TweetShare59Pin104+1Share3166 Shares I first heard about using Henna as a conditioning treatment & color enhancer somewhere around 2005. Back then, I was looking for a way to strengthen my strands and keep my hair in the best condition I could. There weren’t a lot of resources around to help women like me that were natural and looking for ways to care for our hair without chemicals. I remember reading about CurlyNikki’s recipe for her Henna Gloss a few years later. Immediately, I started looking for that coveted Jamila henna 2012 crop, she talked about, to make my hair shine and bounce like hers. After tweaking her recipe to suit my needs, I stayed faithful to doing my treatments every few months. That is until a few years ago when I fell off my henna regimen. Since then, I’ve paid for it dearly. I’ve gone through postpartum shedding twice and a drastic texture change. I went from having thick dense curly hair to fine/thin tighter coils. It’s been quite a challenge learning my texture all over again and testing out products to achieve the results I want. Well now I’m back to getting on track and getting my hair back to the condition it needs to be in. That’s where Henna comes in. How Henna helps my fine/thin hair Since henna coats the diameter of the hair shaft, it makes my strands appear thicker. It also aids in making my hair stronger, which leads to less breakage. On top of that, it adds shine and provides a chem-free natural color to my resistant gray hair. In order to turn my gray hair medium brown, I like to incorporate indigo powder into into my henna gloss treatment recipe. My goal is to keep doing my henna gloss treatments every other month until next summer. Of course there will be exceptions, like if I decide to rock some braids or something. But the key is to nurse my thin fine hair back to a better life. My Conditioning Henna Gloss Recipe Ingredients 1/2 cup BAQ Henna 1/2 cup Indigo Powder 1/4 cup Generic Matrix Biolage Conditioner (Sally’s Beauty) 3/4 cup Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea 2 Tbsp Honey 1 Tbsp. Oil You’ll also need: Gloves Plastic Bowl or container with lid Small rat tail comb Step 1 Steep 3 teabags in hot water. I like to use CS Sleepytime tea in my mix, but you’re welcome to use your favorite. Some good ones to try are green tea, chamomile or black tea. It all depends on what your end game is. I love adding tea to my henna mix. One of my fav’s is Sleepytime tea. Step 2 In a plastic bowl or container, combine henna, indigo and tea. Mix well until you get the consistency of cake batter. Indigo powder can be used to create a medium to dark brown color on gray hair. Step 3 Add conditioner, oil and honey into mixture and mix well until it becomes smooth. I like to use the comb end of a rat tail comb to get all of the lumps out of my mix. Generic Matrix Biolage Conditioner adds just the right amount of slip and thickness to my mix. Be sure to mix your henna really well until it looks like smooth cake batter. Step 4 Using gloves, Apply to damp detangled hair in sections. Be careful to clean up any drips onto your surfaces or skin as it can stain once the dye begins to release. Step 5 Place a plastic bag over your hair and secure it well. Tie a scarf around your head. You need to keep the henna mixture on your hair for a minimum of 4 hours to get the full effects. I sometimes leave mine on overnight and rinse in the shower in the morning. *shower is best* This can be a messy process if you’re not careful. I highly recommend rinsing your henna out in the shower to reduce the possibility of staining any surfaces. Step 6 Rinse your hair well using warm water and a slippery cheap conditioner to help in the removal process. Step 7 This is optional. After rinsing thoroughly, you can follow up with a no-protein deep treatment or leave in. That’s It! Now you can just style your hair as usual. Some simple protective styles to consider are cornrows, twists or roller sets. I prefer to do cornrows if I do this before bed. For more information on the benefits of using henna, this is one of my favorite sites. Henna Sooq has been a highly regarded resource of mine for information on herbal hair care, using henna for coloring and more. What are your thoughts about henna or using a henna gloss? The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Candice S. Founder, Editor-in-Chief of Women's Lifestyle Blog, Naturally Stellar | Beauty Writer and Content Creator | I left corporate life 7+ years ago, to pursue my goal of becoming a writer. Boom!! I did that! Now I'm an accomplished writer and boss babe running a successful blog business. You should hire me! #RockStarMoms Latest posts by Candice S. (see all) What’s New At Belk & Lancome Beauty Counters For Women Of Color - July 18, 2018 6 Helpful Things To Do Right After Your First Massage - July 15, 2018 Drop-In Childcare – What To Expect + 6 Nashville Area Centers - June 29, 2018 TweetShare59Pin104+1Share3166 Shares 16 Responses socamom October 12, 2017 I haven’t tried it before, but the texture of my hair has changed suddenly, and I am looking for anything right now to get it back to normal. Reply Candice S. October 20, 2017 Yeah those texture changes just creep up on you. Reply ebony October 11, 2017 I love henna being a natural gal I have tried everything to figure out this Curl lol. Henna is one of the products that stuck Reply Ramona Collins October 9, 2017 I’ve never heard of using Henna on your hair. I appreciate the instructions. I may give this a try! Reply tiffanytravelsblog October 9, 2017 Wow I have never heard of henna on your hair, only the body art. look forward to seeing your results of the henna treatment. Reply Valerie P. October 9, 2017 Who knew henna had so many different benefits for your hair! Reply cleverlychanging October 9, 2017 I got this box in a hair subscription box, I haven’t tried it yet, but your post makes me want to. Reply mimicutelips October 9, 2017 I’ve heard so much about henna but I’ve never tried it. I only have about an inch of hair so I don’t have much to work with right now. Reply Candice S. October 20, 2017 I really love the subtle color it gives and my gray hairs look cool when they’re orange or brown. Reply LaShawn Wiltz (@lashawnwiltz) October 9, 2017 I’ve heard of using Henna on your hair, but usually for coloring? I didn’t know it could be used as a conditioner too! Reply Candice S. October 20, 2017 Oh yes. There are a lot of great herbs and powders out there that people use on their hair like Shikakai, Brahmi and Neem. Each one is used for different reasons and can be mixed with water and oils. I’ve tried Cassia, Amla and Shikakai. Reply Olivia October 9, 2017 WOW! Never seen a recipe for a hair dye! This is really cool! Not sure I’d ever be so ambitious to try it! But I love the healthy concept! Reply Candice S. October 9, 2017 Yes, Henna has been used for many thousands of years to dye hair, fabrics and skin. Reply Queens of Virtue October 6, 2017 I love henna. I usually use the brick from Lush. I will be trying your recipe though, thanks for sharing! Reply Candice S. October 9, 2017 I haven’t tried lush henna. I do remember seeing those on their site. Reply staciesayzso October 6, 2017 I have super thick hair that I used to hate but now that I’m older I can really appreciate. I love that naturalistas can make their own concoctions to meet their hair needs. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.