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Melting DIY Henna Gloss Bars

Hey Maicurlies,

DIY Henna Gloss

                                                                 DIY Henna Gloss

This is a long overdue post. A couple of months ago I shared a DIY Henna Gloss Bar recipe on both my Blog and in a YouTube Video demonstrating the “how to” part without melting down the bars, so this is what I want to share today!

The process of how to melt down the bars is open to your preference but I just wanted to share how I melt mine down. But please remember this is not the only method that can be used. I use conditioner because it makes rinsing out the henna so much easier, my hair tends not to feel overly dry and it also helps to keep the henna paste really thick which is what I prefer. (I can not stand it if henna runs down my neck or forehead!) 

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Products/Tools:

  • Heat Proof Bowl
  • Spatula (do not use metal while mixing) 
  • Henna Bars (I used 3 bars – 5.3 oz)
  • Moisturizing Conditioner (5.3 oz) 
  • Gloves
  • Clingfilm/shower cap/plastic bag & scarf
  • (I use an old piece of material to cover the area where I am working – you can use old newspapers etc) 

Process:

I first gently melt down the henna gloss bars in a double broiler for no more than 7 minutes on low heat. The low heat allows the bars to melt down without loosing their conditioning properties.

After it has melted I add the conditioner one step at a time and mix everything really well. 

You can use tea/coconut milk/cream, conditioner or whatever other “liquid” you like. If you do opt for a conditioner I recommend using a moisturizing conditioner over one with protein simply because henna (even as a gloss) can make the hair feel dry and the protein can heighten that. 

DIY Henna Gloss with Conditioner

                                          DIY Henna Gloss with Conditioner

Application/Rinsing:

I apply the gloss on wet/damp cleansed and detangled hair starting from the back, making sure my hair is coated from root to tip. I cover my hair with a clingfilm, a shower cap, a plastic bag and then finally a scarf. The layers keeps my scalp & the henna gloss nice and warm…really warm! I leave the mix on for 30 minutes – 1 hour (but it can left on for longer/shorter depending on your hair needs) and then rinse. Once I am ready to rinse it out, I loosen the henna by doing a really long run through with plain water, followed by rinsing with conditioner until the water runs clear and the final step is a moisturizing Deep Conditioner (DC). ALWAYS DO A MOISTURIZING DC AFTERWARDS even if your hair feels wonderful since henna can make the hair feel brittle and dry. 

Pros & Cons: 

As with anything there are pros & Cons to using a henna even as a gloss. These are some of the ones I have noticed:

Benefits:

  • Easier to rinse out (compared to full strength henna due to the extra slip from the conditioner and other additional ingredients used to make the henna bars e.g. butter, oil).
  • Reduces frizz.
  • Softens the hair
  • Less drying than full strength henna due to the additional ingredients used to make the bars.
  • Strengthens the hair.
  • Less time consuming (left on for less time than a full strength henna).

Cons:

  • Less red dye (lawsone) due to the additional ingredients used.
  • Not as strengthening or conditioning as a full strength henna (due to the additional ingredients & limited application time).
  • Still requires a moisturizing DC afterwards (even if your hair feels great you should ALWAYS do one!)

That is it! 

I would love to hear what you think!

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Henna Gloss Bars

Hey Maicurlies,

Today I am super super excited to share another DIY product and I am happy to say it has been added to my list of favourites!

Henna Bars

YUP, I finally worked out a mix for these DIY Henna Gloss Bars that I am really happy with. A while ago I started experimenting and wrote a quick post about it here. In my previous experiments I used too much oil, then too much butter but I finally have a recipe that is right (for my hair).

Here are some pictures of my previous experiments. They look pretty but didn’t feel quite right.

NOTE: If you have not used henna before then you want to do your research because while I rave abut how AWESOME it is, there always are pro’s and con’s to everything that need to be considered. I normally use BAQ Henna powder to make a paste and have written about my Henna/Amla DC recipe as well as information about henna. But I recommend that you do more research. A good starting point is Henna For Hair. Once you have done that, come back here 😀

Ingredients – This mix makes  16.2 oz = 6.5 bars

I have quite long hair that is fine but I like to coat my hair with henna so you might need to tweak the ratios depending on the length and density of you hair. 

  • 2.8 oz Unrefined Cocoa Butter
  • 0.7 oz Coffee Infused Almond Oil (use any carrier oil)
  • 4.2 oz Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 0.2 oz Glycerine (optional – can be replaced with honey or agave nectar if you wish)
  • 0.15 oz Vitamin E Oil
  • 5.3 oz BAQ Henna
  • 1.4 oz Hibiscus*
  • 2.1 oz Amla*

*These powders can be replaced with other Auyverdic herbs such as Shikakai, Bhrami etc depending on the results you want to get. They are acidic which help with the dye release of the henna.

Mixing Instruction

Henna Bars 4

  1. First melt the Cocoa butter in a double broiler for no more than 5 minutes.
  2. In a glass bowl combine all the powders together and mix well.*
  3. After the butter melts take it off the stove, add the oils together and stir.
  4. Slowly add the melted butter and oils to the powder step by step and stir really well.
  5. Pour the mix into your moulds (I use silicon moulds since the bars are easy to pop out once frozen but you could use ice cube trays).
  6. Cover the henna with cling film to allow the dye release process and freeze them for a minimum of 12 hours.

*Don’t use any metal items when mixing henna. – This is a precaution in case you are not using 100% pure BAQ Henna (which you should be using). If you know you are using 100% pure BAQ henna then you do not have to worry, I use glass and plastic items just to “set an example” but I am sure the henna I get is pure. 

Storage

I like to cover each individual bar once it has set with cling film and then place them in a resealable sandwich bag that is dated so I remember when the bars were made.

Henna Bars 2

Covered henna bars

Always store the bars in the freezer otherwise they will start to melt and will slowly loose their properties over time. You can keep the bars in your freezer for weeks, I actually always find that henna stored in the freezer has a stronger dye potency so I leave mine in the freezer for no less than 1 week before I use them. However after a while you might notice that the dye peak has started to drop.

Melting/Application process

This is really about personal preference but I like to use either Coconut Cream or Conditioner (depending on what I’ve got at home) when I double broil the henna bars. Never use direct heat on the bars e.g. do not put them in the microwave or in a pot directly on the heat of a stove! While I make 6 bars I only use 5 bars for a full strength henna treatment and 0.5 – 1.5 bar for a henna gloss. The extra’s are left in the freezer for future use. 

Coconut Cream/milk: I use roughly 1/3 cup of coconut cream. I first double broiling the bars and then add the coconut cream, adding a little more (if it is too thick) and apply onto damp cleansed and detangled hair. I prefer my mix to be a little on the thicker side so it won’t run down my neck. 

Conditioner: I use 1/2 cup of conditioner (depending on how thick the conditioner is). I first double broil the bars and slowly add the conditioner a step at a time and mix.  I apply onto damp cleansed and detangled hair. I prefer my mix to be a little on the thicker side so it won’t run down my neck. 

Tea: I use roughly 1/3 cup of green tea (you can use any tea). I first double broiling the bars and then add the tea. I apply onto damp cleansed and detangled hair. I prefer my mix to be a little on the thicker side so it won’t run down my neck. 

I tend to leave the mix on my hair for 30 minutes – 1 hour but you can leave it on for more/less time. I cover my hair with a clingfilm, a shower cap, usually a plastic bag as well and then a scarf just to make sure it is nice and toasty warm up there. 

*NOTE: ALWAYS do a moisturising Deep Condition (DC) after applying henna on your hair to restore the balance. Henna can make the hair feel dry and brittle therefore the moisturising DC brings back moisture to the hair. 

When Do I use them?

Henna Bars 1

I like to use the bars in between the times I use my regular henna paste because it is a little less drying, it is easier to rinse out and to be honest I LOVE making the bars! I still use my normal henna paste (recipe here), I just alternate between the two. I also like to use the bars as a gloss that gives my hair a light colour touch up and due to all the conditioner I use, my hair doesn’t feel as dry afterwards. 

I would LOOOOOVE to hear if you try this out and if you come up with your own recipes! If you use a pre-made Henna bar please let me know what you think about that, I love hearing from you all! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Henna Gloss Bar Experiments

Hey Maicurlies,

I am a liiiittle hyped-up at the moment thanks to my latest DIY mix.

Henna gloss bars

No these are not chocolates. It was also pointed out to me that they look like Reese Cups but nope they are not Reese Cups either.

I made henna gloss bars!!!

Picture a little girl doing the happy dance when she gets the gift she always wanted, that was me when the bars were set LOL! Anyways, like I mentioned these are still experiments that I need to try out so I can not claim total success yet but I can say they smell really good, hold their shape and were simple to make!

Henna gloss bars

Henna gloss bars

I searched DIY/Homemade Henna Bars online and for some strange reason it is almost impossible to find recipes. I did end up finding 2 types of recipes one of which I modified a little to my liking and made a small sample (2.5 bars) by changing the ratios.

So what are they made of you ask?

Henna, Coconut oil and Cocoa butter. Yes that is it!

Making henna gloss bars

                                                Making henna gloss bars

I consider them as henna glosses because there is no dye release before I form the bars but you better believe I am also looking at making full strength henna bars 🙂

For those of you that are not DIY’ers and/or are not fans of using henna powder, there are a few popular companies that sell pre-made bars such as Lush & Henna Sooq. I have not used any of them personally and therefore can not confirm how fantastic they are myself but based on what I’ve read and reviews from curlfriends, they are awesome.

I will hopefully be testing out my bars next week and will keep you lovelies updated. I also got some tips from my online curlfriends on how I can attempt to make full strength henna bars (yay) so more experiments to come.

Have you used pre-made henna bars or have you made your own? If so, how do you use it? I would love to hear from you!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Protective Style & Castor Oil Week 4 Update

Another week done Maicurlies!

Protective Style Challenge Week 4

Protective Style Challenge Week 4

I am on the last 2 weeks of my Protective Style and Castor Oil challenge and haven’t given up yet! 😀

For a recap of my previous weeks click below:

How did my fourth week go?

It went by well. I was able to protect my hair for 6 days and used my Castor Oil Mix 4 times in the week. I did a REALLY simple updo at the start of the week (I don’t want to call it “boring”)  – the “Gibson Tuck” and then finished with what I call the “Chameleon Twist” (I liked this one!)

What Did I do?

  • I did my wash day routine on Sunday, a Henna Gloss followed by a moisturizing Deep Condition, moisturized and sealed before twisting 9  chunky twists.
  • Day 1 – After taking down the twists I massaged my Castor Oil Mix on my scalp, hairline, ends and put my hair in the Gibson Tuck with 2 two-strand twists on the side and a chunky two strand twist at the front – pinned as a “side bang”.
Gibson Tuck with two two strand twists on the side and a chunky two strand twist as a side bang.

Gibson Tuck with two two strand twists on the side and a chunky two strand twist as a side bang.

Twisted Twist

                                                         Twisted Twist

– After making one big two strand twist from 7 medium twists held at then center of my head I tucked away the ends of my hair by wrapping it around the base.

Chameleon twist with pompadour

                                            Chameleon twist with pompadour

  • Day 5 – I took the Chameleon Twist down and massaged my scalp (as best I could), hairline and the ends of each of the 7 twists with my Castor Oil Mix then wrapped it back up.
  • Day 6 – At night took my hair down, massaged my scalp, hairline and ends with the Castor Oil Mix and pineappled to sleep.
  • Day 7 – Wash day routine and then got my hair ready to be set for week 5.

Castor Oil Challenge:

As mentioned, I used the blend 4 times during the week and my hair was suuuuuper smooth, moisturized, shiny and soft! I think my whipped butter sort of helped with that as well (particularly on my ends). I had been using my DIY Spray Leave-In Conditioner to remoisturize my hair mid week but decided to use the Creamy Leave-in and whipped butter for a change. My hair LOVED the combination of being moisturized and super sealed. I can’t say it enough, castor oil is the truth and when combined with other nourishing ingredients …bye bye dryness!

Looking forward to the last 2 weeks.

What do you think of the styles I did this week?

Maicurls

Maicurls

Henna Glosses

Hey Maicurlies,

Henna powderI 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
  • oils

HennaHow to make a Henna gloss:

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?

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls