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WHAT IS HENNA?
The henna plant (lawsomnia inermis) is commonly grown in North Africa, India and the Middle East. The leaves are dried and crushed to make henna powder.
WHY HENNA YOUR HAIR?
Henna strengthens, adds shine, darkens hair and improves your hair’s ability to hold styles. Henna is beneficial to all hair types, but loosely curly or wavy hair may lose definition overtime.
HOW-TO DO A FULL STRENGTH HENNA TREATMENT
- Make Tea: Tea is acidic and this acidity is required for henna to fully release its properties. Any form of tea is fine. No milk, and no sugar please! Just 1 or 2 tea bags in hot water.
- In a bowl, mix the tea and henna powder. Cover and leave it for 6-24 hours. Your henna should be all natural, well sieved, body art quality henna. A thick head of hair measuring about 10 inches will need 100g or less.
- Shortly before you apply henna paste to your hair, add honey and/or a conditioner to it. This makes it easier for the henna to rinse out, and helps with moisture too.
- Get ready. Henna is messy business, and it’s your first attempt so let’s try to minimize the mess. Wear an old tee, preferably in a dark colour. Lay old newspapers on the floor. You must wear gloves or use an applicator brush if you don’t want orange hands for days.
- Apply the henna to your hair. Don’t try to detangle with it, just focus on covering your hair completely.
- Wrap your henna – covered hair with cling film, just tightly enough to hold it up. Have tissue or cotton paper around to catch drippies as your body temperature heats it up.
- You have to leave henna in your hair for at least 4 hours. I hate this part right here, but how do I survive? I put my henna on just before bed, lightly wrap another old tee around my plastic wrapped hair and go to sleep. Don’t worry. Your body generates more heat while you’re awake, so you are very likely to wake up to clean sheets.
- After at least 4 hours, or when you wake up, rinse for your life! The honey and conditioner should help a little, but rinsing will still be a chore. To make this easier, you can dunk your hair in a tub of water. If you have anxiety about this as I do, putting your head directly under a running tap also helps. The pressure makes it easier for the henna to slip out. This could take a while.
- Henna rinsed out, your work is not done yet. Henna is a strengthening treatment, and will leave hair feeling very brittle afterwards. Follow up with your favourite moisturising deep conditioning treatment (no protein needed as you just strengthened!), and then moisturize and seal your hair. Failure to do this properly will result in serious dryness, and hair breakage.
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