CONTENT TO ADD IN YOUR REGULAR HAIR-CARE REGIME- HENNA POWDER TO GET SOFT AND SHINY HAIR
Hey SWEETYUMMS : )
Festive spirit is in the air and hope you’ve been doing well these days. My festive shopping is almost done and now it’s the time to concentrate on makeovers :D. well I’ve told ya’ll before that I’m not too keen of visiting parlors but at this time, parlors tempt me so bad lol. And so I’m on with some preliminary touch ups. It started with my hair :D. well I love my hair like everyone does and today I’m going to set a remedial method of getting shiny as well as healthy hair. I don’t get much time throughout the year to take very good care of my hair. But when it’s around 15 days to Durga Puja, I have to do something to my hair. Well, I want to look good after all. Every single girl must have heard about the goodnesses of Henna, a very effective natural way to color your hair. My blog will be all about the same and its application.
Here I’ve used Mayuri Henna powder. You can use any other brand as per your choice, or you can simply grind Henna leaves to make a smooth paste that to be applied on your hair. But availability was a major issue and even though it would be available, I wasn’t too sure about the processing method of raw Henna leaves. So, I preferred an easy yet safer way to it. If you can get the same brand of Henna powder, I can bet you won’t be disappointed with it. I’ve been using it since 3-4 years and it had never let me down.
So I would like to write a few words about my favorite Mayuri Henna. As I’ve told you before, it has been my favorite Henna powder since quite a long time. During my college days I used to love experimenting different skincare and makeup goodies. Coloring up my hair was a strict no-no from my parents yet I wished to try some hair color, so one of my college buddies gave me the idea of applying henna powder onto my hair telling me that it works on nourishing up hair and scalp as well. Mayuri Henna was the first henna powder I tried and from that time on, I’ve loved this product so much.
Mayuri Henna has been formulated with various natural hair-friendly ingredients. The post usage effect of it is awesome. You’ll feel like caressing your own hair again and again : ). Another feature of it that made me love it so much is its cost effectiveness, you can get a single use 40g pack of Mayuri henna in just 19INR as on 17.09.2014. It comes with a few more variations like natural black, natural brown, natural burgundy. Well I prefer using the Natural unmodified Henna.
HOW TO USE IT:
Now I’ve got into the main topic I’m writing this blog on. Some packaged henna is directed to be used simply soaking in lukewarm water for 30-45 minutes. But I like to add a few more steps to it to increase its nourishment value. Let me tell you step by step.
This is how the Henna powder looks like. It is to be soaked in lukewarm water but I prefer soaking it in lukewarm tea liquor, or you can soak it in coffee liquor as well. It’ll give your hair a rich and intense post usage effect.
The other ingredients I’ve used making this paste are shown in the picture. Unsweetened curd is another essential and must-be-used thing for me while making the Henna paste. Curd has its natural acidic nature that fights against dandruff and yet not harsh on the scalp like other citrus ones.
Another ingredient I’ve used is a whole egg. You can separate the egg yolk and use it making the paste, but as I’m too lazy to do that, I used the whole. Egg protein is too good for hair. Egg yolk has the natural power of softening hair, adding up an extra shine to your hair.
Some beauties might have a problem with egg smell. If you’re one of them then you can simply replace egg with hibiscus petals, boiled in coconut oil. Oil has been very famously used for conditioning hair. Hibiscus petals are something that has been used since ages. It has been proved effective for maintaining the natural color of hair. But in that case you won’t be getting the rich brownish color because of that oil used in it.
Boil the liquor for 8-10 minutes to get a rich liquored tea. Sweeties don’t try to orally consume this liquor or you’ll get a thousand volt’s shock for the bitter taste it contains 😀 .
Add 2 teaspoons of unsweetened curd for a 40 gm pack of Henna powder.
Some beauticians suggest having a hot oil hair massage prior to the application. But as long as I’m having an oily hair and scalp, I like to avoid that step.
Mix all the ingredients together to make a smooth paste. Avoid making it too thick or too liquidy. Consistency should be medium, otherwise you’ll feel it problematic to apply it all over your hair. You can use an applicator brush for mixing and applying onto the scalp. Or plastic gloves will also help you doing the same.
Leave the henna powder to get soaked with all the ingredients above for 30-45 minutes. Make sure your hair is dried up before applying it. Apply it all over your hair and scalp. Leave it for an hour. If possible, cover your hair with a shower cap to avoid smudging.
After an hour when henna will the almost dried up, wash your hair with lukewarm water. Avoid shampooing for that day as it’ll wash away the color you’ve applied it for. Shampoo your hair on the next day.
Caution: Apply henna only twice a month. Excessive use of henna may cause dullness and roughness to your hair
Benefits of applying Henna:
- It’s the most popular and safest way to color your hair.
- Nourishes your hair as well, providing the essential food for hair follicle.
- The herbal ingredients in the henna powder I use have some majestic effect on my hair. it contains Amla, Shikakai, Tulsi, Reetha that not only colors my hair, but also deeply cleanses my hair, protecting the scalp from bacterial affects.
- It promotes hair growth.
- Adds up an extra shine to the hair
- Cost effective
- Easily available in market
- Writing the negative points of applying henna is a tough job. The only flaw I’ve found in it is, it sometimes makes hair really rough after washing up. It takes time and loads of water to wash up henna dust completely from hair. But you can use a conditioner after washing off henna. That’ll be a solution to this one flaw of it.
I just loveeee the intense shine and rich yet natural color it gives my hair. Trust me, it feels like caressing my hair again and again : D. so if you’re still thinking whether you should give it a try or not. Don’t think too much sweeties, go for it : ) love your hair, your hair will make you even lovelier.