Henna for Natural Hair

So after months of research on Henna for Natural Hair, I decided to check it out for myself. Now please note, that henna is a commitment. It’s natural, but what it does to your hair is permanent. I found CurlyNikki’s website and through A LOT of YouTube research.

Henna on Black HairAbout Henna:
Henna, lawsonia inermis, is a plant. It is a large bush, or small tree, that grows in hot, dry climates. There is evidence from Egypt that henna was regularly used to dye hair five thousand years ago, and may have been used in Jericho as early as eight thousand years ago. Henna was used to keep hair healthy and to color gray hair. Check out Henna for Hair for more info.

Before making a final decision on doing a henna hair treatment, please keep in mind the following points:

Pros
Cons
Can make hair stronger
Application process is LONG!
Stop hair breakage
Can’t lighten hair color
Shinier Hair
Can make hair dry
May loosen curl pattern
May loosen curly pattern
Can darken hair
No guarantee of final color

 


Yes I have “May loosen curly pattern” under Pros and Cons. Some people may want their curls a little looser (like me) others… not so much. But there is no guarantee any of the above will happen. Another thing about henna conditioning is that you can’t really guarantee what color will come out. If you have black hair, chances are your hair will stay black (maybe even darker). In some lights you may have a red/auburn glow/halo around your hair – but that’s about it. If your hair is lighter or brown you’ll definitely see a l’il sumthin’, sumthin’ LOL. To sum it up, henna dye/conditioning isn’t for everybody.

Time is definitely a big factor. I’ve mentioned time and time again that I am LAZY and to grate, mix, apply, wait, wash out, deep condition and style my hair was crazy! Also, henna is permanent. It bonds with your hair so, you have to keep at it or grow it out.

So here’s what I did:

  1. Co-washed my hair, detangled an separated into twists (24)
  2. I bought my henna from LUSH Cosmetics
  3. Grate the entire bar in a bowl
  4. Poor boiling water and started mixing until it had a pudding/cream consistency
  5. I would unravel a row of twists and smoosh the product into my hair (no raking, or combing in – keep the hair manipulation to a minimum)
  6. Once entire head was done and would fold my hair up and wrap plastic wrap around my head.
  7. I also put two smaller shower caps (to keep secure and for extra coverage)
  8. 12 hours later, I filled my double kitchen sink with warm/hot water and dunked my head in.
  9. Move from side to side and use your fingers a little to get it out (I ended up re-filling the sink 3x on each side)
  10. Get a cheap moisturizing/hydrating conditioner and get to rinsing (Why cheap? because you end up using the entire bottle – that henna is everywhere)
  11. Once it’s rinsed out completely, I applied a deep conditioning treatment and cap – staying under the dryer for an hour. (make sure to do this if you have dry hair to begin with, because henna is VERY drying)
  12. I then applied one of my handy styling products to make my twists and sealed with a coconut oil/water mix. (The picture above is a twist out 3 days after application)


Results…

  1. No color change (I saw a bit of burgundy in certain parts of my hair in certain lights), but all-in-all it was just black.
  2. My hair definitely looked/felt thicker and softer
  3. More “bounce” to my hair
  4. My curl pattern was loosened slightly, and my roots were smooth
  5. For the first time since I stopped relaxing, I can put my hair up in pony tail without it being drenched, flat ironed or bombarded with product.

Final thoughts…

I am officially a henna head! I love it and once I’ve done a few applications, I will move on to monthly henna gloss treatments.

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2 Responses to Henna for Natural Hair

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  2. DJ Beavers says:

    If you love henna go to mehandi.com. I love lush products but this henna from mehandi is art quality henna. Theres no comparision. You will love it!! theres no grating. Its ready to be mixed.

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