Benefits of Doing a Henna Treatment on Natural Hair

I love a great Henna treatment, as Henna has many beneficial properties for the hair. This is my first experience with anything other than my indigo infused "henna" but I am very much pleased with the results.
(Horrible pic, I know!)
I used approximately 60 grams of natural sifted Henna from Shea Butter Cottage. I did not purchase this, I was sent this Henna from The Natural Haven as the winner of a giveaway some time ago. I usually use Napar or Jamilla Henna purchased from my local Indian supermarket so I was anxious to try this brand.  Lawsonia Inermis is the only true type of Henna. It is green in color and has a hay-like odor. This true Henna will stain your hair (an/or your clothes, etc.) a red-orange color.

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I added lemon juice as my acidic base (to help with color release) and pure aloe vera gel to my concoction. You can also use grapefruit juice or vinegar to help with color release.

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I also added essential oils of Rose Hips Seed (to help strengthen, moisturize and prevent hair loss) and Peppermint (helps stimulate the scalp).

In addition, I added about a cup of green tea, boiled and cooled so that it is warm to the touch.

Note: You don't want to add boiling water, which could take away from the properties of the oils and additives you've used. You also don't want the water to be too cool because cold water could make the mixture a bit lumpy.

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Using a glass or ceramic bowl is most recommended. Using a metal bowl is considered a no-no and could have adverse effects or cause a reaction.

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I like my mixture similar to a thick pancake batter, this way I can sleep with the Henna in my hair and not have to worry about making a mess all over my pillows. Some people like to allow the henna to sit for a few hours or overnight to allow for maximum color release however, I allowed my mixture to sit for about 20 minutes since I knew I would be sleeping with it in my hair anyway.

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Look at the color release, amazing! I was a bit concerned at first because I usually use indigo {henna} for my hair, which darkens the hair to a nice black color so this was a first. I took my chances though and kept going. I realized halfway through that I could have used a bit more henna BUT I was lazy and didn't feel like mixing anymore so, I worked with what I had.

I really should have used gloves because my hands were pretty stained. A nice bright orange color at that! As I'm typing this, I'm shaking my head at my orange finger tips, lol. I'll have to make a trip to the nail salon after work.

Unfortunately, I didn't take any after pics but all I did was wrap my hair in plastic saran wrap, cover with my bonnet and sleep. In the morning I rinsed, co-washed and proceeded with my regular routine. 

After drying and styling my hair, my hair felt bouncier and softer than usual. I did notice some added volume and my hair did look fuller than normal. I did not, however, notice too much of a difference in the color of my hair. The color shows very faintly and can only be seen in the front and at the roots in some places. I'm hoping that the sun will lighten it over time, and it will show brighter.

Benefits of Henna for Natural Hair

  • Henna can give fine, low-density hair a thicker appearance by filling in gaps in the cuticle
  • Helps strengthen the elasticity of your hair and prevent breakage
  • It can help cure scalp problems such as dandruff, itchy flaky scalp, and dryness
  • Conditions and makes hair softer
  • Imparts sheen, giving your hair a healthier appearance
  • Helps prevent premature graying of the hair
  • Promotes and boost stronger, healthier hair growth

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