After my last henna application last month I literally counted down the days (remember when I told you I made countdowns for everything?) until my next henna application. Well my lovely JGAers, the time for henna round 2 has finally arrived. Last night I mixed up the following henna paste.
What I used
This time around I used green tea, jamila henna (2 boxes), and coconut milk.
The last time I hennaed my hair I used rajasthani indian henna, indigo, coconut milk, conditioner, and boiled water. Since I wanted more reddish/burdundy tones this round, I ditched the indigo (because using henna + indigo creates brown tones) and I opted to use jamila henna instead because it has a higher lawsone content. Lawsone are the dye molecules in henna. The higher the lawsone content, the redder the stain. Rajasthani indian henna has a lawsone content of 2.59% and jamila henna has a lawsone content of 2.7%. I also left out the conditioner because the addition of conditioner to henna makes a henna gloss and reduces dye deposit.
Read: My First Henna Recipe
Here’s what I did
I mixed 2 boxes of jamila henna (200g) + 1 can of coconut milk in a bowl. I don’t think I used enough coconut milk for 200g of henna because I ended up the super chunky mixture you see below instead of a creamy paste.
For dye release (and to thin my chunky henna paste) I added green tea. I wasn’t sure how much green tea I’d need to achieve pancake batter consistency so I started slowly in 1/4 cup increments. I ended up adding a total of 2 cups.
Mix, mix, mix, mix, mix . . . shake out arm . . . mix, mix, mix, mix, mix . . . pause to rewind scene in The Mindy Project . . . mix, mix, mix.
Once I’d finished mixing my henna paste, I covered the bowl with cling wrap and let it sit for 4 hours.
Just like last time, I was all stressed out when it came time to figure out whether my henna was to apply. Here’s the note I relied on: “henna may be slightly browned when there has been a dye release. Is the henna below the surface a different color from the top? Dig into the henna with a spoon and see if the middle of the henna is a different green from the part that’s been in contact with the air. If the surface is darkened, lawsone molecules have been released and have oxidized where they were in contact with air.” – Henna for Hair, by Dr. Catherine Cartwright-Jones Source
I stood in my bathroom for 5 minutes squinting at the bowl above trying to figure out if the color of the inside of my henna paste was reeeeallly different from the surface. I figured it was close enough (basically I was too tried to keep fretting out it) and rolled with it.
I’ll share the application process and results tomorrow! Toodles!