Learn how to do a henna gloss treatment at home in a few easy steps. I’ve discovered it recently, and it’s quickly become my current favourite hair treatment. The henna gloss treatment is much easier and quicker than a full strength henna treatment and works on any hair type or colour – all you need is a few little tweaks. You can achieve a lovely warm red hue or avoid any (or almost any) colour at all. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Let’s get started!
7 Reasons Why I Like The Henna Gloss Treatment More Than The Full Strength Henna
1. You’re in control of how much colour you get. The regular henna treatment is pretty much useless if you don’t want bright red hair. Depending on how long you leave the henna gloss on and depending on whether you add some vinegar, you can get from zero to a lot of colour pay off. Make sure you always test it on a strand of your hair first!
2. The henna gloss treatment is deeply conditioning unlike the full strength henna (it can often leave your hair feeling stiff and straw-like). Thanks to the conditioner and honey in the mix, your hair will be super soft and shiny right away.
3. The henna gloss treatment is very good at smoothing frizzy hair.
4. It will still add bulk to your hair, just like the full strength henna, so your hair will look lush and full.
5. The smell is much more enjoyable as henna is mixed with nice smelling things, such as conditioner and honey. If you hate the grassy smell of henna, you’ll enjoy the henna gloss treatment much more. You can even add a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
6. The henna gloss treatment is a breeze to apply and to wash off thanks to the added slip from the conditioner. No more swearing and filling up a bathtub just to dunk your head in. 🙂
7. Last but not least, the henna gloss treatment takes a fraction of the time that it would take you to do a regular full strength henna treatment. All you need is 30-60 minutes (depending on how much colour you want).
My Recipe For The Henna Gloss Treatment
I first heard of the henna gloss treatment from the How To Hair Girl. However, I had to change all of the quantities in her recipe – it seemed way too thick and not moisturizing enough. For my version of the recipe, you’ll need just these 4 ingredients (plus water):
- 3 tbsp. natural henna – make sure it’s pure Lawsonia Inermis (the scientific name of henna) without any extra additives. If you can get an organic one, even better!
- 3 tbsp. warm water
- 1 tbsp. raw honey
- 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar (omit if you don’t want the colour) – you can also use white wine vinegar if you don’t have apple cider vinegar at hand.
- 2-3 tbsp. your favourite conditioner (I used this one) – it doesn’t have to be an expensive one. All you need is a basic hair conditioner without any silicones (any indredients ending in -one) or protein.
Start by mixing henna with warm water, then add honey, conditioner, and apple cider vinegar. The mixture should look like Greek yogurt – nice and thick, but smooth.
How To Apply The Henna Gloss Treatment
1. You can apply it on dry or damp towel-dried hair. I prefer dry because I don’t like dripping, but it doesn’t really matter for the effectiveness or the colour.
2. Divide your hair into 4 sections, and apply the henna evenly starting from the roots all the way to the ends. If you have more hair, you can have more sections.
3. Put your hair up in a bun, put your lovely shower cap on or wrap your hair with cellophane and then wrap a towel around your hair.
4. Leave the henna gloss treatment on for 30-60 minutes depending on how much colour you want. If you want only the glossing and strengthening, leave it on for 30 minutes. If you want a bit of colour, wash it off after 60 minutes (that’s what I do). If you want really strong bright colour, you can leave it on for 4 hours or even overnight.
5. Wash your hair with an apple cider vinegar rinse or use your conditioner as a co-wash. I wouldn’t recommend using a shampoo because your hair might be a bit dry. If you really need a more thorough wash, wait for 24 hours and then use your regular shampoo. Let the colour and all the strengthening benefits develop first.
Voila! You should now have beautiful, thick, and glossy hair for a fraction of the price of all those expensive glossing treatments at hair salons. Enjoy! Don’t forget to share this tutorial with other ladies in need for some homemade hair remedies!
You can read all about my current organic hair care routine in this blog post.
Do you use regular full-strength henna? Have you tried henna gloss treatments before?
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