The henna gloss treatment is a fabulous way to gently color your hair quicker than a traditional henna session and is less harsh than using a dye. Don’t know what henna is?
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The Ultimate Henna Gloss Treatment Guide
Allow me to share you what you’ve been missing. Henna is actually a type of plant that is grown around the world.
The plant, Lawsonia inermis, is the plant that actual users of henna get their “dye” from. Contrary to popular belief, real henna only comes in one color: reddish orange.
Any company that claims otherwise has added ingredients to their mixture. That’s not to say that the dye isn’t natural.
Plants like indigo, woad, and walnut, can be added to the henna to make different colors; however, most henna gloss recipes for naturals do not have any of the added ingredients. The reddish-orange color from the henna comes from a molecule in the leaves and is not meant to give you a full-blown hair color change.
Instead, think of it more as a subtle highlight to your natural tresses. While many people know that henna can dye your hair naturally, most do not realize the benefits of giving their hair a henna gloss treatment.
BENEFITS OF USING HENNA
For one, it is said to help make your hair grow. Yes, that’s right.
in its purest form adds an additional coating to your hair which makes it stronger and much less likely to break. As naturals, we love anything that can help prevent breakage!
On top of helping hair to grow, it also makes the hair thicker over time. Bear in mind that this could easily be due to the buildup of henna that may make it appear thicker; however, it is still something to consider.
Even without doing a henna gloss treatment, the henna itself is in fact both a conditioning agent and medicinal. The use of henna has been known to significantly limit an itchy scalp, help alleviate dry scalp, and also fight off lice and other bacteria that may try to make its way to your strands.
Using henna for dry hair is quite common, and this henna gloss treatment will help to make your hair look even more luxurious. Are you wondering why you haven’t been using it all of your life yet?
There is one thing that you want to keep in mind when doing your henna gloss treatment. For natural women, Henna has been known to loosen up the curl pattern over time.
This is mainly because the henna can be a bit weighty on the tresses. If you have super tight coils, this may not be a big deal to you.
However, if your hair is already somewhat loose, you may not like having even looser curls. Keep this in mind when you’re deciding how often you want to add henna to your hair.
HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF A HENNA GLOSS HAIR TREATMENT
A traditional henna treatment can take several hours at a time. In some cases, it can even be an 8-hour process!
If you’re the average women, you probably barely even have enough time to eat or workout each day– let alone doing your hair for over 8 hours. So, what can you do to get a taste of the henna treatment without committing a workday to the cause?
The henna gloss treatment of course! Before you can do your treatment, there are a few things that you need to have on hand first.
It is important that you have all of these ingredients and tools together before starting your treatment; because applying henna to the hair whether in a traditional treatment or as a gloss treatment can be very messy. First, you’ll need your henna.
. Remember, pure henna can only turn your hair reddish-orange.
What should you mix into your henna?
Some henna mixes just call for hot water and a spoon. That basic mix is totally fine, but it can leave your hair feeling a bit straw-like (because it acts like a protein treatment). To get the most out of your henna session, try playing around with the following ingredients, according to your hair’s needs.
For moisture, softness & conditioning
Carrier Oils: I like coconut, olive, safflower, and red palm.
Conditioner: Make sure it is protein free. I bounce between Aussie Moist and Suave Almond and Shea Butter Conditioner.
Rhassoul Clay: I like the Purgasm Shop Wild Cherry Treatment Hair Truffle.
For shine, pH balancing & porosity correcting
Aloe Vera Juice or Gel
Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered with mother)
For color enhancement
Coffee (for deeper brown)
Lemon Juice (for brightness)
Green Tea (for brightness)
Paprika (for more red)
For scalp health
Tea Tree Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
How to apply henna
For me, the easiest way to apply henna is using my hands (protected by gloves, of course). It allows me to get the henna directly on my scalp (for that psoriasis relief), as well as work it thoroughly through the hair. Using a color applicator brush is another way to apply it through the hair as well. I’ve even seen applicator bottles (with a wide nozzle of course) used. It all depends on what you have around, and what would be easiest. Henna should be allowed to sit after mixed for about half an hour to allow the dye to release. After that, applying it to your hair for anywhere from 1 to 8 hours is just fine. The longer you leave it on, the more color you will get out of it. I usually henna at night and sleep with my head (and pillowcases) covered, and rinse in the morning.
HOW LONG DOES HENNA LAST
Using henna is permanent business, so don’t expect to go back to your regular hair color after a few washes. However, the gloss part of the henna gloss treatment depends on a lot of what types of moisturizing agents that you add to the hair.
Most women say that the conditioning effects last about 1-2 weeks.
HOW OFTEN CAN YOU DO A HENNA GLOSS
When deciding how many times to apply henna on hair in a month, you may get conflicting answers. Some women put henna on their hair every time they wash.
Others try to limit themselves to only once every couple of months. My vote: No more than once every two weeks.
Henna is good for the hair, but there’s no need to do it more than twice a month, especially if you are giving yourself some type of treatment every week such as protein or moisture. Henna for conditioning is an excellent way to make those tresses both look and feel healthy.
The henna gloss treatment is good for those naturals who may want to do a subtle henna treatment, but want to spend less time trying to do it.
There you have it, The Ultimate Henna Gloss Treatment Guide
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