Updated on October 16, 2018
As a naturalista, for years, I’ve always thought about using henna in my hair to dye it. However because of the long drawn out process that I have seen others go through, I always put it off for a later time. I even bought henna from an Indian grocery store a few years ago and allowed it to expire. Even though henna is pretty inexpensive, I feel bad about it because that decision was a waste of money.
After personally talking to a few people who have been using henna to color their hair, I decided to purchase some at the Naturalista Expo a few weeks ago. (If you missed my Naturalista Expo video & blog click here.) After all, it does have quite a few benefits I would like to take advantage of.
The many benefits of henna include:
- It is a natural hair dye (Overtime hair will have a reddish hue)
- Acts as a protein treatment to strengthen hair
- Conditions hair
- Promotes hair growth
- Reduces hair breakage
- Thickens hair
Check out my process in the video below:
Here is what I used:
- 1 Henna Sooq brand henna packet (approximately 1 cup, I purchased at the Naturalista expo)
- 1 cup of warm green tea (I boiled the water and steeped 1 teabag in 1 cup of hot water)
- 1 juice squeezed from a lime
- 1 plastic bowl (metal bowls are not recommended)
- 1 spoon
I slowly added the green tea to the henna (to avoid making the mixture watery) until a yogurt like consistency is created. Then I mixed in the lime juice. Once the mixture was well mixed I popped the lid of the container on and allowed it to release the dyes overnight.
I applied the henna mixture to my hair the next day and allowed it to set for 6 hours.
After the 6 hours I washed out the henna. I applied the Trader Joes Nourishing Spa Conditioner to my hair, followed by the Shea Moisture Co-wash, and Shea Moisture mask. To counteract the dryness from this treatment.
Once the process was complete my hair felt soft again. Unlike the popular belief my curl pattern did not loosen, however, this was my first treatment so I will monitor this to see if it will change over time.
I hope you enjoyed this post.
Comment below if you plan on trying henna or if you have any questions.
Remember you only have one life to live so live it Be-U-tifully, by being you to the fullest.
Peace & Love,