Applying Henna To Dark Brown Long Hair

Usually I apply both henna and indigo to my long dark brown hair because I was always afraid that henna alone would make my hair appear too red, but this time I put just the latter on my tresses. In the sunlight my hair does have brilliant crimson highlights, but the appearance in regular light is far more subtle.

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Watch the video to see how I applied the henna to my hair. I only used USDA organic henna, which is called Lawsonia inermis (henna) leaf powder. This henna has nothing added to it, which can compromise the quality. Usually I also add Indigofera tinctoria (indigo powder), but this time around I thought my hair did not look much lighter doing only the henna application. To mix my henna I add eight ounces of hot water and a fourth cup of coconut oil, and stir up the mixture until it is smooth. I let it sit for four hours, and then apply the henna to my hair, cover it with several plastic shower caps I pick up at the dollar store, and allow this sit on my hair for four more hours.

At the end, I rinse out my hair with a natural coconut conditioner, and do not wash my hair for a couple of days to allow the henna color to develop on my tresses. Actually, I am trying more co-washes these days (washing hair with only conditioner), and just washing my hair with shampoo once a week. I noticed my hair has felt softer since I started doing this. Some people just do water rinses and use baking soda and apple cider vinegar to rinse their hair a couple of times a week instead of using shampoo and conditioner, but I just find using more natural shampoos and conditioner, and using the shampoo less frequently works for me. Also, henna is a natural conditioner, and makes your hair appear thicker after application.