How to Apply Henna (You can use these tips for Chemical/Natural Hair Dye also):
1. You will need an old bowl and your choice of henna, you will then pour the henna mix into the bowl and add a small amount of hot water to mix into a creamy paste using a wooden spoon. You are looking to get a nice thick, creamy consistency here, and only add small amounts of water whilst mixing the product to get the right balance.
2. After you have done everything stated above, you will then add a good quality oil to your henna (this is not necessary but it does help condition the hair and develop colour better) I preferably like to use the Macadamia Oil range, but recently received two other oils that work just as great for a fraction of the price! I will list these below with some information about them (In the pictures above you will notice I have placed oil in the powder before adding water, this is just to show you the oil before mixing everything together).
3. I then always apply Vaseline around my hairline, behind the ears, and down the sides of my face and neck to stop dye staining my skin, and then wrap a towel around my shoulders with old clothes on, just in case dye stains my clothing! After this, you will then apply gloves (I normally use disposable ones), and start by applying the product to your roots around the crown and working your way down. I find this process easier but if you prefer to work from the tips of the hair and leaving the roots for last, that is entirely up to you 🙂
4. After my henna/hair dye has been applied, I will then place a disposable cap around my head to trap in warmth (This gives a brighter/vibrant red) but you can also leave your hair unwrapped for darker/natural results.
5. With the LUSH Henna I would normally be left waiting around 4 hours before removing the henna but with this new Renaissance Henna, I only have to wait 1-2 hours to get incredible results!! If you are using Chemical Hair Dyes from the drugstore, these normally take around 20-30 minutes to develop and for Natural/Vegetable alternatives such as Fudge Paint Box and Manic Panic, these will take around 30-60 minutes to develop.
6. I will then wash the henna out in the shower and use a good shampoo to remove all the product and this can take around 10 minutes. I will then use my Aqua Tangle Teezer or basic black wide tooth comb to go through my hair and untangle knots. After this basic routine, I then wrap my hair up in a dark towel and leave my hair to dry naturally.
By following these simple steps above you will be left with beautiful hair that’s volumized and vibrant. I would also like to point out that regular chemical hair colourants from the drug store normally last around 3-4 weeks and natural/vegetable dyes will last 2-3 weeks depending on the brand! I find “Fudge Paint Box“ the best vegetable dye as it lasts 3-4 weeks and gives incredible colour results for the price. Henna lasts the longest out of the selection of dyes at around 4-6 weeks, normally I do a full application every 6 weeks, with a root touch up in-between this period. You will also notice how I talked about using Hair Oils in your hair dye/henna mix and feel everybody should start doing this, as it really helps the colour develop better and it also works to condition your hair and leave it super soft once washed off.
The oils I have been using lately and loving are:
Old Wives Tail – £13.99*, (This is the oil I used in the henna picture above): This hair oil is very thick and luxurious and comes in great mixed with my henna! I love how it leaves my hair very shiny and frizz free once washed off. I must admit this oil was not suitable for my hair used alone as a mask treatment, as the oil would not wash out!! So I decided to try it with my henna mix and prefer this method much better and I feel happy I can get some good use out of such a wonderful handmade product. This Argan and Rosemary oil treatment really nourishes my hair and deeply conditions with Shea Butter, Vitamin E and pure Organic Argan Oil, these power ingredients help to stop damage and breakage, whilst the Rosemary Oil stimulates the scalp and encourages healthy hair growth, making this a great option for mixing in with hair dyes. Each product from Old Wives Tail is made with luxurious ingredients, all being organic and not tested on animals with 10% of the profits made from each sale going towards charities that save animals from being tested upon.
Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment – £25.99, This is an oil treatment I have been using for years and just love the results from this, whether used alone on damp/dry hair or mixed in with my henna. I really like how this instantly tames dry, damaged ends and leaves my hair very shiny and silky smooth. Another good thing about this oil is the fact it contains natural UV protection and extends the life of colour treatments, so this is another great reason to add a dollop or two to your hair dye mix. This amazing oil also reduces drying time by up to 40-50% and makes my hair much easier to manage! It’s definitely a keeper and something I can’t live without.
Alchemy Grapefruit Hair Remedy – £17.99*, I recently received this through @etailpr and keep using it on my ends and really like how nourishing and luxurious this oil is, I also really like the unique bottle design and find it very different to other oil treatments. I find the smell very uplifting and citrusy!! I can’t wait to use this in my henna mix next month, and really enjoy using it alone on damp hair and notice how it improves the ends of my hair. This is made with natural ingredients also from coconut, avocado, almond and castor oils which will work in sync to promote hair growth, thicken hair and create lustrous shine. Not only does this oil make my hair look incredible and controls frizz/damage it also helps with dandruff and keeps your scalp healthy with added grapefruit oil.
If you’re looking for good oils to mix in with your hair dyes, then I can’t recommend these three enough and find anything that promotes hair growth, shine and contains natural ingredients are the ones to splurge on to gain maximum results. Last but not least I wanted to talk a little about the henna hair colour I use and hopefully I can convert some of my wonderful readers to try something new, healthier, natural and less damaging for your hair and switch your chemical dyes to henna, especially if you have a “normal/simple” shade such as brown, black or red.
The Henna I used and will be using from now on is called “Renaissance Henna” and you can find this on Amazon or through the Renaissance Henna website. I was looking for a vibrant red and I got incredible results from this and this is a 2-in-1 organic herbal mix, it’s a deep conditioning hair treatment and henna colourant. The mixture once mixed with hot water comes out beautifully and turns into a really nice thick smooth consistency with hints of floral undertones from the mixed herbs, it smells nicer than pure henna and milder. I found this henna easier to work with compared to the LUSH block, and I also encountered zero mess when it came to applying the henna and afterwards 🙂 I will keep buying from this company and feel very happy with the results and price of the henna packets!! I got the 200g pack at £13.99 and this contains enough powder for three full treatments and my hair is now very long, so if you have shorter hair this will definitely last longer.
Henna Hair in Natural Light (Deep Red with light ends, You will also notice more shine from this lighting, from the oils used on my hair)
Henna Hair in Direct Sun Light (Vivid Colour with Multiple Tones of Red, You don’t notice much shine in this lighting but you can notice more colour definition and health)
I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know your thoughts below?
If you want to know more about henna you can have a look through the Renaissance Henna Website, they have lot’s of information on henna and the benefits if you’re interested in trying it out.