Monday, November 16, 2015

Chemical vs Henna

Many women and men think nothing of dying their hair. It may be to cover up grey, expressing yourself in a funky shade or finding your younger self back. In an ideal world, you can simply select the colour you prefer and there will be absolutely no side effects or anything.
Unfortunately, we live in a toxic world where everything comes with a price and there is not exception in beauty. Hair dye is definitely not an exception. As a matter of fact, I am going to compare the advantages and disadvantages of hair dye and henna right now to show you why henna would be a better choice for long term colour maintenance for your hair.
Hair Dye Advantages
  • Wide variety of colours. You can literally go from red to blue to purple within a year and the results can be simply breath taking! Colours makes everyone happy right? Okay… Let’s move on to the next one.
  • Tired of seeing your black hair all day as you look into the mirror, combing you hair? You will never know if you look good in blonde or blue unless you step out of your comfort zone and try it out! (You can also photoshop yourself to see if you suit red or orange before you dye your hair hehehehehe)

  • You can achieve customised results if you use chemical hair dye. Your personal style can really impress everyone around you and …. wow, that hair though. Henna could NEVER!
Hair Dye Disadvantages

  • Do you really want to sacrifice your nice healthy hair for coloured locks which are dry and brittle?

  • Coloring your hair requires major adjustments for those who love to style their hair. Because color treatments are big bad wolves to the hair, you have to limit your hair styles to simple brushing or using moisturizing products. Try not to use heat to style the hair. Heat will ruin the ends of your hair. It will also weaken the hair follicles, causing thinning and breaking.
  • Millions of people already have upper respiratory allergies from pollen, mold, and chemicals. Studies have shown that those susceptible to lung inflammation will be at increase risk for the development of asthma when using commercial hair dye.Persulfates are chemicals found in bleaching agents and hair dye and most commercial hair products contain a whopping 60% of them! Continued inhalation of persulfates can lead to persistent cough, throat discomfort, wheezing, lung inflammation, and full-blown asthma attacks.
    Ammonia is another common contributor to asthma attacks when using hair dye. In high concentrations, it can easily exacerbate pre-existing breathing conditions.
  • Dying your hair can lead to the development of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph tissue. This cancer is often found in the lymph nodes,spleen, and bone marrow. As it spreads, it begins to affect immune system function and the body’s ability to fight infection.According to data retrieved from the National Cancer Institute, 30% of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cases are caused by regular use of commercial hair dye. 4-ABP is a hair dye byproduct that has also been proven to have carcinogenic effects. The byproduct is commonly found in blonde, red, and black hair dyes but may not be listed on the label.
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As someone who is working in the hair care industry, many have expressed their regrets for regular chemical hair dye. They have bright and beautiful looking hair in exchange for sensitive scalp that gets itchier and itchier the more they go for hair dye sessions. Do you want brightly coloured hair with scalp that itches badly that can even cause your scalp to bleed? Or would you prefer  lovely red hair with scalp that is healthy and clean thanks to henna and proper hair care maintenance?
Now, let’s see what henna is capable of.

Henna Advantages
  • Applying henna makes hair glossy, healthy and voluminous. It’s like a two-in-one hair dye and hair pack!
  • It repairs the damaged hair strands and restores the acid-alkaline balance of the scalp.
  • It is acts like a hair conditioner that protects the hair strands by building a protective layer and locking the nutrients and moisture.
 (Coloured with henna. Results may vary.)

  • It is the best and safest way to color your hair that has no ammonia, chemicals, and toxins.
  • Henna can be used to treat dandruff and scalp infections effectively.
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Henna Disadvantages
  • Colours are not as bright! But it is a price to pay for healthy and beautiful coloured hair after all.
  • Limited choice of colours. Henna is a reddish-brown dye that only contains one dye molecule, a red-orange one. Thus the colours you can achieve are quite limited. It can only range from black, brown and red as other herbs such as indigo will be added to the henna mix to produce brown and black. The henna dye powders that offers blonde and more are usually compound hennas.
  • It gets really messy during the application process. You might want to get someone to assist you in applying the henna mix. Washing henna off has to be a thorough process as well. So why not get someone experienced in hair dye application to help you with these two processes? (wink wink)
If you are convinced that henna is for you, search for the right kind of henna as compound henna does NOT play nice with commercial hair dye and other chemical residue in hair. 
People who have itching, blisters, or serious allergic reactions to para-phenylenediamine hair dyes often want to change over to henna hair dyes. 

Compound henna reacts wildy with synthetic hair dyes and other chemical hair products!  If you use compound henna soon after you have done your hair with para-phenylenediamine dyes, your hair may be brittle, trashed, and may turn frog butt green or offshore sewage outlet black.  Compound hennas have metallic salts which react disasterously with the ammonia in synthetic  hair dye. Problem is … many pre-mixed henna powders do NOT have these ingredients listed!
If you have used compound henna to colour your hair and you would like to switch to chemical hair dye, the only way would be to wait for your coloured hair to grow out first. Beauty requires patience. So be patient and don’t harm yourself unnecessarily. 
Read the full article here.
The kind of henna you will be looking for would be known as BAQ(Body Art Quality) Henna. BAQ Henna is pure henna with the highest natural dye content and perfect sift is used for body art.
BAQ Henna is,
  • Henna that has a very high natural dye content
  • Henna that is very finely cleaned, ground and sifted
  • Henna that is pure:  ONLY dried, powdered lawsonia inermis leaves
  • Body Art Quality henna is often referred to as BAQ henna
The best 10% of henna is reserved for body art.  Henna for body art must have a higher dye content and finer sift, so artists can make fine patterns with deep long-lasting stains.
For more information and the full article click here
Here in Lao Fo Ye, we go provide henna colouring as well. Do not worry, I am just educating you about the benefits of henna today. If you are curious about our henna treatment, you can give us a call at +65 6 3838 333 or view the video below to check out our henna coloruing process. You can see that her colour of her hair is more even as compared to before!
LaoFoYe’s Natural Henna Based coloring consist of a combination of herbs including henna which oxidizes when mixed with water and forms a wrap around the hair stem without changing or damaging the structure of the hair. Colors are usually permanent on those parts that have been treated.
If you are interested in doing henna colouring with Lao Fo Ye, call us now at 6 3838 333 or book an appointment with us! We are located at the Bencoolen (Opposite OG Albert), Bugis.

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