The henna plant is larger than most of us would probably imagine. It actually grows is size from the height of a tall shrub of 6 ½ feet to a small tree of close to 20 feet high (2-6 m). As we note in the picture, it has numerous branches with spiny tubes attached to delicate flowers with white or red stamens. It contains capsules of fruit with approximately 30-50 seeds.
Where is henna grown, you ask? It's native to various regions of Africa, Southern Asia, and Northern Australasia. The highest natural dye content is produced in tropical and tropical arid zones. Like most plants, henna flourishes during rainy season. It also loves the heat. It grows in temperatures of 95˚-115˚F (35˚-45˚C). It’s cultivated various countries in Africa and the Middle East. However, the Pali district in India cultivates and produces the most henna in today’s marketplace.
According to Wikipedia, the history of using henna to dye skin (including body art), hair, fingernails- even leather, silk and wool, goes back to the Bronze Age. There is an Indian court record of its use as a hair dye during the 4th century.
With a such a background and history, it is no wonder that many men and women have no fear using henna as an all natural hair dye. Fortunately, Lustrous Henna® is easier to apply than the traditional method, comes in various shades and is still an all natural hair color dye.This is a real timesaver and the results are pleasing to the eye.
As a performer, it is essential that my hair always looks it best.
As a woman, it is even more important that my hair stays healthy and beautiful.
I recently developed an allergy to 'traditional' chemical hair dyes and read that fellow Middle Eastern (Belly) Dancers followed in the footsteps of Cleopatra and treated their hair with henna.
And so I did.
And I was amazed!
Not only did the beautiful henna from Saba Botanical give me the color promised, it also brought my chemically treated, dried, lifeless hair back to health!
No longer stiff and lifeless, my silky hair now shimmers in the light with low and high lights beaming through the rich color.
Thank you SO much for a wonderful product that makes me healthier and my hair more beautiful!
Gia al Qamar -- NJ Belly Dancer and Middle Eastern Dance Instructor
Author: L.J. O'Neal, writer and researcher. (L.J. is also a Lustrous Henna® user.)
©2011. L.J. O’Neal. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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