How to Prepare Henna for Natural Hair
First, you’ll need to decide how much henna to use. If you have shoulder-length hair, you may want to use two boxes (100 grams) so that you can cover your entire head and scalp without fear of running out.
If you have shorter hair, you may be able to get away with using only one box (50 grams).
100 grams of henna powder
1 can of full-fat coconut milk or 1 cup of warm black tea
2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)
Wooden spoon and non-metallic container
1. Pour your henna powder into a non-metallic bowl.
2. Add the coconut milk or the black tea into the mixture. You can also use a combination of both.
3. Mix with the wooden spoon until smooth.
4. Add warm water if necessary. Consistency should be like thick yogurt.
5. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
How to Apply Henna to Natural Hair
It’s best to begin your henna application in the morning because it will take the entire day. Be sure and cover your floor and counters with newspaper because henna is messy.
You can easily remove henna stains from shiny surfaces, but it is tougher to remove from stone, grout, or very porous showers or counters.
However, you may decide that the messiness of henna is completely tolerable once you see what it can do for your hair.
Most henna users advise against shampooing the hair after rinsing out the henna.
And if you’ve applied the henna to your scalp, you may find that it works almost like a cleanser because it draws out impurities and stops itchy scalp conditions.
Always use your favorite deep conditioner after your henna treatment. Henna softens hair, but it can be drying if you don’t follow it with a deep conditioning mask.
1. Apply henna to hair and massage into scalp.
2. Cover your head with a plastic shower cap.
3. Leave the mixture on your head for at least six hours.
4. Thoroughly rinse, but do not shampoo.
5. Apply the deep conditioner and let it sit for 20-60 minutes.
6. Rinse and style.
Henna can help to dramatically improve the condition of natural hair, even though it can be a big project. Try adding this treatment to your regimen once a month for stronger, softer, and shinier curls.
Have you tried henna for natural hair, and if so, what were the results?