Henna Gloss Treatment
A few days ago, I decided to try out henna to darken and condition my hair. I am a faithful follower of the blog Moptop Maven. This blog is a MUST for natural haired girls, well any girl. Nikole’s blog is in my top 3 . I followed her Henna gloss tutorial. She made it easy for a Henna virgin such as myself. Here is some info on Henna.
What is Henna?
Henna is a plant that dyes hair, skin, and fabric organically. It is extracted from a tree by drying and grinding leaves and stems.
What does Henna do?
Henna dyes and conditions your hair. It will stain your hair red-orange, but don’t freak out, this stain is translucent and will combine with your natural color. So, sistas with hair that is #2, #4, 1B or #1 (sorry for the weave color reference, but I couldn’t help myself) it really wont change the color of your hair much. You might have a reddish hue, like a rinse over your dark hair color when you step into sun light, but that’s about it. It didn’t change my hair color at all, since my hair is already jet black. A word of caution before you apply Henna, if you plan on lightning your hair in the near future, consult a hair color specialist first since Henna is permanent.
What are the benefits of Henna?
Henna is one of the best conditioners around. It will help strengthen, thicken and temporarily loosen your natural curl pattern (for some girls it tightens, but it just depends on your hair)
Henna Gloss Treatment
I followed the Moptop Maven’s Henna Gloss Recipe, but I used the conditioners I had in my house. Here is the recipe just in case you are too lazy to follow the link.
200G Henna [two boxes]
1/2 Cup Hello Hydration Conditioner
1 Cup Lustrasilk Mango & Shea Butter Conditioner
1/2 Cup of Brahmi Oil added to mixture before applying the Henna on my hair
Here is what I did. I went to the local Indian Grocer here in Dallas (Taj Mahal in Richardson) I got 1 bag of Karishma Heena , 600G for only $5.
NOTE: If you have relaxed hair use body art quality Henna only.
I put about 1/3 of the bag (200G) into a large plastic bowl and sealed up the rest for future use. Next I mixed the powder with 2 cups of hot green tea. NOTE: Mixing the Henna with green tea instead of water is supposed to darken the color of the Henna
Then, I added 1/2 cup of Cantu Shea Butter conditioner and 1 cup of Parneuv Organic Hair Mayonnaise.
Then I added in 1/2 cup of Bhringaraj oil
I stirred the mixture together in a large bowl until smooth, try to get all of the lumps out because it makes it easier to rinse out of your hair in the end.
Be sure the use plastic gloves because it’s really messy and will stain your fingernails. Ok, so after that’s mixed you are supposed to seal the bowl and let the color release for 24 hours. I was waaay to impatient for that and plus my hair is already jet black. I wanted to use the henna more as a conditioner than anything else anyway, so I didn’t let it sit 24 hours 😦 . I know, I know I’m bad. Next, I put down some trash bags on the floor of my bathroom to not make a mess and I parted my hair into even sections and applied the Henna gloss generously to each section. Then, I covered my hair with a plastic cap and let it sit for and hour. **random side note, my boyfriend walks in the house as I’m applying the henna to my hair, opens the bathroom door, takes one look at me and my heena filled head, and turns around and walks out of the house! He prefers to stay away when I do my hair experiments or else talk his ear off and tell him all about it lol**Afterward, I rinsed the Henna gloss out, applied my yes to cucumbers leave in, a little coconut oil and let my hair air dry.
It really softened and thickened my hair a lot, but best of all it “weighed” my hair down so my curls are heavier and looser. I love it! I will definitely make this a part of my hair regimen and apply every 6 weeks.