How To| Henna Natural Hair + Benefits

by West Parsons on December 7, 2013 · 13 comments

in hair care, henna, recipes, youtube

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Henna is a natural conditioner made of powdered leaves which are known to increase strand thickness, loosen the curl pattern of naturally kinky, coily or curly hair and can add a reddish brown hue to hair if your natural color is light enough.

When selecting henna, it is best to use body art quality (BAQ).. It is also important to note henna will leave your hair very brittle, similar to a protein treatment, but worse. Because of this, you should have copious amounts of rinsing conditioner at your disposal.

These days, I don’t do much measuring of anything — henna included. I judge by eye and consistency.  If is is too thin, considering the length of time it must be worn, the product will drip everywhere and stain your skin, furniture and sheets and #ThatAintHot. For henna, the consistency of a thick paste is best.

jamila henna 5 Brew one cup of tea and allow the bag to marinate for 15 minutes. Black tea or chamomile is best. You may also use plain water. Note, the more acidic your liquid, the more drying the mixture will be to your hair. jamila henna 4 jamila henna 3 In a glass or plastic bowl mix the henna, tea, coconut oil, and olive oil and stir with a plastic or wooden utensil. Avoid using containers and utensils which are porous since henna will stain.

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Allow the henna to rest for at least 1 hour after mixing. Use of a heating pad also helps the henna release the dye more quickly.

Apply the paste to your hair in sections using gloves. Be sure you are applying the mixture in a location where there are no stain-able fibers (carpet, rug, etc.) on the ground or near by and are wearing clothing that you don’t mind being stained. Once applied, wrap your hair with saran wrap tightly to help secure your hair, especially if you have length. Follow with a plastic cap and then a towel or heating cap. Allow the henna to work for at least 2 hours (I prefer overnight) and then rinse. Use a co-wash method with a cheapie conditioner. Gentle shampoo if desired. Once the water runs clear, follow with a uber moisturizing deep conditioner and leave on for as long as you can stand. YAM Nectar Intense Honey Nourishing Conditioner is the only treatment I’ve reviewed that can actually combat the drying affect of henna, leaving soft manageable hair. Rinse, moisturize and style as usual.

This is a super old video (which will be updated) from my channel, wwestNDNbeautyy. I thought I’d share anyway to help in understanding the process. The additional information below helps explain the video.

Henna Recipe (featured in video)
  • 1 pack of Dulhan (Body Art Quality Henna/BAQ)
  • 3 tablespoons of Jojoba Oil
  • 6 table spoons of Castor Oil
  • 2 tablespoons of Shea Butter
  • 3 tablespoons of Aloe Vera Juice
  • 2 tablespoons of Honey
  • 1 teacup of Black Tea or Chamomile  Tea
  • 1 Heating Pad
  • Jojoba/Castor/Shea Butter/Aloe Vera Juice/Honey – All of these ingredients are added in attempts to combat the straw-like feel that often results from using henna.
  • Tea – To help develop mixture consistency.
  • Heating Pad – Helps in the process of releasing the dye at a faster pace.
  • Dulhan Henna – This brand appears to be well sifted and washed out very easily. Typically, I rinse my hair with conditioner approx 5 times and I usually still have some sand-like grit remaining. Using this brand, I was impressed that my hair actually was completely clean once I finished rinsing using a cheapie conditioner.
  • Steamer – The steamer helps in the speeding up the absorption and coating of her hair.
  • Plastic Spoons & Bowls – I am just not comfortable using metal items with the henna, although I hear it is safe.
  • Storage – Made too much?  Henna can be stored in your freezer for the next use for weeks on end. The longest I have stored is 3 months.  Just defrost using the heating pad and you should have a very potent mix!

For those of you who henna, what do you add to your mixture?



Anonymous October 25, 2010 at 5:53 am

so how did your henna treatment with the steamer go? softer hair? more intense color? details, details, details puh-leeeeze 😀

westNDNbeauty October 25, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Well I use the steamer simply for the purposes of speeding up the process of dye release and coating the strands. Without the steamer, I leave the henna on for 8-10 hours.

Steaming simply cuts that time down to half.

My hair wasn't necessarily softer with the use of the steamer. I think all the oils, etc. I used is what contributed to the reduced straw-like feel.

I'm able to get the same results using the same ingredients if I leave it on for a longer time.

nika August 15, 2011 at 5:34 am

So did you deep condition afterwards? Or was it not necessary after putting the oils and such?

westNDNbeauty August 15, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Yes. I did DC afterwards. Even still, that one DC is never enough.

ChrLvsBks October 25, 2010 at 11:39 pm

I add green tea, EVOO and a shea mix (shea & lots of oils). Many times, I just add tea.

new2natural October 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm

I just henna'd with the steamer today! I LOVES it! Yes, LOVES!

I mixed henna with lemon juice & hot water before work. Then when I came home, I put in Jonathan conditioner, aloe vera juice, hemp seed oil, Aussie Moist, and liquid silk. This was my first time trying this particular concoction. I usually use yogurt and honey.

This beat everything hands down! I put it on my hair, let it sit for an hour, then steamed for 30 minutes and rinsed out. This will be my new henna regimen from now on.

I only henna 1x/month.

Anonymous March 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I use the Dulhan henna– the same henna you use. I add coconut milk and honey.

Chandra December 9, 2013 at 12:09 am

Interesting mix! I’ve henne’d for over 4 years and I’ve never heard of using the chammoile tea, what are the benefits? I may try that out? I typicall Dulhan henna with Green Tea, Amla powder,Fenugreek Powder,Marshmallow root powder, and Extra virgin olive oil. I recently added Rose water for its benefits.

Mitchellzee December 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm

A fellow henna head! I always co-wash my henna out so I can avoid the overly dry feeling. I also like to add honey to my DC which makes a huge difference in how my hair feels afterwards. I’m due for another henna/indigo treatment this month to cover my greys. Just wish the process didn’t take so long.

Mochacurls December 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

I usually substitute coconut milk for water and receive softer results. In addition, I usually add aloe vera gel, honey and a bit of shea butter to help combat dryness but my hair is still dry just not as dry. I’ve been experimenting with conditioners and my mix of Trader Joe’s nourishing spa and Aubrey’s Organics white camellia seem to do the trick. During my last henna session, I applied vatika oil to the length of my hair prior to applying the henna and my hair is extremely soft. It was my best session ever! I hope it wasn’t just a fluke!

Dana May 20, 2014 at 11:22 am

Thank you for this blog post! I’m doing a report for school about natural hair dye methods and this was very informative. As well as a school project, I am also interested in using henna to color my hair instead of using harmful dyes.

Kiana January 19, 2015 at 7:59 pm

I have a ton of hair… I’ve always had to use two boxes of dye with store bought dyes. Will one packet of jamila henna be enough? Should I get a second package?

West Parsons January 23, 2015 at 9:17 pm

That depends on the size of the henna packaging. You can always mix with an amount of conditioner which will stretch the mixture and allow it cover the entirety of your hair.