At Henna Sooq, we pride ourselves on making sure everyone has the knowledge and resources to have a successful DIY Ayurvedic hair care routine. This is why on a weekly basis, Henna and Ayurvedic Hair care expert, Khadija, (and beloved Henna Sooq founder) collects questions from our audience and gives them the helpful answers they need in order to thrive in their healthy haircare journey.
Let's see what questions were we asked this week.
Question 1: If you do Ayurvedic treatments, do you still need to do protein treatments?
It is important to note that each Ayurvedic herb shares a different purpose for the hair. While henna is not technically a protein treatment, henna behaves like a protein treatment. Henna binds to the hair strand and like cement, fills in any gaps in the shaft. So while it isn’t technically rebuilding the hair like a protein would, it is filling in the hair and making it stronger. The more you use henna, the stronger and healthier your hair will become! Most Ayurvedic herbs do not behave the same way as henna, so if you are using Ayurvedic herbs and not using henna but are noticing some breakage, you can either do a protein treatment or add henna into your routine. If you are looking for a non-coloring way to use henna, you can try our Henna + Gloss Hair Mask or the Henna Gloss Bar!
Question 2: I recently purchased Jamila Henna in the hopes that it would turn my black hair to copper red. Over time, will there be some sort of shade difference?
In order to properly explain this answer, it is important to understand that henna is simply a plant. Unlike conventional dyes you would see at a hair salon that can lift color out of your hair, henna only deposits color onto your hair. This means that the resulting henna color will entirely depend on what color your hair currently is. When your hair is medium brown, dark brown, or black, you will not be able to achieve a copper tone unless you pre-lighten your hair. If you have grey hair, blonde hair, or even light brown hair, you will be able to achieve a copper tone. If you have dark hair, remember that henna does build up over time. If you have darker hair, you will be able to see a deep red tint on the hair, and especially in the sunlight!
Question 3: Can someone with very sensitive skin rely on just regular hair oiling, mud masks, and tea rinses to keep the hair and scalp clean? Is a premade shampoo necessary or can this be enough?
When you are dealing with very sensitive skin, it’s important to remember that just because Ayurvedic herbs are natural, it doesn’t mean that you won’t have a reaction to them. While I would definitely recommend sticking to natural ingredients, I would recommend starting slowly and simply. Rather than using some of our pre-made masks and products, try using the herbs individually to ensure that you do not have a reaction. Once you learn what your hair likes (and doesn’t like), you can then move onto masks, teas, and blends with the herbs that you know you are not sensitive to. Our Moroccan Argan Oil and Argan Oil Shampoo Bar both would be great options for you. They do not have any essential oils and, of course, are made with pure natural ingredients! So no, a premade shampoo might not be necessary for you, but if you are worried about the ingredients in a prepaid shampoo, with Henna Sooq you have plenty of options to have a clean healthy scalp!
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