Thursday, April 5, 2012

Henna Time! (Part 1)

I wanted to henna one more time so that I could have a fresh red tint before I go on vacation.  With each application, I seem to be getting better with what works best for me.

What did I use?
3 packs of green tea
2 tablespoons of 100% pure honey
2 plastic shower caps
3 grocery bags
2 old towels
1 box 100g BAQ Jamila Henna

 Most people like to let the henna sit over night before applying but I don't have that much time or patience.  I boiled 3 packs of green tea for approximately 3 hours.  I added the honey right before pouring in the green tea right off the stove. This allows for immediate dye release.  As a side note, I added the honey because I read on that it naturally lightens the hair. I mixed the Jamila Henna Powder 3.5oz (100g) until I can get it as smooth as possible.

Then I covered it and let it set for about 20 mins.  During that time, I lay two towels on the floor of my bathroom (things can get pretty messy and place two grocery bags on my bathroom sink.)  Then, I hopped in the shower and shampooed my hair with Tui Moisturizing Sulfate-Free Shampoo.  I detangled my hair with my detangling brush with the shampoo still in my hair.

After shampooing, I stirred the henna one more time and noticed that there was dye release meaning that it was looking more orange-brown than green.  Then, I separated my hair into four sections and separated each of those sections into three for a total of 12 sections.  The henna was still very warm so I was able to easily smooth the henna from root to end.  I would say that it took about 30 minutes to apply it to my entire head while wearing gloves. The henna will stain your hands and nails.  After application, I covered my hair with a plastic shower that did not fit my entire head so I ended up covering that with a grocery bag.

I'm telling you that henna treatments are very relaxing. It feels good on your scalp and I guess there's something about taking out time for yourself when you spent the entire week doing everything for everybody else.

The henna was left on my hair for 4 hours. Henna has left my hair pretty dry in the past so I thought that leaving it on for a shorter period of time may rectify this.  And it did.  This is only my 3rd time doing a henna treatment but, last time, I left it in overnight.  Leaving it in for only 4 hours, made it much easier to wash out.  It reduced my rinsing time from 1 hour to 20 minutes.  On top of that, my hair felt soft and conditioned. Once rinsed out, I applied Carol's Daughter Tui Hair Smoothie (8 oz) and smoothed it through with my detangling brush.  Then, I placed another plastic shower cap on my head and left that in for 1 hour.

What I did next will be described in part 2 of this series.  Watch out for my review of the curly girl method and Eco Styler gel! Pictures of the henna with the Eco Styler gel are coming soon!

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