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How I dye and condition my hair with henna

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I’ve been meaning to post about my experiences with using henna on my hair for a while now, and what better time than while my hair is coated in henna and wrapped in a Turbie Twist? (In case you’re wondering what the heck a Turbie Twist is, it’s this thing.)

I actually became interested in henna a couple years ago, primarily for the conditioning and curl-taming effects as opposed to the coloring effects. I had read that henna could help reduce frizz and relax curl pattern, and the nice reddish color was more of a pleasant ‘side-effect’ :) (By the way, I think the henna has relaxed my curl pattern over the past couple years!)

But even after deciding I wanted to try henna, I spent a few months hemming and hawing before I finally got up the courage to do it. A large part of the reason for that is that there’s so much conflicting and confusing information out there! The process seems simple enough:

  1. Mix henna with liquid to form a paste
  2. Wait for dye release
  3. Put in hair
  4. Let sit
  5. Rinse out

But there are so many different opinions on the best liquid to use, the length of dye release, how clean your hair needs to be before applying henna, how long you need to let it sit, and even the best way to get it out of your hair, so I had to do a ton of online exploring before I felt comfortable enough with a method to actually try it out. And there were enough henna horror stories online that I couldn’t bring myself to take the plunge without doing extensive research first. Read more →