits:

- Prevents hair loss
- Strengthens hair
- Controls dandruff
- Conditions hair
- Tones and promotes healthy scalp
- Removes excess oil from the scalp
- Relieves headaches and scalp tension

In the early Ayurveda texts, Henna is being mentioned as a cure for number of skin and hair problems. It is used to manufacture natural and herbal hair oils and shampoos.
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