I continually rave about the benefits of using henna for healthy hair. I’ve been using henna in my hair care consistently since March 2010. As much as I love henna, the only draw back is the time commitment of actually creating my henna mix, applying it to my hair, allowing it to remain on my hair for a minimum of three hours, then finally rinsing and styling my hair.
In 2010 I was obsessed with henna and used it weekly. At the time my hair needed all the strength it could get, plus I loved the red highlights it gave my dark brown hair from the dye release. As years progressed I used henna less often as it wasn’t necessary, and I no longer wanted to spend as much time doing my hair.
This year I’ve been applying a henna, amla, and coconut milk mixture to my hair every two months. This provides my hair with an incredible deep conditioning and strengthening treatment as well as boosting my red henna highlights. You can find this most recent full strength henna recipe here. The only problem is that because I’ve become
extra lazy busy, I missed my last full henna treatment. This is where the DIY Henna Tea Strengthening & Conditioning Spritz comes into the picture.
For the past month I’ve been experimenting with using a simple henna tea mix which I first came across in a YouTube video by Curly Proverbz. She is also a henna enthusiast and needed to find a way to incorporate henna into her regimen without the extra time needed for full applications. Although her recipe differs a bit from mine, I wanted to share what I’ve been using and why I love this recipe so much.
What you will need…
1 cup of boiled water
1 tsp of body art quality henna powder
1 tsp of amla powder
5 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
After boiling the water, add the powdered ingredients to a clean glass jar, and place the lid on top for steeping. I prefer to let this tea steep for 4-8 hours or overnight. The longer the tea steeps, the more potent it becomes, and the easier it is to pour afterwards since the powders have settled to the bottom of the jar.
Although straining the tea through clean nylons, cheesecloth, or another ultra fine strainer is beyond helpful, if the powdered ingredients have settled well I just use the top liquid for my henna tea spritz. I pour my henna tea directly into my spray bottle with the help of a funnel. Now that the liquid has cooled, this is the perfect time to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for scent or extra hair growth benefits. I’ve been using the tea without essential oil recently, yet I may add some lavender essential oil to my next batch. I store my henna tea in the refrigerator and make a new batch every 2-3 weeks.
How I’ve been using this DIY Henna Tea Strengthening & Conditioning Spritz
After washing my hair with a shampoo bar in sections or simply rinsing my hair very well with just water, I throughly spritz my hair and scalp with this henna tea. I wrap a towel around my shoulders designated specifically for my hair to avoid possibly staining my clothing or another towel. I then add about five drops of oil (or a bit of shea butter) to each section and braid my hair in eight braids for setting.
Now that it is getting colder outside, I’ve been setting my hair in braids to easily wear my hair in updos or buns. Although I am a wash and go lover, I’m trying to protect my hair from the cold air versus just enjoy the volume of my curls all the time. I use this DIY Henna Tea Strengthening & Conditioning Spritz 1-2 times per week when I wash or rinse my hair.
You can use this henna tea as a hair rinse, yet I use it as a strengthening and conditioning leave-in. I find it much easier to make this henna tea than to make flaxseed gel and blend in shea butter, so I’ve been experimenting with the easier route. Right now keeping things as simple as possible seems to be the motto.
I am thinking of adding a teaspoon of another Ayurvedic herb to this mix such as brahmi, neem, or fenugreek, but for now this has been my basic recipe. I have replaced using an apple cider vinegar rinse after shampooing with this henna tea to save time. I should test the pH of this tea to ensure that it is acidic enough to close my hair cuticles properly after using a shampoo bar, but I haven’t gotten to that as of yet since I’m out of pH testing strips. I did want to let you know that just in case you were wondering.
The Benefits of Henna Tea
1. Super easy to make and use.
2. Strengthens and conditions hair while boosting red highlights in my dark brown hair.
3. Takes much less time to incorporate henna into my hair regimen.
4. Uses less henna and amla overtime therefore extending the life of my henna and amla powder.
5. Provides shine and is an awesome leave-in tonic for hair.
6. My hair feels soft, thick, and strong at the same time.
Have you tried using henna as a rinse or leave-in treatment for your hair?
Read more on how I use henna, and it’s amazing benefits for healthy hair here!
(Image by Dawn Michelle)