How To: Henna Gloss Treatment for Soft and Shiny Hair

Henna Gloss Treatment For Soft And Glossy Hair

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 andย  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

7.ย  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.

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Do you use regular full-strength henna? Have you tried henna gloss treatments before?

Simply Yours,

Vita xx

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  1. Question: you have seen my silver mane, is there a gloss for my silver hair without the color?

    • You could try to do the gloss treatment with neutral henna alone. It shouldn’t change your silver hair colour. But it’s always worth doing a strand test first. By the way, I love your hair colour! It’s beautiful and sophisticated. xx

  2. Hi Vita,
    This is very interesting and I would like my Mom to try it ( I would like to try it too ) but just a quick question. Do you apply the henna with your hands or do you use a certain brush? This might be a silly question but I’m not experienced when it comes to colouring hair! I have chestnut brown hair and with a warm red undertone that comes out in direct sunlight. Do you think the henna could enhance that even though my hair is not blond? And my mom has almost black hair with greys hairs appearing. Would the henna hide her grey hair and also give her colour, since her hair is quite dark?
    Thank you for this. It’s very helpful and interesting! Can’t wait to try it!

    Oh! And another question! I’m trying the oil cleansing method. I think I put too much castor oil so it’s a bit drying but you mentioned pumpkin seed oil. Would it be able to clear blackheads! I have them on and around my nose! They’re so annoying. I have to squeeze them which is quite rough on my skin so I want a gentle way to get rid of them. I don’t want to be left with large pores from years of blackheads! Maybe it’s because I’m a teen! But not all teens have blackheads! Please let me know if the OCM works for blackheads or if you know another effective but gentle way to get rid of them forever! Thanks again!


    • Hi Miriam! I always apply henna with my hands (with gloves, of course), but a lot of people like using brushes for hair colouring. I guess it’s just a matter of preference. If you’re careful to distribute it evenly, it doesn’t really matter. Plus, this treatment doesn’t give much colour, so there is really no way you can mess it up. Yes, the gloss treatment will probably enhance your warm undertone a little. For your mum, as she has almost black hair, I don’t think the henna gloss treatment would be able to do much (apart from conditioning and strengthening the hair). Grey roots are very difficult to cover and it’s probably best to use straight up henna as a natural hair dye. There are lots of mixtures for different colours. I suppose for dark brown, almost black colour it would probably be a mix of henna and indigo. But you can buy a ready-made mixture.

      Regarding the OCM, it’s a great tool to get rid of or minimise blackheads. I find that pumpkin seed oil works really well for that. But blackheads are really all about your diet and lifestyle. They’ll keep coming back unless you sort them out or unless you stop being a teenager, which is impossible, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ For me personally, it makes a huge difference if I cut down on fat, especially things like salty, hard cheeses, red meat, and salty foods. Fat is good, but in moderation, especially if we’re talking about someone with excess sebum production (which is really what blackheads are about). I’ll definitely talk about blackheads in one of my videos soon. I’m just testing some final things and then I’ll be able to share my experiences with everyone. xx

      • Thank you SOOO much, Vita! I found your advice very helpful! I will certainly try pumpkin seed oil, since it’s very multi purpose! I hope it’s not expensive and is quite available in stores! I got a breakout on my lower jaw. I think it’s from too much castor oil on my skin and I was doing the OCM about every day! I’ll just get the pumpkin seed oil and see how it works! Thanks again! Very helpful!


  3. Katie Moses says

    Hey I am thinking about doing this treatment.
    I had a question though: how many times of repeating the treatment would it take you to get from the before to after picture that you show? I want to get a good amount of color, so I will probably leave it on for three colors like you suggest. Would one time be enough, or should I repeat it many times in order to keep the color?
    Thank you so much,

  4. Hey Vita:
    Thank you so very much for making this article! I did the henna treatment and I love how my hair turned out.
    I actually made a blog post on the way I did it, and I mentioned how I received the advice from you, and linked your blog post.
    If you’d like to look at my post, here’s the link:

    • Beautiful results! I’ve just checked out your blogpost and it was very interesting to read. I think I’ll do the treatment myself soon as well. Miss that red hue! Good luck with your blog. I’m sure you’re going to do very well! xx

  5. HI I watched your video — hwy i quit teh paelo diet and i love the hair colour you have i nthe video? Is that from repeated glosses or did you do a full henna treatment?

  6. Hi can you use red wine vinegar?

    • I don’t know what kind of impact on the hair colour the red colour of the vinegar would have. I would stick to a neutral coloured vinegar, just to be safe. xx

  7. Omg I have put the red wine in.

  8. Thank you, this worked so well. I substituted lemon juice for vinegar. I was attempting strawberry blond. I left it on for an hour. I really love the result.

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