Another method of applying henna is called the henna gloss. The henna gloss is ideal for those who want the benefits of a henna treatment, but with and easier rinsing method and less color. A henna gloss is normally a creamier paste made with oil, acid, and conditioner or another creamy ingredient. It can also include teas, herbs, or humectants.
For shoulder length hair of average thickness use 100 grams or 4 ounces of henna. If your hair is longer of thicker you may want to use more.
Add 1-2 cup of hot water, 1/2 cup at a time. Mix until it just forms a paste. You may opt to infuse the water with tea or herbs.
If you want subtle red color add 1-2 Tbsp of an acid such as lemon juice or vinegar to help release the dye from the henna. If you just want conditioning then you can skip this step.
Add 1-2 Tbsp of your favorite oil. If you are adding any additional humectants like honey or agave add 1-2 Tbsp now.
Stir in 1-2 cups of conditioner until the batter is smooth and the consistency of cake/brownie batter. You may opt to use Greek yogurt or coconut milk in place of conditioner.
If you are looking for subtle color cover the gloss mix with plastic wrap and allow to sit for several hours or overnight. If you are just looking to condition use immediately. Apply the gloss to the hair in the shingle technique (the same method as applying a perm) from root to the tip. Cover hair with plastic cap or saran wrap and allow to sit for at least one hour.
Rinse your hair thoroughly until the water runs clear. Then co-wash your hair to remove remaining henna and continue your wash process as normal. As with any recipe you can cater it to your liking. You can use this gloss about once a month.
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