Henna Application Made Easy
I love Henna.
My hair absolutely thrives on it.
It is my go-to protein treatment. It strengthens and adds body to my strands, and it helps prevent breakage and damage.
Henna strengthens my fragile, type 4 hair and mimics a protein treatment.
Ever since I learned about using henna for natural hair on Curly Nikki’s blog, I have used a process of trial and error until I found the easiest, stress-free method to apply it. The secret? Coconut milk. Canned coconut milk to be precise.
Step 1) Buy some finely sifted Henna powder. Pour it into a bowl.
Step 2) Open a can of coconut milk. Mix it into the bowl of henna powder to create a thick, yoghurt-consistency paste.
Step 3) Apply directly on your dry hair. Apply in sections until thoroughly covered. Put on a shower cap.
Step 4) Proceed with your normal daily routine for 2-8 hours (don’t leave the house!) If applying it at night, don an old headscarf, protect your pillow with an old towel and sleep.
Step 5) Wash thoroughly with warm water in the shower, apply a moisturising conditioner or a moisturising deep conditioner. Rinse, and style as usual.
You can Henna your hair in one step. It really is that simple.
With practise you learn the correct consistency. If it is thick enough you will not experience any drips, nor will it spill on the sink and bathroom floor during application. But if you are a beginner (SMILE), remember to wear an old T-shirt, use gloves, and cover the bathroom floor and sink with old towels or old newspapers.
If your goal is to simply reap the conditioning and strengthening benefits of henna, you don’t need all the fancy recipes. You don’t need to let it sit, to wash your hair first, to add oil, conditioner, yoghurt, tea, coffee etc. Seriously. None of these make much difference to the end result, unless your goal is to colour your hair. More tips on hair colour coming up shortly.
It’s easy. You don’t need a fancy recipe.
Note : Some folks say that henna makes your hair hard, but this is only when you fail to deep condition after each henna treatment. Like all protein treatments, you must immediately deep condition with a moisture treatment. Also if you have dark brown or black hair, the colour change will not be noticeable. If you have gray hair, it will result in a copper or reddish tone, like what we see on this happy gentleman below. We will cover more in a future post about dyeing natural hair.
Have you tried henna on your hair? Got any questions on Henna application? Comment below and share your views.