I will occasionally do Henna Glosses whenever I remember (I should do them more often because they are awesome!) I tend to do Henna/Amla DC’s but will do a henna gloss when I do not have time to do a full strength henna DC or when I am running low on henna. I have already written about the benefits of Henna and made a video explaining how and why I use it.
Benefits of henna glosses (Glosses are not as “strong” as a full strength henna treatment but it:
- Gives shine to the hair.
- Strengthens the hair from root to tip.
- Provides a slight tint – (depends on the length of time you leave it on, how much you dilute the henna and how strong your henna is).
- Can help fight dandruff and scalp irritations (check with your dermatologist first).
- Leaves the hair feeling less dry/rough versus a full strength henna treatments.
- Requires less time (the time you leave it on your hair).
- Rinses out easier.
- Requires less henna (due to the additional ingredients you add).
- Can be used as a “touch up” to a full strength henna treatment.
What can I add to my Henna mix to make it a “gloss”:
The simple answer is anything, but popular additions are:
- coconut milk
- coconut cream
- conditioner (preferable protein free)
You might also add
- honey/agave nectar
Again, the options are endless. My personal opinion is that even though a henna gloss is supposed to be “diluted” I still want to be able to get its benefits. It is the lawson or Lawsonia inermis (red/orange dye) that provides the benefits therefore, I choose use a mix that has dye release versus applying the paste right after mixing (before dye release).
For my henna glosses I actually use a paste that has already been mixed (from the last time I applied henna) and is stored in my freezer. The intensity of red dye is incredible when I use henna that has been frozen. I let the henna defrost (naturally no heat) and then add my ingredients. If I do not have any mixed, I make my full strength paste, cover it and wait for dye release (I get due release after no less than 4 hours based on my henna powder). I use 50% henna paste and will then add 50% coconut cream or conditioner, a tiny dab of honey, a little oil and apply it to damp hair.
I let the henna gloss sit on my hair for 1 hour and then rinse, rinse, rinse. Due to the fact that I add other ingredients, it makes the rinsing much easier and my hair does not feel dry. I do follow up with a Moisturizing DC afterwards just to make sure and that is it!
Do you use henna glosses? If so, what is your mix?