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Henna Progress & Update

Yes, I’m a horrible blogger. Months have passed; hair milestones have come and gone; promotion received (yay!); and I failed to provide an update. I apologize! Now the updates…

Henna Recipe Simplified!
1. Henna (I use Nupur9 and love it. I buy it on amazon). Amount: I add a little at a time to the coconut cream until the consistency is slightly stiffer than cake batter.
2. Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream (1 can).

That’s it…

I no longer use oil because: (1) my hair feels less conditioned when I include oil in my henna mix; and (2) the drip/messy factor drastically increases with oil.

June 7, 2014 henna post here: https://naturalesq.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/a-henna-kind-of-day-henna-and-coconut-cream-recipe/

Now for the pictures (last picture is a comparison from June 2014 and November 2014):

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Shrinkage is Still a Beast (Pic Update/Informal Length Check)

Shrinkage is still a beast! :-p

Shrinkage is still a beast! :-p

A Henna Kind of Day (Henna and Coconut Cream Recipe)

***Pics at the end of post***

I’ve been using henna for about three months and Katie is in love!

I tried a multitude of henna recipes in the past, but never incorporated it into my regular regimen because the process was extremely messy, time-consuming, and it was always difficult to rinse the henna out.  That is, until I came across the following blog posts: http://www.minimalistbeauty.com/henna-coconut-milk-the-perfect-combination-for-healthy-hair/ and http://www.minimalistbeauty.com/henna-for-hair-101/.  I was excited to learn that the key to successful henna application is in the recipe!!!!  And, after all the complicated recipes I tried in the past, the best one is also the easiest to use and prepare.  Who knew?!?

The Magic Henna Recipe:

  1. BAQ Henna Powder (75 grams)
  2. 1 can of Coconut Cream (or Milk.  I prefer cream.)
  3. 1/4 cup of EVOO

Necessary Tools:

  1. Latex gloves (or appropriate alternative for those with allergies) (I use black reusable gloves from Sally’s Beauty)
  2. Black salon cape (I use a plastic-like one, but once it dies, I will probably purchase a washable one)
  3. Plastic processing cap
  4. Satin scarf

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a glass mixing bowl and use a mixer until the batch is the consistency of smooth cake batter.  (Helpful tip: put henna in first and stir a bit to avoid a powder explosion!  Learned this the hard way, and no, I do not bake.)  I also usually let the mix sit for at least 12 hours, making it the night before I apply it.  To prepare Katie-kaboom for henna application, I wash, condition, detangle into three sections, and rinse all product out.  I squeeze dry each section, put on cape and gloves, then apply the henna mix section by section.  After thorough application, I clip each section up using a duckbill hair clip, put on a processing cap, and then wrap my hair with a scarf.

I leave the henna on for a minimum of four (4) hours, but really try to keep it on for at least eight (8).  To remove the henna, I take a shower rinsing my hair with water and using slippery conditioner to remove all the henna.  With this recipe, I can usually remove all the henna with only one (1), that’s right just one, rinse; two maximum!!!  I follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner and, “Voila!”  Finis.

Benefits that keep me coming back for more: (1) increased manageability; (2) covers grays beautifully; (3) my fine strands feel stronger/more resilient; (4) less shedding when detangling; and (5) lightens my hair with red highlights.  Love it!

Cons: I do not experience any because the final step in my henna process is a moisturizing deep conditioner.  The few times I did not do this (with other recipes), Katie felt extremely dry, brittle. With this recipe, Katie feels soft after rinse, but since she gets dry easily, I still do the moisturizing deep conditioner.

Well, that’s it.  I still have another 2 hours, so I think I’ll read my book club book.

Until next time,

Xoxo Katie-kaboom and NaturalEsq

Katie-kaboom freshly washed, sans product, and squeeze-dried.

Katie-kaboom freshly washed, sans product, and squeeze-dried.

Henna applied.

Henna applied.

My Myriad Curl Patterns

Taking care of varying curl patterns is a challenge and a gift.  A challenge because finding just the right product combination took a long time (around 9 months post BC for me), but in the end it is so worth it. All the trial and error finally paid off and though shrinkage is a major part of my hair journey, Katie Kaboom’s health and growth are awesome.  A gift because it is so versatile and the arrangement of the different curl patterns and associated shrinkage on my head makes for a shaped wash and go, no stylist or scissors involved. 🙂  Though the shrinkage does require me to remind myself: (1) a lot of youtube naturals transitioned before the BC; and (2) hair grows at different rates for different people.

Grid 1 is a second day wash n go using the LCOG method (yup, I made up another acronym as if we need anymore!).  Leave-in: TJ’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner.  Creme: my revised Naptural85’s shea butter creme mix.  Gel: Ecostyler Olive Oil.

2014.1.14 GRID Curl Pattern Montage

Grid 2 is a montage of my hair over the past two months (except for the bottom).  Top left: wet and freshly out of the shower with TJ’s TTT conditioner only.  Top right: LCOG method.  Bottom left: 5th day wash and go.  Bottom right: 10.5 month shrinkage/length check.

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Until next time, happy hair care! 🙂

Length Check – 1 Year, 1 Week, and 2 Days of Growth

2013.12 Length Check_Year 1My hair is healthy, strong, and growing.  Since I’ve received so many requests, here’s a pictorial length check.  More to come soon on my journey so far, but hopefully this will satisfy everyone for now! 🙂