Before you read this post, check out how I mixed up the henna paste I use below in this post: Henna Recipe #2
After letting my henna paste sit for 4 hours, I decided take a few suggestions and apply the henna to my damp hair so I hopped in the shower and co-washed with Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Cleansing CoWash first. I’m so glad I did because applying henna to my damp hair took much less time (30 minutes) and was much easier than applying it to dry hair.
When the water started running clear, I co-washed the remaining henna from my hair with Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner. The addition of coconut milk prevented the henna from drying out my hair but because henna behaves like a protein treatment, it’s always a great idea to deep condition afterwards. I used SheScentIt Curl Moist Conditioner and deep conditioned for an hour with my Hot Head Conditioning Cap (I warmed it up twice) and then left the conditioner in for another 2 hours while I cleaned.
The last time I hennaed I achieved browner tones (that were barely noticeable). Leaving out indigo and conditioner this round paid off – the henna dyed my hair a subtle red tint (more noticeable in the front) and I love it. I do wish the reddish/burgundy tint was a smidgen more noticeable but I hope I can either achieve my desired results with either a) future henna applications and/or b) additions to henna to bring out redder tones.
Other than the color, I also noticed that my hair felt thicker and smoother after rinsing out the henna. There was also much less shed hair while I rinsed my hair and while I detangled my hair (with just my fingers).
Overall, I’m happy I started using henna. I can’t wait to see what long-term benefits I’ll reap. I only used a little more than half of the henna I mixed up so I froze the rest for another application in maybe 3 weeks.
If you’re wondering whether you’d like to give henna try, check out this post Pros and Cons of Henna.
P.S. I ended up doing a perm rod set after deep conditioning, I’ll post the results on Wednesday!