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Henna Gloss for Conditioning Natural Hair

This post is for everyone who is interested in a henna gloss treatment for hair, has questions on henna for hair, or is just curious what all the fuss is about.

So, here’s a quick rundown on the benefits of henna for fine natural hair:

1. A Henna gloss treatments offer an opportunity to do a heavy-duty deep conditioning treatment on your hair.
2. Henna strengthens hair like a protein treatment without adding actual protein.
3. Henna is a natural hair dye, giving your hair red highlights and coloring grays to a less visible copper color.
4. Henna is gentle enough to use on fine hair to give it some added strength.

But a henna gloss can be a messy process.

It gets everywhere, so be prepared to do a fair amount of cleaning. The nice part is that this method of using henna doesn’t stain as much. So not so much worrying about your clothes, furniture, and what not.

Here’s what you need:

1. Henna powder (I recommend Henna Sooq or Jamila Henna)
2. Lots of your favorite protein-free conditioner ( Have at least 3 bottles on hand depending on you hair length)
3. Shower cap or plastic bag
4. Heated cap
4. A bowl and a spoon. (Plastic or wooden. No metal.)
5. Lots of plastic hair clips
6. Wide-tooth comb

I use the Abbreviated Curly Nikki Method of using a henna gloss my hair.

Although it’s been a life-changer, keep in mind the proportions will change depending on the length of your hair. You’ll need to increase or decrease the amount of product you use if your hair is longer or shorter.

Metal reacts with the henna powder, so make sure to avoid anything metallic. Use a plastic bowl and a wooden spoon.

Step 1. Pour in about 1/2 bottle of your favorite conditioner. (Feel free to use more for long hair.)

Step 2. Add in 2 tablespoons of henna. (Again, more may be needed for longer hair.)

Step 3. Mix well. it should look like thick cream of wheat or grits.

Step 4. Feel free to add any natural oils to the mixture.

Step 4. Apply it to your dry unwashed hair. If you run out, mix up more conditioner and henna (and oil if you’re using it). Mix well and apply to your hair.

Step 5. Once your hair is completely coated in your henna mix, put on your plastic cap.

Step 6. Use heat to help the conditioner really penetrate your hair strands, especially for low-porosity hair. It’s an  an amazing deep-conditioning treatment when all is said and done.

Step 7. Let the henna and conditioner mixture sit on your hair for 4 hours.

Keep a small towel nearby, because the mixture has a tendency to drip from beneath the cap and become an annoying mess.

Step 7. After 4 hours, jump in the shower and rinse it all out. Make sure you have lots of protein-free conditioner on hand, because you’ll need several tries before all the henna is washed out from your hair.

Step 8. Style as usual. And it should be a breeze to detangle. Make sure you have more protein-free conditioner, because you’ll want to continue using it for the next week or two after your henna treatment.