I hope you are keeping well? It's Tuesday morning here. I'm grateful for yet another beautiful day! We have truly been blessed with life.
As I mentioned in my hair regimen post, I use henna for thickening and strengthening my hair.
Henna works to thicken your hair by literally coating the hair shaft and increasing its width. Thicker strands mean thicker fuller hair! Henna also works as an all natural anti-fungal, anti-lice and anti-dandruff agent.
Things you need to know about henna use:
1. Henna is GOOD for your hair! Some users complain about its drying effects. Yes, I agree. Henna can be extremely drying if used incorrectly, but no need to worry, my non-drying recipe is down below.
2. Some brands of henna contain metallic compounds. Yuck! These compounds can literally fry your hair leaving you with a fickle matted mess! Before you buy henna, ensure that it is BODY ART QUALITY. Also known as BAQ. If you can, purchase the Nupur Henna brand here.
3. Deep condition your hair thoroughly after henna application. If you have access to a steamer at your local salon, please do use it! Henna coats the strand, but steam lifts the cuticles and allows moisture to penetrate your hair strand. Less breakage for you my dear, less breakage for you!
So this is my step-by-step recipe:
I've been using it for a long time! These are pictures that I took just before my second year official length check - I've shared pics of my anniversary here! These are pics I took before I knew I'd be writing a hair blog! [Take Away: Take loads of pics to map your hair progress!]
100 Grams of BAQ Henna, Gloves, 1 Plastic Cup, 2 Cups water, 4 Green Tea Bags/lemon juice/acv, Vaseline/Cotton wool for edges, Cheap conditioner, Good deep moisturising conditioner, Honey, Plastic bowl
(Optional) Herbal Hair Mix – Ayurverdic Oils and Herbs
24 hours before treatment is to be applied...
1. Put 100g Henna into bowl
(Optional) 2. Add pinch of each of my 12 essential herbs (Amalaki, Hibiscus, Bay leaves, Basil, Thyme, Triphala, Sage, Shikakai powder, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Nettle, Green Tea w Jasmine)
3. Mix with fork
4. Heat water to just before boiling, add tea bags and steep, remove teabags when cool to touch. If using ACV, add 3 tblspns. If using lemon juice, add 1/4 cup
5. Mix Henna till yoghurt consistency
6. Cover with a plastic seal/Squish out air
7. Set aside to release- overnight next to a heat source is best
24 hours later...
(Optional) 8. Apply Hairgrowth mix : 10 Oils (Coconut, Castor, Amla, Rosemary, Lavendar, Burdock, Bhringaraj, Emu, Brahmi or Jojoba)
9. Set newspaper to floor to handle spills. Henna WILL stain your floors/sinks/walls!
10. Add a tablespoon honey and mix rigorously – colour should be more brown than green
11. Section hair and apply. Oh use gloves if you have nails you care about!
12. Cover with plastic cap
13. Place cotton wool to catch drips
14. Sleep with for 12 hours/ Rock a turban if you have applied it during the day
15. Wash out by dipping in tub/taking a shower. Rinse thoroughly till water is clear. This might take a few minutes!
16. Do not shampoo – Conditioner-wash instead.
17. Apply Moisturizing deep conditioner
18. Sit with it for as long as possible, and if you can STEAM your hair.
19. Rinse out and continue with normal regimen
20. Smile because you are fantabulous!! ;-)
And now for some archived pictures....!!
PS - Post publishing edit:
I recently did an updated version of my henna routine. Feel free to watch it here.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you picked up a tip or two!