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
- 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:
- Plastic Bowl or container with lid
- Small rat tail comb
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.
In a plastic bowl or container, combine henna, indigo and tea. Mix well until you get the consistency of cake batter.
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.
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.
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.
Rinse your hair well using warm water and a slippery cheap conditioner to help in the removal process.
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?