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Preparing for summer with a henna treatment

Reshma Henna for hair

Time for a hair post! It’s been forever right? My hair has long left behind the TWA stage finally and I’ve been enjoying this medium length hair as it gives me different shapes depending on the treatment it gets. I still haven’t tried many other styles other than my wash and go and various pinup types but I’m vowing to try and perfect the twistout this summer! I may need to play around with some protective styling (ugh) to help with length retention. Speaking of summer, this is the season that many of us dabble in colour to brighten up our look and switch it up for the season of beach parties and BBQs. I’m not sure where the tradition of me applying to henna to my hair before I bleach it came about. Somewhere in my mind I think that the strengthening and conditioning properties of henna help to prepare the hair for the brutality of the bleach. For there isn’t any other way to get the colours I like without le bleach! What are these properties I speak of? Let’s look a little bit at why henna is so good for our hair. 

Henna is an all natural, plant-based powder that results in smoother, shinier hair because it is able to completely coat and fill in any rough spots on frayed cuticles. Many believe that this locks moisture out, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. You can still oil and condition your hair as needed.

Henna is also one of the safest and most natural ways to strengthen hair since it is able to penetrate the shaft and bond to the keratin in each strand. By doing this, it makes the hair thicker and less prone to breakage.

The above is from this article, read and educate yourself a little on henna.  Repeated applications of true henna develop a richer, deeper colour with each succeeding application.  Think of a teaspoonful of coffee in a white cup. It will look very light brown. Add 10 more teaspoonfuls and it looks like dark brown, fill the cup to the top and it looks like “black” coffee. Each application coats the last, changing the depth and bounce of the light wavelengths off your hair and giving the appearance of progressively deeper richer color each time. If you only henna your hair once, it may lighten a few shades from its peak colour, but the henna’s essential colour will remain until it grows out and is cut off unless it is stripped out with a chemical process. This is the part many are afraid of because it is written all over the web that you cannot lighten your hair after a henna application. Henna bonds with your hair strand and is pretty permanent, but you name me one thing that’s more permanent than some ultra damaging hair bleach? 

Purchased from House of Spice in Marketplace on Constant Spring Road. Only costs around JM$400 and gives at least 6 applications.

If you read this post, you’ll see my process of getting true red on my hair that was previously treated with henna. What most people are talking about is in this post, when I used a lowly box colour to try and colour my hair after henna. HA! What a waste of money and time that was. Thankfully I did it myself. You really have to go strong if you want to break the henna bonds and I somehow have convinced myself that since I’m going to bleach my hair anyway, I may as well do it on my strongest possible hair. You may also read reports that chemical colour after henna will damage your hair to a point of it falling off. This is so only if you purchase a henna that is mixed with chemical to begin with. Only buy pure henna! It should have one ingredient or only be mixed with other natural ingredients such as amla, or coffee to change the colour of the henna application.

I mix my henna with full fat plain yogurt. This gives me a thick and rich consistency that remains creamy for the entire 4-6 hours that it is left in the head and washes out easily without getting dried on and gritty. Easy is relative, you’ll have to really get in there to rinse the henna but it won’t be as difficult as if you mixed it with ACV or green tea as some do. And always, always, always deep condition your hair right after to increase the conditioning effects as any treatment that promises to strengthen the hair is probably going to leave you feeling a little straw-like after. It won’t be very bad if you choose to mix with yogurt, but, still.

henna mixed with yogurt

I didn’t say it was pretty bruh! These are some bowls that I’ve got cooking up for my next henna treatment already. Simply because I’ve never done back-to-back henna treatments before and I want to see what the colour will be like. There are three bowls here, one for my mama and yes one for munchkin too. Her hair can always use strengthening! Plus, there have been reports that the weight of henna can weigh your hair down, essentially loosening one’s curl pattern. It doesn’t seem to affect those with a kinkier hair type but lets see what it does on munchkin’s 4a/b type hair. I did have this problem the first time I applied henna but have not had it so much since then, maybe the brand? Maybe because my hair was virgin? No clue. Anyway enough verbiage! I’m sure you’re dying to see what the outcome was like!

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I love it! I’m in love with the depth of the reds and oranges and I’ve definitely scratched my colour itch that will hold me over for another month or so before I dabble in the bleach. You can peep my home-made deep conditioner in my hand in the 3rd pic. It’s the same one in the previous link, if it ain’t broke! It works like a charm. What do you think?

And if you want to see what my double treatment will look like then stay tuned to my IG and FB pages for the results as they will be posted there!

 

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3 Comments

  1. well i use henna to cover my grays, but never with yogurt..must try that..i have 4C hair and it does loosen my curl pattern which for me is a plus..lol..cause my curls are pretty tight…but even after a DC..my hair is always rock hard after….any suggestions?

    • try it with the yogurt and let me know how it comes out. the application process might ease up on that. also, what r u using to DC? try my recipe and see if that helps (link in post)

  2. yes i will try with the yogurt and let you know cause i buy that exact brand at that exact place…i use a store bought DC Organics..Olive oil.sadly it doesn’t do much for me..i will try your recipe although i do find when i use Aloe Vera i do also get a hardness..so i dunno?…my hair is sad these days

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