|Fleurtzy of TexturePlayground‘s Beautiful Hennaed Curls|
Ebony: Why don’t you shampoo the henna out of your hair instead of just co-washing it out? I also have heard about that stripping feeling that you shared from others. I’ve read the wonderful properties, but it just seems that something so good would not have your hair feeling like straw. Any other product that would make our hair feel like that (a conditioner, for example) we’d throw it out immediately. It just seems it CAN’T be good – even though i’ve read so much contrary to that. I have purchased some Jamila Henna and will be trying it next week, but am a little nervous.
West: Don’t be nervous. On the contrary, the way your hair feels after using henna is the same as it would feel when using a serious protein treatment. Proteins and henna behave similarly; they both build on your strands to strengthen your hair. Unfortunately, this building of molecules causes the hair to feel straw-like and hard. That is the purpose of following up with a conditioning rinse. I’m sure you could use shampoo to rinse the henna but that would be an extra step. If you have ever used a protein treatment, you know that you absolutely must follow with a moisturizing deep conditioner other wise your hair will be hard, brittle and straw-like, this is the same when using henna. Check out CurlyNikki’s Henna Pictorial on her process of using Jamila Henna.