Things have been going grea since I did my BC last year! I love being natural and I have learned so much about myself and my hair along the way. The above pics are just with my basic henna mix and no additional ingredients to add color.
I’ve used henna since November 2009. Well I’m loving henna and I’ve gotten so good that I can get it together without any problems. I started out with using Jamila Henna from the 2009 crop. I still use Jamila Henna but I purchase it only if it has been sent to a lab for inspection against pesticides and other chemicals they may get into henna when it’s being picked and processed for packaging.
Anyway this was my first recipe:
-100g of Jamila Henna
-Coconut Oil Milk
-50g of amla
For the last two months I’ve come out of my henna shell and have been researching how to add color to mixes by using things like coffee, cinnamon, and hibiscus flowers. I decided on trying the hibiscus flowers and ordered from http://butters-n-bars.com/.
Hibiscus, especially White Hibiscus and Red hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), is considered to have medicinal properties in the Indian traditional system of medicine, Ayurveda. Roots make various concoctions believed to cure ailments such as cough. The flowers are boiled in oil along with other spices to make a medicated hair oil to prevent greying and hair loss. The leaves and flowers are ground into a fine paste with a little water and the resulting lathery paste is used as a shampoo plus conditioner.
When the mix came I was excited. I prepared my henna the night before so it was still waiting for my use. I boiled the hibiscus along with some coconut oil and water. After that I drained the pot and let the mix set for an hour. After retrieving my henna I added the hibiscus mix and applied as I usually do. I was kinda nervous but because my hair is dark, even with henna, I knew it wouldn’t be a drastic color change. I’ve heard that if you have blonde hair etc.. the hibiscus will give you a burgundy color.
So here is my new mix: Hibiscus , coconut oil milk, tea tree oil, honey, Jamila henna, green tea
Here are my results the next day! All in all it was a great experience. I will be using the hibiscus mix as a conditioner to prevent any winter shedding without having to do a full henna application. The color is hard to catch on camera but in the light you can really see the difference. When you boil it, the color is a dark burgundy after applying it to your hair, it rinses clear. Basically it soaks into your hair like a conditioner. I am happy with the results! The only downside is that it smelled like old BBQ! Thanks for reading I can be reached at http://2blessedaka.blogspot.com