|BAQ Jamila Henna|
What Is Henna?
Henna (if 100% lawsonia inermis) is an all-natural plant native to Africa, Southern Asia, and Australia used to dye hair, skin, nails, and fabrics. It temporarily stains the aforementioned a reddish hue. The leaves of the plant are crushed and the dye is released using any number of liquids -- from hot water, to coffee or tea.
How Henna Has Helped Me:
- Thicken hair/add "weight" -- Every time I do a henna treatment, I notice that my hair appears to be thicker. This is because henna molecules bind to the keratin in the hair, creating plumpness of individual strands. Note that this effect is not permanent.
- Awesome color -- 100% natural henna will always stain your hair to some degree. Depending on how long you leave it, the ingredients you mix in, and the natural color of your hair, your color will range from deep orange to burgundy or coffee brown. It is almost like a natural cellophane.
- Shiny, strong hair -- Henna always makes my hair shine. Maybe it's the oils or the conditioner, but it always shines. I also notice less breakage whenever I henna...which is awesome for a transitioner.
- Psoriasis, be gone! -- To date, henna has been the ONLY thing to keep my scalp psoriasis at bay. I don't know why it works, but if it ain't broke don't fix it...
- Jamila Body Art Quality henna (I have Summer 2012 crop)
- Dabur Vatika Oil (or I use Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil)
- Aussie Moist (make sure your conditioner is cheapie, has lots of slip, and NO proteins)
- Hot Water (or Tea...or Coffee...whatever you choose...I'm using Tazo Zen Green Tea with Spearmint & Lemongrass because that's what was in my cabinet)
- Paprika (optional...just trying it out this time)
- Plastic mixing bowl with lid
- Plastic or wooden mixing utensil (I use a plastic knife)
- Plastic or latex gloves
- Your favorite deep conditioner (I like to mix Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack mixed with Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner)
1. Empty henna into plastic bowl. Combine with paprika (optional) and mix dry ingredients together.
4. Lightly and incrementally add hot liquid to the mix and stir until your henna has the consistency of a batter or yogurt. Don't use too much tea or water -- you'll pay for it dearly when the water drips down your face and neck after you apply to your hair.
7. Put down your towels, and put on your gloves. It's about to get messy!
8. Apply henna to hair in sections. My personal preference is to scoop out with gloved hands, and rub it thoroughly on my hair and scalp (to treat the psoriasis).
11. Coat hair with deep conditioner as you normally would.
12. Rinse, and go about your normal moisture, sealing, and styling routine!
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