After mixing up my henna paste of henna, indigo, coconut milk, conditioner, and water and letting the dye release for 2 hours (read: My First Henna Recipe) I grabbed a pair of gloves, threw on an old shirt I didn’t mind staining, and opened Hulu on my phone to make the process go faster.
I started the application process by parting my 6 day old twist out in 4 sections and very gently finger combing out my hair since I wasn’t using oil or conditioner to detangle.
I started applying the henna with gloved hands in the back sections. I wanted to make sure my hair was evenly coated so I worked in 1 inch sections and smoothed the henna downwards, coating my hair from root to tip.
I worked slowly so it took about 1 hour and 20 minutes to cover all of my hair. I hadn’t even realized I took that long – thank you Hulu.
By the time I had finished the henna had already started drying and flaking all over the place and I didn’t want to disturb my hair and snow henna flakes all over the place so I grabbed two plastic caps and tucked each half of my hair into a cap.
With my hair tucked away, I cleaned up. Applying henna is a messy process. I forgot to put down newspaper before started but thankfully I only had two small globs to wipe up.
After cleaning up, I left the henna in for 4 hours. I wanted to leave it in longer but I just couldn’t. My patience ran out. I totally understand why people leave it overnight it in overnight.
That’s it for application, I’ll post my results tomorrow!