My First Henna Experience

By Good Hair & Beauty Diaries - Monday, July 30, 2012

I recently decided to join the band wagon and get some henna for my hair. I've heard about all the lovely benefits this powder had, and I was yearning for a rich color for my hair. I went out and bought Glory Henna in Chestnut.
I understood that the henna needs to have something acidic added to it in order for the dye to be released. I checkout around the house, and all I had was a grapefruit and white vinegar. I decided that the juice from one medium grapefruit would do the job.

I mixed until the dye released and added some honey, castor oil and hot water. The consistency was like a thick pudding and it ended up looking like this.

I applied this mixture to my hair from roots to tips. It actually wasn't as messy as I thought it would be, but I still lined the bathroom floor with newspaper to be sure. I didn't get any pictures of my hair with the henna in since I was home alone. Please remember to wear gloves when applying your henna. I forgot my gloves and had to work very fast to keep my hands from turning chestnut brown. I covered my head with cling wrap and a plastic conditioning cap. I covered all of that with a wool hat as well. I then sat under a dryer for 45 minutes to get the process moving along. I left the henna in for a total of 4 hours.

Rinsing was easy and I followed with a moisturizing shampoo. I then allowed my moisturizing conditioner to sit on my head for approximately 30 minutes. My hair was butter soft and had a very rich color to it. I couldn't wait for my hair to dry so that I could see how shiny it would be. I dried pretty fast in my flat twists. Check the picture below to remember what my original hair color was like.


Here is what my hair looks like now after a flat twist out. It's super soft!


The color from a henna treatment gets better with each application, and my hair feels so good right now. I'll be doing another treatment in 2 weeks or so.

What do you think? Will you be trying a henna treatment anytime soon?


Have a Good Hair Day!!!

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9 comments

  1. I was just watchingI Love Lucy and I was wondering about henna.Maybe I will try it

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  2. Where do you purchase the henna from ? What were the measurements of each ingredient you used? How often should you do henna?

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    1. The henna was from a health food store, The Wellness Warehouse. I did not measure my ingredients, I just mixed until I got the desired consistency. I will be hennaing once every couple of months, but how often you can henna depends on hoe YOUR hair responds to it. Thanks for your comment.

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  3. Wow thanks for this post! i have read so much about 100% henna and how everyone is raving about it, but i cant get my hands on it- i did see Glory henna in one of my stores, but thought it's not good enough! Because Glory henna contains citric acid, i didnt realise you still need to add something acidic and allow for the henna to cure- the instructions on the box doesnt specify- only that you need to mix with hot water and off you go. but your results speak for itself and thats volumes! your hair looks like candyfloss curls- i cant wait to try it out myself!
    Thanks again!

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  4. Hi I was wondering if you continued to henna your hair, any negative effects?

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  5. Hi I was wondering if you continued to henna your hair ? Any negative effects?

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  6. Glory henna is not pure henna. It contains quite high levels of chemicals, especially ppd. Pure henna can only make hair orange.

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