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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:
- BAQ Henna Powder (75 grams)
- 1 can of Coconut Cream (or Milk. I prefer cream.)
- 1/4 cup of EVOO
- Latex gloves (or appropriate alternative for those with allergies) (I use black reusable gloves from Sally’s Beauty)
- Black salon cape (I use a plastic-like one, but once it dies, I will probably purchase a washable one)
- Plastic processing cap
- 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
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.
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.
Until next time, happy hair care! 🙂