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How Do I Choose the Best Henna Conditioner?

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When choosing the best henna conditioner, it is important to consider personal haircare needs and to also look at the other ingredients used in the conditioner. Henna is used in shampoos and conditioners because it contains properties known to add shine, body, and softness to the hair. Conditioners that use henna as an ingredient typically also include other components, such as almond oil, aloe vera, purified water, biotin extract, and vitamin E. Green tea, cetyl alcohol, glycerin, and essential oils are also often included in a henna conditioner. Like most hair conditioners, henna conditioners are often made with different ingredients that are designed to suit individual haircare needs.

Henna is an ingredient commonly used in haircare products as it is known for its ability to add shine and luster to dull, damaged hair. It also provides body and volume to flat hair and can improve the overall appearance of the hair by adding softness and hydration. Conditioners that contain henna often include other softening ingredients, such as aloe vera and almond oil, and many are naturally-made and free of sulfates. A shampoo made with henna can also be used prior to using the conditioner, however, this is not always necessary.

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Although henna is often one of the main ingredients used in henna conditioner, there are usually other ingredients added to the conditioner that are designed to care for particular haircare needs. A conditioner that contains moisturizing properties, such as aloe vera, coconut oil, almond oil, and jojoba oil is best suited for dry, parched, or damaged hair that is in need of extreme hydration. A moisturizing henna conditioner can weigh down oily or thin hair, however, so it is important to choose this type of conditioner only if the hair is extremely dry.

Hair that is dull or lacks luster should be treated with a henna conditioner that contains a substantial amount of henna or other shine-enhancing ingredients, such as chamomile and biotin. Those who have limp or flat hair should choose a conditioner that contains ingredients that add volume and body, but also does not contain too many emollients or components that can weigh the hair down and make it look greasy. For those who suffer from oily hair, it is best to avoid a henna conditioner that contains too many oils and moisturizing properties.

Many conditioners made with henna are also all-natural and free of sulfates, parabens, and synthetic colors. Natural hair conditioners are ideal for those who prefer a product that is not made with artificial or harsh ingredients that can dry out or irritate the scalp. They are often more environmentally-friendly than commercial conditioners, and many are cruelty-free and avoid the use of animal products, as well.

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ZipLine
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@literally45-- My experience has been the opposite. My hair stylist actually recommended that I use a henna conditioner to extend my hair color which is an auburn red. And the henna conditioner definitely does that. My hair color remains vibrant for longer so I've had to go in for a touch up less often.

The biggest issue with henna conditioner seems to be that many of the products contain chemicals and additives that don't need to be there.

literally45
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@bear78-- Unless the product says that it has a coloring or highlighting effect, that shouldn't happen. Normally, conditioners with henna extract will strengthen hair and give it a shine. It won't change hair color.

But there are also product out there with henna powder that are meant to color hair or highlight it with use. So I urge you to read the product description in detail before purchasing.

bear78
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Does henna conditioner affect the color of hair?

I know that henna naturally produces a red color on skin. And some people use henna paste as a natural hair dye. It can make hair a reddish brown.

I have blonde hair. I have heard of the benefits of henna conditioner but I certainly don't want my hair to take on a red hue. So will that happen if I use henna conditioner?

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