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So I finally did another henna treatment on my hair. It was long overdue. I try to do this once/month at least. "Henna,Lawsonia Inermis, is a plant. The powdered leaves have Lawsone (hennotannic acid), a red-orange dye and antifungal, and will leave your hair glossy, dandruff-free, and healthy. Henna will penetrate and dye your hair's keratin. The resulting color will be a combination of your natural color and the red-orange henna color." (info from wwww.mehandi.com) I used the Jamila Henna, summer crop 2009. It is 100% natural. This is the preparation...
1) Mix the powdered henna with a mildly acidic liquid in a plastic container.
(I use green tea because it is not as harsh as lemon juice,etc. Bring water to a boil and then add teabags to it. Let it cool down. You will add this green tea liquid to your powder. For short length hair such as mine, I use 100g of henna. They come in 100g boxes. So I used one box. If you have shoulder length hair, you may need 3 boxes (300g). I mix 3 teabags per 100g. Add enough liquid slowly until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes.)
2)Cover the mixture with saran wrap and let it sit for about 12 hrs at 75 degrees F.
3)Next, I add honey to the mixture and stir until it is yogurt consistency.
4)Then I put gloves on and begin "mushing" the henna mixture into my hair. It may help to put hair in sections. You want to put a thick layer all the way from the scalp to the ends.
5)After your hair is coated with henna, wrap your hair with saran wrap, and then a plastic shower cap.
6)Leave this henna mixture on your hair for 1-6 hours. The longer you leave it on, the darker the stain will be.
7) Rinse hair well with warm water, shampoo hair with a non-sulfate shampoo, and then deep condition your hair.
8)Style as usual!
*You will notice the color right away, but it darkens over the next 3 days. It may take up to 3 henna applications to get the full effect: shine, strength. etc.
If you dont want the reddish gloss of henna, there are other natural plants that you can mix with the henna, to get the desired color you want. There is also a clear henna called cassia obovata. I use this in between regular henna sessions. For more info on henna,or to buy, go to www.mehandi.com.