I won a box of henna from my BBF Natural Review several months prior and just got around to doing a henna treatment. Henna application can be quite a whole day process so I wanted to make sure it was a day where the kids were away and I had no obligations. I opted to do a henna gloss over the traditional henna treatment. The gloss method is easier to apply and rinse out.
So on with the show…
1 box Jamila henna 100 grams
1 tea bag Chamomile
8 oz hot water
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner w/ aloe & avocado
I poured the henna into a cheap plastic, non reactive bowl, that I use for all my hair treatments. Next I heated one cup of hot water in the microwave for one minute. I placed the tea bag in the cup of hot water and let it steep for about five minutes. After I removed the tea bag I poured the tea into the bowl containing henna while stirring until it was fully blended.
Then I added the lime juice and vinegar. You can add any acid of your choice. I planned to only use lime juice, but I did not have enough. I stirred it in completely before adding in the oil.
Next I covered the mixture and allowed it to sit for 6 hours to release the dye from the henna. I added the condish to the mix then applied it to my hair using color applicator bottle which helps keep the mess of application to a minimum.
I covered my hair with 2 plastic caps and let it sit for 3 hours. To remove the henna from my hair I ran a shallow bath and dunked my hair into it. I used my fingers to gently massage and separate my hair coaxing the henna out. After 5 minutes I sat up let the water out and repeated again for a second time. After the second time I turned on the shower and ran water over my head until I was sure then henna had been removed.
After the henna was completely rinsed out, I treated my hair to a DIY deep conditioning treatment Hair Guacamole. You should always follow a henna treatment with a good deep conditioner because henna while strengthening is also very drying even when doing a henna gloss.
After all this time an effort I can say that my hair feels AWESOME! My curls feel alive, vibrant, and stronger! This is def going into my regular regi, maybe once every 2-3 months. So if you are thinking about giving henna a try, or maybe revisiting it after a bad experience, I hope you give this method a try.