Henna - a natural dye, which is made from the leaves of Cinchona bush Lawson - lawsonia inermis. The leaves of henna are collected, dried and pulverized. Powder of leaves are used to treat wounds, ulcers, eczema, tumors, burns, pain in the throat and stomach, obesity, female diseases, fungal infections and many other diseases.
If you do not want to dye your hair, but want to improve them and make them shine, you can simply rinse the hair with a weak solution of henna: 2 tbsp. of henna, 1 liter of boiling water. Boil the mixture, cool slightly and strain, and then rinse your hair. In the same way, you can freshen up an old painting with henna.
Henna - one of the oldest cosmetics, with which color the hair, hands and feet, nails. It is absolutely safe dye that is harmless even for young children.
This means contains many essential oils and tannins, so its effect on the hair is not only harmless, but extremely useful: Henna strengthens and revitalizes hair, strengthens hair roots and treats victims of chemical dyes and simply from improper care, and gives them well marked luster. Moreover, henna protects hair from the harmful effects of the sun, stops hair loss, helps to eliminate dandruff.
Fresh henna powder has a gray-green color, but under the influence of air becomes brown and loses its coloring power, so it must be stored carefully packaged in a cool dry place, preferably in the refrigerator. In this case, henna can retain all of its quality for several years! Henna contains special acid that binds collagen in the skin and keratin of hair.
Henna combined with other vegetable dyes well paints gray hair. At the same time it preserves the color of henna on the hair 1-1.5 months.
Painting on the body
Mendy (hindi मेहँदी, Urdu مہندی, as mehendi) - body painting with henna. Unlike tattoo is a temporary body decoration, but it keeps much longer (up to three weeks) rather than paint or other ways of drawing the body. The most prevalent in the Arab countries, India, North Africa, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Mendy appeared about 5,000 years ago. Even in ancient Egypt, the great ladies adorned their bodies and nails with pattern. In the XII century it was fixed in India, becoming not only an ornament. For example, many Arab women believe that mehndi brings happiness and protection against failures. So during the wedding the bride paint a picture, and the remaining henna is buried in the ground to protect marriage and prevent infidelity of her husband.