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.

8 comments:

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

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  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?

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    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!

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  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?

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    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!

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

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

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    1. Try it! Try it! Try it!! You're welcome :)

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