I must first tell you that there are a lot of other brands of henna out there (Hennasooq & Henna For hair, or even Butters-n-Bars sell them) but I decided to try Lush's henna because I couldn't be bothered with the adding anything extra like i've read on other blogs.
My henna of choice was the 'Caca noir' which is henna + indigo. I grated 3 cubes and added warm boiled water to the mix. I stirred it up until it was a yogurt-like consistency, and then covered for a while until the henna wasn't too hot for my head.
I should note that I was told to use 3 cubes (the chick from Lush recommended it) but with my hair, I believe I should've used more. At least I know for next time.
The first time I did my henna, I kept it in my hair for 2hrs and then I washed with my Shea Moisture Moisture Retention shampoo 3 times. I had to wash it 3 times because I wanted to get all the twigs out of my hair, AND until the water was clear..no fun having twigs AND your hair smelling like kale while you're out lol.
I deep conditioned with Shea Moisture's Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque for about 2-3hrs. When I finally conditioned my hair with a cheapie conditioner (vo5) GOOD LAWDT! My hair felt grrrrreat! (Tony the tiger's voice).
All I did after I was done washing was add some Kinky Curly Knot Today leave-in conditioner and a lil bit of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and did a side braid. When my hair was fully dried..hunniiii! my hair had body! like for real..the body on my hair was something serious!
My hair is naturally thick but as of late it has been a lil limp, hence why I wanted to try henna for the second time to see if this was a 1 time thing...
Now..my second time with henna, I got the same results, which just means, I will be incorporating henna into my regimen from this day on.
I couldn't wait till my hair was dried to write this, because I already saw a difference before I did anything with my hair.
Here's how it went: After I washed the henna out (which I had in for 3hrs) I then washed with the SheaMoisture shampoo mentioned above, washed 3 times, then added my deep conditioner. I kept it in my hair overnight because I was too tired to wash it out, and the morning after, I washed it out and conditioned my hair. I decided to give myself a "trim" (more like a cut..I clipped off roughly 4inches) and my afro was HUGE! Again, I believe this is because of the henna because like I said, my hair has been limp as of late...so yea...yayyy for henna.
Now please note: I didn't get a color change, as others have experienced. Maybe because I dyed my hair jet black last August, but it should also be noted that I wasn't looking for a color change when I decided to use henna, this was strictly for conditioning purposes.
- Yes, there will be twigs. From my research, it seems that all henna have twigs in them but after a few washes, they'll go away, so do not worry...it's really not a big issue.
- And last but not least - I didn't wash my hair before I applied the henna. I spoke to a few people at Lush before I gave it a try and even though the pamphlet says "clean hair" I was advised to put it on dry hair because it wouldn't "take" to my wet hair.
If you have any other questions, please ask..I've been writing this post for a week now and had more to add but some might have slipped me : ) so don't be afraid to ask.
Now..Have you tried henna? if yes, which one? and what were your results?
And for those who have not tried henna, are you thinking about it?
Have a great week y'all!