Henna Treatment – The Second Time Around

Monday, December 27th, 2010

After my first Henna experience failed to cover my gray hair, Sharron, blogger of Beautiful, Naturally…Inside and Out… suggested I try a recipe she used to color her mother’s gray hair. The results looked great so I followed the same procedure in hopes of getting the same results. This is what I did:

What is needed to Henna

100 to 150 grams of Henna. I used 150 grams. I used Black Rose Kali Mehandi henna in color black. Natural hair bloggers like Jamila henna. I was told at an Indian specialty store that it only comes in red so I used a different brand.

2 cups of hot water (not boiling)

4 bags of Green Tea

2 tablespoons of honey or agave. I used agave which is a natural liquid sweetener from a cactus.

2 tablespoons of oil. I used Sunflower Oil

10 – 15 drops of your favorite essential oil. I used Lavender.


1 pair of plastic gloves

1 plastic cap



4 Hair Clips

Plastic container and mixing spoon

My main mission in applying the Henna is to color my gray hair. Can you see the gray strands below?! A Henna is also good for providing the hair with thickness and strength. So it’s a win-win situation all the way around.

Step 1:

Heat 2 cups of water on the stove top. Take it off of the fire just before it starts to boil.

Step 2:

Add the green tea bags to the hot water and let it cool for approximately 20 minutes.

Step 3:

Pour the Henna powder in a plastic container.

Step 4:

Slowly add the green tea to the Henna and mix. It should look a little clumpy.

Step 5:

Add the oil and mix. The texture of the Henna mixture will smooth out and produce a shine.

Step 6:

Add 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Step 7:

Add honey or agave. The texture will be super smooth.

Step 8:

Cover with plastic wrap and let the Henna mixture rest. I made a quick dash to Target. When I came back I jumped in the shower and washed my hair.

Step 9:

Wash your hair with your favorite shampoo. I used Naturally Me. I previewed this vegan product a few week ago. I finally got to use it and I do love the creamy rich thickness of the shampoo. Plus I like the fact that it is vegan. That’s hard to find. After shampooing please DO NOT CONDITION YOUR HAIR!

Step 10:

Line the bathroom floor with newspaper because the Henna will get all over the place.

Step 11:

Divide your hair in 4 sections using the hair clips to keep each section in place. Put on the plastic gloves.

Step 12:

Take a piece of hair from a section in the back and apply the Henna mixture. Make sure the Henna covers every strand. Work your way to the front of your hair making sure the hair flows towards the back of your head.

Step 13:

Don a plastic cap

Step 14:

Let the Henna stay in for 2 to 4 hours. I let it sit for 3 ½ hours.

Step 15:

I jumped back in the shower and rinse out the Henna mixture using a conditioner. I used Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Curl Perfecting Conditioner


It wasn’t easy for me to find Indigo powder. It wasn’t sold at any local beauty supply store in Brooklyn. I found the product at an Indian specialty store in Manhattan. I was told that Indigo is very much like a Henna. It will enhance the color of the hair but not color it. Okay this process wasn’t really necessary but I wanted to try it just to see how my hair would turn out.

What is needed

90 grams of Indigo powder

1 plastic container

4 Hair Clips

1 pair of plastic gloves

1 plastic cap

2 cups of hot water



Step 16:

Pour the Indigo powder into a plastic container.

 Step 17:

Slowly add the hot water to the powder until it turns into a paste. The indigo mixture will be thicker than the Henna mixture because less fluid is added to the treatment.

Step 18:

Line the bathroom floor once again with newspaper and put on the plastic gloves.

Step 19:

Apply the Indigo mixture to your hair the same way the Henna was applied – covering all of your hair. This mixture is a little thicker.

Step 20:

Don a plastic cap

Step 21:

I left the Indigo mixture on my hair for 50 minutes. I then jumped back into the shower and rinsed it out with the Hair Milk Conditioner. I did notice a bit of a shine.

Step 22:

Afterwards, I applied a leave-in conditioner by Naturally Me. I honestly love this product because it is moist and creamy and I like how it made my hair feel. Hey - check it out. No more gray hair!

 Below are pics of my homemade afro after the Henna treatment. My mother said I should have someone show me how to do my natural hair. She doesn’t understand the kinky look. She’s an old timer from the South.

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3 Responses to “Henna Treatment – The Second Time Around”

  1. Jahna says:
    January 30th, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    I clicked the link that directed me towards the Black Rose Kali Mehandi and checked the ingredients…it has PPD, a chemical which can have detrimental effects on your hair and skin, so beware.

  2. Jahna says:
    January 30th, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    A natural alternative would be to do a 2-step process where you dye your hair with henna. Then dye it with natural indigo powder.

  3. Permed to Natural says:
    January 30th, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Hi – I am now aware that Black Rose Kali Mehandi has PPD. I didn’t know that then and no longer use the product on my hair.


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