My First Henna Experience

By Kavuli Nyali - Monday, July 30, 2012

I recently decided to join the band wagon and get some henna for my hair. I've heard about all the lovely benefits this powder had, and I was yearning for a rich color for my hair. I went out and bought Glory Henna in Chestnut.
I understood that the henna needs to have something acidic added to it in order for the dye to be released. I checkout around the house, and all I had was a grapefruit and white vinegar. I decided that the juice from one medium grapefruit would do the job.

I mixed until the dye released and added some honey, castor oil and hot water. The consistency was like a thick pudding and it ended up looking like this.

I applied this mixture to my hair from roots to tips. It actually wasn't as messy as I thought it would be, but I still lined the bathroom floor with newspaper to be sure. I didn't get any pictures of my hair with the henna in since I was home alone. Please remember to wear gloves when applying your henna. I forgot my gloves and had to work very fast to keep my hands from turning chestnut brown. I covered my head with cling wrap and a plastic conditioning cap. I covered all of that with a wool hat as well. I then sat under a dryer for 45 minutes to get the process moving along. I left the henna in for a total of 4 hours.

Rinsing was easy and I followed with a moisturizing shampoo. I then allowed my moisturizing conditioner to sit on my head for approximately 30 minutes. My hair was butter soft and had a very rich color to it. I couldn't wait for my hair to dry so that I could see how shiny it would be. I dried pretty fast in my flat twists. Check the picture below to remember what my original hair color was like.

Here is what my hair looks like now after a flat twist out. It's super soft!

The color from a henna treatment gets better with each application, and my hair feels so good right now. I'll be doing another treatment in 2 weeks or so.

What do you think? Will you be trying a henna treatment anytime soon?

Have a Good Hair Day!!!

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