Not your usual as per box variety recipe. I’ve added extra conditioning power.
As you can see in any picture of me, my hair tends towards dry because it is exposed to the elements quite frequently.
I’ve found ingredients for salad dressing actually do a great job at conditioning hair, so have included some.
Use henna labelled as containing only pure Lawsonia Inermis (latin plant name for henna).
I tend to use older batches of henna for hair color and artwork, and brand new crop batches for henna tattoos. The fresher the better in everything though…
Henna strengthens, conditions hair and skin, deepens color, eliminates lice and dandruff, and is a chance to do a spa.
Start this recipe a few days before using to get the most staining power out of the henna.
1 pkg pure natural henna powder
1/4 cup lemon or lime juice or vinegar
1/4 cup low salt soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
several drops lavender essential oil
1 Tablespoon minced rosemary
Mix the above well in a glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
Leave bowl on top of fridge or other warm spot for a day or two until the you see the color of the ingredients darkening to a very dark brown,
Stick your finger in it to see: if after 10 minutes with this on your finger it leaves a stain, it is ready to use,
Add some water if it’s too thick to stick to hair,
Dawn some long rubber gloves and an old towel shawl,
Have an extra large plastic bag or bonnet available to fit your head,
Now for the henna; glob it on, rub it in, try to get all areas of your hair,
Put on your plastic bonnet,
Wash the drips off your forehead & neck with soap and water,
Run a nice bath for yourself, and take some time to meditate and enjoy
After 30 minutes (or more if you want really dark hair) you can rinse out the henna globs.
I prefer to wait a few days after this treatment before shampooing so as not to wash out the conditioners and stains prematurely.
Since this can be a messy process, you might have some skin stains after the process. If so, you can wash most of the stain off with soap and water, and dab on a little alcohol & wipe off to reduce stain to minimal.
p.s. henna art aficionado? galleries for your visual enjoyment
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