The original henna is obtained by grinding to powder the leaves and the sprigs of a plant, Lawsonia inermis. This henna is well known all over the world and is used to decorate the skin and to dye the hair red-brown. There is also the neutral henna, obtained from another plant, Cassia obovata. This henna is colorless, rich in tannins and vitamins especially C and K, and lends itself to the preparation of mask for skin and hair. It has indeed astringent, antiseptic and tonic properties. If applied on the face as a mask it can reduce the wrinkles, helps nourish and sooth the skin. Try to mix 10 g of colorless neutral henna in a little hot water, stir with a spoon and let it cool down, then add a plant based oil able to hydrate the skin, such as wheat germ oil, and apply on the face. Let it rest for ten minutes, then rinse. As a hair mask neutral henna can be helpful in case of dandruff, oily skin, brittle and thin hair. Neutral henna acts by strengthening the hair and by giving them volume without modifying the color, it makes the hair glossy and silky, moreover it acts with antifungal and antibacterial properties in order to purify the scalp. Dilute the neutral henna powder in hot water, for middle length hair 100 g of henna in 300 ml of water is the indicative dose, mix all the ingredients and the result should have the consistency of a yogurt. Apply on dry hair from the roots to the ends. Cover the hair with a plastic wrap and let the mask rest for an hour, then rinse.
Tonic, astringent, antiseptic and purifying action, useful to treat wrinkles and smooth the skin, able to strengthen the hair, indicated in case of brittle hair, it makes them glossy, silky and with volume, able to purify the oily skin, useful in case of dermatitis of the scalp