Difference between Hair Color and Henna(Mehendi)

A change is always good isn’t it? And when it’s a change in hair color, it brings a whole lot of difference to one’s personality. The art of hair coloring has been alive since centuries. The only difference being, earlier it only used to be Henna(Mehendi) and now it includes chemical hair colors as well. Both of these have their own perks and drawbacks, so let’s get to know them better.

What is Henna?

Henna, also popularly known as Mehndi, is basically a plant that grows in hot, dry climates. It’s leaves are harvested, dried and grinded into a fine powder that’s made into a paste and is used to color hair, skin and even fingernails. It is one of the most natural forms of hair colors.


How does Henna work?

Henna contains a natural red colouring component, called lawsone. When used to dye hair, the henna paste coats the hair shaft and the lawsone gradually migrate from the henna into the hair shaft through gaps in the hair cuticles, which then binds with keratin and strengthens the cuticles. This results in naturally coloured hair. When done repeatedly, the colour of the hair settles and deepens.

As it is a natural component, it increases the strength of the hair, and the moisture retention capacity is also strengthened. Additionally, scalp condition improves, decreasing hair loss and dandruff. The layering of henna on the surface of the hair protects them from UV rays and pollution, resulting in healthy and shiny hair overall. So all in all, applying Henna can never go wrong.

What is Hair Color?

Permanent hair colouring causes lasting chemical changes to the hair, thus this colour change lasts until the hair grows out or falls out. The most popularly known advantage of chemical dye is that it allows you to change your hair colour as frequently as you want to and also gives you a huge variety in terms of the colours.

As it is a permanent hair colour the chemical dye resists multiple washes and the colour does not fade. While colour retention is good, sometimes the cuticles are damaged and moisture in the hair is reduced, resulting in dry, damaged hair.

How does Hair Color work?

With permanent hair colours, a chemical such as ammonia or a gentler substitute is used to open the scale-like cells of the hair cuticles. Another chemical called the developer is then used to strip the natural hair colour of the melanin and kick off chemical reactions that oxidize and deposit the new colour into the hair cuticle and gives it a fresh new look.

 Hair Colour
Hair Colour

How are they Different?

Now we know Henna is a natural component whereas Hair color is a chemical based component, but is that all we need to know before taking the decision of our life? NO, Definitely NOT!

Below are some points you must take into consideration before making a “dyeing” choice.

ObjectiveHennaHair Color
Effects on HairImproved shine, body and volume of the hair.Chances of split ends and dry hair.
Hair Water RetentionStrengthens water retention capacity.Reduces the moisture.
ColoursNo variety in terms of colour.Huge variety.
Frequent changeCannot be changed very frequently.Can be changed whenever you’re bored.

We hope whatever decision you make works in the favour of your gorgeous hair. And if you are keen on taking any one of the hair colouring choices, let me make it easier for you. Book an appointment with Yes Madam and get a professional to do your hair colour at home in your comfort. Click here to know more.

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