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Zaji and Sabina's Mix
Zaji before hennaZaji after henna

Zaji before and after henna

Sabina before hennasabina after henna

Sabina before and after henna

 Zaji, my 10-year old, is mixed race and has very thick, coarse, brittle hair which is in dreadful shape due to chemical relaxers.  Her last (forever!!) chemical relaxer was applied about 8 weeks ago.  I applied the powdered form of a plant called Daphne Gnidium, then Saraha Clay in her hair as a deep conditioner and to soften her curl about 5 days before her henna treatment. 

Her mixture was the same as mine - I'm fair skinned, growing out chemical dye jobs, with about 2 inches of growth which is white, grey, and dark grey.  I have used Clairol Ultress Lightest Auburn - my last dye job was about 6 weeks ago - and as you can see in the before picture, the color has faded drastically.  Our mix is:
Simmered 4 tablespoons fresh ground coffee in 2 cups tap water for 20 minutes.  Strained that through coffee filter and ended up with 1 cup strooooooong coffee.  Cooled to lukewarm and added to 100 grams body art quality henna from Catherine.

I added juice from 3 large lemons, 2 teaspoons ground cloves, 12 drops of Tea Tree EO, 1 cup water.  Mixed thoroughly till it was the consistentcy of soft pudding and let sit in disposable plastic container covered for about two hours.  The dye released and I put it in the fridge till ready to henna the next morning.

Took out henna to warm to room temp (about 3 hours), and got indigo in mail (again Catherine, very speedy service - thank you!)  and mixed about 3 tablespoons of indigo with water and a sprinkle of salt, let sit for about 10 minutes, and added to henna. 

I washed my hair, no conditioner, put on gloves and added about 50 grams of mixture to my hair, covered with a plastic cap and ski cap. 

I then put the other 50 grams on my daughter's head, covered with plastic cap and ski cap.  For me and my daughter's application, I just scooped it up with my gloved fingertips and parted hair, applied to scalp and rubbed it in really well. 

Daughter left it in for 3 hours; I left mine in for 3hrs. 45 min. 

I rinsed her hair with lots and lots of conditioner and combed it and put some rosemary oil in.  I rinsed out my hair with lots of conditioner, mixed  cup apple cider vinegar and 1 cup water, poured it over my head, then shampooed and conditioned. 

We are both so happy with how our hair turned out. &nb! sp; For my color, it is unlike any other color I've ever seen or had on my head!  It is a luscious color, very layered, bright but not weird, and my hair still has body and some wave - I had read the henna may loosen curl, which it did for my daughter beautifully!  I am extremely happy with how it turned out, and I am a henna convert for life!

Sabina and Zaji


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