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What is henna?
Henna is surrounded by legends, beliefs, and millennia of use on the hair and skin. It is a powder made from the dried leaves of a flowering plant called Lawsonia inermis or henna tree.
What are the benefits of henna on the hair?
- Henna can give the hair an auburn-red colour.
- It protects and conditions the hair, makes it thicker, and gives shine.
- It also treats the scalp with its antimicrobial properties. By cleansing the skin of bacteria, microbes and fungus, it can help limit dandruff.
Did you know?
Discovered in 1916, the active colouring ingredient of henna is called lawsone. It reacts with keratin, the protein that makes the hair, providing a long-lasting dye that coats the entire hair shaft. Lawsone acts as a varnish, which explains why the result of a henna colouring depends on the hair colour it’s applied on. Where chemical dyes tend to damage the hair by breaking into it, changing its natural colour, henna and its coating effect help protect, condition and give a lot of shine.
Where does Lush source henna?
Lush purchases red henna from a German company that sources the finest powder from the Sistan and Baluchestan province in Iran. Learn more about these dedicated, expert suppliers here, as well as the challenges they face.
Any question this page doesn’t cover should be answered in this very comprehensive FAQ or in the gripping story of Lush's journey with henna. You can find this high-quality ingredient in our natural hair dye range.