So don’t be afraid to mix up your own batch! Here are some things to remember…
1. Do Your Research And Know Your Hair
Know what you want to use the henna for and consider the state of your hair and its preferences. If your hair is colour treated then research how applying henna on top of your colour will affect your hair and how long the intervals should be between uses. If you have a problem with chronically dry hair then make sure you improve your moisture balance before applying a henna treatment, as you are in affect giving your hair a dose of protein - so your protein/moisture balance will be altered after treating your hair. Be ready to respond to your hair by giving it the extra moisture it may need in the weeks after the treatment.
2. Buy Henna From A Trusted Source
If you come across henna sold as ‘black’, ‘neutral’ or another colour other than reddish-brown then it’s possible that the ‘henna’ could contain other herbs which aren’t actually henna, or worse, harmful metallic salts and chemical dyes. True henna only comes in a red tone. So beware of this, check the ingredients list of the packet and make sure you purchase body art quality henna from a reputable store.
3. Simple Tips For Henna Use
Don’t let the so called ‘messiness’ of henna put you off from giving it a try. If henna was white in colour then I don’t think it would be considered to be quite so messy. Henna has been so beneficial to my hair over the last year, I wish I had used it from the beginning of my natural hair journey!
- When you mix up your henna aim to achieve a consistency between mashed potato and thick greek yogurt. Aiming for this thickness will reduce the chance of splashes and drips on you and your bathroom. You can also wear an old shirt and place some newspaper or a plastic sheet on the floor for extra protection.
- Section your hair before you start applying the henna. Your hair should be detangled and in 6 loosely twisted sections. Use some crocodile clips to keep your hair in place.
- When applying the henna take your time and use an old plastic bowl with a brush applicator (the kind used when applying a relaxer) to easily apply the henna throughout your head.
- Don’t leave the clean up of your sink/bath until later. Clean up as soon as you’re done, then you shouldn’t have any problems. Work at your own pace and make sure you don’t wave your arms around!:)
- When you’re done, gather all your hair sections together into one place and wrap your head up with cling film to stop any henna from leaking out.
- If you have children then choose a time when they will be occupied for at least 30 mins or if you’re really short of time, apply it in the evening and leave it on overnight ensuring your hair is wrapped with a few layers of cling film, plastic cap and head scarf.
Why not give henna a try? This natural herb has fantastic qualities that may just give your hair the boost it needs in the coming year.