If you have stopped by this blog post today, then you are probably a henna-hair fanatic, or just someone who is interested in trying it out. In my early years of a practising henna artist, I always thought of trying henna for the hair, but always came to the conclusion that I am going to be an orange-headed girl from the result. How wrong I was, with originally having brown/black hair. So, I thought of giving it a try, and researched on different types of methods used to make the paste. One handed down from my mother is what I am going to list below today.
Some Notes Before We Begin:
- Purchasing the right henna is important - so here we need 100% natural henna. Head over to my shop and purchase the 'Sojat Organic Henna Powder' at www.kirtisharma.co.uk/shop. If you have long hair, you can either pop me an email to discuss your requirements, or keep on reading to find out how much exactly you will need.
- If you are an impatient type of person, then grab hold of the stress ball, you're going to be here for a long time! Henna for hair is time consuming, and you could end up needing a whole day - a pj day might just be perfect for this type of pampering.
- Henna can get messy, so be prepared, have some disposable latex gloves handy.
- Henna results will vary on every individual, so please don't take this guide as the result you will have. Henna does not come in a range of colours, "the only dye molecule in henna (Lawsonia Inermis) in sufficient quantity to stain hair is Lawsone, which a red-range molecule." So say you have blond hair, then you will be looking at a ginger/red colour. Say you have black hair, you are looking at very slight changes of just a reddy tinge to the tresses.
- If you have come across a henna dye branded box, that claims to dye hair blonde, black or any other colour, then there have been chemicals/dyes added to the henna - which on one note can be dangerous, especially to sensitive skin. Henna is very permanent, it can last you a very long time if your hair is originally light. For darker hair's it is not so noticeable, until in the sun/daylight. Because we are using 100% natural henna, if you do not for any reason 'love' or 'like', the outcome, you can dye your hair over the henna'd hair. There is no harm in doing that, if you have searched up 'dyeing over henna hair' and come up with results that you cannot, that will be about 'compound henna' which is basically metallic salts added to make the colour different. Metallic salts will react with ammonia and peroxide so always buy natural henna! On the other hand, you can henna you hair over chemically treated hair.
What You Need:
- 100-500 grams of body quality henna (for reference, I use 50-60grams, and my hair is halfway down my back and it is fairly thin. So if you have longer and thicker hair, use 100grams. The general rule of thumb is 100g for short hair to collar length hair, 200g for shoulder length hair, 300g-500grams for waist-length hair. Obviously you can add or reduce the amount according to what you feel is too much or too less.
- 250ml of water, 1 Tea Bag and 2 tsp's of Coffee Grains - this is to mix the henna with. Coffee and Tea will add more red tones to the hair. If you are quite health conscious, then you may want decaffeinated or organic tea/coffee.
- Glass bowl, plastic spoon or wooden spoon.
Additional Items needed:
- Clingfilm wrap
- Disposable gloves
- Dark coloured hair/body towels
Additional Ingredients You Can Add:
- Amla Powder - strengthens hair, darkens hair, a fantastic aryuvedic herb
- Yogurt - softens hair, fluff's the mixture for a more flawless application
- Oil - strengthens hair, makes mixture more creamy
- A few drops of lemon - helps dandruff
How To Mix:
- Pour the 250ml of water into a milk pan, add the coffee and tea. Boil the water.
- Allow the water to cool to a lukewarm temperature.
- Start by slowing adding water to the henna into the bowl. Adding all the water can make it too runny, add bit by bit.
- Mix all the henna into a consistency that would replicate toothpaste.
- After the henna is fully mixed, cover the bowl with the clingfilm. Cover the bowl further with a warm towel, and leave it a warm dark cupboard for 3-4 hours for the dye to release.
- Come back to the henna after the hours are up, and spoon back to see if there has been a dye release, you can check this by seeing if the colour beneath the top layer is different, like below. Sojat Henna mixed in water and kept warm releases the dye pretty quickly.
How To Apply:
- Section dry hair, working from the bottom to the top
- Apply Vaseline on outline of your head and ontop/around ears.
- Put disposable gloves on - trust me you do not want stains on your hands, it will be crazy orange for days!
- Apply henna from root to tip. Once you have done one section, wrap in a bun, you won't need hair pins/bobbles, just smooth henna paste around the bun.
- Work up into above sections and keep smoothing the bun with henna to make it stay. Like below:
- Now it's time to wrap up the henna, to keep it warm and moisturised. Henna can be really drying, so wrapping it will allow the moisture to remain.
- Now keep the henna on for atleast 3-4 hour's.
- Wash out with water - this can be messy, so make sure you do it in the bath or shower. Don't shampoo at this point, allow another 2-3 for the colour to develop and then wash out as normal.
- Colour takes 48 hours develop, so you won't notice a huge difference immediately.