Back in the day, on the early natural online hair boards, all the girls were experimenting with protein treatments and moisture masks to make the most of our natural hair and get the best results. That is when I first learned about how to henna your hair. I’ve been applying henna to my hair off and on for over ten years. One of the main things that scared me and other people about henna is the mess that it can leave behind if you’re not careful.
Getting Ready to Henna My Hair
The image to the left shows my henna prep materials. I use a metal mixing bowl. This one is part of a set of mixing bowls with a lid that my sister bought years ago. Much to her chagrin, this is my bowl now. LOL I use a metal bowl because it’s easy to clean and the henna won’t stain it. A glass bowl would also work.
I picked up the NuPur 100% henna from the Indian grocery near my parent’s house. I also found it on Amazon and included it in the list of links below. I’ve purchased other brands from Amazon before. You can see a snapshot of them below.
How I Mix My Henna
How I Apply the Henna to My Hair
How I Rinse the Henna from My Hair
The rinse out process is where it gets messiest. If you can have someone help you wash your hair in a stainless steel sink, do that. If not, be prepared to clean your sink or shower immediately as the henna WILL stain your porcelain and tile if it sits for just a minute too long. Going section by section, under running water, I rinse the henna out of my hair. I take special care to get my hairline, in and around my ears and my nape. After sitting on my hairline for hours, the henna will be crusty on my skin so I have to make sure I get it all. After rinsing out the henna, I slather
Silicon Mix which isa ridiculously moisturizing conditioner. I just put my hair in a top knot or twists for a couple of days. Eventually, I’ll shampoo and go back to styling as normal. One of the things I love about a protein treatment is that afterwards, my curls are poppin’. I start to see new growth in about 2 weeks and in about a month, I have more than enough new growth to re-apply.
The Wrap Up
The key to minimizing the mess when you henna your hair is cleaning up immediately. If you see some henna has fallen on the floor or tile in your bathroom, clean it quickly. Henna will leave a permanent stain. Wearing gloves helps it to not stain your hands as much. But, if your hands do get stained, use a lemon and sugar scrub to get it off. Otherwise it will fade over a few days. But, it’ll take longer to get the stains from your nails. Don’t henna in your good clothes. I have a dark towel and dark t-shirt for when I henna my hair. The henna discoloration won’t show on those items so I keep alternates handy.
If you’re thinking about applying henna to your hair make sure you do your due diligence. While henna is a natural product, you could be allergic. Try a patch test on your skin/scalp before you use it. Henna is a permanent colorant. Some people mix their henna with other natural ingredients like black tea, indigo or other powders to get a darker, less red result. A really good resource for all things henna is Henna Sooq. Her website and YouTube channel have tons of information on mixes and she also sells really high quality products. This post is not sponsored by Henna Sooq.
What are some of the hair routines that you do to keep your strands healthy and nourished? Are you going to try henna? If you do, tag me in your pictures. I’d love to see the results.