I’ve said many times before that henna treatments have truly been the best thing that I’ve ever done to my hair. I started using henna March 2010 and haven’t stopped since. When I first started I applied henna weekly and also used henna weekly for healthy hair growth boosts. I’ve continued to apply a full henna treatment at least once a month or more when I have the time. I honestly haven’t been deep conditioning my hair as often as I would like, yet every time I use henna and coconut milk I realize exactly why I love it so much!
I’ve shared my experience using henna over the years, and today wanted to share what I’ve noticed specifically about mixing henna with coconut milk for deep conditioning and for the gorgeous color henna provides hair naturally. In general when using henna for hair, I initially researched to mix henna with tea or water then add lemon juice or another tarp (a dye releasing ingredient), and wait for eight hours before applying. This process felt so tedious creating the mix, waiting forever before applying it, leaving it in your hair for three hours or more, and finally spending what felt like forever getting the dry gritty mess out of your hair for the beautiful benefits we all hear about. When doing a henna hair treatment this way my hair felt dry and brittle.
For my second henna treatment, I tried adding sugar and honey to my henna mix which created a smoother consistency but still wasn’t right. After that I tried henna with coconut milk (no water, tea, or lemon juice added) which is the combination I still use today. I still waited eight hours to apply the mix to my hair, yet rinsing it was a breeze, and my hair felt strong and no longer dry or brittle. Over the past few months I’ve been mixing up henna and coconut milk, and applying it directly to my hair without waiting. The dye from the henna released instantly! The reason I’m sure of it is because the first time I didn’t wear gloves and I thought that I could get away with it since waiting eight hours before the dye released was the norm. I walked around with orange hands and nails for a few days because of it.
I’ve consistently had great results applying henna immediately to my hair after mixing it with coconut milk. The red highlights have been extremely vibrant especially in sunlight, and the entire process takes less time. During my most recent henna treatment which was last week, I forgot to add oil to my mix and it still came out wonderfully. I used to believe that the reason that henna and coconut milk was the perfect combination for beautiful hair was because it conditioned and strengthened hair without the dry feeling while rinsing out with ease. Now I have one more amazing quality to add, and that is that the dye releases instantly.
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(Images by Dawn Michelle)