Y’ALL. I’m so excited about how this henna application turned out! Here’s my recap of the festivities.
After letting my henna paste – jamila henna, coconut milk, and green tea – (read how I mixed it up in this post) sit for 10 hours for dye release, I applied it to hair that I’d dampened by misting with plain old water. I’ve applied henna to dry hair (my first application) but it’s soooo much easier to apply to my damp hair.
Side note! Somehow I completely failed to notice that my glove ripped while applying the henna to my hair so I ended up with this lovely henna stain patch on my palm. Maybe the universe thought the patch just wouldn’t do and decided to even things out because both palms ended up stained orange from wrist to fingertip after rinsing the henna from my hair.
Now, I’ve used my bare hands to rinse out henna all the times I’ve henna’d my hair before and never ended up with stained hands so I was so puzzled when saw my oompa loompa palms. The culprit? I think it’s maybe the fact that I let dye release for 10 hours AND when rinsing out the henna I smush my hair between my palms and slide them down while rinsing (it really speeds up the rinsing process.
Anywho, once I’d coated all of my strands, I pinned my hair up.
And then covered my hair in clip wrap, then a plastic cap, and clipped a sock around my head to soak up the leakage. Never let it be said that henna isn’t messy. I haven’t had a problem with dripping in the past, but remember, my henna paste started off a thinner consistency than usual because I only had 1 box (100 g) of jamila henna on hand and had to make enough henna paste for my big head.
I left the henna in for 8 hours then rinsed my hair under running water until the water ran nearly clear before co-washing with Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Cleansing CoWash (twice). To restore moisture to my hair, I deep conditioned with TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask (my review) for 30 minutes under my Gold N’ Hot heating cap.
Here’s my hair with the deep conditioner still in. My hair just drinks it up.
It was nearly 10 pm by the time I rinsed the conditioner out of my hair, and I was so tired that I forgot to snap photos of my freshly conditioned, henna’d hair like I usually do. I just wanted to twist up my hair and grab some beauty sleep.
For leave-ins, I used Entwine Couture Exotique Leave-In Hair Potion, Entwine Couture Creme Jelle Styler (my reviews), and sealed them in with a little Organix Shea Butter Liquid Glass Serum. I applied the leave-ins row by row, detangled with my fingers, then twisted my hair.
I did 30 twists in total and let my hair dry overnight.
The next morning, I unraveled my twists, skipping my tug down method to fluff out my hair.
*TWIRLS AND THROWS ALL THE CONFETTI*
I’m SO in freaking love with how the red tones have deepened with each henna application. I’m just over the moon! I’ll be swinging my head about, titling it to catch the light, all freaking weekend! ??
I’ll post this weekend on the 5 reasons why my hair would kiss me if it could for bringing henna into our lives!