1 cup of Nupur Henna
1 Tbsp Grapeseed Oil
1 Tsp Honey (or Agave Nectar)
Instructions (if your hair is longer than mine, you will want to increase this recipe):
- Place henna in plastic or glass bowl
- Pour enough coconut milk and stir (with a plastic or wooden spoon) until the thick, muddy consistency is achieved
- Stir in the grapeseed oil
- Add honey or agave nectar (I use whatever I have on hand) and stir
- Wash/cleanse hair first
- Apply mix to damp hair, in sections and using plastic, latex or vinyl gloves (or you'll have orange palms and nails for a few weeks) and leave on for at least 30 mins. Heat is optional. I don't use it.
- Rinse with just water first. This will get most of henna out. Then apply (cheapie) conditioner or a gentle shampoo/cleanser to get the rest out. Repeat as many times as necessary till water runs clear. I like to use a gentle cleanser and only have to apply once to get the remaining henna out.
NOTE: I DON'T USE HENNA FOR COLOR so my mixes are not for that. Please keep that in mind if you try it out. This mix leaves my hair feeling incredibly soft and defined and rinses out like a dream. Remember, this is not the end all be all henna recipe; there are MANY. This is just my favorite one, after trying and creating many different recipes of my own over time. Tweek it however you see fit. For more information on henna and how to get started, please visit http://www.hennaforhair.com/ I learned everything I know about henna from there.
I try to do a henna treatment once a month. I apply mine right away after mixing because I am not going for the color effects (I wouldn't get any anyway) and leave it on for 30 minutes at most. Sometimes I leave it in longer but those times that I do are just outta sheer laziness. Hehe. :D
GG: Glad to be of some help. I hope my mix will work for you. I've got a new mix in mind that I can't wait to try out and share the results with you guys. It's so fun playing around with the recipes till you find ones that are keepers.
Rhoyale: In my experiences, I do not find it necessary. When I first started using henna, I used to leave it on for hours (and sometimes overnight which proved to be disasterous!) compared to now when I try not to leave it on for more than 30 mins, and I haven't seen a difference in the benefits received. Once I observed this, it was game on for me and I haven't looked back since. This approach may not work for everyone, but I'm soooo glad it works for me! I hated leaving it on for hours, messing up my daily flow n stuff. Hahaha.
1xellus1: That sucks that you're allergic. I'd be hurt if I ever became allergic. Have you tried cassia? It provides similar results without the color. Maybe you won't be allergic to that.