Henna (Lawsonia inermis) is a flowering plant. Henna is a tall shrub or small tree. It produces a red-orange dye molecule called lawsone. This has been used to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather, silk and wool.

In India, henna is used as fresh leaves rather than as dried powder. It’s used in various festivals and celebrations by women and children to make desingns on their hands. It is left on overnight. When it gets dried it leaves a bright red or reddish brown design on the hands, which makes the hands appear beautiful.

Henna has many traditional and commercial uses, the most common being as a dye for hair, skin and fingernails.

Henna has been followed for centuries as the herbal treatment for the hair. It is also useful to control falling hair and dandruff. It promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss. It also conditions the hair. It has a cooling effect on the scalp.

Prepare henna in the following procedure, apply it on the hair, leave it for 1 hour and then wash it off. It not only cools the scalp but also gives good color to the hair.

Things needed for henna paste:
1 cup henna powder (available in any ethnic store)
1 tsp gooseberry powder (it gives nice black shade)
1 tsp black coffee or
1 tsp black tea
Juice of 1 lemon
½ cup curd
10 drops oil

Henna Powder


Mix all of the above items together and leave it for 12 hours. Then apply the paste on the hair. One egg yolk also can be added at the end to make the hair smooth and silky. Leave it on the hair for an hour. Later wash the hair well with a good shampoo and dry it. This definitely gives a good feeling for the hair. As some drops of oil are added while making the paste, it makes even the dry hair smooth and silky.

Henna Paste

Mend those Split Ends

The ends of hair that have split into strands are called Split Ends.

The causes for split ends are:

The natural protective oils of the scalp fail to reach the ends of the hair, as it grows. The reason for this is getting too much exposure to the sun, going through too many shampoos, use of hair dryers and hot irons. The hair gets brittle at the end due to dryness and gives way to split.

Split ends are most often seen in long hair but also occur in short hair that is not in good condition. This can be a problem for anyone trying to grow his or her hair.

The Solution:

The split ends have no permanent cure. The best cure for the split ends is to cut them off. The hair should be trimmed frequently to avoid the split ends. The split ends grows faster than the hair. If they were not treated in time they would spoil the health of the hair.

Exposure to excess heat and too much brushing and combing should be avoided.

If you want to grew your hair long don’t ignore the split ends, because, as they split they also break away making your hair get shorter every time you brush it!

Shake off Dandruff

Dandruff is the common cosmetic concern for many people.

What is Dandruff?

Dandruff is the scaly scurf that forms on the scalp of a person. It is a natural and harmless scalp condition in which the shedding of dead skin cells occurs at an unusually fast rate.

Even though it is not considered to be a disease, it does cause some irritation and embarrassment to the people suffering from it. It even makes the head itchy.

The possible reasons for this are:

1. Oily scalp
2. Stress
3. Nutritional deficiencies
4. Use of certain hair sprays or gels
5. Food allergies
6. Cold weather.

Home remedies to consider:

  • Rub the juice of a lemon or Yogurt well into the scalp, leave it for some time and wash it off.

  • Always try to use clean combs or hairbrushes.

Hair Care

Keeping the hair healthy and beautiful, needs good care. I would like to share some tips that really worked for me.

  • Apply warm oil to the hair once a week and massage it into the scalp and take a shower after one hour. Massaging helps in good blood circulation.

  • Never use blow dryers to dry the hair. Let it dry natuarlly by wrapping a towel around the hair.

  • Instead of coloring the hair with artificial dyes, use the natural henna which also helps in making the hair stronger.

  • Never brush your hair when wet. The hair is more vulnerable when wet and tend to fall off easily.

  • Eat a balanced diet. Include a lot of vegetables in your food, especially greens.

Find some good websites that give information on the hair care in the links section.

About Hair If You Care

A lustrous and healthy hair makes a person look beautiful. If we want to keep our hair healthy and beautiful, we have to take well care of it. There are so many factors that affect the hair in a bad way. Dandruff, head lice, and split ends fall into that category. Of course, the weather conditions or medical conditions also harm the health of the hair. But, if we take some precautions or make use of some remedies, we can prevent the bad state of the hair. I made a little attempt to bundle up all the information that I have known and that I have collected on the web at one place. As a result, this web site has emerged.