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Henna Love

I recently spoke about how I was dying to henna my hair and how the wonderful Myleik blessed me in my October CurlBox. The henna many naturals received in their Curlbox was Reshma Femme; most received a Chocolate or Natural Highlights color. I received the natural highlights, and yes I was super excited. I have never had any type of color in my hair before, so this did it for me.

 

In the box, we got a 2 .oz bag of henna powder, a conditioning oil and a pair of gloves.

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I added a picture of the contents of the package in its dry state for those of you who may be new to the whole henna game. It was of a green, powder like texture.

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I added about two an one-fourth cups of water along with the conditioning oil provided and proceeded to mix. I remember hearing many naturals suggest using a plastic mixer(metal is said to alter the mixture), so I resorted to a good ole plastic fork.

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The consistency of the powder with added ingredients; thick paste. I let it sit for two and a half hours as suggested on the box.

 

 

 

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Here are some picture of my hair before the application….

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Once I finger detangled, I then applied my Jamaican black castor oil to the base of my hair as a protectant from any color runs.

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I then wrapped my hair with plastic wrap and covered over with a plastic bag(I couldn’t find a plastic cap. LOL no judging  people). I then left the henna on my hair for close to 3 hours.

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Here are pictures of my hair with the henna applied to it. I was thinking it would dry up like body henna but it was actually the opposite.

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I then got into the shower and rinsed the henna out, which was extremely messy. I couldn’t stand how much it was flashing all over the place. I was scared it would stain the shower, luckily it just washed right off. Below I included pictures of my hair right after rinsing the henna out. It looked and felt extra moisturized and conditioned. Win for me!!

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Once the henna was all rinsed out I applied my Shea Moisture’s  restorative shampoo. Then I conditioned with my Giovanni’s Smooth as Silk  & Tea Tree conditioner(I needed that extra condition and tingle for my scalp). Once that was done, I used my Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave-in, and applied my Castor x Vatika x Peppermint oil mix to seal.

Here are the finished results of my henna’d hair. My hair felt very moisturized, and conditioned. I was a little disappointed my hair wasn’t as colored as I had anticipated it to be, though I enjoyed the small tint of reddish brown. My curls are a poppin’.

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Thanks to Myleik, the CurlBox Crew, and Reshma Femme for the amazing experience.

 

 

Love your hair,

BkAphrodite

I Need Healthy Hair & A Healthy Scalp

There are two types of oils which are Essential Oils and Carrier Oils. I will be discussing a few Essential Oils for now (because there are like hundreds).

Essential Oils carry distinctive scents, or essences of the plant from which the oil is extracted. They are derived from the non-seed parts of the plants. Essential Oils are very potent and must be diluted in carrier oils.

A list of some Essential Oils are:

Lavender Oil – Not only known for its gorgeous scent, it has proven hair benefits and is good for all hair types. Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. It is a good treatment for dandruff and itching, helpful in controlling hair breakage and improving hair growth. Most widely known to treat alopecia areata, a condition where you lose excessive hair, especially in patches. Daily massage with lavender oil has proven to help significant re-growth and gives you the results in a few months. Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including jojoba, rosemary and tea tree oils.

Rosemary Oil – Is another oil which doubles as a fragrant oil and an essential oil. The oil is derived from the rosemary plant and is very useful for dandruff problems and flaky itchy scalp. Rosemary oil stimulates the hair follicles; as a result hair, can grow longer and stronger.

Tea Tree Oil – is a great moisturizer for the hair, it helps to keep the scalp free of bacteria and fungal problems. Tea tree oil unblocks the sebaceous glands and encourage the flow of the scalp’s own moisturizing oils while clearing away dead skin cells. Tea tree oil mixed with other essential oils is especially good as a scalp treatment for relieving dandruff.

Chamomile Oil – chamomile is known to soothe the nerves and it does the same for your hair and scalp, in fact it is the most soothing of the essential oils for the hair and scalp. Chamomile helps to retract skin cells that have been inflamed from chemical procedures, and harsh weather conditions and helps with itching scaly scalp and dandruff.

Peppermint Oil – helps to stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair. This is very important for hair as it helps the hair to receive proper nourishment. This in turn will lead to hair growth. That tingly feeling when peppermint oil is felt on the scalp is actually the stimulation of blood flow to hair.

Lemon Oil – is especially beneficial for oily hair, it is recommended that persons with dry hair not use lemon oil, it is a good treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and under-active sebaceous glands.

Myrrh Oil – On the other hand myrrh is very good for dry hair. It helps with the treatment for dry scalp, dandruff problems and under-active sebaceous glands. Use instead of lemon oil if your hair is not oily.

Source: ArticlesBase.com

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite