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Moni's Mix

Moni before hennaMoni after henna
Moni before and after henna

I’ve been hennaing my hair for about 7 months now and I love how it conditions, detangles, and loosens the curl pattern in my hair and gives me small ringlets.  My hair is African-American textured (naturally kinky/curly) and dark brown and it comes to my shoulders when straightened. I have seborrhea dermatitis and the henna helps to control the dandruff and it’s a great alternative to the prescription-medicated shampoos that leave my hair very dry and tangled. Here’s a before picture of my hair in small braids and in the sunlight.  When my hair is directly in the sunlight, it has lots of red highlights.

Here is my mix:

        100gms of Body Art Quality Henna
        2 spoonfuls of lemon juice and
                        Celestial Seasonings’ Madagascar Red Vanilla Tea
        1 capful of dark green olive oil (optional)
First, I fixed the tea using 1 teabag and I let it steep until it cooled completely.  Then in a separate container, I mixed 1 cup of  True Blueberry Tea, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 1 capful of dark green olive oil.  Next, I took the tea/lemon juice/olive oil mixture and slowly mixed it with the 100gms of henna, pouring a little bit at a time until the henna became a smooth cake batter mixture.  Afterwards, I covered it with Glad’s new sticky wrap and set it in a warm place for the dye to release overnight (8-12 hours).  The next morning, I stirred up the henna to make sure the dye released.  I put on a pair of gloves and divided my hair into 4 sections.  Using a color brush, I parted each section little by little and brushed a very small amount of henna directly to my scalp.  After each section was done, the leftover henna was then applied to roots and ends section by section. Then I placed a plastic cap on my head with some tissue running along my hairline to prevent it from leaking.  I let the henna sit in my hair for about 8-12 hours.  While the henna is in, I try to stay in the warmest place in the house and drink hot tea.  Once 8-12 hours have passed, I rinse the henna out.  I try to rinse for about an hour to make sure I get all of the henna out. I also shampoo and condition after rinsing to make sure I get all the henna out. Afterwards, I style like normal.


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