What is Henna?
How to Choose a Shade?
How to Apply?
Long Hair - 1 1/4 cup henna (you can mix shades for the perfect color - I blend brown and red for auburn)
Shoulder Length to Short Hair - 3/4 cup henna
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
30 drops rosemary essential oil (or choose one from the hair care list)
Mix together in a bowl or large measuring cup and pour in boiling water until the henna is the consistency of oatmeal.
Your hair does not need to be clean and washed, in fact Rosemary Gladstar discourages it. Just dampen your hair and towel dry. Massage a small amount of coconut or olive oil into your hair - especially the ends.
- Plastic gloves
- Brush for "painting" on your henna - you can use an actual dye brush or I just used an actual paint brush
- An old towel you don't care to get stained
- Plastic wrap or shower cap
Separate your hair into 1" sections and "paint" the henna on beginning at the root and moving to the ends. Apply it thickly all over and continue until all your hair is completely covered. "Grease" it thickly over all the hair and then cover with plastic wrap or a shower cap and then cover with a towel. Leave on 90 minutes up to 2 hours, I just watch a movie while I wait and know I am finished when the movie is over. If you have lots of gray though you only want to leave it on for 30 minutes.
Wash out the best you can knowing that you are not going to get it all out. Let your hair dry and then brush through it real well, outside, believe me lots of henna that was left will now come out in your brush and on the ground. It will usually take a couple of washes to get it completely out.