1st Henna Experience
Hello my curlies and non-curlies,
We hear many naturalistas talk about the joy of using Henna; I've mentioned wanting to try in the past but never got around to it until now. I wanted to make sure I was doing it correctly so I researched some YouTube videos for the mix. I saw a lot of ladies using tea and other ingredients, letting it sit overnight before applying it to the head, then sleeping with it in. I just didn't have the time for all of that, but was anxious to put in and cover my greys. Thankfully, I found an article where a woman used Coconut milk, and quickly remember the can I purchased that was still in the cabinet.
For the mix:
- Henna with Rose (5.3oz). I took out about a cup and gave to a friend so I didn't end up using the whole thing. In the future, I can ration it out as needed.
- 1 can of Coconut Milk
- 1 cup of hot water
- Let sit for 4 hours
As previously mentioned, I've read the dye doesn't release for 8 hours, but mine started releasing way earlier than that. As a matter of fact, I mixed, covered, and let it sit while I ran errands. Within that time, I noticed red lines in the mixture.
The package says to apply on clean hair so I cleansed my hair before using The Mane Choice - Give It To Me Straight Shampoo, Conditioner, and Detangler, and used Moisturize Me to style. However, I did see people applying the Henna on old hair. The only reason I used this line instead of the one for curls is because I have more of this than the other. I separated about 8 sections in preparation for the Henna, small sections are better to work through than large for me.
I applied the Henna to each section from root to end, and then placed it in a high bun. Put a plastic cap over my head for an hour, removed the cap, and sat under my steamer for a 20 minute cycle. I rinsed it out twice using the remainder of my As I Am cowash, and with Tresemme conditioner making sure the water wasn't brown anymore. I can tell you that my hair was noticeably softer to the touch; I'm definitely adding this to my hair regimen.
In the video, you'll hear me talk about a horseshoe method using flexi-rods, and here is where I got it from Horseshoe Method. I love the curl the flexi-rod gives, but my hair is never fully dry when I take them down; I've yet to find the rod that gives me the best curl. I used different color rods for a variety of curls throughout my head; some work for me and some don't. Later that day, I put my hair up so I could go swimming, and the latter pics are of the next day.
Until next time.....Shauntay