I've managed to henna three times in the last 2 months which is rare ish due to my schedule, the Boogs and the general lethargy. Before these consecutive treatments, I was getting it in maybe, MAYBE once every three months and due to my genes, the grays were getting quite rude. With no time to dedicate to full henna treatments, I knew there had to be another way and of course, necessity is the mother of invention.
So I further abbreviated my henna gloss situation by cutting out yet another step. This time, I directly added about a tablespoon of henna powder to my conditioner of choice (rather than mixing the henna separately with tea/water and then adding it to the conditioner).
I grabbed a plastic container, added enough Generic Biolage conditioner to cover my hair and mixed in about a tablespoon (give or take) of Red Raj henna powder (gifted from Henna Sooq, love the stuff and will repurchase!).
I immediately applied the light green mixture to my dry hair and since the dye didn't have a chance to release, I didn't need plastic gloves. I threw on a plastic cap and then spent the next 45 minutes searching for my micro heat cap. Never found it. So I donned an old winter beanie and it worked pretty well to generate and hold in heat (in subsequent applications, I used the heat cap tho... it was in one of the suitcases my ratchet ass had yet to unpack).
I then rinsed in the shower, applied some Aussie Moist, showered, detangled, rinsed and styled. My grays went all copper and after the second and third treatments, darkened up to a lovely brick red. Score-1.
The mixing, application (goes on like any other deep treatment) and rinsing is almost too effortless and the color is dope. I'll probably never do a full treatment again. Totally unnecessary.
So to recap-
1. cop your favorite protein-free conditioner (preferably a thick one that won't run)
2. mix in some henna powder (1 tablespoon to a 100g depending on your personal preference)
3. apply to dry (or wet) hair. no gloves needed.
4. put on a plastic cap and micro heat cap to heat things up to help the dye release. leave in for 2 hours.
5. rinse, apply another conditioner for detangling purposes, rinse that, and then go about your business booboo.
6. enjoy fuller, slightly heavier, shinier, auburn tinted hurr.
I didn't find that a deep treatment immediately following was necessary since the Biolage is so moisturizing. I just make sure that whatever leave-in I'm using, is moisture heavy.
But forreal tho, I was serving up Napoleon-Dynamite-Perm until I pineappled to loosen thangs up a bit. Now I'm fresher than a certs up in this mug. I will definitely be doing bi-weekly henna glossings and may re-introduce this super curly fro situation back into my style rotation!
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