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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

HOW NOT TO HENNA FOR THE FIRST TIME!

I've been meaning to share this experiment with you for what feels like the longest time!
A few months back (here) I mentioned buying some henna.
I'd heard that it can be used to strengthen hair (a bit like a protein treatment) so I decided to create my own experimental homade hair strengthening/protein treatment.

THE RECIPE
(Don't try this at home....yet!)
As I said, this was a complete experiment so I wouldn't recommend anyone else try it, as I can't guarantee the results will be favourable, and I think the overall recipe needs some tweeking.
I can't remember the exact measurements but I used approximately:
1 bag of Henna
1 cup of black tea (regular tea without milk/sugar)

4 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons of Aminos
1/2 A 400g Pot of Greek Yoghurt
The mixture was quite lumpy and grainy at first, but it became smooth and a bit more of a mud-like consistency after I added the yoghurt.
(It probably would've been a lot smoother if I'd used something more appropriate than a plastic knife to mix it.)
In all honesty, the mixture smelled awful, but I'd been planning this for a while so I wasn't going to back out.
READY TO USE
Due to a busy schedule I wasn't able to use the mixture until 2 days after I'd made it.
I had heard that the longer you leave a henna mix the stronger the colour becomes.
With this in mind I was curious to see the effects on hair as dark as mine. Could henna really be strong enough to colour even my hair? Was I about to turn myself ginger?
I was ready to risk it.

APPLICATION
Applying it was as mucky a process as any other homemade recipe I've used, but since henna is a powerful dye I tried to be a bit more careful and avoid letting it drip down my face.

It was still a bit grainy and wasn't as great a detangler as I'd have liked, so I had to be very gentle when finger combing it through my hair. I covered my hair with plastic, as usual, and left the treatment on my hair in twisted sections, for about 1 hour; but I cant remember whether or not I applied any heat (sorry people! Bad blogger! I know!). I don't think I did.
THE RESULTS
Anyway, when it came to rinsing it out, my hair was left feeling slightly stronger than before, but I wasn't too bowled over at first, and I found it difficult to rinse out all of the grainy bits. I'll definitely try and do a better job of mixing next time.  
However, by the next day I did notice a significant difference in how much stronger my hair felt. Perhaps I had been too tired to notice it initially. 
As the week when on I was sure the treatment had made a big difference as I found my hair wanted more moisture than usual. I found the Shea Decadence Leave-in and Latte, were the perfect answer to this. Using these as post-treatment products left my hair feeling perfectly balanced – strong but moisturised.
I’d definitely try this again although I may play around with the recipe in the future.
SIDENOTE
Unfortunately the henna did not change the colour of my hair, at least not in a noticeable way. Occasionally, when the light hit it, I thought I could see a tint of colour, but nothing major. However, it did successfully dye my hands a particularly potent shade of orange!
The pictures fail to do it justice. My hands, especially my palms, looked like wet wipes for the cast of TOWIE.
It took at least 2 weeks for the colour to fade from my palms but there was no getting rid from my nails. I had to wait several weeks for my nails to grow the colour out. Even now, Im sure I can still see a hint of orange just below the tips!
The moral of the story – Don’t try this at home!
 If you do want to use henna, research a tried and tested recipe (I’m still working on mine) and whatever you do, make sure you USE GLOVES!!
If you have any more tips on using or mixing henna, please leave a comment below. :-)