Monday, July 11, 2011

Mehndi (Henna) as a hair dye?

Friends, Too hot here.There is a heat wave warning tomorrow. The temperature is going to be 103 degrees (sweat, sweat!). I attended a Satyanarayan Pooja last Saturday. The energy dissipated was so powerful, it has to be experienced by one and all. Felt good. On Sunday, I watched the movie Delhi Belly with a few friends. Laugh riot all the way! My rating *****!
Mehndi has many uses. Applying mehndi on hands as traditional design is an important Vedic custom as a symbolic representation of the Outer and the Inner Sun. It's mostly applied on a bride's hands and legs and also on her girl friends hands during weddings. Until recently in rural areas in India, women ground fresh henna leaves on grinding stone with added oil, which brings much darker colors. Today, the adulterated version it is readily available in the market.  However, I used mehndi for a totally different purpose. I used it on my hair!

This secret recipe of a hair conditioner cum color was given to me by a beautician. The mixture has to be kept overnight in an Iron "kadai" for it to emit the deep burgundy color. As you can see, it resembles fresh cow dung. he he. It's smells bad too! But it gives the hair the healthy look and shine that is every girl's dream. After many applications, the red hues in the hair make it look like highlights in the hair. Let's hope I get that look soon!


  1. Maya, I have stopped using Henna as conditioner long time back as it made my hair DRY:)Maybe the product we get here is not that great... i dunno...

    but Good luck to you!


  2. Wow Delhi belly in the kitchen and hair yikes he he he

  3. @Anonymous

    Thanks Van. I had tried it sometime agao and liked it. Will let you know.

  4. Anu, No Delhi Belly. Safe kitchen! Come on over, I will serve you some Shena. Lol!