Ancient Secrets Meet Modern Needs
The year was 1989, and I was in remission after surviving a bout with cancer. I was in India enjoying my soon-to-be sister-in-law's “Mehendi," the Indian pre-wedding ceremony. During the ceremony, the bride's family adorns the bride with beautiful designs using henna dye. As I saw this beautiful work of art created, only to be washed away by time, I had no idea how important henna would be to my future.
My doctors had advised me not to use permanent hair colouring because of the effects of chemotherapy. I remembered my sister-in-law's wedding, and learned that henna could be used as a natural alternative hair dye. I searched for natural hair dyes, only to find they used harmful chemicals like Hydrogen Peroxide and PPD (paraphenylenediamine) to ensure permanent colour. I wondered: is it really worth risking your life for hair colour that will grow out anyway?