My First Henna Treatment Results & Twist Out

After applying the henna paste to my hair (check out my post on applying the henna here), I busied myself for 4 hours until I ran out of patience and hopped in the shower to rinse it all out. Rinsing out the henna with just the spray of water wasn’t hard at all thanks to the coconut milk and conditioner I had added to the henna. I wish I hadn’t added conditioner though… I explain why further down below. Let’s cover the recap first.

Once the bulk of the henna was rinse out, I cowashed what remained with Alberto Vo5 Strawberries and Cream Moisturizing Conditioner (I picked up for $0.85 at Acme Market, whoop whoop!). I had to co-wash 4 times before the water ran clear. Next I deep conditioned with SheScentIt Curl Moist Conditioner. To help the conditioner penetrate into my hair more effectively, I sat under my steamer for 15 minutes.

My hair felt so darn smooth and soft after rinsing out the conditioner. I hadn’t noticed any noticeable changes in color but I was hoping I’d see something when my hair was dry. After deep conditioning, I wrapped my hair in a t-shirt to for a few minutes before applying my leave-ins and detangling my hair. For leave-ins I used Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk, sealed with Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum, and applied a little Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie before detangling my hair. Detangling my hair was a breeezzeeeeeee. Below is the shed hair I collected after detangling.

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I put in about 20 twists and let them dry overnight.

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Day 1 hair

After unraveling my twists I was over. the. moon. My hair was so incredibly soft, smooth, felt thicker, and just felt… well healthy, for lack of a better word. And the shine. Over. the. moon.

Oh and I also skipped separating my twists like I normally do for much, much, much less frizz.

Under the bathroom lights the change in color was very subtle. I could tell the henna tinted my hair a warm brown color but it wasn’t super obvious. In indirect light it was easier to see some of the change in color and shine.

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Day 2 hair

On day 2, my hair still relatively frizz-free *twirls and throws confetti* even after sleeping on regular cotton pillow cases with uncovered hair. (I’ve been breaking one of my healthy hair rules – wrap up hair at night or sleep on satin/silk pillowcases).

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This week’s wash day experience theme is favorite lazy day style so on day 3 I decided to separate my twist out into smaller sections and added 2 minibuns in the front. This simple hair style is my current favorite for lazy hair days. Separating my twist out into smaller sections made it easier to see some of the color from the henna.

My thoughts on this henna treatment

I didn’t achieve as much color deposit as I’d wanted because of the conditioner I added – thank you for pointing it out Carla and TL! I totally didn’t realize that by adding conditioner the less color would be deposited. I was definitely disappointed when I first unraveled my twists but after seeing the color on day 3, I like it.

I plan on doing another henna treatment in a month and will leave out the conditioner and the indigo (or use less indigo) to try to achieve redder/more burgundy tones. I love, love, love the shine and the conditioning effects of the coconut milk. I’m definitely going keep using it in future henna treatments. My scalp also seems to be faring better than normal. Mid-week I usually start experiencing dry scalp but so far so good. Overall my hair feels strengthen, my strands feel so smooth, and still feels sufficiently moisturized.

It’s official, I love henna and will continue doing henna treatments. Don’t forget to add your wash day post to the link up!

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  1. I love Henna. I have been using it for years. I use it for color and when doing that I find that if I only use a tea to mix it and let it sit overnight to release the color I get a much better result. I also add henna to other ayurvedic powders for conditioning. Then I will add coconut milk, oils and other ingredients. I would also leave out the indigo, this makes it much darker. Glad you had a good experience with it.

    1. I second that; I was going to make a separate comment but I’ll just cosign on yours lol!

      Jen, if you want the darker red/burgundy tones you should only use henna alone. Indigo added to the mix or applied separately is to achieve a dark brown or black color. Your results were gorgeous & I love that luscious-looking twistout. Welcome to club henna head! Meetings are held every 1st & 3rd Saturday; you can bring the chips ?

  2. I was rooting for the henna! Happy your results were great and you’re loving it. Your hair surely has great shine and I can only imagine feels amazing. Can’t. Wait to s the results of your next treatment. The colour should be more prominent…I vote to leave out the indigo.

  3. Love the results you got! The color looks amazing and the overall health of your hair is absolutely beautiful. I’m going to try this gloss myself soon. Never thought about coconut milk!

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      Thank you! Please let me know how it goes for you!

  4. So happy that you’re in love with your results!!
    Its great to see you experimenting.
    Before I got lazy I used to Henna gloss every 4 weeks. Two weeks ago I did one to help my thin strands and I remembered how much I liked glosses. I dont go for color so I dont mind the conditioner, but in your case I totally get why you plan to adapt your recipe.
    Looking forward to seeing how your henna treatments /hair color will develop!

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      Thank you! It feels nice to try new things again *high fives inner product junkie :)*

  5. Looks really good. We call that colour BLACK TULIP. Dark with a hint of purple. Love it! I ve been thinking of using henna but been afraid of the red tones as I am not sure it would suit my skin tones. Your broken up three piece have made me rethink!

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      Girl I added more henna to my cart the first day after this henna treatment lol. As messy and as long the process was, I found it fun lol. The effect of henna last 4-6 weeks so I’ve told myself not to be so extra and stick to once a month applications.

    2. I henna my hair weekly or bi-weekly to cover the most disrespectful, persistent, disobedient gray hairs known to mankind. You can use it as often as you can deal with the process. The more frequent your treatments, the quicker you get the darker color if that’s what you’re using it for.

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