Hennaing hair is an ancient beauty technique that helps strengthen, lengthen, and condition hair. Henna (lawsonia inermis) is just a tropical shrub that is turned into a powdered form by crushing its leaves. People in North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia have been treating (& dyeing) their hair with henna for centuries. Finally, the rest of the world is catching on. It’s completely natural, safe, and has been my go-to conditioner for my hair. I’m about to tell you why.
7 REASONS WHY I HENNA MY HAIR
Since hennaing my hair – which is extremely coily and thick – I’ve seen incredible changes that have made it much more manageable. I can personally attest to the benefits of hennaing hair. Hennaing hair:
- Add shines.
- Builds strong hair by adding a deposit to the hair shaft. The more you henna your hair, the more these deposits build up on each other. It’s a cumulative effect.
- Covers gray hairs (after several applications).
- Aids in length retention and helps to eliminate shedding
- Smooths texture which makes hair easier to manage, and
- Is completely natural! Which means safe for our hair.
WHAT YOU NEED
Hennaing your hair is pretty simple. Here’s a list of things you need:
- Plastic gloves
- Plastic bowl and spoon
- Green or black tea
- Henna (I use the Jamila henna brand but the Mehandi brand is great too)
- Deep conditioner
- Newspaper (you will need to cover your bathroom floor and counters with newspaper, because henna can be a messy process and you don’t want henna stains left over)
STEPS TO HENNAING YOUR HAIR
- Empty henna powder into a plastic bowl.
- Brew a cup of green tea or black tea and mix it into the henna. Be sure not to allow the mixture to get too runny. It’s easier to apply to your hair when the consistency is thick.
- Mix a rich conditioner into the henna mix as well
- Apply the henna mixture with gloves evenly to hair. (Be sure to apply with gloves because if you use your hands they will turn red from the henna)
- Leave on several hours, overnight if you can. (Sleep in a couple plastic shower caps and lay a towel over your pillow to make sure you don’t leave any stains)
- Wash out the henna completely and apply a deep conditioner to your hair for another hour or so. Henna is like a protein treatment and protein treatments need to be followed by a deep conditioner.
- Dry & style hair as usual.
I wouldn’t put you on to something I’m not totally in love with. There’s videos on YouTube you can search and watch if you’d like to visualize what this looks like, but as I described above, it’s a pretty simple process. If you try it out, let me know how it goes. Have any questions? Leave them below.