Since I started my herbs and tea no-poo hair method, I wasn’t sure how it would work with my henna treatments. I used to rinse my henna out with conditioner. Well now that I’m not using conditioner, here’s what I do.
I now apply henna to dry hair. This allows the process of my henna treatments to be cut in half. I still mix my henna with coconut milk and hemp oil. I leave the henna on my hair from 1-3 hours. If I have the time to leave it on longer I do, but I don’t stress it. I henna monthly anyway.
Because the coconut milk does not allow henna to dry hard on hair, the rinsing process is much easier than any other base ingredient I’ve ever used. Also the hemp oil adds more slip to the henna also giving extra conditioning benefits. I make two to three times as much DIY Green Tea Cleansing Hair Rinse and do a total of three applications and rinses. By this time the henna is completely out of my hair with very few grainy bits if any.
In the past I would follow with a deep conditioning treatment of coconut milk, hemp oil, and an Ayurvedic herb. During the most recent henna treatment that I did, I had no extra coconut milk, so skipped the deep conditioning all together. My hair still turned out well so I guess I’ll deep condition my hair as needed. Yet to be honest the henna did a wonderful job conditioning my hair as is since I mix it in coconut milk to begin with in the mix.
I then style my curls with 5-9 braids to set my hair and use a mixture of aloe vera, shea butter, mango butter, hemp oil, camellia oil, and guar gum. Guar gum adds the needed slip to my leave-in hair butter for easy detangling. So there you have it, my henna regimen simplified even more than I ever thought possible.
Always use a body art quality henna for safe quality hair care use. Godrej Nupur Mehendi Henna is my favorite!
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