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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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