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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
- 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?