I’ve always loved henna even when my hair was relaxed. This is because henna would gently color and strengthen my chemically processed hair. Other chemical dyes when applied on my hair would leave it dry and prone to breakage. Chemical dyes also require a professional colorist to get it right (can you say expensive :-PWhen I went natural, I tried to use henna-water mixture but it left my hair hard, dry and it was difficult to remove the henna particles when washing it off 🙁 but I was determined to use henna on my hair because there are many benefits to using henna on hair:
- It colors without using harsh chemicals such as ammonia
- It strengthens hair
- It promotes hair growth
- It repairs damaged strands
- It locks in moisture and nutrients
After a few touch-and-go failed henna DIYs. I turned to henna gloss. It turned out to be a best solution for the natural haired me.
A gloss is a coloring system that for hair. It colors the hair subtly and deep conditions it too . I love it because it adds color and shine but does not leave it dry. The addition of conditioner to the henna powder rather than water, turns the henna into a gloss. To make it more moisturizing , natural oils are added.
What you will need for the Henna gloss
- 100g of Henna
- 1 cup of conditioner
- 1 tablespoon of castor oil (optional)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil (optional)
- 1 tablespoon of honey(optional)
- 1 old toothbrush (if you are trying to colour gray/white hairs)
- Plastic/rubber gloves (it can get messy)
- Plastic wrap (to stop the gloss from dripping onto your clothes)
- 4 or more section clips
- Head scarf
- 2 Old t-shirts (1 for application-it can get messy, 1 for drying hair after wash)
)Mixing and Applying the Henna
Add the henna and the conditioner first. Ensure it is the texture of cake batter (or baby poop…dare I say)
Add oils and honey and stir with spoon.
Put the bowl with the mixture in a hot water bath as you section hair into 4 or more quadrants.
Take one section and start applying the mixture starting from the ends all the way to the roots. Cover your hands in order to avoid staining them. The stains are hard to get rid off.
Take small sections of the sectioned hair between the palms of your hands. And slide your palms together in an upwards downwards motion. This is to ensure the product covers the hair strands from roots to edges.
Repeat for each mini section and for each major sectioned hair.
Use the toothbrush to apply the henna gloss on stubborn white hairs.
Wrap your hair with cling film and put head scarf.
Leave it on for a minimum of 4 hours if you are using the henna dye for color-if possible overnight.
Rinse afterwards and air dry.
What you should know about henna gloss:
- The longer the henna gloss stays on your hair, the more colour it will have.
- Don’t be a ninja, use gloves-your hands will stain if you don’t
- Henna will darken your hair and any hair color you may have used previously
- It will color any white or gray hairs you may have
- Do henna glosses every three weeks, any more than that may result in hard hair that will be prone to breakage
Henna glosses strengthens hair, makes it shine and gives it volume. It also reduces frizziness. The addition of honey gives your hair a better curl definition.
Whether you are transitioning or a new natural, try a henna gloss for soft shiny manageable hair.
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