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Friday, September 6, 2013

Henna on Natural Hair (My Experience)

My hair type: 4c

Hair Color: Black

Henna Used: Rajasthani Twilight

Purchased from: Mehandi.com


How to Mix
  1. 100G of Mehandi Henna for short to back length hair (200g for back length to waist length and beyond)
  2. 1 cup of black tea
  3. Half a lemon (acidity is for color release)
Mix in a large bowl until it looks like this:
Cover with plastic bag or saran wrap and let the henna sit overnight make sure the henna mix is fully covered if it is exposed to the air it will dry up. Letting the henna sit overnight allows for the color to release, the longer the henna sits the more effective it is.

 Applying the Henna
In the morning after the henna has sat for a few hours, I add 1tbs Honey, 2tbs Olive Oil. This helps to keep my hair moisturized since the Henna can be very drying. I put gloves on because henna stains, and I make sure that the floors and counters are covered before I start the process. I apply henna to my freshly washed dry hair starting from root to tip. I use the entire mixture and make sure that my hair is fully coated. I cover my hair with a plastic cap and let it sit for 6-7 hours. I don't sleep with the Henna on my hair because it stains and I don't like sleeping with stuff in my hair, I'm too wild for that. After the 7hrs are up I rinse my hair out in the shower, it took me about an hour to get all Henna out of my hair. Henna can be very drying but once I applied my deep conditioner it was instantly soft. I followed up with my leave in, moisturizer then styled as usually.

The Benefits of Henna
Henna is most often considered as a natural dye. Body Art Quality Henna is usually your best bet at pure henna. Any Henna that promises a certain hair color may not be 100% natural. It is also great for strengthening, conditioning and adding shine. Some people have reported that Henna loosens the hair texture, I would say that this would apply to someone with type 3 hair. I personally have 4c hair and even a super duper strength perm could barely get this thing straight.

My Experience with Henna


BEFORE EVER USING HENNA (slightly damp)

BEFORE EVER USING HENNA (DRY)
AFTER MY FIRST APPLICATION
AFTER FIRST HENNA APPLICATION (CLOSE UP)


ATER 2ND HENNA TREATMENT
(Took my twists out after washing, just used a leave in, you can definitely see the color change)

Moisturized chunky twist out
(today 09/07/2013)
My Thoughts on Henna
I like it, right off the bat I noticed that my hair shed less, it absorbed moisture a lot better. I want to try it a few more times to see if my hair is really strengthened, but I have noticed less breakage. The color change is subtle, but I like it. I really wasn't doing this to change the color of my hair but its a plus. I didn't notice any texture changes, and my hair felt super soft after conditioning. The only downside is that it takes so long to rinse out.

Check out this Video for my updated thoughts on Henna.