If you read my Ayurvedic Health and Beauty Haul, you’ll know that I got some henna recently. I was really curious to try it, and my husband plucked up the courage to join me. Poor guy! He really struggled, and I laughed so much watching him apply it (no, I’m not mean, it was simply hilarious).
Here’s the video of our henna shenanigans:
My experience with Neutral Henna (Cassia Obovata)
I tried the neutral henna (or Cassia Obovata as it’s officially known) and I think it’s made my hair a little more golden and shiny.
But I made one major mistake: I followed the directions on the pack and added 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Wrong! A pea-size amount would have been more than enough.
Perhaps, if you use conventional harsh shampoos, you’d need that much nourishment, and the shampoo would cut right through the grease anyway. But in my case, as I used soap nuts and then baking soda with apple cider vinegar to wash it off, it was way too much.
I’ll tell you the truth: I had to wash my hair on three consecutive days (when I normally wash it once every 5-7 days) just to get all the oil out. And it’s still a little oily!
What I’ll do differently next time I use henna
I think henna is fantastic, and I’ll definitely give it another try, but I’ll surely do three things differently:
- I’ll put no more than a pea-size amount of coconut oil.
- I’ll use a teaspoon of traditional henna to give my hair a bit more of a warm colour.
- I’ll probably use half of the pack rather than the whole thing (50g instead of 100g) because I feel like I wasted too much product piling on more than what was needed. Neutral henna is also quite pricey, so that should make my wallet happier.
My husband’s experience with henna
My husband’s grey roots turned kind of blonde… OK, not blonde but light brown. We don’t blame the henna though. He’s always been convinced that his hair is dark brown even though it’s black (don’t tell him that though). 🙂 So when we went to the store to get the henna dye for him, he grabbed it in chestnut brown colour. I guess that explains why his grey roots turned out light brown.
Or perhaps it’s because he didn’t pile enough of it (or that mud, as he calls it) on. Watch the video if you want to see a poor tortured man. 🙂 I hope we’ll manage to put a smile on your face with the video!
I’ll definitely repeat the henna treatment in a month’s time, and for now I’ll keep experimenting with all my Ayurvedic herbs. Stay tuned for more news!
Have you tried henna? What do you think of it? Any advice for those trying it for the first time? Let me know in the comments.