Wash Day - Henna Gloss Treatment (24 wks post)

After I finally decided I'm ready to relax my hair, I thought about the fact that I
haven't henna-ed it in awhile either. So, I figured I would go with a henna treatment before I go for my next relaxer. (Plus I hadn't even purchased a relaxer kit yet.) So, this idea worked out well! Since my last henna gloss went so well, I repeated the recipe and steps almost exactly. Here's how it all went down:

{1} Pre-pooed overnight with Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose and grapeseed oil. I sectioned my hair and braided it up into 8, 4 in the front & back.

{2} Washed my hair while it was still braided, using CON Argan Oil Moisturizing and Shea Moisture ABS Deep Cleansing Shampoo.

{3} I mixed the initial henna mixture (henna powder, green tea & ACV) the night before
so after washing, I added the conditioners and oils to it while my hair was wrapped in a towel to soak up the excess water. You can find my recipe in this post.

{4} I unbraided my hair one-by-one apply the henna to each section before moving on to the next. Best idea ever! I felt like I moved through my hair so much more efficiently doing it this way.

{5} Put on 2 plastic caps, a scarf and sat under my bonnet dryer for about 45 minutes aka too long. The last time I sat under it for about 30 minutes and was fine, but this time it started running down my neck! It's never happened before and it was kinda gross, but I had to laugh at myself. Lesson learned. Next time I'll pay more attention to the time passing.

{6} Rinsed with cool water and then using HE Honey I'm Strong conditioner. In this step, I continue adding conditioner to my hair and rinsing until the water runs clear.

{7} I tried to wring all the excess water out of my hair I could and then added Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturizing conditioner (1st use). I put on a plastic cap for about 10 mins before rinsing with cooler water.

{8} Did an ACV rinse using a spray bottle and rinsed with cold water after a couple minutes.

{9} T-shirt dried for about 30 mins.

{10} Applied my leave-ins, Elasta QP Silk H2, grapeseed oil, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restoring conditioner, and Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum and detangled. Detangling was a breeze and I lost virtually no hair this wash day.

{11} I let my hair continue drying in loose bantu knots... out of laziness

I let this wash day drag out all day because I was just lounging around the house, not caring too much. It went so well, too! My hair felt great, new growth didn't give me any problems... it was a good hair day. First impressions of the Paul Mitchell conditioner are pretty good - liked the scent and the way my hair felt after only 10 minutes. Oh and I didn't really notice a color change in my hair from the henna yet. Well see if it shows up later.


  1. Your hair continues to grow. I love the products in your regimen.

  2. Your sections and braids look so full and thick. Is the Henna gloss used as a protein treatment for you or what are the main benefits?

    1. Thanks Jas! Henna mimics a protein treatment, although it is not actually a protein. It strengthens, smooths and adds shine to the hair by binding to the keratin. I have a post detailing its benefits here if you are interested!

  3. Wow you new growth is amazing! I would really live to try a henna gloss, ACVand bantu knots. I hear henna glosses prevent relaxer take up, have you tried glosses back to back with relaxers before?

    1. Yvonne, it is so funny you would say that because I didn't even think about the fact that I had not done them back to back before until I already relaxed my hair! I don't think it actually prevented the relaxer take up, but I do think it may have had an effect. You should definitely try each of those three things! Henna and ACV are staples for me now.

      Thank you!

  4. I've been itching to try henna forever but I keep forgetting! Thanks for the reminder chica!

    KLP | SavingOurStrands


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