One of the amazing things with henna is that apart from the color it also has other fantastic properties for the hair! Hennaed hair will be conditioned and shiny, easy-manageable and soft. It helps fight oily hair, you will find that you don’t need to wash your hair for a good while after hennaing. Additionally, henna helps remove dandruff and cure itchy scalp.
So if you’re interested in henna for it’s properties for your hair, but not the dye in itself, there’s a couple of possibilities.
A henna gloss basically means that you add only a little bit of henna to something else, for instance conditioner. If you have light hair it will give you hair a light red shimmer, but still condition and strengthen your hair.
To make a henna gloss, prepare a small amount of henna paste.Mix the about 2 tbs henna with a bit of boiling water in a bowl that you’re not too fond of (it will be stained by the henna). The consistency should be a quite thick paste, not too runny. Then you will need to let the mixture stand for at least 12 hours.
Add the paste to your favourite conditioner, or some yogurt. Apply to towel dry hair and leave on for at least 30 minutes.
Cassia obovata is just as good for your hair as henna, only without the color. You can also try doing a mixture of henna and cassia – the ration depends on how red you want your hair. Prepare and apply cassia as you would henna. You might feel that you want to do cassia more often, as the effects aren’t quite as long lasting as henna is.